Have you ever heard of the fabulous hobby called Geocaching? If this is the first time you’re reading about it, get ready for a world of discovery and adventure!
“Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices, participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.” – www.geocaching.com.
Geocaching is definitely not just a game or hobby for kids, adults thoroughly enjoy the treasure hunting too as some Geocaches are put in locations by locals that would like other people to visit and experience. This could be just for the view or an interesting landmark in the area. The Geocache (container) often has a few small random objects in it which people have placed over the years. Every Geocache has a log sheet which you fill in when you find the cache, including the date the cache was found and your name, this list often has up to 100 people’s names or team names on it.
Basically, you download the Geocaching app from your phone’s App Store, after registering for free the app will use your current location to identify the Geocaches closest to you, which is often up to 20 caches within 5km of your current location. The best part is that the app is completely free although there is a premium version you can purchase which gives you access to even more Caches.
Caches are placed by people of the Geocaching community, which means yes – you can place a Geocache of your very own for people to enjoy! Be careful though, Geocaching is a hobby many are passionate about but not many people know about it, therefore it’s important to always be stealthy when playing. People won’t know why you just pulled a container out from behind a brick in a wall and they will go have a look after you’re done and may sometimes destroy or steal the container, which of course ruins the game. It’s therefore important that you make sure ‘muggles’ (a non-Geocacher) are not around to see you getting the container and putting it back in its secret location.
Be sure to visit many intriguing Geocaches en route to Mpumalanga and of course be ready to visit many beautiful and hidden gems within Mpumalanga with the app as your guide, you can look forward to Geocaching through Nelspruit, Marloth Park, Skukuza, Graskop, Kaapsehoop and more!
Cache as you please and at your leisure along the route and get ready to enjoy sightings of wildlife and of course some stunning views, while you are introduced to new locations and hidden gems as you enjoy the thousands of Geocaches in the area.
Be certain to enjoy travelling with a treasure hunting twist on your next trip to Mpumalanga - a new, fun and exciting adventure for kids adults too!