Central Grotto - Onverwag - Silvermine

June 29, 2019, 4:00 pm
Image: Onverwag pano, cave entrance is the dark spot in the middle

Central Grotto - Onverwag

As I was home alone this weekend, I took the opportunity to look for Central Grotto.

Starting at the southern Silvermine parking lot, I headed for the path that leads from Muizenberg Cave up onto Kalk Bay Mountain. I expored various promising looking places before eventually finding Concha. This was about where I remembered it, but is oriented 180 degrees from my memory. The well protected name Concha is in very good condition. I only had my phone with me, hence the poor quality pictures.

Concha

Concha

Concha in the right most alcove

From Concha, I walked north a few hundred metres to find Central Grotto. Rain squalls were approaching, so I headed for the top of the mountain to look for shelter. There are a number of places to shelter from the rain along the way, but they were so drafty, I kept going and eventually came to a depression. It looks like it used to be cave passage until the roof collapsed and filled the gully. I climbed down into the first chamber, and decided that someone else should explore it, as I did not have a torch, nor overalls. This place is about 200m-300m east of the trig survey beacon on top of Kalk Bay Mountain. Maybe near the back of Climax Cave?

Promsing collapse

Promsing collapse

As the rain squall did not arrive, I turned north and made my way towards Onverwag. I met a boulderer, setting out his mats so he could do his traverse under an overhang. From the white chalk patches on the roof of the low overhang, this is a popular place. I moved on, investigating some of the overhangs and came across some more bouldering gear.

I had lunch at Onverwag and took a few pictures, then went home via the Spook Cave path.

There were lots of Mimetes out and Protea cyneroides in the rocks around Concha, the Maurecenia were full of seed. There were also a few dassies around Onverwag.

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