The cave was discovered by Italian miners in 1898. They mined out approximately 15% from the formation and brought them to the surface. The formation consist of calcite which they placed in a self built oven for 2 week about 1100 degrees. This formed a powder which was taken by ox wagon to Pretoria & Johannesburg to make cement, toothpaste, use to extract gold and the like. Mining was stopped in 1902 due to the outbreak of war and low productivity.
This is the 3rd largest chamber is South Africa, the largest being Cango Caves and second largest Sudwala Caves.
The entrance to the cave is going down 87 stair at a 45degrees angle dropping 22 meters below the surface. You will then go down an elevator with a drop of a further 18 meters into the cave.
Histoplasmosis is caused by bat guano (droppings) that falls on the ground. Over a long period of time a fungus will form over the guano due to the cave being dark and moist. If disturbed microscopic pours from the fungus will drift into the air, if breathed in this can grow on your lungs.
Reason why no case has been reported: This normally occurs in a cave with a large amount of bats where you can get an accumulation and build up of guano. In the Wondercave there are about 30 horseshoe bats.
- You will experience flu type symptoms
- Sore chest
Please consult your doctor with the necessary information.
NO CASES OF HISTOPLASMOIS HAVE BEEN REPORTED OR OCCURED IN THE WONDERCAVE