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Niah - The Great Cave

Niah - The Great Cave

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Early Human Settlements I Visiting The Park I The Great Cave I
The Painted Cave I Birds Nests I Wildlife and The Rainforest


The Great Cave is approximately 3 km from the park headquarters, and is easily reached via the plankwalk, which is enclosed on both sides by dense primary rainforest. The stroll along the plankalk is fascinating in its own right, as you pass close to giant tapang trees with their enormous buttressed roots, padanus plants twice the size of a person, and colourful, exquisitely formed orchids and tree fungi.

It is worth taking your time and walking quietly along the way, as you may well see some of the park's wildlife. Colourful birds, squirrels, lizards, butterflies and all manner of unusual insects and invertebrates are commonly seen. If you are lucky, you may see monkeys (you will certainly hear them), flying lizards and the occasional hornbill.

Niah - The Great Cave

The first significant rock formation you reach is the Trades's Cave, which is really an extended rock overhang rather than a cave proper. This is where the birds nest and guano traders conduct their business, hence the name.

A few minutes later, the West Mouth of the Great Cave comes into view, and you are left in no doubt that this cave deserves its name. At after 60m high and 250m wide, it is one of the world's most spectacular cave entrances, leading to an even larger chamber within. On the left of the cave mouth, the archaeological excavations are clearly visible. Photographers should come prepared, as the view from the cave mouth out over the surrounding jungle is quite unique, and the jagged stalactites, overhangs and dangling creepers of the cave mounth make a dramatic frame for a very memorable photo.

Niah - The Great Cave

Proceeding into the cave, the sound of disembodied voices mingles with the aqueaking of millions of bats and swiftlets to create an eerie atmosphere. The voices belong to the guano (bird and bat excrement) covering the cave floor. The guano is then carried in sacks to the Sungai Niah, where it is graded and sold as fertiliser.

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