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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.   Enclosed. A huge rock is incorporated into the room, with trees growing through the roof. Guests all sit around the dinner table with staff and managers. Relaxed, cosy atmosphere. Romantic feel with flickering candles. Good home cooking. Bar is fully stocked with local and imported drinks. The Big Cave is located in the Matobo National Park, within a World Heritage area. 46km from Bulawayo.

Room Types 

The camp consists of seven granite-under-thatch lodges with African themed decor, private balconies and en suite facilities. The design of the rooms means they are cool during the summer and warm in winter, using the natural rock as an insulator.

Big Cave -Family and Triple Chalet      

2 x Family suite (double bed + bunk bed) with en-suite flush toilet, shower and basin with hot water. Doors open onto a deck.

1 x Triple chalet (double bed + single bed) with en-suite flush toilet, shower and basin with hot water. Doors open onto a private deck.


Twin chalets and Honeymoon suite     

3 x Twin chalets with en-suite flush toilet, shower and basin with hot water. Doors open onto a private deck.

1 x Honeymoon suite, lounge area, with en-suite flush toilet, shower and basin with hot water. Doors open onto a private deck. Stunning views.



 Big Cave Camp Facilities

The main communal area of the camp has its own natural rock pool with sundeck, while the restaurant is located in a cave-style boma lit by lanterns at night and complete with swimming pool. Drinks and sun downers are served in the Leopard Lounge and Bar. The central living areas are set against a backdrop of massive boulders that form part of the design of the structures. The adjacent library is a cosy retreat for those wishing to spend a quiet moment learning more about the history of the area.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.At sundown the cave-style boma is illuminated by lanterns as guests sit around a traditional fire while recounting stories of the day’s activities.

Things to do at Big Cave Camp

The camp is within easy reach of the Matobo Hills National Park where wildlife drives or walking safaris can be organised, while the area is also home to one of the highest concentrations of birds of prey in the world.

Rhino Tracking       

Big Cave Camp borders the Matobo National Park, and game viewing is done both on the private property as well as into the Whovi Game Park. The Whovi wilderness area is a specially protected area for both white and black rhino. Matobo Hills has the last significant population of rhino in Zimbabwe, and the best way to view and photograph these rare creatures is on foot, with a professional guide. 



Rhodes Grave and World's View

Cecil John Rhodes was extremely fond of the Matobo Hills, and he set up a trust, which administered the newly formed "Rhodes Matopos National Park". He also funded a railway line, in his own words "to make a short railway line....So that the people may enjoy the glory of the Matopos from Saturday to Monday".  Rhodes died in 1902 in Muizenberg, in the Cape. His body was brought up via rail, and then transported on the back of a gun carriage drawn by a team of oxen. Also buried at Worlds View  is Leander Starr Jameson , as well as  Allen Wilson and the 34 men killed on the banks of the Shangani river, while in pursuit of king Lobengula. 

Bird Watching

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 sought after species is the elusive Cape (Mackinder's) Eagle Owl. Birds of prey abound!

Big Cave offers excellent opportunities for the bird watcher.



Big Cave Camp

Our fully inclusive rates are not just about the level of accommodation or the thread count of the linen. They encompass elements that cannot be counted or measured, such as exclusive access to this private land bordering the Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe’s best wildlife areas. This private land, creates a unique sense of seclusion, comfort, privacy and space. In turn, your presence helps us in the conservation of these areas.

Big Cave Camp, can be booked on a Half board and/or Full board  basis.

Our rates include:

  • Accommodation,
  • All meals ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • 2 Activities per day 
  • Return hotel transfer from the Victoria Falls airport,
  • Return Transfer to the Victoria Falls airport
  • Laundry
  • All rates below are quoted per person per night sharing

Our rates exclude:

  • Premium imported drinks
  • Champagne






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