Situated just 46 kilometres from Bulawayo in the Matobo Hills
Big Cave is a privately owned safari lodge built on top of an enormous natural granite rock formation in the Matobo Hills which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated just 46 kilometres from Bulawayo, the lodge comprises eight thatched A-frame cottages, each with en-suite bathroom and private balcony. The lodges all blend into the surrounding environment and offer imposing views of the surrounds. They have been tastefully decorated with a natural African bush feel about them. All lodge rooms are African themed and very well appointed with comfortable beds and plenty of space. Each affords the visitor lots of privacy and the only sounds you hear are those of the plentiful array of birds.
The luxuriously appointed thatched main lodge is positioned amidst ancient Khoisan rock art and houses the Leopard’s Lair lounge and bar, a cave-style boma for pre-dinner drinks and the popular lodge library. Close by is a natural rock-pool and sundeck.
Big Cave is situated in the Matobo Hills which is the oldest National Park in Zimbabwe having been established in 1926 at the bequest of Cecil John Rhodes. The ‘Matopas’ as it is widely known, is a very spiritual place and offers the visitor a wide variety of activities.. The amazing rock formations alone warrant a visit and the Matobo Hills area boasts many impressive examples of San Bushmen paintings which are well worth seeing.
Whilst the Big Cave is ideal for anyone who simply wants to relax, there are many activities on offer which may include swimming, guided bush walks, visits to a local village, game viewing in the national park, birding, or a visit to the magnificent ‘Worlds View’ where you can visit Cecil John Rhodes grave and the Shangani Memorial.
The Matopas area has a wide variety of birds including the famed Black Eagle and within the park you may well see a good variety of animals including the white Rhino.
“We stayed for one night at the Big Cave camp on the way to Victoria Falls and should have stayed for a week. It is a stunningly beautiful place situated half way up a kopjie and an easy drive from Bulawayo and the National Park. The accommodation is spotless with lovely views from each room. The meals were excellent and the staff wonderful. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.”
“Breathtaking views, most dedicated staff (you really do feel like at home!), most beautiful location, amazing variety of activities + delicious food! I’ve had the most amazing time! Highly recommend!!”
“We visited with my wife and 10 year old daughter and the memories of Big Cave Camp will remain with my daughter for life. She loved the Lizards and the Dassies (a kind of Rabbit) scurrying about everywhere. The screeches of Baboons and the talk of Leopards roaming the area added to the sense of being somewhere special.
… if you want to be close to nature, to experience warm hospitality and efficient service, to have good food and company and professional guided tours then go here. You will not regret it. ”.
“Our stay here was great. We needed time to recuperate and relax and swimming in the rock pool, walking over the rocks, breathing in and taking in the awesome views, dining with other travelers and restful sleep in the thatch room-bliss…”