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Wondrous Cave: Negril Attractions & Sightseeing, Jamaica

Wondrous Cave

Elderslie is in St Elizabeth, Jamaica and the name derives from a Scottish place name. According to ex-Colonel Rowe of the Maroons, Elderslie is the site of one of the two Great Houses for the two white men who "had to constantly live with Captain Cudjoe" as per the Maroon Treaty. As I remember it, he stated that the other is Aberdeen. 'Wondrous Caves' or Maiden River Cave is located at nearby Cooks Bottom and has been used as a show cave.

The entrance to Wondrous Caves is located at the centre of a shallow cliff with some steps leading up to the portal. This is the most easy accessible entrance and called Main Entrance. The cave has a T-junction right behind the entrance, with a dead end passage to the left, and another passage to the right leading to the Upper Entrance and the North Entrance.

The left passage is level floored with a window in the cliff. Another window onto a bat chamber is reserved for speleologists. At the end of this chamber, a descent through boulders on the left and a 5m drop leads to a muddy stream way. A path over the mud-bank finally leads to the large Ratbat Entrance.

The right hand passage opens into the Angels Wing Chamber. A fixed ladder leads to the Upper Entrance. Beyond, a narrow, low passage extends to mud choked tunnels and out at the North Entrance.

There is a local legend of how the runaway slaves called Maroons used to live in the caves, but would come out at night and attack the British Soldiers who were camping nearby. After each assault the Maroons would return to the cave. The British were so unnerved by these phantom killers that they started to believe that they were invisible and that their loss of moral hastened the end of hostilities.

These are impressive stalactite caves with a stream and a lake.

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