Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte,
Inhalt Band 31:
David Checkley (Ed.):
Mt. Suswa Lava Caves, Kenya (a project to map and review the tourism potential of Mt. Suswa’s principal cave group).
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Inhaltsverzeichnis

Kapitel Titel Seite
Abstract / Zusammenfassung /Résumé 5
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS / TEAM MEMBERS 6
1.0 INTRODUCTION 9
1.1 Setting the Scene 9
1.2 Project Objectives 9
1.3 Adopting an Idea 10
1.4 The Mount Suswa Conservation and Tourism Initiative 11
2.0 MAPPING THE CAVES 12
2.1 A History of Exploration 12
2.2 Geology of the Volcano 16
2.3 Formation of the Caves 18
2.4 Animals in the Caves 22
2.5 Human use of the Caves 22
3.0 DEVELOPING THE CAVES 22
3.1 Rationale 22
3.2 The Primary Infrastructure 23
3.3 Operation and Management 24
3.4 Health and Safety, Insurance and Liability 24
4.0 PROPOSED PROGRAMME OF ENGINEERING 25
4.1 Development of Fig Tree Cave (18) 25
4.2 Development of Thumb Cave (13) 27
4.3 Development of A Caving Adventure (14a to 18) 28
4.4 Costs 30
5.0 NARRATIVE FOR FUTURE CAVE TOURS 34
5.1 Description of Mt. Suswa 34
5.2 Maasai Myths and Legends 35
5.3 Cave Guide Training 35
5.4 A Guided Journey Through Fig Tree Cave (18) 36
5.5 A Guided Journey Through Thumb Cave (13) 42
5.6 A Caving Adventure — A Guided Journey Through Cave 14 to join Fig Tree Cave 46
6.0 REFERENCES 49

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Zusammenfassung

This report describes the extensive lava tube caves of Mt. Suswa, a dormant volcano in the Eastern Rift Valley of Kenya, known locally as “Oldoinyo Nyokie” — The Red Mountain. It is the result of a project carried out in June 2007 to map, photograph and outline a strategy for turning selected caves into show caves to attract visiting tourists. It contains detailed cave surveys, cave descriptions and colour photographs, with costed outline engineering plans for the initial development of individual caves. Background information is also provided on the history and exploration of the caves, the geology of the area and the thinking behind the tourism initiative by the indigenous Maasai community, to develop Mt. Suswa as a visitor attraction. Detailed descriptive tours through the caves are also provided, to form the basis of interpretive tours by local cave guides in the future.

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