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7 of the Top 10 were MEGA related for last year. Makes sense.

4 were in the Western Cape.

Table Mountain TB Hotel

Nobel Square

Tip Africa

Stellenbosch TB Lodge

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I noticed that if we had to do the favourite caches for the entire Africa that it would bump a good few SA caches off the top honours list (as of 24 April 2013).

 

FP - Cache Name - GC Code - Country


  1.  
  2. 95 Cheops V GCJG9J | Egypt
  3. 87 Valley of the Kings | GC1956A | Egypt
  4. 66 Karnak Temple | GC19A92 | Egypt
  5. 65 Giftun | GC2EGK8 | Egypt
  6. 61 Karibu! You made it! | GCGETW | Tanzania
  7. 45 Abu Simbel | GC19AY8 | Egypt
  8. 44 Coloured Earths of Chamarel | GC15WWE | Mauritius
  9. 43 Luxor Temple | GC19AXT | Egypt
  10. 40 Victoria Falls, Zambia | GCGZZ6 | Zambia
  11. 38 Eternity in Casablanca | GC1P5G6 | Morocco
  12. 36 Ghosts of Time | GC12CXP | Namibia
  13. 32 Namib Desert, Namibia | GC14W63 | Namibia
  14. 30 Mosi-oa-Tunya | GC28A6Z | Zimbabwe
  15. 30 Djebel Toubkal | GC98C3 | Morocco
  16. 29 Etosha Pan | GC1627M | Namibia

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Another cool EC stat - 141 of 171 ECs in SA have at least one Favourite Point (i.e. almost 83% of ECs are worthy of someone's favourite). I think this may be the highest percentage of cache type?

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Here is an update on SA Favourite Points.

 

What was pleasing is that there are many new caches into the top list -and even more interesting is a few older caches suddenly moving up the rankings.

 

1 GC31WXR Table Mountain Travel Bug Hotel 137

2 GC2X329 Stellenbosch TB Lodge 72

3 GC1GZ0K Little Netherlands TB Hotel 45

4 GC3WXRQ MEGA SA 2012 -Voortrekker "Uitspan" Travellers Inn 43

5 GCMYYZ Table Top Trove 41

6 GCVDHN Sailors' Star 40

7 GC185 Sentinel View 39

8 GC1ABZK Table Mountain - Cape Town 38

9 GC20XJH Ipanema 35

GC77E Cape Agulhas 35

11 GC3KM3K Da Vinci Code 34

12 GC2WJ2X Maps et al 33

13 GC1H1D7 Of Diamonds and Pearls 32

14 GC3X9VX MEGA SA 2012 – GETEMDE VRYHEID 31

GC2N4G0 Spring Tide 31

16 GC3X44Z MEGA SA 2012 - The Needle in the Haystack 30

GC1WBRJ Longfinger 30

GC1VJ3T The Piston Cup 30

GC3NMFK Wie-se Clock 30

GC2D9WC SS: Lusitania 30

21 GC44XCJ Size does matter 29

GC3W9N8 9Icon Walk - Trek for the Voortrekker Treasure 29

GC2NYNP Puzzled Birds 29

24 GC20ZC3 THE BIGGEST TREE IN SOUTH AFRICA - AND 5 CHAMPIONS 28

GC2926W A Tribute to Friends and Family 28

GC1BZ22 Kirstenbosch Gardens - Big 5 28

GC2P0XK Almost Metallophobia 28

GC23KTY Good Hope 28

GCQTPD The Mines of Moria 28

30 GCW8AV Training 27

31 GC1656 Swartberg Pass 26

GCR2RY  Paths of the Dead 26

33 GC2NWNA Magic on the Beach 25

GC19QVQ  Three Rondavels 25

35 GC3Y03K MEGA SA 2012 - Short-Short-Long 24

GC2KB62  Rustic, scenic, corner. 24

GC2G0ZA The Darkness Beckons  24

GC2ABAX German Letters, Portuguese Stamps 24

GC1ZR65 Orpheus in the Underworld 24

GC1H9WR 2 Oceans 24

41 GC3X1P5  MEGA SA 2012 – Green Cliff View  23

GC3RQNP TeamDJ's Puzzle Quest #1  23

GC1785M  Kruger National Park  23

GCVE5M Naval M4 23

45 GC2K9JC  The Penny Ferry  22

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Cache densities

World:          142 caches/10000 square kilometers, or an average distance of 9.0 km between caches
Germany:       8279                                                           1.2 km
South Africa:    71                                                          12.8 km

