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Awhum Waterfall and Cave

Ohum, Nigeria

The waters of these secluded falls are said to have healing powers. 


The Awhum waterfall cave is located in a beautiful scenic community, one that emits a kind of old mystic beauty that leaves one feeling like they have been transported back in time.

The cave, which formed as a result of a massive outcrop of granite rock, is a sight to behold. Water cascades down from the top to form a stream at its base with white sand along its shores. The cave itself stands at 30 meters (98 feet) high. The water flowing down the waterfall remains warm throughout the seasons.

Awhum’s waterfall is believed to have healing powers and the ability to ward off evil spirits. Because of this, a monastery was built close to the waterfall site. This has made the waterfall cave a pilgrimage and a prayer center for Christians, the site is sacred and therefore entry to the site is regulated by the monastery.

Awhum (sometimes spelled “Ohum”), is located in a lush green valley in Nigeria’s Enugu State. It is famous not only for its waterfall, but also for its many pristine lakes and streams.

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