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Most of the Difficulty/Terrain combinations found:

(Only African caches)

1. iPajero	           81
   The Huskies	           81
   rodnjoan	           81
   cownchicken	           81
   TechnoNut	           81
   Henzz	           81
   terunkie	           81
   AndyT1	           81
   pannie&medusae	   81
   paddawan	           81
   Mixs	           81
   Wh00	           81
   Zambesiboy	           81
   Team Pooky	           81
   TroopScouter	   81
   PackScouter	           81
   Delta_C	           81
   Skilpad	           81
   Strandloper3	   81
20. Leon St	           80
   Spesbona	           80
   SKATTIE@1	           80
   TeamDJ*	           80
   Thedivespot	           80
25. OneMatchFox	           79
26. Thrips	           78
   battlerat and pussycat 78
   ChrisDen	           78
   HovelJ	           78
30. zombieZA	           77
   capeccr	           77
   Mooiman	           77
33. Louise_Gerhard	   76
   Porky2	           76
   PieterM	           76
   bergbokkie	           76
   LegoMikey	           76
   tojoliveira	           76
   dandrade	           76
   family Behrens	   76
   Riisearch	           76
42. ruben&alexandra	   75
   residencial.pordosol   75
   escorcios	           75
45. Elsies	           74
   NaviMate	           74
   horticalheta	   74
   RicardoGonçalvesrady   74
   ricardomariagoncas	   74
   adilawson	           74
   FireflyAfrica	   74
   TatiyPedro	           74

 

Very interesting! Thanks for this list.

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For the stats thread too:

 

SA has just reached 281 active Earthcaches! Keep them coming - 300 is just around the corner. Western Cape remain the leading province - and actually extend their lead.

 

a rough indicator:

 

ECs by Prov

 

1 Western Cape 57

2 Eastern Cape 48

3 Kwazulu Natal 47

4 Gauteng 41

5 Mpumalanga 39

6 Northern Cape 20

7 Limpopo 17

8 North West 7

9 Free State 4

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Highest cache densities in Africa:

 

    Africa	            5.5	caches per 10000 sq. km

1. Madeira	          13454	caches per 10000 sq. km
2. Canary Islands	   2350	caches per 10000 sq. km
3. Ceuta	           1786	caches per 10000 sq. km
4. Seychelles	            976	caches per 10000 sq. km
5. Reunion	            466	caches per 10000 sq. km
6. Saint Helena	    333	caches per 10000 sq. km
7. Mauritius	            265	caches per 10000 sq. km
8. Cape Verde	            102	caches per 10000 sq. km
9. South Africa	   94.6	caches per 10000 sq. km
10. Sao Tome and Principe  51.9	caches per 10000 sq. km
11. Swaziland	           41.5	caches per 10000 sq. km
12. Gambia	           20.2	caches per 10000 sq. km
13. Lesotho	            7.9	caches per 10000 sq. km
14. Djibouti	            7.3	caches per 10000 sq. km
15. Tunisia	            6.2	caches per 10000 sq. km

(Ceuta is an autonomous Spanish city in Morocco.)

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I'm surprised to see the stats on Seychelles. The caches there are few and far between but obviously the total size of the country comes into play in the calculations. We managed to do almost all the caches on Mahe [main island] in 1 day - only the 2 high up on a 8 hour hiking trail were not done along with 2 or 3 DNF's. Perhaps that will explain Madeira and Canary Islands as well. I still battle to get my head around those being part of "Africa"! :unsure:

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Population per cache:

    Africa	           66357 persons/cache

1. Madeira	             221 persons/cache
2. Saint Helena	     404 persons/cache
3. Canary Islands	    1260 persons/cache
4. Seychelles	            1833 persons/cache
5. South Africa	    4589 persons/cache
6. Reunion	            6778 persons/cache
7. Cape Verde	           10268 persons/cache
8. Swaziland	           14333 persons/cache
9. Ceuta	           15372 persons/cache
10. Mauritius	           22578 persons/cache
11. Botswana	           29675 persons/cache
12. Saõ Tomé and Príncipe  36635 persons/cache
13. Djibouti	           53294 persons/cache
14. Zimbabwe	           63463 persons/cache
15. The Gambia	           72238 persons/cache

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Cache density: South Africa:

 

