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Big Cave Camp

Safari Camp on the rocks with stunning views of Matobo hills

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Perched atop a granite whaleback rock, Big Cave Camp offers stunning views of the surrounding Matobo Hills. The luxury thatched chalets are built into the natural landscape, blending seamlessly with the surrounding rocks. The luxury thatched chalets, and the main guest areas offer inspirational views of the surrounding Matobo Hills.

The owner run lodge is located in a private wilderness area, just 3km from the entrance to Matobo Hills National Park, making it a convenient base for exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also an hour's drive from Bulawayo Airport, making it easily accessible by air or road from Victoria Falls.

The ten A-frame chalets all have en-suite bathrooms, private decks, and breathtaking views. Standard and honeymoon suites are available, as well as a family lodge.

The communal guest living area, known as the "Leopard's Lair," features a teak bar, lounge, and dining area. This warm and inviting space is centered around a large rock, with trees growing through the roof. There is also a library containing books on the history of the area, and a fireplace for those cool nights.

Outside, the natural rock pool and sun deck are the perfect place to cool off on a hot day. The pool boma is a great spot to enjoy a drink with friends or family.

Big Cave Camp offers half board, full board and fully inclusive stays, and a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets and needs.

There is also a campsite with shared braai area, fireplace, ablutions, gazebo and bar. The Ndebele Village offers very basic thatched rondavel accommodation for up to two guests in each room. Think camping, but bedding is provided, and you have a roof over your head, and electricity.

Our Opinion

We love that Big Cave has something for self-drivers, and non-self-drivers, from camping to comfortable fully inclusive options. They offer good rates and are located not too far from the park entrance, as well as the city of Bulawayo.


• Camp perched on top of huge granite rock
• Wonderful views of the surrounding landscape of Matopos
• Owner-run lodge easily accessible from Bulawayo and Victoria Falls
• Buildings built into the rock
• Various room types
• Cosy lounge, bar, library with natural feel
• Campsite and rondavels for self-drives

PRICE before special offers
Approximate price per person sharing per night

US$ 370  1 to 7 January & 1 April to 31 December
US$ 295  8 January to 31 March

US$ 295  1 to 7 January & 1 April to 31 December
US$ 265 8 January to 31 March

Accommodation at Big Cave Camp

• 10 Chalets in total
• 2 Honeymoon suites  - king-size bed and lounge area
• 1 Family suite - king-size bed which can be set up as twin, plus children's double-bunk bed
• 7 Twin/Double chalets, which can be set up either way
• Campsite
• 2 Ndebele village huts - shared ablutions with the campsite

All Chalets have:

• En-suite bathroom with flush toilet, shower and basin.
• Thatch a-frame
• Private deck
• Views into the national park
• Mosquito nets
• Fan
• Hair dryer
• Tea/coffee making facility

Each Ndebele Hut has:

• Basic bedding and linen
• Plug points
• Lighting

Each camp site is equipped with:

• 220V power point
• Private braai area (fire wood which is included in the rate)
• Lighting
• Water point


• A-frame thatch design makes for cool summers and warm winters
• Located just a few kilometres from the entrance of the national park
• Offers both lodge accommodation and camping
• Variety of activities offered in camp from game viewing to historical and cultural activities


• Bar in central living area as well as the campsite
• Dining area in the central living area
• Room service available
• Bush breakfasts and dinners on request
• Flexible rates offer Bed & breakfast, Half board and Full board options
• Campsite as private braai area

Facilities and Services

• 220V power supply
• Solar back up with a 5 kva Inverter at the campsite
• WiFi (at a surcharge), and Wi-Fi hot spot in the campsite
• Communal area with bar, lounge and restaurant
• Library
• Swimming pool
• Room service
• Secure parking
• Ablution block with seperate gents and ladies rooms at the campsite
• Laundry area at the campsite
• Bar at the campsite
• Activities: rhino tracking in the national park; game drive at Big Cave; guided walking at Big cave; local school and village visit; visit to Rhodes grave and World's View


• Children are welcome at Big Cave Camp
• A family room is available

How to Get to Big Cave Camp

• Self drive to Big Cave Camp via Bulawayo into Matobo hills
• Fly into Bulawayo Airport and road transfer to Big Cave Camp

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