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Big Cave Camp rests on top of an enormous granite whaleback commanding inspirational views across the famous Matobo National Park.

Sophisticated African architecture incorporates colossal boulders into a luxuriously appointed thatched lodge positioned amidst ancient Khoisan rock art.

Retire at the 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 central living areas are set against a backdrop of massive boulders that form part of the design of the structures. The Leopard’s Lair includes a teak bar, lounge and communal dining area. The adjacent library is a cosy retreat for those wishing to spend a quiet moment learning more about the history of the area.

Outside, the natural rock pool and sundeck are 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 are served.

At sundown the cave-style boma is illuminated by lanterns as guests sit around a traditional fire recounting stories of the days activities.


The design of the lodges is A-frame granite under thatch, which ensures they are cool in summer and warm in winter.

Included is a honeymoon suite, as well as family rooms for those with small children.


6 Twin Chalets with ensuite, 1 Family Room and 1 Honeymoon Suite

Open Season

Open all year

Safari Experience

Rhino tracking, walks, game drives, horse rides, bird watching, hiking and bush breakfasts.  Visits to caves, rock art galleries.  Rhodes Grave Tours, Ndebele village, school and clinic visits and Cyrene Mission.  Moonlight walks and open air dinners.  

Wildlife & Birdlife

Matobo Hills boasts one of the highest concentrations of birds of prey anywhere in the world.

The Black Eagle is one of the more majestic birds to grace the area, and other sought-after species is the elusive Cape (Mackinder’s) Eagle Owl.

Big Cave borders the Matobo National Park, and game viewing is both on the private property as well as into the Whovi Game Park. The Whovi wilderness area is a specially protected area for both white and black rhino.

Matobo Hills has the last significant population of rhino in Zimbabwe, and the best way to view and photograph these rare creatures is on foot, with a professional guide.

Big Cave offers drives into the Whovi Park, with a professional guide-to view not only rhino, but also leopard and a selection of plains game.

Guests can enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to creep up on these wonderful animals on foot once the correct area has been located by the professional guide.

Night drives on the Big Cave wilderness area can also be enjoyed (depending on the time of the year) to view the nocturnal creatures of the Matobo Hills.

Added Extras

Game Viewing & Rhino Tracking, Bird Watching, Mountain Biking, Rock Art, Cultural Activities, Yoga Safari’s.