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46 km peg, Matobo Road, Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Staughton Vale
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Evandale, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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

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

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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
12 reviews 12 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
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

So much has been said about the stunning location of this lodge and it's all true. I loved the tasteful and romantic decor - mosquito netting etc - and the use of stone tiling to mimic the natural stone of the surroundings - it makes for a luxurious, relaxing setting. Our room had a panoramic view of the valley, we... More

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

Hi Tapuwa, many thanks for the kind words, and the helpful tips as well!! We really appreciate the input from our guests, and take their comments seriously. Apologies, on the gate not being open for you, and sounds like the packed breakfast could have been better. I will raise this with Lin the manageress, and I am sure we will... More

Norwich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We camped here in a tent for 3 nights.It's a very nice site with friendly and helpful staff, and a very good place from which to explore Matopos. We had a good pitch with our own braai and firepit. Care was taken to ensure that we, as an 'older' couple were shown a place away from the central area where... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

A fair camp site for tenting with decent facilities. Ok toilets and showers with hot water. Nice little bar for evening gatherings. Environments not all that great. Very little wildlife during my visit. Perhaps unlucky, though. All in all worth a visit if not too far away from your planned route.

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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): $$$$
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Big Cave Camp reposes atop an enormous granite whaleback commanding inspirational views across the famous Matobo National Park. Sophisticated African architecture incorporates colossal boulders into a luxuriously appointed thatched lodge positioned amidst ancient Khoisan rock art.Retire at a day's end to the natural rock-pool and sundeck, the Leopard`s Lair lounge and bar, a cave-style boma for pre-dinner drinks or the popular lodge library. The seven thatched A-frame cottages, each with en-suite bathroom and private balcony, resonate African creative flair.Find solitude within an intimate retreat as secluded as the original Kalanga grain bins that nestle amongst the rocks. ... more   less 
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