World	        177 caches per 10000 sq. km    2687 persons/cache
Africa	        5.5 caches per 10000 sq. km   66357 persons/cache
South Africa	 95 caches per 10000 sq. km    4589 persons/cache
Rest of Africa	1.7 caches per 10000 sq. km  208587 persons/cache

South Africa has about half the number of caches it should have according to the world averages of both density and persons/cache

 

Per province:

Gauteng	      1644 caches per 10000 sq. km   4321 persons/cache
KZN	       237 caches per 10000 sq. km   4776 persons/cache
Western Cape   190 caches per 10000 sq. km   2483 persons/cache
Mpumalanga      96 caches per 10000 sq. km   5746 persons/cache
Eastern Cape    96 caches per 10000 sq. km   4174 persons/cache
Free State      51 caches per 10000 sq. km   4216 persons/cache
North West      35 caches per 10000 sq. km  10072 persons/cache
Limpopo	        26 caches per 10000 sq. km  17486 persons/cache
Northern Cape  4.8 caches per 10000 sq. km   6554 persons/cache

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Archived and Temporarily Archived caches per province:

RSA%20Archived.jpg

I was quite surprised to see Mpumalanga in the no. 1 spot, worse even than Gauteng.

Does anybody have a theory why this is the case?

 

RSA%20temp%20arch.jpg

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Mpumalanga caches - what would the effect of all the KNP caches being archived have been? Would it not have been a good place for "holiday caches" to have been placed in years gone by and then got archived due to lack of maintenance?

 

Perhaps you could do a comparison with number of cachers in each province and see if there is any correlation to these stats? Just some thoughts.

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Mpumalanga caches - what would the effect of all the KNP caches being archived have been?

It certainly sounds like a good explanation, but the following map of all the archived caches in Mpumalanga shows differently:

Mpumalanga%20archived.jpg

Most of the archived caches in Mpumalanga are centered around Nelspruit and Hazyview.

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Mpumalanga caches - what would the effect of all the KNP caches being archived have been?

It certainly sounds like a good explanation, but the following map of all the archived caches in Mpumalanga shows differently:

Mpumalanga%20archived.jpg

Most of the archived caches in Mpumalanga are centered around Nelspruit and Hazyview.

 

WOW - almost looks like a Power Trail running north from Nelspruit.

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Most active cachers during the past year:

 

In South Africa, during the year 5 June 2014 to 4 June 2015:

1. Spesbona:	   1602 finds
2. Voëlhond:	   1482 finds
3. iPajero:	   1262 finds
4. The Huskies:   1213 finds
5. AdieA:	   1191 finds
6. Team Venter:   1178 finds
7. ChrisDen:	   1074 finds
8. GorNat:	   1059 finds
9. Andredj:	    963 finds
10. Mixs:	    862 finds

During this time a total of 7869 cachers found at least one cache in South Africa, and 2103 were "active" (in the sense that they found the equivalent of at least one cache per month).

 

For all of Africa:

1. Spesbona:	   1608	finds
2. Voëlhond:	   1484	finds
3. iPajero:	   1263	finds
4. The Huskies:   1218	finds
5. AdieA:	   1195	finds
6. Team Venter:   1178	finds
7. ChrisDen:	   1088	finds
8. GorNat:	   1063	finds
9. Andredj:	    997	finds
10. Louise_Gerhard: 863	finds

26093 cachers found at least one cache in Africa during the year, and 6940 were active cachers.

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Density of archived caches:

 

To generate the following map I calculated the number of archived caches within 10km of each South African cache in my database, and I used QuikGrid to interpolate and plot the resultant map. (White areas are where there are too few archived caches to interpolate reliably.)

RSA%20archived%20heat%20map.jpg

Nothing too surprising here - the areas with high concentrations of archived areas correlate well with the areas with many caches - Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, P.E. and Nelspruit.

