|A bronze sculpture at the exit to the Sterkfontein caves.|
On Thursday he finished his lectures early and wanted to do something other than just sitting around talking. When he got here he asked how far the Sterkfontein caves were from here and how long it would take us to get there. Well it's about fifty kilometers or so but how long it'll take depends on traffic and how fast you drive. We decided to take a chance and go for it, the last tour group leaves at four pm so we had to rush.
|Heading down into the Sterkfontein caves.|
Wynand is a big man and in his own words, "Unfit and fat too." I didn't think so but hey, I'm just me a skinny little man. This was going to be an interesting experience for him as in some places you have to crawl through very small tunnels and he suffers from claustrophobia. I had my camera with me and do not suffer from any form of small place stress, my focus was more on trying to get decent pictures in very low light. I had to set the ISO at maximum but that didn't really make much difference so I landed doing something I very rarely do, I switched the flash on. So, if my pictures seem to be a bit weird please forgive me, it was very dark down there.
|A long way down in very dark conditions.|
Our guide was a young man who was, in my opinion, a bit arrogant. At one point on the tour he started bad mouthing Christians who do not accept the scientific insistence on the validity of evolution. While we were at the underground lake that is there he pointed out some mold growing on the rocks and started telling everyone that that was our ancestral beginning. He said something like those who don't believe in evolution have to be kept out of the caves because they will destroy the evolutionary evidence that is there because they think it was put there by the devil. There is a big gate wired up to shock anyone who touches it. I think the area behind the gate was where there are fossil remains.
|The electric gate, bad picture sorry.|
|The rock formation with the green slime|
from which we all descended.
|This is a very big cave system.|
In general I would go so far as to say this was a very interesting and enjoyable trip and well worth all the rush and effort. On the way out of the cave system our guide was sitting on the wall and as we walked past I just had to chirp him, "You are in the home of the tokoloshe, be careful." It was said with a smile and a laugh, not to offend him but to remind him he must think very carefully before judging other peoples beliefs.
We left and Wynand turned to me on the way home and said "I'm feeling in a much better mood now, that was great."
He left that evening to go back to Cape Town.
God bless Wynand, his visit was really enjoyed by both of us.