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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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Hiking
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Secured parking
Paid internet
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
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Breakfast available
Kid-friendly buffet
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Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bicycle tours
Walking tours
Gift shop
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Outdoor fireplace
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Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
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46KM peg, Matobo Kezi Rd, Matobo National Park - The Matopos Zimbabwe
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Harare Airport401 kmSee all flights
Bulawayo Airport57 kmSee all flights
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Local wrote a review Nov 2019
London, United Kingdom12 contributions1 helpful vote
Beautiful accommodation made in the rocks. A really individual place and a very friendly manager and helpful staff. Really enjoyed our stay there but it was very expensive. Decided not to do the tours as just couldn't afford them, and a shame nothing was offered as a substitute. Also the bikes we were hoping to use weren't available. The pool was nice but could be much nicer if there were towels and better sunbeds etc. The food was good, but early start for breakfast especially as it was just us there. A lovely place and it has even more potential than what it has got at the moment, but i dont think it was good value for money.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from David W, Owner at Big Cave Camp
Responded 14 Nov 2019
Hi Sally. Thanks for the review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Unfortunately the National Park fees and vehicle licensing fees cost us a lot of money each year, so we have to charge a reasonable amount for activities, and US 60.00 per person excluding Park fees is average for our area. Sincere apologies on the bikes, as it is a quiet time of the year they are all being serviced currently. Likewise the sunbeds we already have the fabric to recover the cushions, however are still waiting for the high density foam to come up from South Africa. So apologies on that one as well. Sad you did not find us good value for money, we are still one of the best priced products in the Matobo Hills :) . Best Regards Dave
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GHDownie wrote a review Oct 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom128 contributions84 helpful votes
We spent a couple of nights at Big Cave - our second trip there after a gap of 20 years - and had a wonderful time. Lin and her team, including Thabi and Eugene in the dining room, were first rate; friendly and attentive. Our guides, Shepherd and Tawanda, were outstanding and really went out of their way to make our game drives (including a walk with rhinos!) and other visits fun and interesting. The camp itself is spectacular, perched on top of the rocks and our little cottage was spotless, comfortable and well equipped. The food was delicious and plentiful. And the evening campfire was such a lovely, relaxing experience after a busy day in the bush.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from DavidW12603, Owner at Big Cave Camp
Responded 25 Oct 2019
Hi Guys. Fantastic to have you back after 20 years! I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay so much and the guiding as well! Lin and the staff will be very appreciative of your comments. Hopefully it wont be another 20 years before we see you again! Best Regards Dave
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LINDA081 wrote a review Sep 2019
BELGIUM401 contributions65 helpful votes
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Location: Beautiful setting with view over the valley and sunrise from the balcony of our room. Not in the middle of the national park but about 20 km from the main entrance. I would recommend warm clothing because it can get chilly in the open game drive vehicle (even though blankets were provided). Check in: The parking lot is down the hill where the lodge is located and they provide a free jeep to bring the clients and luggage up. Check in was very smooth. Rooms: Very nice beds and bed linen - no luxury but everything you need There was no electricity (fire at electricity company) while we were but they managed to prepare nice meals for us. We enjoyed our talks with Sheppard and Lynn very much and like how they take the time to have meals with the guests. They are
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from David W, Owner at Big Cave Camp
Responded 01 Oct 2019
Hi Linda. Thanks very much for the lovely review and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. Yes the main sub station in Bulawayo had blown up so our mains power was not working, however at least we have the generator as back up! We really hope to see you again soon. Best Regards Dave
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smavro931835 wrote a review Aug 2019
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The Big Cave lodge is in a beautiful location just outside the park. Excellent chalets that are one with the environment. Very knowledgeable guides with deep understanding of the local legends and history. excellent food too. We enjoy every minute.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from David W, Owner at Big Cave Camp
Responded 18 Aug 2019
Thanks very much for the lovely review of the lodge. I am so pleased you had a great time!! The staff will also be thrilled that you enjoyed the food and accommodation. Best Regards Dave
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FabTheFab wrote a review Jul 2019
Taos, New Mexico16 contributions11 helpful votes
The lodge is very well located being just a short drive from the Matopos National Park. It is very quiet and commands lovely views over the surrounding hills. The lodge is not luxurious but the rooms are very pretty and very comfortable. They have their own patio.The bathroom is rustic but everything works perfectly. Our room included full board: the meals were excellent and the communal table provided entertainment with like-minded travelers. The icing on the cake were the presence of Lynn the manageress (warm and always helpful) and Sheppard, our appropriatedly named guide, who took us to walk with rhinoceroses and showed us some amazing and well hidden stone paintings - always with a smile! I would definitely recommend the lodge
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Response from David W, Owner at Big Cave Camp
Responded 22 Jul 2019
Thanks so much for the wonderful review, and comments on the staff. Lin, Shepherd and the rest of the team will be thrilled! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. 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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