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Sudwala Caves

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Address: R539, Nelspruit, South Africa
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The Sudwala Caves is the oldest known caves in the world and lie in the...

The Sudwala Caves is the oldest known caves in the world and lie in the Drakensberg escarpment.Regular guided tours take you 600 meters in and 150 meters underground. Tours leave every 10 min (approx) and take about 30 minutes.The caves have some amazing formations including stalactites, stalagmites, flow stones and pre cambrian fossils. The most famous formation is the Screaming Monster. This is actually a stalactite that has joined with a stalagmite and has formed a column that is 200 million years old.

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Historical excursion

If you love nature and history, this a perfect destination for you. It's a perfect place for lovers of and students of both geography and history to be precise. Come see beautiful... read more

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Nelspruit, South Africa

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Durban, South Africa
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Sudwala Lodge and drove up (thankfully) to the Sudwala Caves in the later afternoon. Although it is only 1.7km away from the Lodge it is a very steep incline and I do not reccomend you walk up unless you are very fit. Even the stairs from the parking lot to the entrance to the cabes itself... More 

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Guy E, Manager at Sudwala Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback its important to us that our guests have an excellent experience. The caves are on the side of a mountain so access points are limited. There are two routes to the entrance of the Sudwala Caves. The most direct route is up a short flight of stairs with sturdy hand rails and two rest areas... More 

Nelspruit, South Africa
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love nature and history, this a perfect destination for you. It's a perfect place for lovers of and students of both geography and history to be precise. Come see beautiful stalagmites and stalagtites and have a bit of South African History narrated to you - you will love it all.

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Alberton, South Africa
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wonders of nature were on display at Sudwala Caves. The place is rich with history and the tour guides are very informative.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Sudwala Caves it an awesome expirience. The tour guide was out of this world. His passion love humanity and sense of humour. I would go anytime just to listen to him over and over again

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Thank Mpho M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love viting caves all over South Africa and this experience was one of the best. The tour guide was very informative and I loved the idea that you had to crawl (optional) to go through some parts of the cave. This is definitely a must visit.

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Durban, South Africa
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4 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have been to Sudwala many years ago but decided to pay another visit. Interesting to see how it was not as spectacular the second time around! It seemed a little dark and the lighting was not good. Did the tour with the guide which I think makes it interesting. I see they have a restaurant now a little further along... More 

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South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These caves were a highlight of my early visits to the then eastern Transvaal. Though the province is now known as Mpumalanga the caves are unchanging only very slowly and the stalactites and stalagmites aim downwards and upwards over the centuries. The guided tour is informative and the lighting adds magic to a place where the Swazi used to find... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Off the beaten path near Nelspruit, the Sudwala Caves are worth the detour on the way to or from the Escarpment. There is a long drive up the hill to the parking area and then a serious staircase walk up to the cave entrance and ticket booth. Very relaxed and well organized. The tour guide was informative. The caves are... More 

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Guy E, Manager at Sudwala Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback its important to us that our guests have an excellent experience. The caves are on the side of a mountain so access points are limited. There are two routes to the entrance of the Sudwala Caves. The most direct route is up a short flight of stairs with sturdy hand rails and two rest areas... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was a good experience, would've enjoyed a little more background/ info on the history of the caves. Maybe a pictorial? The tour guide spoke very fast and we couldn't hear/ understand all he said. The caves are exquisite none the less!

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Randburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were early for our Kruger National Park check-in so decided to pull over to take our two toddlers to the Sudwala Dinosaur Park. It took around 25 minutes to walk through and we thoroughly enjoyed the outing. Don't think it has changed much since I last visited in the early 90's, but is still unique in South Africa as... More 

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