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Sudwala Caves

Nelspruit, South Africa
+27(13)-733 4152
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Ranked #6 of 19 Attractions in Nelspruit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Owner description: The Sudwala Caves is the oldest known caves in the world and lie in the Drakensberg...
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Owner description: The Sudwala Caves is the oldest known caves in the world and lie in the Drakensberg escarpment.Regular guided tours take you 600 meters in and 150 meters underground. Tours leave every 10 min (approx) and take about 30 minutes.The caves have some amazing formations including stalactites, stalagmites, flow stones and pre cambrian fossils. The most famous formation is the Screaming Monster. This is actually a stalactite that has joined with a stalagmite and has formed a column that is 200 million years old.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We would happily recommend the Crystal Tour at the Sudwala Caves. We had so much fun and were in very safe hands with our guide, Louis. The history was really fascinating and our guide took time to explain and educate us. The facts are really interesting. Navigating through the tunnels was an adventure but we were given clear instructions and... More 

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is a good trip "into" the mountain, the guide tells you a lot about the cave before you are led through the sections, stopping to fill you in on each part along the way and about the cave people who used to live there over the years. The section where the choirs come to sing because the acoustics are... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Whilst travelling to Nelspruit I read some reviews of this place here on tripadvisor. Since it wasn't far from the city I decided to set aside a couple of hours to explore it. Fairly easy to find with good road access. Mind you that you need to go uphill for sometime until you can get to the caves themselves. After... More 

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Truly amazing place, great guide and so much history in the caves. There were school kids visiting at the same time which made it a little more busy but some of them were singing in the main cavern which was absolutely amazing!

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Komatipoort, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Me, my sister's daughter and husband went for an outing and we came across sudwala caves. Brought some memories back of when we still were young. One of the must see places in the area. Close to Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, and also not to far from the Kruger national park. The dinosaur - park next to the caves, was a... More 

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Kriel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Very nice to visit. If you love caves and the dinosaur vally is also somthing to see. Tarrifs are reasonable also

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Very informative, historical facts and myths, very good guide, funny guide. Great for kids also. Take comfortable shoes, not flat flip flops. Lots to see. very beatiful. Worth a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

we went there just by co-incidence. When we head back to JNB, we found the sign and follow it to Sudwala Caves. Not as easy as we imagine to find this place. The woman tour guide is funny. She introduced the cave in details. There are two program offered for customers. The basic one last around 45mins where the long... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Agreeably nothing tops the Cango Caves in South Africa, however the Sudwala Caves come a close second, and so that is why I gave this rating a 4 instead of a 5 (and that's the only reason). Firstly, Mpumalanga is the ideal province for adventure, which is what I and my group enjoy. There are a range of waterfalls, the... More 

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Richards Bay, South Africa
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The Sudwala Caves was a lovely experience for us. It was made even more lovely with our guide Betty who, who was very good and very pleasant. The only thing I didn't like about the place was the caveman figure they had at the entrance of the cave. It looked very out of place there.

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