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Badgat, Badplaas, Escarpment, Mpumalanga.

This diving hole was given its rather peculiar name by a diver from the Swaziland Underwater Group because of its proximity to Badplaas. Aside from day visitors, Badgat can accommodate divers who want to stay for longer periods in 10 rooms that sleep four persons each.  The accommodation is self-catering.  A scullery and warm water ablution facility is provided for your convenience.  Two flats that each sleep eight and have ensuite bathrooms are also available, in addition to a house with a full kitchen, bathroom and 10 beds.  Once again, these are fully self-catering and guests are required to bring cutlery, towels, food and alcoholic beverages. A number of camping sides are available with power and braai facilities.  A small shop stocks limited provisions covering the usual necessities such as charcoal, ice, groceries etc.

Scuba and cave diving, and the training of scuba divers are the main activities offered.  A fee is payable for both divers and non-diving companions.  Divers are reminded that a shoreline is essential as this is classified as a deep dive, and divers must indemnify the owner for any mishaps that may occur. The hole is 57-m deep and between two and three hectares in area, whilst it is some 1000-m about sea level. To get down to the water level 18-m below, divers must scramble up and down the slope. Steps are provided in three places.  The average visibility is 20-m+ but improves with depth as the algae thins out because of decreasing sunlight penetration.The water temperature of 24, reducing to 18 degrees Centigrade at lower depths, makes for comfortable diving. The caves are well worth the experience as they are unlike any other in South Africa - the variety of caves and levels justify this claim.

In addition to diving, some scenic walks, trails provide the visitor with a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the 300 different species of birds and many aloes in the area. Open all hours. Credit cards are not accepted.

Sterkspruit farm 25-km from Badplaas, which is on the R38 east of Carolina, which is on the R36 north of Ermelo, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N11 and the N17. Travel south on the R541 from Machadodorp, which is on the N4, via the Skurweberg Pass to Badplaas. AKBadgat

Contct:        Lourens and Maryke Swanepoel
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