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Situated on a private estate in the extraordinary Matobo Hills, Big Cave Camp is a unique lodge built onto the granite hillside. It has eight simple A-frame thatch chalets, each with its own en suite bathroom and private balcony with panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. The central living areas are designed around the natural position of some massive boulders. The Leopards Lair includes a teak bar, lounge and communal dining area. The adjacent library is a cosy retreat for those wishing to spend a quiet moment learning more about the history of the area.

The emphasis at Big Cave is on outdoor living with breakfast and lunch served outside. At night dinner is served around a traditional campfire with the magnificent backdrop of the Matobo Hills behind. Refuge can be taken during the midday heat in the nearby pool boma area where ice cold drinks are served.


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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

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    • Walk to Cecil Rhodes' burial place in the Matopos region
      Matopos Hills, Zimbabwe

      Walk to Cecil Rhodes' burial place in the Matopos region

      Walk to Cecil Rhodes' burial place in the Matopos region

      Walk through the wilderness landscape of Matobo with its granite kopjes and ancient rock art to the grave of Cecil Rhodes.

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    Matobo National Park and nearby places