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Sudwala Caves

Address: Nelspruit, South Africa
Phone Number: +27(13)-733 4152
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Ranked #5 of 19 things to do in Nelspruit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed this lovely cave with an abundance of various formations & our experienced, knowledgable, friendly & comical guide. Well worth a tour. But be sure to include some relaxation afterwards at The Fish Spa, soaking those weary feet whilst taking in the awsome views before heading on to Dinasaur Park for another exciting walk about revisiting the past ;)... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We visited the Sudwala Caves yesterday for the first time. The lady at the ticket office isn't very friendly or helpful but our guide Tsakane was excellent!! Loved the way how she made it fun and interacted with us and not just telling us about the history etc.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Now no cave should be taken for granted and Sudwala is no exception though certainly not exceptional. The 40 minute or so tour was fine and we had a good guide. Yup, I know it's a cave but some spots seemed a little treacherous for those less nimble footed. There are certainly some interesting formations so if you're in the... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We had a pleasant 45 minute tour at the Sudwala Caves at the end of a long day. The caves are a bit kitchy with their caveman logos but cute. Our tour guide did a great job to keep us interested. They don't advertise it but on the first Saturday of the month, it is possible to go caving further... More 

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Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

An amazing experience to see what water can do to rock. The caves also has a natural spa with fish providing the service.

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Krugersdorp, South Africa
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36 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The crystal cave was the highlight of the visit. Can get a bit muddy so wear the correct shoes for the trip. The dinosaur 'park' is walking distance from the cave entrance and we enjoyed walking among the forest to discover yet another dinosaur around the corner. The kids loves this.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

If you are interested in prehistory, evolution and African history...The caves are stunning, it truly was an unforgettable experience

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

the stairs leading to the reception are too many and tiring. some of the people we intended to have the tour on the caves with ended staying behind. the tour guide was excellent

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Guy E, Manager at Sudwala Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback its important to us that our guests have an excellent experience. There are two routes to the entrance of the Sudwala Caves. The most direct route is up a short flight of stairs with sturdy hand rails and a rest bench area for those who like to take things slowly. The other route is slightly... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We had a just-in-time stop at the caves. The tour was short, but educational and very well presented. Would recommend this for yound and old. Tip: Google info on Subwala caves as there is also a longer guided tour of the crystal caves beyond the "front" section of the cave. Events are also held inside the caves....WOW!

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Edmonton, Canada
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18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Beautiful caves near Nelspruit; I found the tour a bit limited in that it's guided only and time is limited. Still educational for the kid & myself and the guide does try his best but could be improved. Get here early and walk up the hill!

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