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Ngwo pine forest, caves and waterfall | Tourist attractions in Enugu state (2/4)

Ngwo pine forest, caves and waterfall | Tourist attractions in Enugu state (2/4)

"When it comes to the showcasing of nature's beauty, the eastern part of Nigeria ranks supreme.  Enugu state is endowed with some of the most wonderful tourist centres in the world" - Pulse. 

The above quote by Pulse Nigeria is so apt!. I have visited almost all the Eastern states in Nigeria and can confirm that the statement is indeed valid.

This is the most visited place in Enugu state, hence I am guessing that most have read or heard about Ngwo Pine and Cave. If not, welcome to my story.

It was my first visit to Enugu state. By the way, guess what attracted me to the state?! Nike Lake Resort. There will be a separate post on it. Anyway, I packed my bags to Enugu one faithful holiday, when everyone was packing to the abroad. Truth is, I always cut my cloth according to the size of my bank account. 

NGWO PINE FOREST

As the story goes, I went in search of singing birds in Ngwo Pine Forest and clashing waters at the caves, not exactly. lol. I just went exploring. The forest, caves and waterfall are all located in a sleepy farming community on the outskirt of Enugu. As the name implies, the forest is a serene garden of pine trees. On arrival, we met some people having their early morning exercise. I was surprised. WHAT? People leave their homes in such rural community to have morning exercises. I was totally taken aback. 

  NGWO PINE FOREST |  Ngwo Pine Forest consists of neat rows of trees. Perhaps the peace of the forest extends to the village as well; making it sleepy.

NGWO PINE FOREST | Ngwo Pine Forest consists of neat rows of trees. Perhaps the peace of the forest extends to the village as well; making it sleepy.

  NGWO PINE FOREST|  Ngwo Pine Forest looking unkept

NGWO PINE FOREST| Ngwo Pine Forest looking unkept

NGWO CAVES AND WATERFALL

We approached some of the locals exercising and said, we (myself and the driver), where going to the waterfall. A couple, sorry siblings, offered to take us there for a fee. They asked if I was Igbo and from the community but before I could say a word, the driver (Mr John) said yes. As you would expect, they began to speak the language. I stood there smiling and Mr. John, then said I don't stay in Nigeria. I live in London. Omo mehn, you need to see how their eyes popped. Phew.....the man then said, "hope you have pounds for us o".

They led us through a narrow path, actually through people's farms and we made our way down the hill in search of the cave and the waterfall. The paths were covered in grass and bamboo. We walked almost endlessly, that I began to wonder if we were on the right path. Quite exhilarating but scary at the same time.

As we walked, the couple tried to convince me that they were siblings. I never asked, so in my mind I was wondering why. The lady said her 'brother' was interested in me. Blah blah blah.....God bless Mr. John. He listened and countered everything they were saying in their native language.

Eventually, we arrived at the limestone cave sculpted with a small waterfall that forms a shallow pool at the bed of the cave. The walls of the cave felt strange and looked like burnt clay. The couple asked me to go into the water for a picture. Ha!......I began to think of snakes et al. I didn't manage to get more than one picture of myself in the waterfall and the picture I took was a quick one.

Finally, It was time to head back to the car and out of Ngwo.

  NGWO PINE FOREST | The couple made me do this. I truly don't know the significance  but hey! let's have fun

NGWO PINE FOREST | The couple made me do this. I truly don't know the significance  but hey! let's have fun

  NGWO PINE FOREST | The lady told me a cave was in there and that I should go in. Mbanu! but let me take a picture

NGWO PINE FOREST | The lady told me a cave was in there and that I should go in. Mbanu! but let me take a picture

  NGWO PINE FOREST | The cave feels like there's a mystery to it. 

NGWO PINE FOREST | The cave feels like there's a mystery to it. 

  NGWO PINE FOREST

NGWO PINE FOREST

  NGWO PINE FOREST

NGWO PINE FOREST

  NGWO PINE FOREST On our way up the hill, the couple cut this plant and handed it to me. They said it cures all types of sickness. Sadly, I can't remember the name of the plant now but before I could say thank you and finish taking a picture with it, the driver collected the plant from me. Haba!. lol

NGWO PINE FORESTOn our way up the hill, the couple cut this plant and handed it to me. They said it cures all types of sickness. Sadly, I can't remember the name of the plant now but before I could say thank you and finish taking a picture with it, the driver collected the plant from me. Haba!. lol

On our way up the hill, the couple cut this plant and handed it to me. They said it cures all types of sickness. Sadly, I can't remember the name of the plant now but before I could say thank you and finish taking a picture with it, the driver collected the plant from me. Haba!. lol

Final words on visiting Ngwo pine forest

The Ngwo Pine Forest can be used as a recreational area for picnic. The adventure to the caves and waterfall is scary but worthwhile. I suggest you go in a group.

Thanks for reading always.

Margaret.

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