Big Cave Camp

Location: Matobo Hills | Zimbabwe

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Known as ‘the lodge on the rocks’ for good reason, Big Cave Camp lies atop an enormous granite whaleback in the surreally beautiful landscapes of the Matobo Hills. The huge rocks characteristic of the region are incorporated into the architecture of the lodge itself, which is luxuriously appointed, traditionally thatched, and placed amongst ancient Khoasian rock art.
Perfect forCouples and families looking for a secluded getaway where they can take in the otherworldly beauty of the Matobo Hills and their majestic animal inhabitants.
In the knowDon’t miss the opportunity to meet Mary, a local Ndebele woman who loves to impart her expertise in traditional healing techniques.

Recommended for...

  • Cultural Immersion
  • Eco-tourism
  • Family-friendly
  • Guiding

Hotel Overview


On top of a huge granite kopje in the Matobo Hills, accessible only by 4x4.

Rooms at Big Cave Camp

Big Cave Camp’s eight lodges are cosy and luxurious, each with their own private balcony and boasting spectacular views of the granite landscapes of the Matobo National Park. For more adventurous visitors, a fully equipped campsite is also ready for you to enjoy a night beneath the stars.

Food and facilities

The bar and dining room at Big Cave Camp are centred around one of the huge granite rocks for which the Matobo Hills are famous, meaning that you’ll enjoy the delicious home cooked food while you take in the unique character of the region.

Activities at Big Cave Camp

Guided game walks and drives, where rhino and leopard are among the animals on show, are available from the camp, as are excursions to the grave of arch-imperialist Cecil Rhodes atop ‘World’s View’. Privately guided safaris with local expert Dave Waddy are also available, while a visit to the nearby Ndebele Village is a fascinating cultural experience.

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