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Ghaub Cave

Namibia

The rock engravings at Farm Otjitoroa-West remain in superb condition due mainly to their inaccessibility. Hardly anyone ever visits them so hardly anyone ever touches them. Unfortunately the same does not apply to the Gaub Caves. They were proclaimed a national monument to protect the interior rock formations against vandalism.

The caves are on the Farm Ganachaams (Ganachaams is the name of the farmhouse) and the farm is known as Gaub 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 Gaub Caves are approxiamately 50km by road from Otavi, in the centre of the Otavi – Tsumeb - Grootfontein triangle. They were proclaimed a national monument on 1st May 1967.

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