- Type: Caves
NileGuide Expert tip:
If you are claustrophobic, have weak knees, or have toddlers in tow, you may want to stick to the paths outside. There are lots of stairs, small spaces, and a section appropriately called "the beaver slide".
These lovely limestone caverns are named for the famous explorers, but there is no evidence that their party ever saw or visited them. Discovered in the late 19th century, these caverns are a succession of vaulted chambers and passageways, thickly decorated with stalactites and stalagmites, as well as other underground formations such as massive, gleaming organ pipes; silky, delicate soda straws; intricate filigrees; and weirdly hung draperies. Plan at least 2 hours for the 2-mile guided tour through the caverns; and aboveground there are hiking trails, several picnic areas, and a large campground. A Christmas candlelight tour is held on 2 weekends in December. Reservations should be made in early December for one of the 200 or so spots available. There is a campground as well as three cabins on the premises with electric heat; rates are $40 in summer.
- © Frommer's 2013
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