The cave is near the settlement of Bab Taza. At one time it was thought to be the deepest in Africa but the discovery of deeper caves in Algeria mean that this is the deepest in Morocco. However just 1000 caves are known in Morocco and the geology would suggest thart more than this exist.
The cave formed in the Rif Mountains where there is winter snowfall and an annual rainfall of 600 to 10000 mm. This rainfall maintains many of the rivers of Morocco and also creates deep caves. The cave is part of the 30,000 square kilometres of Karst formation in Morocco.