Komati Springs used to be a mine prior to 1972. When mining became unfeasible, equipment was pulled out, and they ceased pumping out water. The groundwater rose back naturally, thus providing a dive site and swimming hole of note. The site underwent a big rehabilitation in 2002, which removed all signs of mining and made it a pristine site.
Komati Springs is accessible all year round. There is a fully equipped dive centre on site which provides triple filtered gas - including air, nitrox, helium and argon. There are training grids at 5, 9 and 30 meters, as well as anchored buoy lines. The underwater cliffs are ideal for multi level diving. In summer the water is reaches 24oC on the surface, and 20oC at about 30 meters. On the bottom it is 16oC. Visibility is about 10 to 15 meters. In winter the temperature is a constant 16 to 17oC from top to bottom, and the visibility can be up to 40 meters. There are stairways at the water's edge.
The surface area of the open hole is approximately 110 meters long and 50 meters wide. The mining process also left a cave system joining onto the hole, giving excellent conditions for all forms of diving. In the open water it reaches 55 meters and the caves have been explored to 186 meters. The cave system has 8 interconnecting levels and is an explorers dream! This attracts technical divers from all over the world. The dive centre has qualified Instructors who can teach anything from recreational to deep technical, rebreathers and cave diving.
Komati Springs also offers an extensive array of bird life of over 200 species, including the rare Southern Bald Ibis. The terrain has a variety of Acacia woodlands, grasslands, hills, a cliff, riverines and a dam. The area is surrounded by the oldest mountains on the planet dating back to 3.4 billion years. This is a Greenstone Belt area, and there are zones of rocks left over from the original portion of the Earth. It is the oldest well-preserved real estate on Earth. Dotted throughout the area you can also see Komatiites - outcrops consisting of the hottest rocks ever to erupt on the planet. They are named after the Komati River, which in turn carved out the Great Nkomati River Valley. The surrounding grasslands represent the most threatened biome on Earth.