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Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge

Mile 41.5 Hummingbird Highway P.O. Box 356, Belmopan Belize
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 20/06/30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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#2 of 13 in Belmopan
Travellers' Choice
Nestled in the lush rainforest of central Belize, Caves Branch Jungle Lodge offers visitors the opportunity to immerse in a culture of mid-range to extreme adventures. From the guest rooms that are open to the sights and sounds of the jungle, some of which are thatched in the ancient style of the Maya to our luxurious Treehouse suites, your experience should be something that must be experienced to be believed and once experienced, truly-never forgotten!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Horseback riding
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Hot bath
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Table tennis
Shuttle bus service
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Laundry service
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Room features
Private balcony
Seating area
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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PSimek wrote a review 22 May
9 contributions
This could be the best place I've ever been to! The nature is astonishing, we have seen snakes, coatimundi, hundreds of birds, giant toad just around the rooms and restaurant. You need to accept that you will have some spiders, geckos etc in your room too! The view from the tree house we had was absolutely beautiful. I could just sit and observe the nature if not the amazing tours that the lodge offers. I am not a fan of caves, but what I have seen was spectacular. The caves are fully natural and unchanged. It isn't like in Europe where you can only see the entrance, everything is lit up and you have handrails and stairs for support! The food is plentiful and delicious, we had to ask for half portions! Cocktails are delicious too and the staff is soo nice. We've met lovely people. The room service was great - rooms were sparling clean everyday. The tour guides are the best in the world and they've made our adventures even better. Loved the oranges! I tried hard to think of negatives and there are none. Would love to go back one day and wish I could have given more than 5 stars! Dominika & Ben
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
Frank F wrote a review 15 May
Stony Mountain, Canada14 contributions19 helpful votes
We just completed a Live Aboard Diving trip at the Blue Hole and we wanted to go back to Ian Anderson's for some total relaxation time at the Lodge. This was our second stay at Ian Anderson's within 5 years between visits. We learned this time to go with the all-inclusive package. The first time we stayed, we didn't and found it to be problematic. That being said, the Lodge was as great the second time. On this booking we intended not to go on any adventures offered, believing we did them all the first time. Oops on us, some of the adventures were new and we were not able to go on due to not having the proper footwear. We will not make that mistake again. We stayed in a tree house lodge over-looking the river. Meals are so great on one dish I finished off my wife's plate because she couldn't finish it. Needless to say, I paid the price for over-eating, but it was well worth it at the time, it was that good! When the sun sets it gets so dark you must have a flashlight you cannot see your hand in front of your face, that dark. But then the Jungle comes alive with critters and Howling monkeys and sometimes the roar of the Jaguar not far off. I was told that cats never bother anyone. Howling Monkeys, you think Big Foot is outside your door. Hard to believe something as small as the monkey can be so very loud. We went for a walk and were lucky enough to be invited with Mrs. Anderson on a walk on the other side of the resort across the river and saw Jaguar scat. About an hour after the sun set the Jungle goes so quiet. By 20:00 hrs. (8pm) we were in bed sleeping. If you are seeking adventures and to relax afterwards, then this is the place to stay at. Looking forward to our third stay and will not forget our footwear. For Covid, our country (Canada) could learn from them on protocols to stay safe. Owners clearly respect their staff and the staff love working for them, and it shows. When in Belize if you don't spend some time here then you have just missed out on a fantastic place to stay at.
