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Sudwala Caves

Nelspruit, South Africa
+27(13)-733 4152
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Ranked #7 of 18 Attractions in Nelspruit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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... more » 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. « less
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The guides really make this experience special. I enjoyed how they also have a sense of humour. Great site to check-out.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Caves are interesting and pretty impressive, but would love to do the Crystal Caves, but would need to get into shape first as they look quite challenging, maybe next time. Our guide was very good and definitely enjoyed her job.

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We really enjoyed the Sudwala caves- and had made arrangements for our group to see the crystal caves based on the prior reviews. We should have known it would be somewhat of a challenge when they asked if we had brought our own headlamps. After a short walk- we found ourselves waist deep in muddy water.....only to be followed by... More

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
34 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The caves are an impressive size, but the actual features are average if you have visited other "show caves" elsewhere.. Our guide was energetic and was very good at involving all the ages in the group, and used humour whilst explaining history and geology. There are a number of other attractions linked to the caves. We enjoyed having the dead... More

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Lier, Belgium
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We visited these caves on our road from Sabie to Pretoria. They were nice, but that's it. We had a very boring guide.

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Hong Kong, China
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

As a family we really enjoyed the visit to the caves. They are well lit and the guide had an excellent view of the history and story behind the caves. After we had finished our tour we also went to the fish foot spa which the kids thought was fantastic!

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Cape Town
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142 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Was more expensive than Echo Caves which we visited two days ago but this much more professional and better organized. Victor the tour guide was very informative and had excellent communication skills. The Swazi tribe story was not as interesting as the Sapedi tribe story of Echo cave but on the overall this was a better experience.

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Rayton, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I have not visited the caves since being a very young child and doing so again brought back so many memories. The guide was really well informed and we enjoyed all his comments. The only down side is that unfortunately that there is always people/children misbehaving. It is difficult to describe everything that you see but take along your camera... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is definitely a place to visit. We have seen many caves in our travels and many impressive ones in our home country, Australia, but this cave topped them all. It was much larger than we expected, much, much larger and very beautiful. Our guide was full of information and made it fun for the kids. I definitely recommend the... More

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Maputo, Maputo, Mozambique
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I've been there already 2 times and is a nice place to visit with friends and family. The caves are not too long and the visit really depends on the tour guide. The natural auditorium is really something to think about it!

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