The caves of Lebanon > NABAA AL-SHATAWIE
Location: Khallet Kazen, South Lebanon
Geology: Bikfaya Formation
Special issues: The landowner needs to be contacted and permission is needed from him to enter
Discovered in 1956 this 4130m cave is located in the South of Lebanon near the village of Rihan. The cave was found after the owner enlarged the opening of a spring called Nabaa el Shatawie. The SCL had surveyed 2500m of the cave in 1956. During the occupation of the South this cave was inaccessible and in 2000, after the liberation, all caves were finally reachable. The cave consists of a a long 500m passage leading to a big room called the basketball room. After this a series of siphons hinder the route and need to be pumped. The end of the cave bifurcates into two passages finally ending with a terminal siphon that cannot be bypassed. There are beautiful gypsum speleothems inside the cave ranging from snow to flowers to boxwork.
Mgharet Nabaa el Shatawie
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