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Bermuda triangles:

 

I thought it would be interesting to know if there are areas in South Africa that are particularly bad for cache survival; places where caches simply don't last. This sounds simple, but to determine this practically turned out to be quite a challenge. All I have to work with is the number of active and archived caches in an area. What do "bad" areas look like, and how does one compare them? To give two examples - there used to be a few caches in the Kruger Park, of which all except a small number of earthcaches have been archived. Fairly large geographical areas have lost all their caches, although the density had been low. On the other hand one finds areas with high cache densities, which have lost very high numbers of caches. The best example here is GC3WTKG - Gold Digger. In the 10km radius around this cache there are currently 30 active caches and 147 archived caches! The problem is how does one compare these two areas? What is worse - to lose 100% of 5 caches, or 83% of 177 caches? I could not think of a single criterion, so I generated two sets of maps - the first is based on the percentage of archived caches (which will show areas like the Kruger Park), and the second will highlight areas that have a large difference between the number of archived and active caches. (Just looking at the number of archived caches in an area would not work, because it is highly correlated with cache density - all it shows are the cities.)

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What I find interesting about this first graph (which shows the percentage of archived caches) is that the cities don't feature. As expected, the most prominent hot spot is in the Kruger Park. It may be interesting to investigate some of the other red spots as well.

 

The next two graphs are based on the difference between archived and active caches:

10km%20480%20arch-act.jpg

And in 2D:

10km%20480%20arch-act%202D.jpg

Only one area stands out like a sore thumb - just north of Ballito. Not sure what happened there - maybe I found the Bermuda triangle of caches? :blink:

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Bermuda triangles:

 

 

As expected, the most prominent hot spot is in the Kruger Park.

 

Only one area stands out like a sore thumb - just north of Ballito. Not sure what happened there - maybe I found the Bermuda triangle of caches? :blink:

 

Danie:

 

KNP - All those caches were archived on instructions of Parks Board. Only Earthcaches now allowed in KNP.

 

The area north of Ballito was host to a a series of mini Power Trails. The CO decided to archive them as they were going missing quite often. There must have been >120 caches in these trails.

 

PT

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Maybe worth mentioning - the scale of my last maps hides it, but there are more areas that have fewer active than archived caches:


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  • Just north of Cape Town, around Bloubergstrand
  • Just north of Nelspruit
  • Nigel
  • Parys
  • Ermelo
  • Magoebaskloof

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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New South African caches:

 

The following graph shows where the most caches have been placed during the past year. (It is calculated as the density of new caches in a 10km circle).

RSA%20cache%20density%20last%20year.jpg

The peak lies at GC5N5V - Whistle Stop 2, which has no less than 225 newly placed caches within 10km from it!

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Age distribution of active South African caches:

 

RSA%20cache%20age%20distribution.jpg

  • 17.8% of the caches are less than 1 year old
  • 50% of the caches are less than 2.91 years old (median)
  • The average age of all the active South African caches is 3.5 years
  • 80% of the caches are less than 5.69 years old
  • Only 5% of the caches are older than 8.71 years
  • Only 1% of the caches are older than 10.83 years
  • The oldest 100 caches are all older than 11.18 years

 

Geographical distribution of cache ages:

(Where there are many caches in the same area (cities), the average age is displayed.)

RSA%20cache%20age.jpg

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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Longest unfound South African caches:

1. GCYMH6   Majubasnek	                          Eastern Cape	7.34 years
2. GC199Z5  Black Holes	                  Eastern Cape	7.28 years
3. GC1902T  Ivory Trail - Camp Ntomeni	          Limpopo	7.28 years
4. GC17Y0Z  Nsami View	                          Limpopo	7.05 years
5. GC1C24G  Upper Kei	                          Eastern Cape	6.92 years
6. GCJ6RE   Droster's Pass Cache (Western Cape)  Western Cape	6.84 years
7. GC1GB7M  Takazi Waterfall	                  Eastern Cape	6.73 years
8. GC14CBM  Row, Row, Row your boat	          Eastern Cape	6.18 years
9. GC1G5TY  Izele Convent	                  Eastern Cape	6.15 years
10. GCXBXX   Mpande	                          Eastern Cape	6.11 years
11. GC14R3H  Ivory Trail - Camp Blouberg	  Limpopo	6.09 years
12. GC12GZG  The Pig	                          Kwazulu Natal	6.08 years
13. GCWYBB   Blouberg Views	                  Limpopo	5.84 years
14. GC1PKBF  Tonteldoos - Groot Skat	          Limpopo	5.73 years
15. GCF9FC   Just Climb It	                  Free State	5.73 years
16. GC1GB96  Nongqawuse pools	                  Eastern Cape	5.64 years
17. GCY1NM   Memel Escarpment	                  Free State	5.63 years
18. GC254GT  3 FenCes-Dewildt bike trails	  North West	5.25 years
19. GCZRTB   Baviaanskloof rock art.	          Eastern Cape	5.20 years
20. GCV2M7   Carlisle’s Hoek Falls	          Eastern Cape	4.93 years

