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Ghaub Caves

   

Ghaub Caves

The caves are on the Farm Ganachaams (name of the farmhouse) and the farm is known as Ghaub Farm. It has been reported that the caves contain the largest underground lake in Namibia. They consist of a series of chambers and passages formed when swirling underground water dissolved 700 million year old dolomite rock, give or take a year or 2.

Apart from the chambers and tunnels there is a waterfall, a formation of stalagmites called 'the organ', bands and curtains, sinkhole stalagtites (of which some have been cut off due to vandalism) and stalagmite fingers. The entrance was eventually exposed due to erosion.

The Ghaub Caves are approximately 50km by road from Otavi, in the centre of the Otavi – Tsumeb - Grootfontein triangle. They were proclaimed a national monument on 1st May 1967.

The Ghaub Cave excursion explores the third-largest cave in Namibia, 38 m in depth with 2.5 km of chambers and passageways. Declared a national monument, the cave is a slippery, rock-clambering opportunity to experience ancient underworld growth. Stalactites and stalagmites glimmer and glow in their solidified water journeys. It is told that it takes a hundred years for one centimeter of stalactite to grow and you realise that you are seeing millions of years of rock history. Roots of camel-thorn trees hang down and water droplets seep into the underground cavern, glistening against the ancient rock.

The caves can only be visited with a guide and it takes between 1 to 2 hours. It is best to wear hiking boots. The entrance is a hole in the ground and there are low hanging rocks.

It is warm and humid underground and not recommended for people who suffer from claustrophobia.

   
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