Big Cave Camp (Matobo National
Big Cave Camp reposes atop an enormous granite whaleback
commanding inspirational views across the famous Matobo
National Park, Zimbabwe. 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
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
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 cozy
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
At sundown the cave-style boma is illuminated by lanterns
as guests sit around a traditional fire while recounting
stories of the days activities. 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 4x4. One of the more
famous sites is Nswatugi cave, which is normally combined
with a trip to Rhodes Grave, World’s View, which is a
beautiful drive through the Recreational Park.
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.
Accommodation Rates:- Please contact us for a quote and