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Awhum Cave and Waterfall

Awhum Cave and Waterfall

, Awhum Cave and Waterfall
Awhum Cave and Waterfall. Photo credit: Idoko Negedu.

Located in the naturally endowed Awhum town, famous for its beautiful rolling hills of green and white-sand beaches encircling freshwater lakes, is a sight of lasting wonder: the Awhum or Ohum Cave and Waterfall.

The waterfall is controlled by the Awhum Monastery, which requires strict accordance with its rules, such as modest dressing, decorum, and the much-contravened no-photo policy, before anyone can be allowed to embark on the 45-minute walk from the monastery, past thick forests, and into the mouth of the cave.

A statue of the biblical Virgin Mary stands above the path and in front of the magnificent, moss-covered 300-metre limestone wall that stretches and engulfs the area. Then come hundreds of giant bats.

There are two waterfalls. The first one is small and pours lightly. The second is a thunder pouring down. The 30-metre-high waterfall begins from a massive outcrop of granite rock. Tourists often wade through the knee-length waters.

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The high walls of the cave sometimes obstruct the flow of natural light and tourists tend to use torchlights, as candles are not allowed, to guide themselves in the near-dark. The hike around the cave takes approximately two and a half hours and promises a most unforgettable adventure.

With its clear water perceived as possessing healing powers, the Awhum Waterfall has become a destination for Christian pilgrimage over the years. Some scoop the water as souvenir to aid their prayers and ward off evil.

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