Gcwihaba Caves came to be known to the international community in 1932 when they were shown to Martinus Drotsky, a Ghanzi farmer. The caves have since been popularly known as Drotsky's Caves. They have been formed in the dolomite marble of Precambrian Damara Age when wetter conditions and acidulated water flowing from underground dissolved the rocks.Subsequently, a river forming nearby lowered the water table. Then a wide range of cave formations including fascinating stalactites and stalagmites formed as early as 3-2 million years ago. Minor seasonal precipitation still occurs. The caverns harbour bats, rats and bugs. The caves are imbued with myth, legend and spiritual significance for local communities, which also use them for income generating activities.
The Gcwihaba caves are located in North West Botswana in the Ngamiland District. This is a Community Controlled Hunting Area. There are two routes to Gcwihaba accessible by four wheel drive vehicles only. First is the Nokaneng route. This road goes 122 kilometres west of Nokaneng (along the Maun-Shakawe tarred road) to Xangwa village. From Xangwa, drive south to Xai-xai village. The cave is a further 36km south east of Xai-xai village.
Second, is the Tsau road. Drive nine kilometers northwest of Tsau village (along the Maun-Shakawe road), then take the gravel road to the west for 144km.It is advisable to use the Nokaneng road because it is less remote
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