Oldest never found South African caches:

1. GC2V443  Sapphire Pool	                  Kwazulu Natal	4.13 years
2. GC35P1M  Ships Prow	                          Kwazulu Natal	3.67 years
3. GC39MEP  Rockeries	                          Kwazulu Natal	3.44 years
4. GC4RGYK  9Peaks - Kwa Duma	                  Eastern Cape	1.63 years
5. GC4XQXR  Tugela Bushveld - Bitter Aloes	  Kwazulu Natal	1.39 years
6. GC5AP3T  Moorfield Viewpoint	          Kwazulu Natal	0.96 years
7. GC5AP46  Moorfield Mountain Water Source	  Kwazulu Natal	0.95 years
8. GC5D9DR  Large OPOR on way to Middelrus	  Kwazulu Natal	0.74 years
9. GC5HXBV  Tugela Bushveld - Pylon Hill	  Kwazulu Natal	0.49 years
10. GC5JE1F  Heuningvlei Widdringtonia cedarberg  Western Cape	0.45 years

(This topic has turned into a monologue - I'll keep quiet now.)

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...........................

(This topic has turned into a monologue - I'll keep quiet now.)

 

NO DANIE!!!! We keep reading. The stats are fantastic. We are just mere mortals but love the stats. KEEP THEM COMING!

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Thanks Danie for the trouble of putting these stats together. I really appreciate it.

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Thanks Danie for the trouble of putting these stats together. I really appreciate it.

 

What about a list of cachers that have completed the matrix of 81, but some of their cache finds were not in Africa.

 

Interesting concept! Just checked and mine are all in Africa (and discovered that I have 4001 African finds).

I am pretty sure that iPajero's multiple matrix laps are all in Africa as well.

 

And Danie - keep the stats coming. The monologue is OK. It means we are gobsmacked. :)

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I never say anything, but never miss a post, don't know when you get time to do all these, but really am appreciating it a lot. :rolleyes:

 

Thanks Danie for the trouble of putting these stats together. I really appreciate it.

 

What about a list of cachers that have completed the matrix of 81, but some of their cache finds were not in Africa.

 

Interesting concept! Just checked and mine are all in Africa (and discovered that I have 4001 African finds).

I am pretty sure that iPajero's multiple matrix laps are all in Africa as well.

 

And Danie - keep the stats coming. The monologue is OK. It means we are gobsmacked. :)

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Danie

 

I don't say anything for fear of showing my ignorance, but absolutely enjoying all the stats! Keep them rolling!

 

Thanks

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What I meant was that I completed the matrix of 81 but 5 of mine was outside Africa, so it does not count. I was just wondering if there are other cachers out there in the same situation.

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What I meant was that I completed the matrix of 81 but 5 of mine was outside Africa, so it does not count. I was just wondering if there are other cachers out there in the same situation.

The reason why my statistics are limited to Africa is that the PQ limitation makes it difficult to collect more than the data from Africa. To keep it complete and current I have to update all of Africa twice a week. That is 40 of my 70 PQs for the week. The number of caches and logs in North America and Europe (where most of our non-African finds are) would require several times that number of PQs.

 

So I am sorry, but I see no way to enable me to include more than Africa for now.

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I echo everyone's sentiments too :D ! Thanks for all the superb stats Danie! The quikgrid maps are very interesting and it's also great to see visually that PE and surrounds has really seen a huge increase in cache numbers :) .

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What I meant was that I completed the matrix of 81 but 5 of mine was outside Africa, so it does not count. I was just wondering if there are other cachers out there in the same situation.

PieterM

 

A lot of my finds (especially the Earthcache stats which are close to my heart) are also out of Africa. These stats of Danie are great showing African stats. I just add a note below in a reply normally of I want to add and enhance his stats.

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DANIE YOU ROCK

 

It is really only this thread that keeps the forums going currently - this is a wealth of info and an absolute pleasure to read and look forward to your next riveting installment.

 

Please keep it up. Even the Earthcache stats you provided internationally are the best I've seen. Great stuff!

