February 22, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Elephant’s Eye Cave

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

Elephant's Eye on a rainy Saturday in February 2016.

Elephant’s Eye on a rainy Saturday in February 2016.

This week’s “Monday Geology Picture” post features a natural rock formation that resembles an elephant. A small cave named “Elephant’s Eye” is located at the eye of this rock elephant’s head. The elephant consists of Table Mountain Sandstone and is located in the Silvermine Nature Reserve¬†here in the Cape Town region of South Africa. On Saturday I hiked up to Elephant’s Eye with some friends. We hiked on a rare rainy summer day, and we appreciated the cooler weather for our hiking. The scenery on our hike was ethereal and beautiful, although we didn’t have much of a view from the top of the hill! We mostly saw mist. I’ll share some more pictures from our hike later this week.