I traveled back to my roots two days before New Year’s Eve and it occurred to me that though I was from Anambra state in Nigeria, I had actually never had the opportunity to explore some historical parts of my state.
The next morning I quickly dressed up and pleaded with my dad to take me to Ogbunike cave. He agreed because he always loved my adventures and explorations. My mom and some of my siblings also opted to follow and our journey began.
Located at Ogbunike Village, Oyi local Government, Anambra state. During the civil war, It was a place of refuge and a suitable place to hide because of how complicated the cave was.
The only advise I can give whoever wants to visit here is that this place isn’t for the faint hearted and please don’t visit alone. This place is one to tick off on your bucket list if you’re an adventurous traveler.
We tried to use google maps to get there but it wasn’t helping out and so with the help of the very nice people in Ogbunike, we were directed and in no time, we got there.
The man in charge told us we had to pay a thousand Naira and after much bargain we gave him 2000 Naira for everyone. We were given a local guide called ‘Chimaobi’ and our adventure began.
We started by walking down the staircase but I was pretty nervous as to what will probably happen if my monthly period started while still in the cave as the gods forbids a lady having her monthly flow to be inside.
This is what the entrance looks like.
We got to the entrance of the cave and we were instructed to remove our foot wears. My dad didn’t want us to entering the cave alone so he followed us because what’s the essence of coming to the cave and not entering 🤷🏾 He also mentioned the last time he came to Ogbunike cave was in 1978😱 and he was amazed on how the cave had turned out to be. (He said it was better off now)
Our journey started, we had to use the torch on our phones to lead through. I was so scared but I just had to brace up because I brought my family into this.
As we entered, we had to crawl and also lower our heads at some point. It’s an exercise I must tell you. I saw water dripping from the cave and the tour guide said people normally come to take the water because it’s said to be therapeutic.
There were 15 different tunnels leading to different chambers. The tour guide even called one the dining room section and the parlor section but all I could see were bats and I couldn’t wait to be out of there.
Finally we exited the cave and the tour guide took us round the other parts of the cave. He showed us the home of the Python which he said only came out at night. We then proceeded to the River Nkissa and River Ogba and all I could do was thank God for nature because a part of the water was warm and the other side was really cold.
We took pictures, he educated us more on the cave and proceeded to tell us that there were different stories about the existence of the cave and we could believe whichever one we wanted.
Firstly I’m glad I learnt a little more about the tradition of my ‘OYI’ people and I can confidently tick Ogbunike cave off my list.
Secondly, I doubtI😊’ll ever visit there again 😂
Some people had 50 liters gallons to fetch the ‘therapeutic’ water.
The government still has a lot to do when it comes to tourism in Nigeria because there are so many underdeveloped tourist centers people don’t know about.
When you hear Ogbunike cave, what comes to your mind?
Would you like to visit the cave? Let me know in the comment section below.
I’ll be touring a bit of Nigeria in 2020. Let me know where you’ll have me visit.
See you until I write again,
Dera the Explorer✌🏽