Big Cave Camp

Matobo National Park

Big Cave Camp
Please note: Our review of this property has not yet been added. Watch this space. We're working on it.

As a tailor-made tour operator, we often have to get creative when designing your perfect itinerary.

For example, your travel consultant might add this property to your itinerary if:

Location is a significant factor
It offers a unique feature that will enhance your experience
This is a last-minute booking and room availability is limited
Cost is a factor and you'd rather splash out on another part of your trip
This is a newly opened or refurbished property that we have not inspected yet

When designing your custom itinerary we have much to consider not least of which is the value proposition of every product and service included in your quote. In all cases we strive to give you the best experience possible within your budget so please feel free to ask your travel consultant to share their reasons for including this property in your itinerary.

Big Cave Camp is a Matopos institution that has been family-owned and run since 1947 when Cyril Waddy bought a large chunk of wilderness on the edge of the Matobo National Park. Now run by Cyril's son, Dave, the camp has taken on a somewhat more luxurious and dare we say decadent approach to enjoying the wonderful bounty of the Matobo Hills since those early days.

With just eight chalets accommodating a maximum of 20 guests, Big Cave is as intimate as the hills are serene. The enormous chalets are made of local granite and thatch, tucked into and around the boulders and looking out over such scenes as made old Cecil wax lyrical and insist on being laid to rest just a few kilometres east of here.

The main lodge is built around a giant boulder. The lounge area is festooned with sofas, armchairs and Persian rugs, the dining area and bar are a cozy combination of comfort and all face out to the amazing views across the hills.

Yet for all the manmade luxury, the best parts of Big Cave are natural - the rock pool and the campfire in an amphitheatre of rock are where you'll spend your days and nights before and meals and activities.

Big Cave Camp is one thousand hectares of private nature reserve adjacent to the Matobo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site for its cultural significance not least of which is the extraordinary concentration of San rock art and political shape-shifting in the intervening years since those pre-historic times. To this day, the region commands a profound spiritual respect over all who enter these hallowed grounds.

Walking is the feature activity at Big Cave as you scale gentle slopes and lush valleys on an intimate natural adventure where everything has a story: plants, birds, balancing rocks, history, the odd antelope and maybe, just maybe, a leopard or two. Inside the Matobo Park, your guide will take you on a walking safari to track the well-protected black and white rhino. Other rare animals include the brown hyena, roan and sable antelope and a high concentration of raptors.

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Guided nature walks and safaris in the private reserve and in Matobo National Park; mountain bike rides (bikes available for hire); game drives; night drives; scenic sundowner drives; cultural and historical tours; birding; rhino tracking on foot; yoga and wellness

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