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
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.