Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 17
Danie Viljoen

Geocaching Statistics

Recommended Posts

Yep. Agree. 

 

Waiting to see the number of cachers that logged their first cache in 2019. 

Share this post


Link to post

2019 Statistics, part 7: Finds per country

The first graph shows the top 3 countries in Africa:

778088805_2019FindsperAfricancountry1.jpg.bb485865ac1b5514c2b45a7f13981d69.jpg

It appears as if the Canary Islands (currently no. 1 in Africa) has also passed its peak.

 

The following graph shows the next 9 African countries:

636770144_2019FindsperAfricancountry2.jpg.591d5fcdd35239b5be81ae2541c4e698.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
On 1/17/2020 at 9:42 AM, Danie Viljoen said:

There are a number of problems which complicate the statistics of Favourite Points. One of them is that there is no record of when and where a FP has been logged. I can not go back and figure out which caches had how many FP's at a specific time in the past. Another problem is that it is quite a lengthy process to update the FPs of the full database - it takes 3 days. For that reason I take a snapshot at year-end and save it for future use. (Because it takes so long I can also never be 100% sure that it is up to date, because by the time I reach the end the first caches may have new FPs that I will miss.)

 

Thanks for clarifying. It's a pity that it's quite difficult to generate comprehensive stats about Favourite points.

Share this post


Link to post

2019 Statistics, part 8: Most finds during 2019

South African finds:

 1. iPajero    1946 finds
 2. Snotx2     1011 finds
 3. pieterix   1000 finds
 4. Fish Eagle  935 finds
 5. terunkie    889 finds
 6. TeamTatoo   850 finds
 7. StrickFam   795 finds
 8. Panters     729 finds
 9. ChrisDen    686 finds
10. rodnjoan    667 finds

African finds:

 1. iPajero    1946 finds
 2. Snotx2     1011 finds
 3. pieterix   1000 finds
 4. Fish Eagle  935 finds
 5. terunkie    900 finds
 6. TeamTatoo   850 finds
 7. StrickFam   795 finds
 8. Panters     730 finds
 9. ChrisDen    695 finds
10. rodnjoan    667 finds

 

Share this post


Link to post
Posted (edited)

The effect of COVID-19 on the find rates in Africa (and South Africa):

1932798354_EffectofCOVID-19.jpg.7fcdaaf402d882bf33d2d260e5a2067c.jpg

It is interesting that only 2 days have 0 finds in South Africa: 29 March and 5 April. Not sure how it is possible! (The rest of Africa has not had a 0 finds day yet.)

The previous day with 0 finds was on 22 September 2005, 14.5 years ago!

Africa started declining a good 10 days before South Africa - probably because of earlier lockdowns in Morocco and the Spanish areas (mainly the Canary Islands).

 

Edited by Danie Viljoen
  • Helpful 1

Share this post


Link to post
Posted (edited)

I picked up quite a few finds during the lock down period, but suspect a lot of them were simply logs created on the wrong date, given that the official app doesn't allow one to change the date. Or maybe it's people playing dumb and simply logging on the wrong date to fill daily calendars, ie. being aspris. Here's all finds in South Africa since the lock down started: Project-GC.

Edited by pieterix
addition of link

Share this post


Link to post
Posted (edited)

33 cachers found a total of 67 caches during the first 19 days of the lockdown in South Africa. Most of these were found by a German tourist.

Edited by Danie Viljoen

Share this post


Link to post

The effect of COVID-19 on the number of new caches in Africa and South Africa:

 

The following graph shows the daily number of new caches, averaged over a week:

423291027_Newcaches.jpg.50a984ab7e19ddc5b52f7f54573ccc85.jpg

The first decline started on 9 March, followed by another big decline on 24 March (when the lockdown started in South Africa).

Surprisingly there are still new caches being published (mostly events).

Share this post


Link to post

The effect of COVID-19 on the find rates in Africa (and South Africa):

The following is an updated view of the number of finds during the COVID-19 period:

2125582368_COVIDfinds.jpg.82d51a92860e086dfcb447fa7daa47bf.jpg

The yellow line shows the number of finds for the corresponding dates last year. We are currently at about 40% of last year's find rate.

There were 4 days with 0 finds in South Africa: 29 March, 5 April, 13 April and 14 April

The lowest number of finds in Africa was 5, on 30 March

 

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post

Most South African finds during the lockdown period:

The following cachers found the most South African caches since the start of the lockdown period (27 March) up to 7 July:

 1. ManKub:          447 finds
 2. LeAdBall:        159 finds
 3. StrickFam:       141 finds
 4. ChrisDen:        119 finds
 5. k j:             106 finds
 6. Snotx2:           84 finds
 7. Strandlopers w&e: 71 finds
 8. rashman5:         70 finds
 9. Namibseun:        65 finds
10. kashmander13490:  60 finds

Total number of South African finds during the lockdown period:

652030581_COVIDfinds2.jpg.c43b42e9a85ac2e246d82bddaccef8c9.jpg

 

 

 

  • Helpful 1

Share this post


Link to post

Interesting, thanks for the updated stats! :D

I was very surprised to see a cacher find over 400 caches over the lockdown! It seems to be a new handle splitting off from waydom, who is catching up with logging all the past finds.