Gauteng:       1298                                                           3.0 km
KZN:            163                                                           8.4 km
Western Cape:   142                                                           9.0 km
Mpumalanga:      84                                                          11.7 km
Eastern Cape:    48                                                          15.6 km
Free State:      46                                                          15.8 km
North West:      30                                                          19.6 km
Limpopo:         22                                                          23.1 km
Northern Cape:    4                                                          54.1 km

Rest of Africa: 1.2                                                          98.6 km

Cape Town:     4313                                                           1.6 km
Johannesburg:  3398                                                           1.8 km
Durban:        3054                                                           1.9 km
Ekurhuleni:    1681                                                           2.6 km
Pretoria:      1527                                                           2.7 km

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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Highest cache densities

Densest  1km radius in Africa, South Africa and Gauteng:  33 caches around GC3WDXM - MEGA SA 2012 - Protea caffra (in Pretoria)
Densest 10km radius in Africa, South Africa and Gauteng: 585 caches around GC2AQQC - Not guilty                   (in Centurion)
Western Cape:   1km radius:  23 caches around GCT68H  - Appalachian Cache
              10km radius: 454 caches around GC3AR4P - The way you make me smile
KZN:            1km radius:  24 caches around GC3A70P - Radix
              10km radius: 318 caches around GC3BP38 - A Signal Occasion
Free State:     1km radius:  32 caches around GC3G5TN - Sesde straat
              10km radius: 286 caches around GC3M3K0 - Frans Wessels
Eastern Cape:   1km radius:  18 caches around GC38F6X - Mugs Away
              10km radius: 175 caches around GC42GYM - Yellow
Mpumalanga:     1km radius:  22 caches around GC22GKD - Rock With No Home(s)
              10km radius: 134 caches around GC1J3MY - Number 9
North West:     1km radius:   9 caches around GC184GP - Longdrop
              10km radius:  65 caches around GC3BX29 - Cache on tap
Limpopo:        1km radius:   5 caches around GC3W15H - In Remembrance....
              10km radius:  32 caches around GC3GPPF - Klippe
Northern Cape:  1km radius:   5 caches around GC3E0DP - Oval Track Jan Kemp
              10km radius:  15 caches around GC3A4GD - TAKE OFF

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Very interesting to see KZN having a higher density than the WC - and also WC is the global mean for cache density :)

 

Welcome back Danie - ons het jou gemis!

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Population per cache

 

World:            3354 persons/cache
Germany:           272
South Africa:     4727
Rest of Africa: 286612

Western Cape:     3277
Free State:       4589
Gauteng:          5396
Mpumalanga:       6390
KZN:              6812
Northern Cape:    7911
Eastern Cape:     8214
North West:      11457
Limpopo:         20212

West Rand:        2255
Bloemfontein:     2328
Pretoria:         3037
Cape Town:        3525
P.E.:             4500
Durban:           4918
East London:      5639
Sedibeng:         7160
Johannesburg:     7934
Ekurhuleni:       9574

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Very interesting to see KZN having a higher density than the WC - and also WC is the global mean for cache density :)

 

Welcome back Danie - ons het jou gemis!

 

Welcome back!! :) Keep the stats coming please :)

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Most active cachers

Most finds in Africa for the year 15 June 2012 to 14 June 2013:

1.  iPajero:	   1107 finds
2.  TechnoNut:	   1038 finds
3.  Thedivespot:   1024 finds
4.  ferdie.estelle: 920 finds
5.  PORKY2:	    903 finds
6.  TeamDJ*:	    839 finds
7.  DonJolley:	    837 finds
8.  hovelj:	    817 finds
9.  terunkie:	    790 finds
10. nst1g8r_mybrat: 782 finds

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Most found South African caches

For the year 15 June 2012 to 14 June 2013:

1.  GC31WXR  Table Mountain Travel Bug Hotel	            CapeDoc	279 finds
2.  GC2GG2C  Nobel  Square	                            Cape Trio	212 finds
3.  GC3X91A  MEGA SA 2012 – Keep me Posted	            Wormgeocash	165 finds
4.  GC3WPYX  9Icon Walk – Sterculia murex	            Leon St	163 finds
5.  GC3XCM1  9Icon Walk – Starting with a Puzzle	    Wormgeocash	161 finds
6.  GC37VF3  Tip of Africa	                            Zephyr2	158 finds
7.  GC3WXG3  9Icon Walk - Voortrekker Monument Postal Tree  Leon St	158 finds
8.  GC3WE2H  9Icon Walk - WHERE SHALE WE GO?	            Jors	153 finds
9.  GC3XVBK  MEGA SA 2012 – Racheltjie De Beer	            B and C Inc	148 finds
10. GC2CG7X  Hiddingh Security TB Hotel	                    mr panda	146 finds

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Fastest 1000 African finds

There are currently 79 cachers who have found more than 1000 caches in Africa.

