Cave of Ashes Isarun, Ondo.

Ifedore, Ondo State

Cave of Ashes Isarun Description

History of Cave of Ashes Isarun

Cave of Ashes Isarun was discovered in 1922 as a tourist attraction. It was discovered during a hunting expedition. It is notable as one of the key sources of information about the history of West Africa built by Chief Obele. It is called "Iho Eleeru" in Yoruba and its translation is literally Cave of Ashes. 

Not many people know that a cave in Ondo played a huge role in the documentation of the archaeological history of West Africa with the discovery of bones of prehistoric man, dated as far back as 9200B.C. The Cave of Ashes is a must-see for tourists, historians and archaeologists.

Security/Safety of Cave of Ashes Isarun

This is a very safe location but...

  • Do not enter the cave without a guide

What To Bring

Before heading to Cave of Ashes Isarun, here are some helpful things to take along with you:

  • A pair of climbing shoes
  • Shorts
  • First Aid box
  • Come with someone- the aesthetics will be better appreciated with a friend.

Things to do while at Cave of Ashes Isarun

  • Take photos of the Cave; inside and outside.

Best Features

It is a historic site where the first man on West African soil was discovered.

Most common visitors

Archaeologists, Historians, Tourists.

  • Engulfed by the Rich Belly of Iho-Eleeru Cave in Ondo State, South-West Nigeria- The title of a post detailing a visit to the cave by Naija Treks in 2012.


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