 

I'm curious to know how many cachers have found a cache during the lockdown and how many cachers found their first cache during this time?

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Posted (edited)

From looking at the graph it appears of very few caches were find during the stage 4 lockdown and most were found after the amended stage 3 regulations. 

 

We have seen lots of new cachers in our area since the relaxation of the regulations. 

 

#2 to #7 are all in our area after the relaxation of level3. New 100 cache power trail

Edited by ChrisDen

Share this post


Link to post
On 7/11/2020 at 8:53 PM, Delbadore said:

I'm curious to know how many cachers have found a cache during the lockdown and how many cachers found their first cache during this time?

 

A total of 1002 cachers found at least one cache during the period 27 March to 10 July.

Surprisingly, 443 of these cachers found their first South African cache during this same period.

 

Share this post


Link to post

That's very cool! :D We know that most newbies do not continue but perhaps a few will stay in the game and become regulars ;).

Share this post


Link to post

Most caches placed during the lockdown period:

 

During the period 27 March to 12 July 2020, 66 cachers have placed at least one cache in South Africa, and the total number of new caches is 261.

During the same period last year, 568 new caches were placed by 155 cachers.

 

Top cache planters:

1. Snotx2:         65
2. k j:            32
3. Skurwejantjies: 15
4. Desertal:       12
5. Adventure_T:     9

 

Share this post


Link to post

Centroid:

The centroid of all active South African caches is currently at S30 09.905 E26 02.409, which is 29km east of Trompsburg in the southern Free State. The closest cache is GC19JT3  Louw Weppener.

 

The earliest centroid I calculated was on 8 October 2013, when it was at S29 13.290 E26 41.972. It moved 122km to the south west in the past 7 years, corresponding to the relative bigger growth of the number of caches in the Western Cape.

Share this post


Link to post
Posted (edited)

African Centroid:

The centroid of all active African caches is at S17 37.931 E19 39.420, which is in southern Angola, just north of the border with Namibia. It is about 33km north of Rundu. The closest active cache is 138.3km away, GC7C4X6  Trees of Africa - Camel Thorn.

Edited by Danie Viljoen

Share this post


Link to post

Back in the day we had to drive a long way to find our first virtual.  Now there is one around every corner.  Great stuff.

Share this post


Link to post

Top cache finders:

The following cachers have found the most South African caches:

 1. iPajero:       18497
 2. The Huskies:    8626
 3. rodnjoan:       8060
 4. terunkie:       6989
 5. Geelvink:       6963
 6. SKATTIE@1:      6781
 7. GorNat:         6663
 8. ChrisDen:       6654
 9. Louise_Gerhard: 6597
10. cownchicken:    6503
11. Henzz:          5994
12. PieterM:        5970
13. Leon St:        5597
14. Antron:         5546
15. pieterix:       5533
16. dolos:          5495
17. Wikkelgat:      5260
18. Thrips:         5236
19. Spesbona:       5188
20. TechnoNut:      5062

 

Share this post


Link to post

Top cache hiders:

The following are the top hiders of South African caches of all time:

 1. PieterM:     503
 2. iPajero:     370
 3. Fish Eagle:  339
 4. SKATTIE@1:   333
 5. Panthera03:  328
 6. Adventure_T: 318
 7. Panters:     299
 8. ChrisDen:    294
 9. Enigma_DKL:  262
10. TechnoNut:   256
11. SawaSawa:    251
12. Snotx2:      250
13. GEO936:      231
14. Wazat:       229
15. Leon St:     227

 

Share this post


Link to post

Interesting to see some names appear in both hide and find lists.  For some reason I thought there would be a bigger correlation between the two.  

Share this post


Link to post

Top finders during the lockdown:

The following cachers have found the most South African caches during the period 27 March 2020 to 18 August 2020:

 1. ManKub:       455
 2. Uncharted_za: 213
 3. LeAdBall:     185
 4. MissShcroft:  176
 5. StrickFam:    166
 6. golden-girls: 163
 7. iPajero:      137
 8. Snotx2:       133
 9. Theon06:      127
10. ChrisDen:     123

 

Share this post


Link to post

I guess the Lockdown months are now going to be some of the hardest (after 2001/2002) to find caches that were hidden - especially in SA?

 

 

Is there any way to do a correlation of when our experienced cachers (say >100 finds) found their first find and were converted to experienced cachers - and also how many cachers have been regular finders over at least a 2 -3 year period.

 

I really believe that to keep our game sustainable we need more cachers - then the hides / finds / events / etc. follow organically.

Share this post


Link to post

There are a significant number of new cachers every year that disappear very quickly. We need to find a way to turn some of those into long term cachers. 
 

 

Share this post


Link to post
On 9/8/2020 at 7:07 AM, ChrisDen said:

There are a significant number of new cachers every year that disappear very quickly. We need to find a way to turn some of those into long term cachers. 
 

 

Social media platforms is a gateway for newbies to the hobby.  It is alarming to see dirty laundry being washed out there.  The obsession of some people to try and tell others how to cache is not helping.  

Share this post


Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 17

×
×
  • Create New...