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Badgat from the surface, South Africa - courtesy of Chris Rothwell
Diver on a deco stop in Badgat, South Africa - courtesy of Chris Rothwell
Divers on a deco stop in Badgat, South Africa - courtesy of Chris Rothwell
Divers swim through a hatch in Badgat, South Africa - courtesy of Chris Rothwell

Cave Diving in South Africa

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Dive Site: Badgat

Location: South Africa

Description: Inland cave system

Length: 400 metres (1310 feet)

Depth: 186 metres (610 feet)

Visibility: 5 - 50 metres (16 - 165 feet)

Rating: *****

Badgat is a flooded asbestos mine, creating a fascinating multi-level cave environment that appeals to all levels of technical diver. Dives can be undertaken anywhere from 20m in the first level, to 80m (6th level) to 110m (last level) and includes an awe-inspiring incline shaft that extends from 110m to 186m.

Verna van Schaik, Trimix Cave Diver



Great dive site with brilliant vis. The main danger is falling objects that are decaying in the shaft. I believe an ideal group size is 3 divers when going to the bottom at around 109m. Definitely not a dive site for new divers.

Chris Rothwell



Superb site. Train all my cave diving students there. Currently the access to the hole is a bit of a problem as there is just one place to climb down and the steps are slippery and poorly maintained at this point. Levels are stunning, good viz in the cave, and an absolute maze you can just explore nonstop. A must see. An explorers heaven.

Gerhard du Preez



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