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Date of stay: March 2022
Room Tip: Room 16 or 19 closest to main building and great views
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Sheila B wrote a review Apr 2022
Savannah, Georgia3 contributions
My boyfriend and I stayed in one of the tree houses over looking the river and it was beautiful. The staff is caring and friendly. We had one of the all inclusive packages with food, drinks and tours included which was certainly worth it. The tours are amazing! We did the waterfalls cave tour and it was honestly one of the coolest hikes I've ever, seriously ever done! Such a unique experience! We also did the black hole drop which offered amazing views. Our tour guides were Carlos & Jeison who were both knowledgeable and helpful. All in all, I would certainly come back here and wish I had more time stay. If you're looking for adventure and beautiful views, this is it!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
Phasianidae wrote a review Apr 2022
Laurens, South Carolina27 contributions7 helpful votes
My husband and I have been to Belize many times and have always had fantastic experiences--just one of the many reasons we choose to return! For our anniversary this year, we stayed in mid-April for the latter half of our vacation in one of the River Tree Houses at Caves Branch. We didn't have much of a view of the river but the tree house itself was lovely and had two showers (one outdoors) and a nice porch area amongst the trees where we could see many birds if we wished. Unfortunately, after we checked in my husband and I noticed a bad odor coming from below our Tree House. I thought it was from the river being low and we disregarded it as we left the area but when we returned a short time later, the odor was stronger and while we wanted to sit on our porch, the smell was unbearable. I talked to the person at the desk about the issue and was told they would check on it. There was very little concern expressed which surprised me (he appeared busy on the computer). After an hour, we asked again if anything had been rectified (we had gone for a birding walk on our own since we couldn't stay on our porch). We were advised by the same person that someone was checking on it and he was waiting on the report (apparently he hadn't gone to check on this odor). Room 19 is a thirty second walk from the desk. It was getting dusky out and we weren't prepared to stay in our room with the smell of sewage permeating the area. At that point, my husband stated we wouldn't be paying unless something was done. Finally, the gentleman seated next to the desk person got up and asked what the issue was. After explanation, he said they'd had a cancellation and that we could certainly move to another room until the problem was rectified. It was really all we were hoping for; somewhere where it didn't smell like a sewer line had ruptured. We moved to a bungalow for the evening and were told we would be notified when the issue was corrected and we were able to move back. No one notified us of when it was ok to return; we waited out the next day and at around 1700 we ventured up the walk and found the smell had dissipated greatly. We asked whether it was all right to return to our room and were told that "Oh, yes, it was fixed." Great! So we packed up again and went back to room 19. We felt rather on our own communication-wise. We were booked through Friday morning, this having happened Monday night. Thursday afternoon the smell was back and as bad as ever, coming up into the room in spite of the ceiling fan running. I had spent the previous two days sick (something in the water? Don't know) and I didn't have the energy to go through the gymnastics required to move rooms again since we were checking out the next day. I do hope they've gotten it taken care of before booking others into that room. As far as tours, we thoroughly enjoyed birding with Justo. My husband went on the horseback riding tour to Banana Bank and took the Caving Exploration tour, both of which he really enjoyed. We traveled to the Belize Zoo and had planned to do the zip-lining tour but unfortunately had to return to the lodge because of a stomach bug I had been suffering from since Monday night. Pedro was wonderful to talk to while escorting us through the zoo and driving us back and forth. Wait staff, housekeeping, tour guides, drivers were all exceptional. The food was good (selections are limited, but you're in the jungle), the fresh juices were amazing, as they always are in Belize. We felt a bit let down by the blasé response to the leaking sewage issue by the desk person. As someone who's been a representative of different companies' customer service areas, I know my response toward a guest complaint like mine would have been much different. We did receive compensation for the one night stay in the Bungalow. As it was never mentioned, I did inquire about it at check-out and our final bill was then amended.
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Date of stay: April 2022
Room Tip: Ask whether a Riverview Treehouse has an open view of the river before booking.
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peter f wrote a review Apr 2022
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My wife, son(13) , daughter (16) and sister-in-law visited Caves Branch early april for 3 nights. It was my wife’s 2nd visit. We were picked up from the airport and taken to Caves Branch (~90 min) drive. We were then greeted by the staff who gave us all a fresh drink (rum punch, virgin for the kids) and showed us around. They also introduced us to key team members. I’ve never experienced a welcome quite like this before. It felt really nice and like being at home. The meals were excellent and always fresh. The jungle suite we had was very nice, comfortable and open air with screens. We all slept well! The pool and hot tub was nice to relax in and take in the scenery. Caves Branch is smack dab in a beautiful jungle. We did two adventures. The black hole adventure where we hiked into the jungle and rappelled 200 ft thru the jungle canopy into a sink hole. There was no way i was going to do this trip…but I did and over came a huge fear! The guides made me believe i and the rest of us could do it and we all did! Lunch was grt as was the hike out . The next day we hiked into a giant cave and climbed up 7 waterfalls and then came dow by jumping into each of them. Super fun!! Now, this may seem insane, but it wasn't. The tallest waterfall was 20 ft and the only one we climbed with rope assists. Every person made it. Again the guides were tremendous, informative and fun. There were a couple of sections on the way where you had to crouch down low to get to the falls. The rest of the journey was in large spaces . Lunch was great. And another fear conquered! The whole trip was incredible! We will be back for sure. Ian, Ella and their entire team were so warm, friendly and professional. I give this 10stars!!! And most of all I now realize how much time I wasted being fearful of things That just weren’t real.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
US$162 - US$217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Crystal Cave (2.2 km), Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing and Jungle Zipline (5.2 km), and Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve (5.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Grove House Restaurant at Sleeping Giant, Splash Belize, and Don Tonito's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.