Dragon's breath cave

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Home to the largest underground non sub-glacial lake in the world, about 60 m below its entrance — with a surface area of about 4.9 acres and depth exceeding 100 m.

Getting to the lake requires rappelling, with two rocky ledges along the way as resting stops, and the final drop being the longest — landing on a floating pier.

The climb up is even harder, using ropes or rope ladders.

Its name comes from the moist air that's always rising through the entrance from deep within, and the lake's water is usually crystal clear and still, until disturbance arrives in the form of people or the occasional unlucky animal that falls in.

Most of it still lies unexplored by humans, and is said to be home to several species of fish — all of which survive in complete darkness, as it's smaller entrance limits sunlight and thus plant and animal life inside.

All of this sits inside a large cathedral like cavern, far below ground with no dry land to stand on.

What to do thereDiving, rock climbing, swimming, and cave diving — for those with the necessary skills, support and bravery.

Best time to visitAny time of the year not during the rains.

Location of Dragon's breath caveIn northern Namibia — about halfway between Tsumeb and Grootfontein.

How to get thereBy vehicle, about an hour's drive from Grootfontein.

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