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BIG CAVE CAMP

3 STAR

PRICE RANGE: US$135-$355 per person per night

Classic Lodge | Matobo Hills

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  • Big Cave Camp reposes atop an enormous granite whaleback, commanding inspirational views across the famous Matobo National Park.  Matobo National Park is located south of Zimbabwe's second largest city, Bulawayo.  The design of the lodges is A-frame granite thatch, which ensures they are cool in summer and warm in winter.  There are 7 thatched A-Frame Cottages. The eight lodges, each with en-suite bathroom and private balcony, resonate African creative flair.  Included is a honeymoon suite, as well as family rooms for those with small children.  The chalets can sleep up to a total of 21 guests. The bar and dining area features a huge rock enclosed in the room, with trees growing through the roof creating a natural atmosphere. The main communal area at Big Cave Camp has a natural rock pool and sundeck, which provides an idyllic spot to relax after a day spent exploring the rock art and wildlife of the national park.

  • Here are a few special highlights found in Matobo Hills that we've picked out :-

    • Another United Nations Natural World Heritage site this area is characterised by vast tracts of granite in the form of balancing rocks and domes
    • Rock Art  that is thousands of years old is preserved here in its highest density found in Africa
    • Both Black and White Rhinos can be regularly seen and approaching rhinos on foot is a very special experience
    • Black Eagles and Leopards are found in these hills in very high concentrations
    • The hills are a melting pot of culture and history that spans to bushmen times, the Matabele kingdom and the arrival of Birtish Imperialism
  • ROOMS

    • 7 x thatched A-frame cottages
    • Tea and coffe making facilities
    • En-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot water showers
    • Private balcony
    • Thatched roofs and tiled floors keep the rooms cool in the summer months and cosy in winter.
    • Ntwane is a spacious honeymoon suite that can accommodate two children on a sleeper couch

     

    OTHER FACILITIES

    • A Wi-Fi hot spot in the campsite, plus backup generator for lighting if mains goes off.
    • A well stocked teak bar, comfortable lounge and communal dining area.
    • The bar and dining area features a huge rock enclosed in the room, with trees growing through the roof creating a natural atmosphere.
    • The lodge also has a small library and a swimming pool where guests can cool-off on sunny afternoons.
    • The main communal area at Big Cave Camp has a natural rock pool and sundeck, which provides an idyllic spot to relax after a day spent exploring the rock art and wildlife of the national park.

     

    ACCESS

    The Big Cave campsite is situated only 3 km off the main tarmac road, and is located in picturesque Miombo woodland, and is easily accessible. It can be accessed by road transfer or self drive in own vehicle.

     

    For self-drive guests follow Robert Mugabe Street / Kezi Road out of Bulawayo (South West). After approx. 30km pass the turn-off to Rhodes Matobo National Park.  Do not turn – continue straight along the Matobo Road until you reach the 46km mark.Turn left at the Big Cave Camp sign and proceed along the gravel road for approx. 2km until you reach the parking lot where you will be collected by a 4x4 vehicle and taken to the lodge.  Alternatively if you have entered Zim from the Plumtree side, then you will need to look out for the La Concorde road, which is a dirt road that links the Plumtree road to the Matobo / Kezi road. This road is situated just before Figtree on your right, and just before the toll gate. If you hit the toll gate you have gone too far! The road is reasonable if driven slowly, and is approximately.

  • The following guests had this to say following their stay at Big Cave Camp :-
     
    Charles from London
    A great base to explore a unique region of rocks and San history paintings.
     
    Emily from Perth Australia
    A fantastic lodge and a top class guide.
     
     Simon C. from London United Kingdom
    Excellent customer service.
     
    Lenn from Stockholm Sweden
    The Big Cave is the best camp in Africa.  An amazing experience, nature and culture.
     
     Robert K. from Stockhold Sweden
    Wonderful nature and surroundings.

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