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Big Cave Camp

46 km peg, Matobo Road, Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A superbly beautiful site in the Matopos. Friendly efficient staff who cater for your every request. Fabulous sunset on Lightening Rock and bush breakfast never to be forgotten. A pristine collection of rock paintings that are easily accessed on a morning guided walk. Splash in the rock pool to cool off at the end of a warm day. End off... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

From the moment we and our luggage were escorted up a giant bolder in a 4x4 truck (what a great USP)...we knew we'd arrived somewhere special...manager: Lyn, guides: Zeph & Shepherd and the entire Big Cave 'team' made our stay in magical Matopos great in every way...each A-frame room is beautifully and thoughtfully appointed with stunning views from individual balconies...dining... More

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DaveWCapeTown, Owner at Big Cave Camp, responded to this review

Hi Wendy. Thank you so much for the review and kind words. We are thrilled that you had such a good time, and I will pass on your thoughts to the staff, who obviously put in a special effort. Many thanks and hope to see you back one day! Best Dave Waddy More

Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

A fine camp site, where we took the opportunity to upgrade our tent to a hut with 2 single beds for $11 pp/pn. Clean toilets and showers, and a funny little bar with reasonable prices. A great pit, and supplied wood, to build a huge, warm fire. The biggest of the trip.

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DaveWCapeTown, Owner at Big Cave Camp, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your stay in our new Ndebele huts! They have only just been completed and will be doing additional decorating of the huts too. Possibly will also add toilet facilities there too. Dave More

Staughton Vale
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We had the most amazing stay at Big Cave Camp in the special lodge rooms built into the rocks - wow again! thank you for the fantastic service, friendly & professional. Views 360 degree amazing! Great walks, food, rooms and everything! Thank you Lyn and the team. Group of 9 of us on a wonderful private safari finished our 18... More

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DaveWCapeTown, Owner at Big Cave Camp, responded to this review

We are so glad that you guys had a fabulous guide, and yes isn't Martin the best!! It is always a pleasure to have Martin and his guests visit the lodge. Hope you can get back to see us again one day. Dave More

Stellenbosch, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Early July 2014, we stopped at this campsite for 2 night en route to Hwange. It was a peaceful camp, a place of rest, and with little effort you can view bushman paintings. The camp has electricity. Female bathrooms has 3 showers, 3 toilets and basins. Male bathroom has 3 showers, 2 toilets and 1 urinal. The camp managers supply... More

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DaveWCapeTown, Owner at Big Cave Camp, responded to this review

Thanks for stoppping by, and also taking the time out to review our camp site. We hope to see you back soon! Dave More

Evandale, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

In June 2012 my husband and three daughters stayed at the Big Cave Camp for four nights. The accommodation and lodge was delightful, the food was excellent and the staff were diligent. On our evening tour we almost encountered a leopard which thrilled the men but terrified our daughters. The tour to the nearby health clinic provided the opportunity to... More

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DaveWCapeTown, Owner at Big Cave Camp, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Big Cave. It is always great to have positive feedback, and is very motivating for the staff. We really hope that you manage to get back to visit Big Cave at some point in the future! Best Wishes Dave Waddy More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We arrived late in the evening and had an "exhilarating" ride up the boulder from the car park to the camp. We were greeted with a welcome drink & a warm towel which were very welcome after a long day's drive. The rooms have beautiful views and are well designed. Unfortunately, there are no plugs available so you cannot charge... More

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DaveWCapeTown, Owner at Big Cave Camp, responded to this review

Hi Marion. Thanks very much for your feedback, and please know that we take all comments seriously, and aim to improve where we can. Just to respond on the plumbing issues, and the shower. We are going to be renovating our bathrooms in November, as we know the bathrooms are a little dated, so that is on the cards! We... More

Sussex
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I agree with most of what other reviewers have said below. It is a wonderful camp, and the Ntwane Room is particularly nice, and the most private, being at the end of the row. The food was good, and the staff very pleasant. We saw very little game of the property (Rock Dassies & Vervet monkeys), very little on the... More

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DaveWCapeTown, Owner at Big Cave Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for the the kind words, and feedback! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay, and yes Ntwane is a great room! I have just spent 10 days in camp, and the bush is VERY thick, so yes at the moment we are not seeing that much plains game. Having said that, to find the rhino is always... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Don't have much to add to what previous reviewers have said. The location and design of the lodge is absolutely stunning. We arrived after dark and felt like we were in a fairy tale! Looking up at the stars from the top of the boulders around the campfire was a truly memorable experience. The staff were lovely, the early morning... More

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DaveWCapeTown, Owner at Big Cave Camp, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the lovely review on the lodge, and I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Shepherd will be thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your walk with him. He has only been with the lodge a few months, however is really making a difference in camp. Thanks for the feedback on the meal, I will... More

Perth, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We stayed just a night and tried to change our bookings to stay another because we enjoyed it so much. The chalets are idealic, looking out at the sunrise. The main lodge building, built within the bolders is unique. Our guide Sam was wonderfully knowledgeable about the game, the plants, the local culture and beliefs and other history of the... More

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DaveWCapeTown, Owner at Big Cave Camp, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind words! We are always so thrilled to be able to share this beautiful area with guests from around the world. I will share your views with the camp staff who I am sure will be delighted. Best Regards Dave More

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Address: 46 km peg, Matobo Road, Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland South Province > Matopos National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 7
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