Grotte des ain Beni Add

Grotte Béni Add


Useful Information

Location: Near ain Fezza. From Tlencen towards Sidi Bel Abbes, after 12 km, at the end of the village of ain Fezza turn right, 8 km to parking. Signposted.
(34.853080, -1.206211)
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Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: A=1,143 m, T=13 °C.
Guided tours: L=600 m.
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Bibliography: Piers Barrington, Steve Foster, Howard Jones (1987): Algeria - Caving in the West, [in] LUSS 4, Lancaster University Speleological Society Journal Vol 2 No 1 1987 pp 85-96. Grottes des ain Beni Add, page 94.
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History

1953 passage filled with concrete.

Description

This cave is extremely beautifully decorated. The visitor follows the main passage and soon enters the first chamber. This huge hall is dominated by a fine display of calcite in its centre. The fantastic display of calcite and the beautiful lighting make this an extraordinary sight. However, that's not all, there are two more chambers, a little smaller but still well decorated.

A rather strange thing happened in 1953. A passage which was said be connected to Morocco 53 km away, was filled with concrete. They made it really bomb proof, as they filled in 190 m³ of concrete.