1.  iPajero	            20 days
2.  MadSons	            93 days
3.  Happy Hunters SA       130 days
4.  B and C Inc	           174 days
5.  Wazat	           179 days
6.  Thedivespot	           187 days
7.  Leon St	           190 days
8.  rodnjoan	           206 days
9.  Louise_Gerhard         211 days
10. BAKGAT	           225 days

 

Fastest 2000 African finds

There are currently 25 cachers who have found more than 2000 caches in Africa.

1.  iPajero	           243 days
2.  MadSons	           291 days
3.  Leon St	           702 days
4.  Danie Viljoen          743 days
5.  B and C Inc	           762 days
6.  PORKY2	           779 days
7.  rodnjoan	           784 days
8.  TechnoNut	           858 days
9.  Louise_Gerhard         931 days
10. Antron	           988 days

 

Fastest 3000 African finds

The following 8 cachers have found more than 3000 caches in Africa:

1.  iPajero	           477 days
2.  Danie Viljoen	  1390 days
3.  Louise_Gerhard	  1681 days
4.  Antron	          1793 days
5.  rodnjoan	          1899 days
6.  Tricky Vicky & Mickey 2355 days
7.  cownchicken	          2556 days
8.  cache-fan	          2630 days

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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Most D/T combinations found in Africa

The following 8 cachers have found all 81 combinations:

iPajero
cownchicken
The Huskies
Henzz
terunkie
AndyT1
Zambesiboy
paddawan

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Most D/T combinations found in Africa

The following 8 cachers have found all 81 combinations:

iPajero
cownchicken
The Huskies
Henzz
terunkie
AndyT1
Zambesiboy
paddawan

 

and, apart from iPajero, all from the Western Cape.

 

I am just one shy of the 81 .... Hopefully soon.

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A total of 49329 cachers have found 907849 caches in Africa.

Of these 49329, the top 3% (1407) have logged 50% of all the finds.

The top 17% (8560) have logged 80% of all the finds.

 

The average find rate in Africa over the last 100 days was 821 finds/day.

This means that we should reach 1 million African finds in early October 2013.

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Most finds on owned caches (South Africa)

1.  Louwtjie&Vroutjie  12571 finds
2.  GEO936	       10373 finds
3.  NotBlonde	        8957 finds
4.  paddawan	        8598 finds
5.  Leon St	        7888 finds
6.  CrystalFairy        7582 finds
7.  Fish Eagle	        6801 finds
8.  dakardrix	        5646 finds
9.  HeinG	        5591 finds
10. cache-fan	        5581 finds

A total of 1456 cache owners in South Africa have received 474010 find logs for an average of 326 find logs received per owner.

The top 5% (69) of them have received 50% of all the find logs.

The top 17% (254) have received 80% of all the find logs.

Up to now there have been 12052 cache finders in South Africa, which means that only 12% of South African cachers have planted at least one cache. (Of course foreign tourists skew this number.)

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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Finds in most district municipalities

1.  iPajero:	           52
1.  PORKY2:	           52
1.  TechnoNut:	           52
4.  Tricky Vicky & Mickey: 47
4.  Louise_Gerhard:	   47
4.  DiePienaars:	   47
7.  Danie Viljoen:	   46
8.  cownchicken:	   44
8.  Fish Eagle:	           44
10. Geelvink:	           43
10. Cherokee.za:	   43
10. Hesamati:	           43

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Most available South African caches found

Taking into account owned caches, the following cachers have found the highest percentage of the currently available South African caches:

1.  iPajero:	           73.1%
2.  Danie Viljoen:	   32.0%
3.  Louise_Gerhard:	   31.7%
4.  rodnjoan:	           29.6%
5.  Antron:	           29.2%
6.  Tricky Vicky & Mickey: 28.6%
7.  cownchicken:	   27.6%
8.  Leon St:	           26.0%
9.  PORKY2:	           25.7%
10. TechnoNut:	           25.7%

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Most available Gauteng caches found:

1.  rodnjoan:	            81.0%
2.  iPajero:                77.1%
3.  Danie Viljoen:          73.0%
4.  Leon St:                72.9%
5.  Wormgeocash:            71.9%
6.  Louise_Gerhard:         69.6%
7.  cache-fan:	            65.4%
8.  Happy Hunters SA:       64.5%
9.  HeinG:	            63.3%
10. Wildbirds:	            62.5%

 

