The Ogbunike Caves can be found in Anambra State, southeastern Nigeria. The caves are located in a valley surrounded by a rainforest.
How to Get There
Drive to Ogbunike town in Anambra State. From there you should head to St. Monica’s Secondary School. On the school fence’s edge is the quarters of Daniel Oguelina, the keeper of the cave. Next, you need to take a short trek. This will lead you some 48 meters to the valley. This is a trail with over 300 steps. You will see the caves when you get to the valley floor 50 m down.
What to See
When you get near the caves you will see the tropical rainforest surrounding it. The rainforest is just to the back of the “Ogba” hills. There are several caves, with the major one having an open chamber. It is 30 m long entrance, 10 m wide and 5 m high. On the major chamber are 10 tunnels. These lead to various directions.
In some places there are bodies of water and streams. One of the streams flows into the River Skissa from one of the tunnels. At the joining point of the stream and river, the cold river water and warm cave water combine.
Close to the river is a 5 X 5 sq m area. This is used by tourists as a place for relaxing. The cave setting up to 200 m is the aforementioned tropical rainforest.
History of the Ogbunike Caves
The cave was formed thousands of years ago. Among the African natives, the caves are held in awe, and considered as sacred. The spiritual importance of the place is exemplified by the annual “Ime Ogbe” festivities. The event celebrates the cave’s discovery.
Before tourists can enter the cave, their shoes must be taken off. In October 8, 2007, the caves were included in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.
There is a small entrance fee for the cave. The amount will vary depending on the season, but it is advisable to have several bills in your wallet.
The total cost for a trip to the country of Nigeria depends on the duration, where you stay etc. But figure on spending anywhere from $1,800 to 2,500.