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Even the Earthcache stats you provided internationally are the best I've seen. Great stuff!

 

Speaking of International Earthcaches - have a peep at what SA's EarthcacheMeister iPajero has been doing in the USA. Now on 333 ECs and counting.

 

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Distribution of 10 FP caches:

 

As you probably know, the Geocaching Road Trip '15 starts on 19 June. The first challenge is to find a cache with at least 10 Favourite Points. I thought it would be interesting to see how many of them there are in South Africa, and where they are.

 

There are a total of 639 findable caches with 10 or more Favourite Points in South Africa. (This represents 1 out of every 17.2 caches.)(Findable meaning not archived or temporarily archived.)

Western Cape: 208 (1 out of every  11.1 caches)
Gauteng:      194 (1 out of every  14.3 caches)
KZN:           85 (1 out of every  25.2 caches)
Eastern Cape:  66 (1 out of every  23.8 caches)           
Free State:    39 (1 out of every  16.5 caches)
Mpumalanga:    24 (1 out of every  30.2 caches)
North West:    15 (1 out of every  23.5 caches)
Northern Cape:  6 (1 out of every  28.7 caches)
Limpopo:        2 (1 out of every 153.5 caches

Western Cape:

10%20FPs%20WC.jpg

 

Gauteng:

10%20FPs%20Gauteng.jpg

 

KZN:

10%20FPs%20KZN.jpg

 

(The rest will follow later.)

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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I am not a big poster, but I would also just like to thank Danie for the stats. I check the statistics forum almost on a daily basis and really enjoy all the interesting information. Big thumbs up from my side. Thank you!

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Speaking of International Earthcaches - have a peep at what SA's EarthcacheMeister iPajero has been doing in the USA. Now on 333 ECs and counting.

 

iPajero are really insane! I'm amazed that they've done so many Earthcaches and had the time to submit all the answers while on their holiday :blink:. Incredible!

 

Also check out the Earthcache GC24PJF - their log is right after that of Alamogul - the top finders of caches in the world with a whopping 116 617 finds :blink: . iPajero are clearly following in their footsteps :P:laughing:

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Distribution of 10 FP caches:As you probably know, the Geocaching Road Trip '15 starts on 19 June. The first challenge is to find a cache with at least 10 Favourite Points. I thought it would be interesting to see how many of them there are in South Africa, and where they are.There are a total of 639 findable caches with 10 or more Favourite Points in South Africa.

 

Thanks for these stats! Interesting to see the numbers and I'm very glad that I have several caches to choose from in GP :).

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Geocaching Roadtrip '15:

 

To earn 6 souvenirs, one has to find caches according to the following rules:

  1. Any cache with 10 or more Favourite Points, from 19 June to 2 September
  2. Attend an Event, from 3 July to 2 September
  3. Find a cache with a Diffulty or Terrain rating of 5, from 17 July to 2 September
  4. Find an EarthCache or attend a CITO, from 31 July to 2 September
  5. Find a Mystery cache, from 14 August to 2 September
  6. Bonus souvenir for finding all of the above, from 14 August to 2 September

As I understand it one can combine them, as long as you take the dates into account. Finding a mystery cache of Difficulty 5 between 14 August and 2 September should qualify for souvenirs 3 and 5, for example.

 

That begs the question: What is the minimum number required to earn all 6 souvenirs?

It depends if a CITO counts as an Event. If it does, all one needs are 2 caches: a mystery cache with a difficulty rating of 5 and 10 FPs between 14 August and 2 September, and a CITO between 31 July and 2 September.

 

The first of these is doable - the following 26 difficult, popular mystery caches qualify:

GC2MNEF	 JERICHO 2	                                    18 FPs  Eastern Cape
GC4J0R3	 The Treasure of the Copper Scrolls	            17 FPs  Eastern Cape
GC4RPG9	 The Treasure of the Copper Scrolls 2	            12 FPs  Eastern Cape
GC4KPCC	 Lost Skateboard!	                            14 FPs  Eastern Cape
GC588PQ	 Retha's Labyrinth	                            12 FPs  Eastern Cape
GC1VB68	 Waterhole	                                    22 FPs  Free State
GCNN9C	 Stoddard's Demise	                            23 FPs  Gauteng
GCWX59	 Descartes Communique	                            19 FPs  Gauteng
GC34GPT	 Curse of the FTF # 11 - Gauteng (11-11-11)	    10 FPs  Gauteng
GC3YY8J	 Curse of the FTF # 12 - Gauteng - (Lobola)	    18 FPs  Gauteng
GC3KM3K	 Da Vinci Code	                                    41 FPs  Gauteng
GC45ZZC	 TeamDJ's Puzzle Quest #5: Final	            28 FPs  Gauteng
GC4EQFM	 Resuscitator Challenge - Gauteng	            12 FPs  Gauteng
GC4YZW2	 Wee Mad Arthur	                                    10 FPs  Gauteng
GC55D5H	 Hash	                                            13 FPs  Gauteng
GC52VK2	 Pretoria GeoArt R5 - Start Your Search Engines	    13 FPs  Gauteng
GC54AY3	 Pretoria GeoArt O07 - Resistance is Futile	    16 FPs  Gauteng
GC1X936	 340 Degrees	                                    27 FPs  Kwazulu Natal
GC4557Y	 On a clear day	                                    10 FPs  Kwazulu Natal
GC5F6BW	 Wormhole of Spam	                            10 FPs  Kwazulu Natal
GC2BJCT	 Google Spy	                                    25 FPs  Western Cape
GC315RW	 Cape Resuscitator - Challenge Cache	            27 FPs  Western Cape
GC35EP2	 Article 360	                                    16 FPs  Western Cape
GC3FXE5	 South African Fizzy Challenge: The Full Matrix	    12 FPs  Western Cape
GC426VN	 The 3 Little Peaks & Radcliff Rockbiter: Radcliff  10 FPs  Western Cape
GC5D3BX	 The Vault	                                    14 FPs  Western Cape

There is currently no CITO scheduled in the period 31 July to 2 September, but this will probably change as we get closer to the date. If not, one will have to attend an event and find an EarthCache.

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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Areas with the most 10 FP caches:

 

The following areas (in each province) have the 10km radius with the most caches with 10 or more Favourite Points:

Western Cape:   Table Mountain, Cape Town  68
Gauteng:	Monument Park, Pretoria	   65
Eastern Cape:	Glenhurd, P.E.	           40
Kwazulu Natal:	Pinetown	           35
Free State:	Naval Hill, Bloemfontein   20
North West:	Sterkfontein Caves	    6
Mpumalanga:	Blyde River Canyon	    5
Limpopo:	Blyde River Canyon	    4
Northern Cape:	Nowhere more than 	    1

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Most African finds during the last year:

 

For the year ending 18 June 2015:

1. Spesbona:	   1606 finds (was in position  1 a month ago)
2. Voëlhond:	   1488 finds (was in position  3 a month ago)
3. The Huskies:   1217 finds (was in position  5 a month ago)
4. iPajero:	   1182 finds (was in position  2 a month ago)
5. Team Venter:   1181 finds (was in position  8 a month ago)
6. AdieA:	   1146 finds (was in position  4 a month ago)
7. ChrisDen:	   1072 finds (was in position  7 a month ago)
8. GorNat:	   1060 finds (was in position  6 a month ago)
9. Andredj:	   1003 finds (was in position  9 a month ago)
10. Louise_Gerhard: 863 finds (was in position 11 a month ago)
   Mixs:	    863 finds (was in position 10 a month ago)

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South African finds for the year:

 

During the year ending 18 June 2016, 9024 cachers found a total of 162803 caches in South Africa. (Average: 18 caches/cacher, 446 finds/day.) Of these, 2116 found at least 12 caches.

 

Top cachers for the year:

1. Spesbona:	 1600 finds
2. Voëlhond:	 1486 finds
3. The Huskies: 1213 finds
4. iPajero:	 1182 finds
5. Team Venter: 1181 finds
6. AdieA:	 1142 finds
7. ChrisDen:	 1058 finds
8. GorNat:	 1056 finds
9. Andredj:	  969 finds
10. Mixs:	  863 finds

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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Finds per day:

 

The following graph shows the number of South African finds per day, for the past year:

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The minimum is 76 finds (17 Nov. 2014)

The maximum is 3037 finds (23 Mar. 2015)

The average is 446 finds/day

 

For the following graph I smoothed the daily data to get rid of the weekend effect (I used a moving average of a week).

