Big Cave Camp

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Big Cave Camp - Lodge on the Rocks in Matobo

Book your next African safari holiday to Big Cave Camp in Zimbabwe, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Matopos Hills, the main feature of the magnificent Matobos National Park where rare rhinos are conserved. This rustic camp is a place where nature, culture, history and luxury seamlessly intertwine, providing visitors with an unforgettable Zimbabwe safari experience.

A refuge for the black and white rhinos, and amazing San rock art nearby, this is a must-stop on your Zimbabwe safari. As soon as you arrive at Big Cave Camp, you will be struck by its serene beauty – find the camp created within towering granite cliffs and rolling hills dotted with ancient baobab trees, such a peaceful haven, far from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

To crown it all, Matopos Hills is home to one of the highest concentrations of leopards in Africa as well as the highest concentration of black eagles and breeding pairs in the world! It makes sense then that Matobos National Park is the oldest national park in Zimbabwe! It’s so unique with its enormous granite boulders that have weathered into fantastic shapes, such as the balancing rocks known as Mother and Child Kopje. Between the granite mountains, narrow valleys form, often swampy valleys known as dambos or vleis, due to runoff from the whaleback mountains.

The camp itself makes the most of this setting, taking its name from the caves that have been here for millions of years. Big Cave Camp is more like an affordable safari lodge comprising 8 A-framed cottages resting in the rocks while the main guest areas pose on the top of a huge granite whaleback, deliberately designed to absorb these captivating vistas across the entire rocky park. Elegant African architecture merges between the immense boulders and natural thatched roofs add character to an already beautiful destination where once the San created their rock art.

Big Cave Camp is a perfect base from which to explore the nearby Matobos National Park, including Cecil John Rhodes’ gravesite and the awe-inspiring World’s View. One of the most special experiences at Big Cave Camp is a visit to the incredible network of nearby caves, many of which were used by ancient stone age tribes and San people for thousands of years. With a knowledgeable guide, you can explore these ancient chambers and learn about the rich cultural heritage of the area.

When the history becomes overwhelming, choose other amazing activities in the great landscape of this World Heritage Site – from guided walks and wildlife drives to cultural tours and visits to local villages. 

Voyage2Africa loves Big Cave Camp for its unique and magical aura, a place so historical that guests can immerse themselves in the sense of forgotten lives and deep spirituality. The wilderness setting is jaw-dropping in its stark rugged scenery and it’s a place where memories are made, and lifelong connections are forged.

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Add the Matobos National Park and Big Cave Camp to your bucket list when you are planning a safari to Zimbabwe because not only is this amazing destination the oldest park in the country, but so too is it the home to the highest concentration of leopards in Africa and the most black eagles in the world!

Voyage2Africa takes you to this cultural hotspot in tours that include accommodation in wonderful camps like Big Cave Camp that nestle in the rocks and provide an idyllic place from which to explore the landscape. 

Find Big Cave Camp perched like a black eagle atop a massive granite whaleback taking in the panoramic vistas across the famous Matobos National Park, a World Heritage Site thanks to its depth of history, culture and ecological diversity.  The elegant décor and design is carefully created within and around the huge boulders, not impacting on them but becoming part of them. 

Ancient Khoisan rock art reminds visitors of the ancient origins of Africa and that we should all respect what has been before, and the wilderness that is here now. The main areas are thatched and created from rocks and wood – guest love to chill beside the natural rock swimming pool on the sun deck and grab a cold beer at the aptly named Leopard’s Lair bar and lounge, designed like a cave to fit in with the theme! 

Read a book before dinner in the boma then retire to your thatched a-frame chalet in the rocks, decorated a la Africa with plenty of natural materials and flair. Families with children are welcome so book a family safari with Voyage2Africa today and we will make it worth your while and your pocket!

Amazing Holiday Packages including Big Cave Camp

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Activities

  • Guided walks, rhino tracking
  • Wildlife drives, birding to view black eagles and other species
  • Cultural tours, visits to local villages
  • Cave explorations to find ancient Khoisan art 
  • Cecil John Rhodes’ Gravesite

Included

  • Luxury accommodation 
  • All meals
  • Guided activities
  • Wildlife drives
  • Cultural tours

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Facilities

  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Conference facilities
  • Wedding facilities
  • Restaurant, bar, boma, sun deck

Highlights

  • Serene surroundings in the heart of Matopos Hills, a place of ancient geological formations where the ancient San lived about 2,000 years ago, leaving a rich of more than 3,000 registered rock art sites
  • Unforgettable wilderness experience where leopards prey on rock hyraxes, and where rhinos, sable and plenty of other antelope inhabit the hills and valleys
  • Diverse range of activities available such as visiting Cecil John Rhodes’ grave, cruising around the balancing rocks and taking photos, rhino walks, fishing, hiking and bird watching 
  • Rich cultural heritage of the area – thousands of rock paintings, caves, and the legacy of Cecil John Rhodes.


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