Big Cave Camp: Mountain Biking Paradise

Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports globally and South Africa leads this trend. Big Cave, reposes atop an enormous granite whaleback, commanding inspirational views across Zimbabwe’s famous Matobo National Park.  The Matobo Hills are prime mountain bike country, without many bikers, allowing for some of the best single track mountain biking in the world.

Big Cave Camp - heading out on a mountain bike

Riding on the granite is an experience not many have had the opportunity to do. It is not uncommon to ride for four or five kilometres on the granite, surrounded by spectacular scenery. Dave Waddy, owner of Big Cave grew up in these hills and is a perfect mountain biking guide. His enthusiasm for the sport has taken him off many beaten tracks and he leads trail rides from Big Cave. Typically set departures with groups spending 5 nights at the camp. Dave then tailor makes the rides to suit fitness levels of the cyclists. Check our website for up and coming departure dates.

“Matopos offers some of the most unspoilt, spectacular riding I have ever done. It offers a combination of technical single track with some incredible downhills ridden on granite. Guests are unlikely to have ever experienced this before, (or again!).”~Dave Waddy, owner

More about Big Cave Camp

The Big Cave Camp wilderness area was purchased by Cyril Waddy in 1947 and has been in the family ever since. The Waddys are from pioneering stock and have lived in the country for four generations. Avid bush lovers, the entire family spend a large part of their time exploring, hiking and learning about the many
species of trees, flora and fauna that abound in the Matobo Hills.

Big Cave Camp was started by Mike and Yvonne Waddy as a recreational facility for the family in 1980 and was subsequently developed as a tourist facility by David Waddy. Dave can recall how they first lived in a two man tent, with no electricity or generator. Everything was either paraffin or gas operated. Today they are still very much involved in promoting tourism to Zimbabwe, after what has been a tough few years.

The lodge was expanded to accommodate 16 guests, the property restored to pristine condition and a wildlife sanctuary was created for the natural species of game that occur in the Matobo Hills.