After taking a long break from my journey to visit 25 Nigerian states before I turn 25, a couple of adventurous friends and I made it to Anambra state. I have longed look forward to this trip as I always wanted to visit a Cave for the longest time and you can imagine my excitement when I found out my friends and I would be visiting two caves during our time in Anambra.
I did a 7 hour road trip from Lagos to Onitsha which was quite exhausting due to the numerous checkpoints which were unnecessary. Upon arrival in Onitsha, we made our way to our hotel after which we had amazing dinner and slept off. The next morning, we were set to explore the first cave on our itinerary which is Ogba Ukwu Cave and waterfall.
The drive from Onitsha to Ogba Ukwu Cave lasted 2 hours and it was not very easy to locate it. Emy, one of my travel buddies downloaded the Lead Rider app which is like Uber and Taxify and it was the ride that took us to Ogba Ukwu Cave and later on to Ogbunike Cave. Google maps directed us to a point after which we had to ask the locals around for direction. For such a location, necessary signposts would help in locating this beautiful place. On arrival, there was no sight of any tour guides and we made our way into the Cave hoping that we would find someone to guide us but we only found two people who were leaving.
Ogbaukuwu Cave is believed to be the largest cave in West Africa and one of the greatest natural attractions in Anambra state. I am usually amazed by the sight of a waterfall as there is always a hidden message in a Waterfall. Anambra state is home to two Caves, know them? Find out about them here! Click To Tweet While we were playing by the waterfall, an elderly man who happens to be a local and know about the Cave came in and was been a guide for someone. We joined in and he was able to give us a tour into the Cave. We were shown a parlor, dinning area and a few other places inside the cave ( I do not have pictures inside as it was too dark and the pictures with my flash were not great) . We were also shown a path which we were informed leads to Enugu. I would have loved to know more about this place but sadly I could not get so much information.
After taking some more pictures and enjoying the waterfall, we started our journey back to Onitsha. We did a quick stop to get Abacha which is by far the best Abacha I have had ( What is going to a new place, without trying local meals. Abacha is made from Cassava ). We got back to our hotel and took an evening walk to a nearby market and got a few fruits to eat and retired to bed.
The next morning, we were set to visit Ogbunike Cave also in Anambra which is a bit more popular than Ogba Ukwu Cave and Waterfall. We were asked to pay a thousand naira each by the guide there and we proceeded to explore the Cave. Before entering the Cave, the guide instructed us to takeoff our shoes and fold our trousers before entering into the cave.
There are 317 steps that leads to the Cave. Our guide also had to pay homage before we entered by dropping a few monetary bills and reciting some praises. The first cave path we were shown is referred to as the ancient forest where they are tortoises, crocodiles, talking stones and more animals. To get in one has to crawl and we did not go in. Just like Ogbaukwu Cave, we were shown the parlor, living room, place of prayer and store inside the Cave.
It was not easy walking inside the Cave, as we had to bend a lot and there are over two thousands harmless bats or more inside; I had never seen such amount of Bats in my life like I did there. We were also informed that some prophets/pastors come to camp in the Cave for even up to 40 days. The physical experience of visiting this place cannot be comprehended in this post and it is worth a visit if you are up for it. We got out of the cave and went to the Ogba river which has its sources from Nkissa ( a nearby village) and the Cave. Just like Ikogosi Warm Spring in Ekiti state, The water that flows from the Cave is warm while that from Nkisssa is cold. It was lovely to dip my feets in both simultaneously .
We returned back to Ontisha and traveled to Abia state which I would be sharing about in my next post.
Here are my final thoughts if you decide to visit any of the Caves in Anambra:
- Do not visit either of them alone preferably go with someone or a group of people and if someone amongst you understand Igbo it is a plus.
- If you are visiting Ogbunike Cave, try to wear a dark colored trousers and one that can easily be folded. Also women who are on their monthly period are not to go into the Cave.
- Go with a change of clothes if you decide to get a dip in the Waterfall at Ogba Ukwu Cave and waterfall.
- Hire a cab if you can to take you to these places as it is so much easier.
- Go! Go!! Go!!!
Have you been to Anambra state before and to any of the places I visited? What was your experience like? If you have not visited these places, would you like to visit them? I would love to hear from you in the comments section.
Love from your Favourite Ajala!