Oudtshoorn
Botha's Hall
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The largest, an ancient formation some 500 000 years old, is known as The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Beyond it stands a soaring column some 13 metres high and approximately 250 000 years old.

To your right you will see the cavern's most famous formation, The Madonna and Child, depicting the birth of Christ. Mary cradles a baby in her arms. Alongside her stand the Three Wise Men and, with a little more imagination, two shepherds kneel in silent adoration to her right. Completing the drama, to the left of the main staircase is a trio of formations known as The Temple Presentation, depicting Joseph, Mary with head bowed, and the gaunt figure of the prophet Simeon. Further left, high in a dark alcove, one can glimpse the stark figure of a crucified man.

Moving through the Botha Hall to the left, you climb an open platform flanked by two huge formations: The Heavy Stage Curtains, on the right, and The Petrified Weeping Willow Tree on the left.

Ahead of you is the majesty of The Throne Room, dominated by a huge, tapering stalagmite known as the Throne. Dried up rimstone pools rise from the floor to meet the richly fluted walls, resplendent in iron-oxide colours of ochre, russet and brown. The right hand side of the Throne Room is dominated by an exquisite white flowstone formation: The Frozen Victoria Waterfall.

Singular smaller formations in the Throne Room are: The Bust of an ancient Cave Man; a Hairy Mammoth Elephant behind the Throne, and a petrified fish swimming against the ceiling above the throne.

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VAN ZYL'S HALL:
90 metres long
50 metres wide
between 14 and 18 metres high
LEANING TOWER OF PISA:
Formation some 500 000 years old
13 metres high
250 000 years old
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