Big Cave Camp reposes atop an enormous granite whaleback commanding
inspirational views across the famous Matobo National Park. Sophisticated
African architecture incorporates colossal boulders into a luxuriously appointed
thatched lodge positioned amidst ancient Khoisan rock art.
Retire at a day's end to the natural rock-pool and sundeck, the Leopard's Lair
lounge and bar, a cave-style boma for pre-dinner drinks or the popular lodge
library. The seven thatched A-frame cottages, each with en-suite bathroom and
private balcony, resonate African creative flair.
Find solitude within an intimate retreat as secluded as the original Kalanga
grain bins that nestle amongst the rocks.
The design of the lodges is A-frame granite under thatch, which ensures they are
cool in summer and warm in winter. The seven 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 central living areas are set against a backdrop of massive boulders that
form a part of the design of the structures. The Leopards Lair includes a teak
bar, lounge and communal dining area. The adjacent library is a cosy retreat for
those wishing to spend a quiet moment learning more about the history of the
Outside, the natural rock pool and sundeck is a cool contrast to the warm
granites that surround the pool. Refuge can also be taken at midday in the
nearby pool boma area where ice cold drinks are served.
History, culture, flora and fauna abound in the Matobo Hills. Guests choose
from a wide variety of activities, accompanied by a qualified guide.
Big Cave borders the Matobo National Park, and game viewing is done both on
the private property as well into the Whovi Game Park. Guests can choose to walk
or view the game from open 4 wheeled drive vehicles to view, in particular,
black and white rhino, amongst a wide variety of plains game.
Night drives on the Big Cave wilderness area can be enjoyed (depending on the
time of the year) to view the nocturnal creatures of the Matobo Hills.
Matobo Hills boasts one of the highest concentrations of birds of prey
anywhere in the world. Big Cave has several nesting sites on and adjacent to the
property. The Black Eagle is one of the more majestic birds to grace the area,
and other sort after species is the elusive Cape (Mackinder's) Eagle owl. Big
Cave offers excellent opportunities for the bird watcher.
Matobo Hills gained its World Heritage Status principally on the rich
cultural diversity of this area. The Matobo Hills boasts one of the highest
concentrations of rock art anywhere in the world. This ancient khoisan art can
be viewed in the both the National Park and even within the immediate vicinity
of Big Cave Camp. These famous rock art galleries can be visited on foot or by
One of the more famous sites is Nswatugi cave, which is normally comined with a
trip to Rhodes Grave, World's View, which is a beautiful drive through the
Tours to the nearby Ndebele village and Whitewaters Secondary school provides an
insight into the lives of the local people. The school in particular has been
supported by guests of Big Cave Camp for many years. To date a library has been
constructed, and school fees, science equipment, desks, chairs, sporting goods
and building materials have been donated. In times of real hardship a guaranteed
meal has also been provided for all the school children. In addition a number of
children have had their education sponsored by guests of Big Cave Camp.