Geocaching - a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game!
GEOCACHING is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game and is now also available in Hondeklipbaai/Hondeklip Bay. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online. Click here for a guide to the game.
It works like this:
1.) Browse or search for interesting geocaches on geocaches.com
2. ) Explore the world as you search for the cache using a GPS device or smartphone. Find the cache, sign the logbook and see what others have left behind.
3. ) Share your experience with other treasure seekers.
Geocaches in Hondeklipbaai
Who let the dawgs out !!
The cache is located where the dog stays. S 30° 19.027 E 017° 16.791
The 19th Century Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, Simon van der Stel, discovered the rich copper deposits of Namaqualand during 1685. Unable to find a suitable harbour from which to export the ore, 158 years passed before, in 1843, revived interest in the rich copper fields of Namaqualand saw attempts to transport the copper ore by ox wagon or by boat from the mouth of the Orange River to the Cape of Good Hope. These endeavours proved futile and pioneer miners became increasingly despondent. Providentially in 1846, Thomas Grace, a ship’s captain discovered a small natural harbour where he immediately established a trading station. A big gneiss rock resembling a dog inspired him to name the place “Hondeklip Bay” or "Hondeklipbaai". The first Copper Mines commenced production between 1850 and 1852. On 31st August 1852 the Bosphorus shipped the first eleven tons of copper ore from Hondeklip Bay/ Hondeklipbaai directly to Wales. Increased shipping to and from Cape Town also brought about better living conditions to the Namaqualanders who were quite unused to “luxuries” such as tea and sugar.
Use the decryption key to decipher your additional hint: "Ybf wbh fbetr uvre"
(letter above equals below, and vice versa)