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I can't really explain any of the peaks - not sure why there is such a high peak at the end of March. (And why now, in the middle of June?) The dip in the middle of November is also puzzling.

 

I find it interesting that the usual peak over the December holidays is hardly noticeable this time.

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I thin Pi Day (with 2 souvenirs) at end March 15 - and International Geocaching Day (and the 7 souvenirs of August) may also have helped.

 

I'm sure these Road Trips will also increase interest in the next few weeks.

 

i'm surprised the MEGA did not show in a higher spike in Oct.

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Correction:

 

I apologise - I made a mistake with the previous two graphs; there was a date offset.

Here are the corrected versions:

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And the smoothed version:

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It makes much more sense now - the huge peak is of course the MEGA, and the second peak is the December holidays.

The dip now falls on 2 June - still not sure why.

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Pretoria GeoArt statistics:

 

82 of the 86 caches are currently findable - the other 4 are temporarily archived

Total number of finds: 1787

Average finds/cache: 20.8

Most finds: 38 (Pretoria GeoArt E6-"Jive, Sokkie, or Tango?")

Fewest finds: 6 (Pretoria GeoArt R7 - Holdem)

Most DNFs: 10 (Pretoria GeoArt T2 - Time is on your side)

Most notes: 4 (Pretoria GeoArt Challenge Cache, Pretoria GeoArt O4 - Tucked Away TB Hotel)

Total number of Favourite Points: 293

Average FPs/cache: 3.4

 

Most FPs:

1. GC4YFK5  Pretoria GeoArt R10 - Where am I?:	                19 FPs
2. GC541TJ  Pretoria GeoArt O4 - Tucked Away TB Hotel	        15 FPs
3. GC4XQE5  Pretoria GeoArt R8 - Just a cache with a long name:	14 FPs
4. GC52VK2  Pretoria GeoArt R5 - Start Your Search Engines:	12 FPs
4. GC54AY3  Pretoria GeoArt O07 - Resistance is Futile:	        12 FPs
4. GC4ZA2Z  Pretoria GeoArt E07 - Troll Bridge:	                12 FPs

Cachers with the most Pretoria GeoArt finds:

1. pannie&medusae: 93 (I assume they must have duplicate logs)
2. PackScouter:    85
3. TroopScouter:   84
4. rodnjoan:	    83
5. pirjan:	    79
6. dolos:	    77
7. GorNat:	    76
8. JanMich:	    72
9. Wilduvo:	    68
10. Leon St:	    66

Only 67 cachers have logged finds, which is surprising given the fact that this series was published almost 10 months ago.

Average no. of finds/cacher: 26.6

 

Please can we get an update of these stats :lol:. I completed the series on Sunday and I'm curious to see how the stats look now :lol: .

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Please can we get an update of these stats :lol:. I completed the series on Sunday and I'm curious to see how the stats look now :lol: .

 

Updated Pretoria GeoArt statistics:

 

All 86 caches are currently findable.

Total number of finds: 2036

Average finds/cache: 23.7

Most finds: 41 (Pretoria GeoArt E6-"Jive, Sokkie, or Tango?")

Fewest finds: 11 (GC4YG4A Pretoria GeoArt O5 - Mexican Checkers)

Most DNFs: 10 (Pretoria GeoArt T2 - Time is on your side)

Most notes: 5 (GC4ZA5W Pretoria GeoArt 2R01 - GEOCACHING)

Total number of Favourite Points: 314

Average FPs/cache: 3.7

 

Most FPs:

1. GC4YFK5  Pretoria GeoArt R10 - Where am I?:	                 19 FPs
2. GC54AY3  Pretoria GeoArt O07 - Resistance is Futile:	 16 FPs
3. GC541TJ  Pretoria GeoArt O4 - Tucked Away TB Hotel:	         15 FPs
4. GC4XQE5  Pretoria GeoArt R8 - Just a cache with a long name: 14 FPs
5. GC52VK2  Pretoria GeoArt R5 - Start Your Search Engines:	 13 FPs
   GC4ZA2Z  Pretoria GeoArt E07 - Troll Bridge:	         13 FPs
   GC550WQ  Pretoria GeoArt R2 - The Hole Stone:	         13 FPs
8. GC4Y09C  Pretoria GeoArt A12 - Swallow's Rest:	         12 FPs
9. GC558MX  Pretoria GeoArt Challenge Cache:	                 11 FPs
   GC4Y0NT  Pretoria GeoArt O12-"Spin the Wheel":	         11 FPs
   GC541RB  Pretoria GeoArt A6 - Make the Connection:	         11 FPs
   GC51970  Pretoria GeoArt P09 - Revenge of the 2 l bottle.:	 11 FPs

