Big Cave Camp

  • Lovely ‘lodge on the rocks’ – on top of a whaleback rock in Matobo Hills
  • Eight thatched chalets, including family and honeymoon options
  • ‘Leopard’s Lair’ lounge, diner and bar, library, boma, rock pool, sundeck
  • Great game drives, rhino tracking, biking, birding, cultural excursions
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Big Cave Camp is owned and operated by the Waddy family. It has a lot to recommend it, including being able to accommodate children of all ages! There is plenty to do for everyone, within this fabulous location in Matobo Hills.


Service standards are high at Big Cave Camp. Over the years, the Waddys have gained loads of experience in operating their property – and it really shows! The staff are very welcoming and friendly, to the extent that you will truly feel at home here. Food and drink are hearty and delicious – and sundowners in the boma is a fantastic experience.


It is situated on top of a vast whaleback rock on the border of Matobo National Park


The camp’s ‘Leopard’s Lair’ is home to a lounge, dining room and bar. These areas are set against a breathtaking backdrop of enormous boulders. The Lair boasts comfortable seating, a long dining table and chairs for communal meals, and a bar that has trees growing through its roof! Next door, there is a library with a fireplace and a good selection of reading matter. Outside, a rock pool and adjacent sundeck is a great place to chill between activities, while the camp’s boma offers a relaxing environment in which to enjoy sundowners, in the warm glow emanating from lanterns.

The guest accommodation at Big Cave Camp comprises eight thatched chalets, ranging from twins to triples to a honeymoon suite to family options. All chalets are A-frame, built into the surrounding boulders with some enjoying the shade of trees. They have stone walls, glass windows, tiled floors, and an elegant combination of plain and patterned soft furnishings. The en-suite facilities consist of flush toilet, basin and shower. Each chalet has a balcony facing east, providing spectacular views of the sunrise over Matobo.


Big Cave Camp offers an excellent assortment of activities.

  • Game drives take place both in the private concession and in the national park, as well as Whovi Game Park. These are game-rich regions and guests often enjoy spotting leopard, zebra, wildebeest, sable antelope, impala, birdlife, and of course tracking on foot the famous black and white rhino!
  • Night drives are available in the camp’s own wilderness area.
  • Keen cyclists have fun biking through the hills, while travellers who like a little culture relish the opportunity to visit the final resting places of Cecil Rhodes and Leander Starr Jameson and to check out the wonderful rock art located in caves around Matobo.
  • It is also possible to tour the local village Ndebele and secondary school Whitewaters, which has been supported by guests to Big Cave Camp for years. Finally, the camp has a Yoga & Wellness programme, for beginners, intermediates and experts alike.

Matobo National Park