Most available Western Cape caches found:

1.  cownchicken:	    90.8%
2.  battlerat and pussycat: 79.4%
3.  terunkie:	            76.7%
4.  The Huskies:	    76.3%
5.  PieterM:	            62.8%
6.  AndyT1:	            61.2%
7.  Zambesiboy:	            60.1%
8.  Henzz:	            58.6%
9.  iPajero:	            58.4%
10. paddawan:	            58.3%

 

Most available KZN caches found:

1.  TechnoNut:	            85.7%
2.  iPajero:	            77.5%
3.  hovelj:	            60.0%
4.  ScottScott:	            52.6%
5.  Kwenda Tafuta:	    51.1%
6.  Noddy:	            50.7%
7.  PORKY2:	            49.2%
8.  DonJolley:	            46.3%
9.  nst1g8r_mybrat:	    44.9%
10. mlornelh:	            40.5%

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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Most of the oldest 100 active South African caches found:

1.  iPajero:	            56
2.  cownchicken:	    52
3.  Tricky Vicky & Mickey:  44
4.  battlerat and pussycat: 38
5.  Discombob:	            37
6.  AndyT1:	            36
6.  paddawan:	            36
8.  Larks:	            34
9.  Stefanoodle:	    32
9.  The Huskies:	    32
9.  Zambesiboy:	            32

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Most of the oldest 100 active South African caches found:

1.  iPajero:            	56
2.  cownchicken:    	52
3.  Tricky Vicky & Mickey:  44
4.  battlerat and pussycat: 38
5.  Discombob:            	37
6.  AndyT1:            	36
6.  paddawan:            	36
8.  Larks:            	34
9.  Stefanoodle:    	32
9.  The Huskies:    	32
9.  Zambesiboy:            	32

 

Would you be able to list these 100 for us please? I like the idea of supporting the oldest caches in the country.

 

 

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Most of the 10 cache types found in one day in Africa:

The following 3 cachers have found all 10 cache types in one day:

AndyT1

paddawan

pannie&medusae

 

A further 91 found 9 (all during the MEGA event October last year.)

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The 100 oldest active caches in South Africa:

1	GC185	Sentinel View	2001/01/18
2	GC1341	Eucaliptus	2001/04/02
3	GC77E	Cape Agulhas	2001/04/21
4	GC840	Geocache	2001/04/29
5	GC9ED	MADIBA TRAIL Bloemfontein	2001/05/20
6	GCE74	Magaliesberg 1(Maanhaarrand- North West Province)	2001/06/30
7	GC13FB	Pretoria-East 001:	2001/07/29
8	GC1656	Swartberg Pass	2001/08/11
9	GC1BBA	Blood, Sweat and Sandy Bay	2001/09/08
10	GC20F6	LOGO	2001/09/12
11	GC21FC	Houtbay	2001/10/13
12	GC22B1	N1 Sandriver - GMC001Z	2001/10/15
13	GC250E	N1 Stilfontein Blockhouse (GMC12Z)	2001/10/26
14	GC2AC1	JOHANNESBURG SOUTH-1C	2001/11/15
15	GC2964	R385 Posmansburg (GMC015Z)	2001/11/21
16	GC2C3A	Danger Bay	2001/11/27
17	GC2C0E	Muizenberg, Cape Town	2001/12/09
18	GC3FF4	Namaqua Cache	2001/12/22
19	GC2EA7	Amphitheatre, Kalk Bay	2001/12/27
20	GC3007	Port Elizabeth - C St Francis	2001/12/30
21	GC3055	Smuts House, Irene	2002/01/05
22	GC31AA	food for thought	2002/01/10
23	GC320C	Geocache	2002/01/13
24	GC32DA	Silvermine Tales - 1 The Trembling Lamb	2002/01/14
25	GC336A	Silvermine Tales - 2 The Rancorous Wolf	2002/01/16
26	GC33B4	Silvermine Tales - 3 Two-faced Woman	2002/01/18
27	GC3395	D.I.Y.	2002/01/20
28	GC3887	MELKBOS 4X4	2002/02/09
29	GC3B1F	Snakes  & Ladders	2002/02/16
30	GC3E5D	Tombstone Gulch	2002/03/01
31	GC3E8F	Paul, Venus and the Titan	2002/03/02
32	GC444E	Crows Nest Porthole	2002/03/22
33	GC4894	Greyton Swim Cache	2002/03/30
34	GC4967	ET in a Little Garden	2002/04/03
35	GC501D	Chapmans Peak - Hout Bay	2002/04/13
36	GC51A0	Lightning Conductor?	2002/04/16
37	GC501C	The Dome	2002/04/21
38	GC503E	Tranquillity Cracks, Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay	2002/04/22
39	GC57BA	Fort 1	2002/05/11
40	GC573F	Yebo Gogo	2002/05/12
41	GC5ADC	Du Toitskloof pass	2002/05/19
42	GC64B6	Heuningberg	2002/05/26
43	GC6671	New Gariep Dam	2002/06/20
44	GC66D3	Zulu 7	2002/06/21
45	GC6DBB	Halfmens Cache - Richtersveld	2002/07/04
46	GC70AE	Lions Head	2002/07/13
47	GC7551	Bivane Dam	2002/07/24
48	GC822B	Papkuilsfontein 4X4	2002/08/20
49	GC8E48	Valley View	2002/09/04
50	GC8FF8	Paarl Rock Cache	2002/09/15
51	GC9AD6	Finebush 1	2002/10/13
52	GC9CC4	Signal Hill	2002/10/17
53	GC9D85	Finebush 2	2002/10/19
54	GCB61A	Glentana Cave	2002/12/18
55	GCBB26	Wind Farm	2002/12/22
56	GCF47D	Cloud 9 - Sedgefield	2003/03/24
57	GCF98E	Thaba Voortrekkers II	2003/03/27
58	GCF9FC	Just Climb It	2003/04/13
59	GCG097	Higest in Western Cape	2003/04/14
60	GCG23A	The right 4x4 trail	2003/05/04
61	GCG4CY	van Staden's Flower Power - PE	2003/05/18
62	GCG8D4	Logies Bay Historical TBTR	2003/06/08
63	GCGA0Z	Kloofnek Historical 12P	2003/06/17
64	GCGA10	Hout Bay Historical BG	2003/06/17
65	GCGCEM	Dragons Cave	2003/06/28
66	GCGDHX	Walk with the Cheetah *GP*	2003/07/06
67	GCGE7G	Lapamanti	2003/07/06
68	GCGKH0	Ferndale Adventure	2003/07/07
69	GCGG35	Kleinmond	2003/07/20
70	GCGHEF	Colchester climb	2003/07/27
71	GCGJTD	Old English Fort 1899	2003/07/29
72	GCGMAC	Place of Salt	2003/08/10
73	GCGMXD	7 weeks poort	2003/08/10
74	GCHB5H	Facing the Knife Edge, Montagu	2003/08/10
75	GCHB5J	Bald Ibis Heights, Montagu	2003/08/10
76	GCHB5K	Beyond the Great Mystery, Montagu	2003/08/10
77	GCGR7G	Bushpig Travelers	2003/08/21
78	GCGQ4A	Dodd's Farm	2003/08/23
79	GCGTQ1	Windy Corner	2003/09/01
80	GCGW0C	Just another brick in the wall - Baviaans	2003/09/07
81	GCGWXE	Worcester	2003/09/14
82	GCGX5X	Serendipity	2003/09/14
83	GCGX0Q	Arc of 30th Meridian #13 - Hluku	2003/09/24
84	GCGYQ4	Urban Tag #1	2003/09/24
85	GCGYQA	North West's Best View	2003/09/24
86	GCH0WY	Paradise Revisited	2003/10/04
87	GCH26T	Reporters Riddle - Final	2003/10/12
88	GCH26X	Reporters Riddle #1	2003/10/12
89	GCH272	Reporters Riddle #3	2003/10/12
90	GCH26Z	Reporters Riddle #2	2003/10/12
91	GCH35M	Arc of 30th Meridian #1 - Buffelsfontein	2003/10/19
92	GCH3K0	Ongoye	2003/10/21
93	GCH74X	Lemoen Kop	2003/10/30
94	GCH6E6	The HEL	2003/11/06
95	GCH6GX	Little Koppie	2003/11/09
96	GCH9XE	The Cave	2003/11/30
97	GCJN7F	Getowerdekop	2003/12/21
98	GCHCWB	Sandy Bay - Cape Town	2003/12/26
99	GCHF18	Onder Kouga	2004/01/05
100	GCHHJX	Totem Pool	2004/01/18

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Thanks for the Stats, very interesting!

Just to make it more confusing/complete, I know of a cache called "Tygerberg cache" GC8B5D, the first log I can see (I cannot see the reviewers note or FTF log) is dated the 15-09-2002 but the top of the page says hidden on the 28-07-2012. Whatever IT bug caused havoc, strictly spoken it should be included in the (Western Cape) list as an old active cache.

