- Distance: 5 miles to cave; 1 mile to the top
- Time: 35 minutes to cave; 50 minutes to the top
- Type of Journey: Return trip
- Degree of difficulty: 4 (moderate).
Along the Guaico-Tamana Road, we drive along that road, ignoring the diversions on the left and right. As we reach Carmichael Road, we take the left turn onto a small dirt road and drive a bit further for a half mile until we see an abandoned quarry. Here we park and ready ourselves.
We trek up the footpath opposite where we are parked for about 200 meters where we will see a trail to our left heading uphill. Take this turn and trek all the way uphill until you smell the distinct scent of bat guano (filth). It is here you will see the vast opening of the cave that is said to be the home of the world’s second largest bat colony in the world. To get inside of this cave, we will have to trek a bit further uphill to get to the entrance.
Getting inside, one has to angle his/her body awkwardly as the entrance is very narrow, and so, one would have to go in sideways in a lying position. Once inside, it is advised that surgical gloves be worn as wherever we touch, is guano all over the place. Inside the cave is very cool due to the thousands of bats flying around creating a nice cooling effect. To get out of the cave each person will have to be pulled out by using a harness as this drop is about 15 feet.
To get to the top of Mount Tamana, pass the cave and trek up a further 15 minutes to reach the top. Seeing that the mountain has a table top, it will take a further 20 minutes to reach the other side of the mountain. Once there, the entire Central, Northern and Southern Ranges you have at your mercy. On a good day, the view is nothing but "Pure Magical."
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