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46KM peg, Matobo Kezi Rd, Matobo National Park - The Matopos Zimbabwe
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#3 of 8 Speciality lodging in Matobo National Park - The Matopos
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Big Cave Camp reposes atop an enormous granite whaleback commanding inspirational views across the famous Matobo National Park. Big Cave Camp has a four star lodge with restaurant, as well as a well equipped camp site with adjacent Ndebele village. 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 lodges, 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.
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Outdoor pool
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Breakfast available
Kid-friendly buffet
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46KM peg, Matobo Kezi Rd, Matobo National Park - The Matopos Zimbabwe
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Harare Airport401 kmSee all flights
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lars H wrote a review Jun 2019
Stockholm, Sweden43 contributions9 helpful votes
Big Cave Camp is down to earth and very enjoyable we think. Manager Lin Goodwin and her staff are very kind and warmhearted, the food is good, the wine excellent, the rooms comfortable, simply decorated and with lovely views out to the bush and rocks. Bathrooms are fresh-looking, modern and seems to be newly renovated. We particularly enjoyed sitting around a campfire in a cave-style boma before and after dinner chatting to the staff. We had a wonderful restful time at Big Cave Camp. One afternoon we just relaxed by the pool and enjoyed the silence. The most rewarding moments were some amazingly beautiful walks on cliffs and ridges covered with gorgeous green and yellow colours; sometimes we almost felt we were on another planet. And we didn’t meet any other single person during
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Response from David W, Owner at Big Cave Camp
Responded 17 Jun 2019
Hi Lars. Thanks so much for the lovely review, and I am so glad you enjoyed your stay, the staff and the area. We have just renovated all the rooms so good to know that you enjoyed what we have done. We are trying very hard to improve and renovate without taking from the simplicity of the lodge, which we feel is what is important in such a beautiful landscape. Hoping that you will visit us again soon! Best Regards Dave
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sheltydog2005 wrote a review May 2019
Washington, DC299 contributions52 helpful votes
I stayed at Big Cave for 3 nights. With the help of 3 rangers and a guide from Big Cave, we successfully tracked the white rhinos twice. Each time was an amazing viewing a learning experience into their habits and behaviors. I did track the skittish black rhinos once, but was not lucky enough to view them. But it was a fun adventure because we examined their spoor prints and their poop (crazy but interesting). Big Cave had two great guides - Tawanda and Shepard - and I had the pleasure of tracking the rhinos with both, and also viewing the cave paintings, which I highly recommend. I will definitely return because I want to see more paintings. The staff at the Camp is very friendly and welcoming. I had a great time. Also, met a lot of interesting guests too.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Jimmy wrote a review Apr 2019
New York City, New York80 contributions29 helpful votes
Stayed a night with an overlanding tour group. The camp should be called "Big Rocks" instead, as there are huge boulders and flat rocks all over the property, definitely a surreal/unique landscape. Brown (the campsite manager) received our group with exceptional warmth and hospitality. Be sure to hike to the "Big Cave" (about 20-30 minutes one way), or take a dip in the pool (small, but carved into the rockside, very cool). The location makes it great for stargazing at night. I'd definitely like to try the cottages when I return to Zim in a few years.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Response from David W, Owner at Big Cave Camp
Responded 23 Apr 2019
Hi there. Thanks so much for taking time out to review the lodge and campsite. Really glad that you enjoyed the landscape and area! Best Regards Dave
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Resort05729558112 wrote a review Dec 2018
East London, South Africa1 contribution
Loved the friendly staff . We met interesting people and made new friends Would highly recommended . The location was perfect . A beautiful setting .easily assessable . There were great options available regarding game viewing walks and mountain bike rides etc . The highlight for us was walking with the rhino . Sherppard was a excellent knowledgeable guide .
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from DaveWCapeTown, Owner at Big Cave Camp
Responded 02 Jan 2019
Thanks so much for taking the time out to review Big Cave. I am thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and so enjoyed time spent with Shepherd. We look forward to having you stay with us again!
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ANNE K wrote a review Nov 2018
Toowoomba, Australia457 contributions148 helpful votes
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Matobo is a unique part of Africa with the magnificent balancing boulders and the Big Cave Camp set amongst it all, makes for a great experience. From the moment you arrive, Lin, the manager, makes you feel welcome and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms are simply decorated with lovely views out to the bush and rocks. The food is lovely and shared with other guests around a large table in the dining room. On completion of the evening meal, the guests retire to the outside boma with fire pit, to chat about the days events and wind down with a glass of wine or drink of your choice. What I loved were the many tours on offer within the park, from the Camp. The guides are very experienced and can take you on walking tours to various outcrops, sundowner tour
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Response from DavidW12603, Owner at Big Cave Camp
Responded 01 Dec 2018
Hi Anne. Thanks so much for the wonderful review. Lin and the staff will be thrilled that you had a great time. We are currently commencing with renovating our rooms, so you will have to come back again and visit us once that is complete! Best Regards Dave
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PRICE RANGE
US$190 - US$281 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
ZimbabweMatabeleland South ProvinceMatobo National Park - The Matopos
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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