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I know of a cache called "Tygerberg cache" GC8B5D, the first log I can see (I cannot see the reviewers note or FTF log) is dated the 15-09-2002 but the top of the page says hidden on the 28-07-2012. Whatever IT bug caused havoc, strictly spoken it should be included in the (Western Cape) list as an old active cache.

From the logs it looks as if this cache was muggled and then got replaced in a new place. I think the reviewer probably regarded this as a new cache. It is just strange that the old name and code remained.

 

Another one that bothers me is no. 14 on the list, GC2AC1 - JOHANNESBURG SOUTH-1C, originally hidden on 2001/11/15. It was gone for more than a year (but not archived) and then replaced more than 800m from its original location. To me it does not feel like an original "old" cache.

 

Then there is no. 82, GCGX5X - Serendipity, originally hidden on 2003/09/14. It was gone for more than 3 years, then replaced more than 7 km away, but it still kept the original name and date!

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Most cache sizes found on one day:

The following nine cachers found all seven sizes in one day:

AndyT1	        2012/10/06   7
ElPongsch       2012/07/14   7
PORKY2	        2012/03/24   7
Team_vdlo       2010/10/20   7
TechnoNut       2012/03/24   7
paddawan        2012/10/06   7
vytenisd        2012/03/30   7
wadrer	        2012/03/26   7
zurcurrywurst   2012/03/26   7

And a new one:

 

Most of the 10 cache types and 7 cache sizes found in one day:

AndyT1	        2012-10-06  17
paddawan	2012-10-06  17
blazek	        2012-10-06  15
buzeles	        2012-10-06  15
pannie&medusae  2012-10-05  15

The types are Letterbox, CITO, Event, Wherigo, Multi, Earthcache, Traditional, Mystery, Virtual and Mega Event.

The sizes are Large, Regular, Small, Micro, Other, Not chosen and Virtual.

(As for most of my statistics, the numbers are for the whole of Africa, not just South Africa.)

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Cache owners with the most active caches:

1.  Louwtjie&Vroutjie: 265
2.  Wazat:	       175
3.  Fish Eagle:	       160
4.  SawaSawa:	       157
5.  GEO936:	       155
6.  iPajero:	       139
7.  TechnoNut:	       131
8.  paddawan:	       119
9.  NotBlonde:	       116
10. Leon St:	       111

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Gauteng Power Series statistics:

72 of the 655 caches have been archived and 34 are temporarily archived. A further 15 are probably missing. This implies that 18% of the series is currently unavailable.

 

556 Cachers have logged a total of 39557 finds on the series, for an average of 60 finds/cache and 71 finds/cacher.

 

The GPS caches that have been found the most are:

1. GC2NJYZ  GPS - Solidarity:            110 finds
2. GC2NJZ4  GPS - Peace:                 106 finds
3. GC2NG2C  GPS - Patience:               98 finds
4. GC2NYCW  GPS Decisive:                 97 finds
5. GC2VZZB  GPS  Right Way:               96 finds

 

The GPS caches with the most DNFs:

1. GC2T29B  GPS - Where is Wendy's rock?: 25 DNFs
2. GC2YRXV  GPS - Driefontein Sign - NB:  20 DNFs
3. GC2ZQCG  GPS - OPOR - NB:              18 DNFs
3. GC2QND8  GPS - Ruimte 219:             18 DNFs
5. GC2Y3A6  GPS - 23:                     17 DNFs
5. GC2QPH7  GPS - Caretaker:              17 DNFs

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Oldest unfound caches

 

With the news that the world's oldest unfound cache has recently been found (http://blog.geocaching.com/2013/06/worlds-oldest-unfound-geocache-is-found-getting-the-ftf-after-12-years/), I thought it was time to list the oldest unfound South African and African caches.

 

South Africa:

There are currently 38 unfound caches (excluding events and archived caches) which are older than a week. The oldest ones are:

1. GC2V443  Sapphire Pool,          published 2011-04-26 (just more than 3 years old)
2. GC31CK9  Giants Castle Pass,               2011-08-01
3. GC35P0W  Mhlwazini Peak,                   2011-10-09
3. GC35P15  Champagne Castle Ridge Peak,      2011-10-09
3. GC35P1A  Champagne Castle,                 2011-10-09
3. GC35P1M  Ships Prow,                       2011-10-09

Africa:

1. GCC65F   Geocache,               Nigeria,  2003-01-18 (an impressive 10.4 years old)
2. GCE0A6   Le gardien de Safar,    Algeria,  2003-02-08
3. GCHC1R   Umm Dabbadib,           Egypt,    2003-11-27
4. GCHAYZ   The Navigator's Crater, Ghana,    2003-12-07
5. GCJVAZ   TERRY'S CAVE,           Zimbabwe, 2004-04-07

