Less than 30 minutes from the city of Enugu, in southeastern Nigeria, is a sleepy farming community named Ngwo. There, on a massive expanse of land, are a pine forest, a cave, and a waterfall.
In the forest, a thicket of pine trees, upright and green, crowd the space, with a path snaking in between them. Pinecones litter the ground of the forest. The trees were planted over 50 years ago to combat the erosion that once plagued the area. There are clearings in the forest where tourists can have picnics and play games.
Away from the forest are the cave and waterfall. The cave is of limestone and its walls and ceiling are adorned with prehistoric markings and writings, presumably done by early locals in a bid to conserve their cultural values and significant events.
There is a pool of water on the floor of the cave. It is a result of a waterfall that sits at the top of the cave. Tourists who don’t mind to get wet can step into the pool.
One tourist describes his experience at the three major sites in Ngwo as “an unforgettable adventure.”
Uzoma Ihejirika is a Nigerian creative writer and journalist. He is an editor for the AfroAnthology Series and a copy editor for Minority Africa and has written for Open Country Mag. He has a short story on Lolwe.