|The first of the three caves|
|Thousands of bats coat the walls|
The walk to the Three Sisters Caves takes you from the Shimoni coastline to a dirt road bordered by grassland, low growing shrubbery, and the occasional palm tree, offering forest volunteers an excellent opportunity for easy bird spotting. The most recent group to make the trek spent a total of two extra hours on the walk to stop and observe birdlife. White-throated bee-eaters, purple-banded sunbirds, a pair of woolly-necked storks, and a lilac-breasted roller are just a few of the highlights from this most recent walk.
Once inside the caves volunteers are treated to close encounters with the thousands of bats that roost inside. The force created by the collective movement of the bats’ wings is so strong that it feels as though there is a warm wind blowing through the caves. So numerous are the bat inhabitants that you may have to duck and dodge to avoid them as you move though the small passages that link one cave with the next. The entire experience recalls scenes of the movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom right down to the cave floor covered so thickly with insects that it appears to moving. No matter what you take away from it, a trip to the Three Sisters Caves is a truly unforgettable experience.
|Trekking back home through the forest|