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Longest unfound South African caches:

The following caches have been found previously:

1.  GCHB5H   Facing the Knife Edge, Montagu:	7.36 years
1.  GCHB5J   Bald Ibis Heights, Montagu:	7.36 years
1.  GCHB5K   Beyond the Great Mystery, Montagu: 7.36 years
4.  GCTP9F   De Bruin Dam:	                5.73 years
5.  GC16KQ6  Croc:	                        5.57 years
6.  GCYMH6   Majubasnek:	                5.37 years
7.  GC199Z5  Black Holes:	                5.32 years
8.  GC1902T  Ivory Trail - Camp Ntomeni:        5.31 years
9.  GC17Y0Z  Nsami View:	                5.09 years
10. GC1C24G  Upper Kei:	                        4.95 years

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Oldest unfound caches

 

With the news that the world's oldest unfound cache has recently been found (http://blog.geocaching.com/2013/06/worlds-oldest-unfound-geocache-is-found-getting-the-ftf-after-12-years/), I thought it was time to list the oldest unfound South African and African caches.

 

South Africa:

There are currently 38 unfound caches (excluding events and archived caches) which are older than a week. The oldest ones are:

1. GC2V443  Sapphire Pool,          published 2011-04-26 (just more than 3 years old)
2. GC31CK9  Giants Castle Pass,               2011-08-01
3. GC35P0W  Mhlwazini Peak,                   2011-10-09
3. GC35P15  Champagne Castle Ridge Peak,      2011-10-09
3. GC35P1A  Champagne Castle,                 2011-10-09
3. GC35P1M  Ships Prow,                       2011-10-09

Africa:

1. GCC65F   Geocache,               Nigeria,  2003-01-18 (an impressive 10.4 years old)
2. GCE0A6   Le gardien de Safar,    Algeria,  2003-02-08
3. GCHC1R   Umm Dabbadib,           Egypt,    2003-11-27
4. GCHAYZ   The Navigator's Crater, Ghana,    2003-12-07
5. GCJVAZ   TERRY'S CAVE,           Zimbabwe, 2004-04-07

 

Us KZN cachers better get up there. But I doubt Mhlwazini peak is still findable.

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Find rate over the past year:

During the period 19 June 2012 to 18 June 2013:

Whole of Africa:
318708 finds on 11880 caches by 20387 cachers, for an average of 26.8 finds/cache, 15.6	finds/cacher and 873 finds/day

Africa excluding Madeira and the Canary Islands:
153799 finds on	 9752 caches by 10152 cachers, for an average of 15.8 finds/cache, 15.1	finds/cacher and 421 finds/day

South Africa:
133778 finds on  8472 caches by  4854 cachers, for an average of 15.8 finds/cache, 27.6	finds/cacher and 367 finds/day

It is interesting that Madeira and the Canary Islands, with less than 2000 caches between them, have more cachers and finds than the rest of Africa, including South Africa!

 

The distribution per day of the week for South Africa is:

Su  33171 finds  24.8%
Mo  12783 finds   9.6%
Tu  10783 finds   8.1%
We  14907 finds  11.1%
Th  13091 finds   9.8%
Fr  14273 finds  10.7%
Sa  34770 finds  26.0%

So, if you like to meet other cachers, go caching on a Saturday. Or if you are shy, go on a Tuesday!

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Find rate for Madeira and the Canary Islands:

For the year 19 June 2012 to 18 June 2013:

 

164909 finds on 2128 caches by 10527 cachers, for an average of 77.5 finds/cache (5 times the average for South Africa), 15.7 finds/cacher and 452 finds/day (more than the rest of Africa)

 

The daily distribution:

Su	27402	16.6%
Mo	21304	12.9%
Tu	22705	13.8%
We	23573	14.3%
Th	22846	13.9%
Fr	21992	13.3%
Sa	25087	15.2%

I strongly suspect the high numbers and even distribution point to large numbers of European tourists to these islands. (They are, after all, administered by Portugal and Spain, respectively.)

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what about the number of finds in the top 10 African countries?

