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Address: Nelspruit, South Africa
Phone Number: +27(13)-733 4152
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Description: The Sudwala Caves is the oldest known caves in the world and lie in the...
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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We visited the caves during our week long stay at Sudwala Lodge and walked to the top of the mountain! The caves tour was very informative and lasted around 40 minutes, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We visited the caves during our week long stay at Sudwala Lodge and walked to the top of the mountain! The caves tour was very informative and lasted around 40 minutes, the lighting is great, not too garish as other cave networks tend to be. The highlight of our visit was the rendition of the SA national anthem by the... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Wow, these caves are really awesome. Please take a jacket as it gets very cold inside. The tour guide is very good and the experience is just something everyone needs to experience for yourself. comfortable shoes as there is lots of walking.

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Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I loved everything there. The tour guiders were friendly and informative. The shop just outside the caves are expensive but worth it. The stairs where tiring though.

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Johannesburg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

3rd time around but seeing the caves after more than a decade is worth the R90 bucks to have a family experience in the dark in tour groups. Invaluable history and a must for parents with kids in the older classes. Words like dolomite rock in the oldest known caves in the world for my tired brain hardly sunk in.... More 

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Centurion, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

If you are into such things then definitely this is a must see. For those who could care less, keep going on to the next thing. I did enjoy the tour, mostly because the tour guide did a good job of keeping us laughing. The cave was surprisingly nice and cool, not cold and even got a bit warm as... More 

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Unless you're very fit, drive your way to the venue! The hour-long tour through the caves is informing and interesting. The Dinosaur Park next to the caves has life size models of all of the South African species. Afterwards, enjoy a beer at their restaurant with a view!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The deep crystal tour was amazing. We were 10 people and never felt unsafe. Great experience and thrilling climbing and crawling. To reach the crystal cavern with calcium crystals. It is truly magical.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

a wonderfull experience of the oldest natural caves in the world! they have stalagmite and stalactite formed millions of years ago

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

These caves are excellently catered for tourists, with tour guides leaving on the regular. Well worth R90 entrance, as guides are funny and informative, and do take pictures of you if requested. Nice history, interesting background and entertaining visit, especially if heading back to JHB from Sabie, def recommend the stopover! Enjoy

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I have been on the tour many times and I keep coming back. I love the caves and the tour guides are always extremely entertaining.

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