There is no denying that Big Cave Camp commands spectacular views over the surrounding Matobo Hills. There is something captivating and thought provoking about these amazing granite boulders that dominate the scenery, and Big Cave Camp's location makes the most of them.
There are 7 A-frame thatched chalets nestling on a hilltop. Their design is perfect for keeping the rooms cool in the heat of summer yet warm during winter. Each room is tastefully and simply decorated with an African flair, mozzie nets over the beds and an en-suite bathroom with shower and a private balcony making the most of those amazing views. There are two family chalets, a honeymoon chalet, and 4 twin chalets.
The main areas are set against a backdrop of massive boulders that have been incorporated into the design of the structures. The Leopards Lair houses a teak bar serving up ice-cold drinks, a comfy lounge and a communal dining area where wholesome meals are served. Outside is the natural rock pool and sundeck where you can soak up the rays and enjoy the views.
One of the highlights at Big Cave Camp is the opportunity to track rhino, both by vehicle and on foot. It is exhilarating to get close to these magnificent animals that are so close to extinction. They are fiercely protected here from poachers! As well as a good rhino population, there is other game to see here. The camp is on its own 2000 acre private reserve adjacent to Motobo National Park. You can also enjoy game drives in the Whovi Game Park. You may be lucky enough to see a leopard and there are plenty of baboons, birds and plains game to keep you occupied in fact, Big Cave has several nesting sites on the property belonging to birds of prey. The experienced guides will be more than happy to share their expert knowledge with you. A very worthwhile experience would be a visit to the nearby Whitewaters Secondary School and the Ndebele village where you will find Mary, a traditional healer. This is your opportunity to learn about local life in Zimbabwe, it will be a humbling experience.
Open: Big Cave Camp is open all year round.
Location: The camp is located on a private reserve bordering Motobo National Park.
Rooms: There are 7 stone and thatched chalets built on the hill. All have an en-suite bathroom with running water, a shower, hand basin and a flush toilet, and a private balcony with commanding views. The rooms are simply furnished with an African flair. Two of the chalets can accommodate families.
Activities: Enjoy a mix of game drives, walking safaris and bird watching. It is also possible to visit a nearby school and village where you can meet Mary the traditional healer. Matobo is not just about the wildlife though, it's an area of cultural and historical significance. Cecil Rhodes' grave is found here and there are also some excellent examples of San rock art to be found, they are well worth a visit.
Facilities: Communal facilities include a lounge and communal dining area with a bar, all built into the surrounding granite rocks which form part of the building and decor. Outside is a swimming pool built into the rock and a sundeck where you can soak up the rays together with the views.
Dining: Hearty meals are eaten as a group around a large table.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome at Big Cave Camp.
Communication: There is limited mobile signal here, there is not internet connection.
Notes: Any additional payments can only be made in cash. Credit and debit cards are not accepted.
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499