Top African countries, all time:

1.  South Africa:   477103 finds
2.  Canary Islands: 240381 finds
3.  Madeira:	    134932 finds
4.  Egypt:	     14830 finds
5.  Namibia:	     13160 finds
6.  Morocco:	      4667 finds
7.  Tunisia:	      4080 finds
8.  Reunion:	      4052 finds
9.  Tanzania:	      3875 finds
10. Mauritius:	      3345 finds
11. Seychelles:	      2368 finds
12. Cape Verde:	      2245 finds

 

Top African countries, last year:

1.  South Africa:   133778 finds
2.  Canary Islands:  88118 finds
3.  Madeira:	     76791 finds
4.  Egypt:	      4199 finds
5.  Namibia:	      3710 finds
6.  Morocco:	      1806 finds
7.  Reunion:	      1735 finds
8.  Tunisia:	      1524 finds
9.  Tanzania:	      1122 finds
10. Cape Verde:	      1055 finds
11. Seychelles:	       991 finds
12. Mauritius:	       976 finds

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I'm really surprised that Kenya is not in the top 10. My 2 Kenyan caches get a good few hits every year.

Kenya is no.13 on the list, with 1366 finds over all time, and 529 finds during the last year.

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Top African countries, all time:

 

Top African countries, last year:

 

 

Except for SA this clearly aligns with tourism. Something people (C&J...) who might be looking for sponsorships should keep in mind... (not that GC is the main reason why tourists will choose a particular destination).

 

Danie, soos altyd - baie dankie vir die interessante blik op caching!

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I'm really surprised that Kenya is not in the top 10. My 2 Kenyan caches get a good few hits every year.

Kenya is no.13 on the list, with 1366 finds over all time, and 529 finds during the last year.

 

Interesting. A big gap between #10 and #13. If it is not a big hassle, could you perhaps post the top 20 in Africa?

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Top African countries, all time:

 

Top African countries, last year:

 

 

Except for SA this clearly aligns with tourism. Something people (C&J...) who might be looking for sponsorships should keep in mind... (not that GC is the main reason why tourists will choose a particular destination).

 

Danie, soos altyd - baie dankie vir die interessante blik op caching!

 

Agreed. And even the find numbers on SA caches re-iterate this. Table Mountain and Cape Aghulas being top finds every year.

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South African finds per month:

For the year June 2012 to May 2013:

RSAfindspermonth2012_3.jpg

(Notice the big MEGA-bump during October last year!)

 

For all time:

RSAfindspermonthalltime.jpg

Interesting that November is even lower than February. I wonder why?

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could you perhaps post the top 20 in Africa?

Total finds during the year 19 June 2012 to 18 June 2013:

1.  South Africa:  133778
2.  Canary Islands: 88118
3.  Madeira:	    76791
4.  Egypt:	     4199
5.  Namibia:	     3710
6.  Morocco:	     1806
7.  Reunion:	     1735
8.  Tunisia:	     1524
9.  Tanzania:	     1122
10. Cape Verde:	     1055
11. Seychelles:	      991
12. Mauritius:	      976
13. Kenya:	      529
14. Zimbabwe:	      455
15. Botswana:	      354
16. Swaziland:	      178
17. Mozambique:	      167
18. Senegal:	      156
19. Gambia:	      138
20. Uganda:	      129
21. Lesotho:	      121
22. Djibouti:	       91
23. Zambia:	       86
24. Ethiopia:	       62
25. Ghana:	       49

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Lesotho very likely spiked up due to the event at Sani Top last year too :) - a bunch of guys & girls running about finding all the caches in the vicinity of Thaba Ntlenyana.

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Most South African finds per day:

For the year 2012-06-19 to 2013-06-18:

1.   2012/10/06:  4236 (During the MEGA-event. The second most ever - the all-time record is 6766 on 2011/07/23, Gauteng Power Series)
2.   2012/12/19:  2302
3.   2012/10/05:  2244
4.   2012/10/07:  1528
5.   2012/08/09:  1414

361. 2013/05/23:    96
362. 2012/07/19:    95
363. 2012/07/16:    89
364. 2012/09/06:    80
365. 2012/09/05:    71

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South African finds per month:

For the year June 2012 to May 2013:

RSAfindspermonth2012_3.jpg

(Notice the big MEGA-bump during October last year!)

 

For all time:

RSAfindspermonthalltime.jpg

Interesting that November is even lower than February. I wonder why?

 

Could it possibly be that it's exam time for students, schools and most professionals. I know my caching takes a hit in November?

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I want to calculate the centroid of finds in an area, weighted by the number of times each cache has been found in a specified period. In other words, if a specific cache has been found 10 times, its weight should be 10 times that of a cache which has only been found once in the same period. Is there anybody out there that can help me with a SQLite script or GSAK macro to do this?

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Distribution of Difficulty levels:

DifficultyRSAvsWorld.jpg

 

Distribution of Terrain levels:

TerrainRSAvsWorld.jpg

 

For both Difficulty and Terrain we are above the world average on the low range (1.5), and below average in the middle range (2 - 3).

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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