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"Arnhem" ...untainted by the outside world - famous for bats since 1930. Namibia's largest, longest and most majestic cave; inhabited by 6 different species of bats.
For a number of years Arnhem Cave & Lodge have been welcoming guests into their world. Arriving as strangers, many guests leave as friends. Arnhem hosts are passionate about providing a level of hospitality that is rarely experienced, ensuring their guests relax in their company and enjoy their stay from beginning to end.
Arnhem Cave is 4,5km in length - the longest in Namibia. It was officially declared a tourism attraction by the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism in 1995. Situated only 85km from the Hosea Kutako International Airport near Windhoek and 130km from the capital, making it the ideal first or last stop during your visit to Namibia. A guided tour through the cave at your request, will probably leave you with your most memorable experience of caving. The duration of the tour depends on how far you would like to explore the cave. No crawling is necessary and the tour could last up to three hours - if you desire. Arnhem Cave is sill in a completely natural state. It developed through the solution of limestone and dolomite from between thin layers of quartzite and shale. The insoluble rock layers eventually collapsed to form a large complex of narrow tunnels and enormous caverns.
Arnhem Cave consists of thatched chalets, camping sites and a spacious lapa area under thatch where meals are served when requested. Alternatively guest can be self-sufficient and do their own catering. Visitors are most welcome to make use of the bar, braai and swimming pool facilities.
To our existing guests, we extend a warm welcome back and to our new guests we offer our heartiest congratulations for having found us and we look forward to seeing you soon.
NATURE/WILDLIFE GAME DRIVES
SWIMMING POOL & BAR FACILITIES
THE CAVE | Arnhem Cave is still in a completely natural state. It developed through the solution of limestone and dolomite from between thin layers of quartzite and shale. The insoluble rock layers eventually collapsed to form a large complex of narrow tunnels and enormous caverns. The entrance to the cave is divided into two by a thick column of rock. It leads down into a gigantic tavern, large enough to park a cavalcade of ninety school buses comfortable. Referred to as the Twilight Zone, this huge foyer is 122m long and 45m wide. Deeper in the cave the walls and ceilings of the various passages and caverns have rich warm colours and intricate frieze-like patterns, created over centuries by water erosion and tumbling rocks and sand. The total length of the cave, including all its passages, is 4.5km. Its entrance is at the top and it descends to a few degrees, and the relative humidity varies between 67% and 93%.
HISTORY OF THE CAVE | It is regarded as unlikely that Arnhem Cave was ever inhabited by prehistoric people. The first freehold owner of the farm, Daniel Bekker, discovered it in about 1930. A mining claim was soon registered to extract the nitrate-rich bat guano. One of the original claim markers can be seen painted on the rocks left of the entrance. The hoist platform inside dates from this period the caves were discovered. The guano was sieved to remove stones and gravel, and bags ere filled manually. A railway line was used to remove the full bags from the cave. Since the 1930s several entrepreneurs have mined guano at various times. It is estimated that there is currently a deposit of roughly 15 000 metric tons of guano in the cave.
THE BATS | Six species of bats have been recorded at Arnhem, including the giant leaf nosed bat. Weighing up to 150gm and with a wingspan of more than 60cm, this is the largest insect-eating bat in the world. Sundevall’s leaf nosed bat is considerably smaller and can be seen in most parts of the cave. Other species are the long fingered bat, which roosts in dense colonies; the Egyptian slit faced bat with its distinctively large ears, Geoffrey’s horse shoe bat recognised by its characteristically shaped nose and the smaller Dent’s horse-shoe bat, which roosts in deeper parts of the cave. Other interesting cave dwellers include porcupines, musk shrews, bat parasites, pseudo scorpions and several species of spiders, beetles and crickets.
Die Arnhem Höhle liegt 120 km östlich von Windhoek. Mit einer Länge von 4.5km,ist sie bekannt als
eine der 5 grössten Höhlen Südafrikas mit der höchsten Anzahl Fledermäuse Afrikas. Die Lodge bietet
Chalets und einen grossen Campingplatz mit Schattenbäumen, Rasen und einem Schwimmbad zum
Abkühlen. Am Nachmittag können Sie an einer Wildfahrt teilnehmen