 

Cachers with the most Pretoria GeoArt finds:

1. Delbadore:	    86
   LuciaMPR:	    86
   TroopScouter:   86
   rodnjoan:	    86
   coronella inv.: 86
   pannie&medusae: 86
   pirjan:	    86
8. PackScouter:    85
   dolos:	    85
   GorNat:	    85

(To be fair, I added own caches to the owners' finds.)

 

Only 69 cachers have logged finds, which is surprising given the fact that this series was published a year ago.

Average no. of finds/cacher: 29.5

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Gauteng Power Series statistics:

 

462 of the original 685 caches (67%) are currently findable.

Total number of finds: 57577 (7.2% of all South African finds)

Average finds/cache: 84.1

Most finds: 160 (GC2VF2E GPS - Kruger's 07th Million)

Active cache with the fewest finds: 27 (GC2VEV7 GPS - Advertise)

Most DNFs: 38 (GC2T29B GPS - Where is Wendy's rock?)

Most notes: 6 (GC2R76Z GPS Senseless II)

Total number of Favourite Points: 139

Average FPs/cache: 0.2

 

Most FPs:

1. GC2R4WE  GPS-Old Ad:	                         7 FPs
2. GC2QPHQ  GPS - SAP-GL:	                 6 FPs
3. GC2XKGJ  GPS - Slinky Minky:	                 5 FPs
4. GC2QPH7  GPS - Caretaker:	                 4 FPs
  GC2RPCX  GPS - Shady:	                 4 FPs
  GC2RAHP  GPS - Jessica's 10th Birthday Cache: 4 FPs
  GC2RPDZ  GPS - Nursery:	                 4 FPs
  GC2R4X7  GPS-SouthDowns In:	                 4 FPs
  GC2ZC0A  GPS - Loose bolt on Apollo M37:	 4 FPs
  GC2R770  GPS Always Christmas:	         4 FPs

Cachers with the most GPS finds:

1. Leon St:	    685
   W@lly:	    685
3. HeinG:	    680
   Wormgeocash:    680
5. rodnjoan:	    674
6. Louise_Gerhard: 673
   Elsies:	    673
8. iPajero:	    671
9. Wilduvo:	    670
   B and C Inc:    670

(I added own caches to the owners' finds.)

 

A total of 1082 cachers have logged finds this series.

Average no. of finds/cacher: 53.6

 

(Let me know if you want similar statistics on other power trails or groups of caches.)

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Danie - could you do a snap shot of the new(ish) KZN ABC geoart? Still very new - and likely to have far fewer numbers - but will be good for comaprison over time.

 

I am pleased to see the Pretoria geoart has a higher number of FPs awarded. Good sign. And similarly the longevity is better than the GPS. I suppose GPS was exactly that - small nondescript caches for numbers (love them or hate them).

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Danie - could you do a snap shot of the new(ish) KZN ABC geoart? Still very new - and likely to have far fewer numbers - but will be good for comaprison over time.

 

I am pleased to see the Pretoria geoart has a higher number of FPs awarded. Good sign. And similarly the longevity is better than the GPS. I suppose GPS was exactly that - small nondescript caches for numbers (love them or hate them).

Will do. To my surprise I found that the Gauteng Power Series actually lasts better than other caches of the same age in the same area!

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(Let me know if you want similar statistics on other power trails or groups of caches.)

 

Thank you for all the Geoart stats Danie! Apologies for my slow response.

 

I think it would be interesting to see how the various Geoart compare. There's Pta and the ? in Pretoria, the ABC outside of PMB, PE and a heart in Port Elizabeth and the Whale in Hermanus. Please could you generate stats on each of these series? B) I've included the GC codes of the first ones in the series below:

 

?1 - GC4GV7Q

PE Series - GC4PR2Q

Love PE Series - GC5B1B6

Respect the Locals - GC4X25W

and the ABC as Carbon Hunter mentioned :grin:

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