If you ever find yourself searching for what to do in Anambra State, try exploring Ogbunike cave. Nestled in a valley behind the Ogba hill in the town of Ogbunike in Oyi LGA is the breathtaking Ogbunike cave. The cave was discovered by a hunter named Ukwa. The hill is named after the god Ogba who was said to dwell in the cave. According to oral tradition, the hunter Ukwa discovered this cave, by divine instruction from a spirit.
As the story goes, the god Ogba an all seeing spirit lived in the middle of a large rock inside the cave and had the power to detect criminals especially thieves. When someone was accused of a crime, they could prove their innocence by entering the cave. The guilty ones never returned alive.
To get to the cave, one must descend a lengthy walkway of about 324 stairs that ends at the open space that serves as the entrance of the main cave.
The main cave consists of a massive structure with an open chamber about 5m high. A large colony of bats of various sizes make their home in the inner crevice of the cave. Bees and crocodiles are among other animals that can be found in the cave.
The cave has a small spring at its entrance which is believed to have healing properties. A bowl is placed to collect water for visitors to drink and wash themselves with. The water flows out of the tunnel and into the river Nkissa.
The cave has retained its historical and spiritual significance till date. Ogbunike cave is associated with tradition and is said to be used by the people for many centuries. A festival called Ime Ogbe is celebrated yearly in commemoration of the discovery of the cave.
There are several tunnels leading away from the main chamber in different directions.
Writing on the wall is not prohibited and as a result walls of the cave is lined with graffiti and writings of different kinds.
What you need to know
There is a total of 324 stairs to descend before you get to the entrance of the cave so prepare yourself
The inside of the cave is dark, I mean pitch black type of dark so please bring a flash light. The light from your cellphone might suffice after a couple minutes when your eyes have adjusted to the darkness. But if you intend to take any decent photos or videos, you will certainly be needing additional light.
If you intend to literally crawl thru the cave you should also carry a change of clothes. It will certainly get messy. The good news, you don’t have to bother about water with which to wash yourself off.
I went to Ogbunike with a friend, we went via public transportation from Awka, the capital city. We made a couple wrong turns and spent about N400 more as a result. But you are here and for that you will learn from my mistakes.
The two major ways to get to the cave is either coming thru Awka or Onitsha.
Coming from Awka, you take a bus going to Onitsha(old road) and you get off at St. Monica bus stop. It is a short distance from Oye-agu bus stop and just before Oye-Olisa bus stop. From where you board a bike and tell them you are going to Ogbunike cave. The bike fare cost around N150/person .
Same applies for those coming from Onitsha, you board a bus going towards Oye-agu/Awka and repeat.
If you are driving down, find your way to St Monica bus stop and just continue down the road. It is a straight road that end at the beginning of the cave grounds. It about 23km from Eke-akwa, Awka town and about 17km from Onitsha town.
My friend and I spent a total of N1200 on entrance fee and “settling” the tour guide.
So in total, my friend I spent about N3800 on the trip.
I should note (for those using public transportation) the chances of getting a random bike to leave the cave grounds is slim to miraculous. So you might have to negotiate with the bike that brings you to the grounds. Do it before hand, it increases your chances of getting a better deal.
Also, I should note that women on their periods are not allowed into the cave. I used to think that this was common knowledge but I am starting to see that it is not as common as I originally thought.
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