5 places you can sleep in a cave in South Africa – including a luxury honeymoon suite

Luxury chalet Donkieskraal.

  • Get in touch with your inner Neanderthal with a vacation in a luxury cave dwelling.
  • Cave accommodation these days has all the modern elements while offering breathtaking views.
  • There are several interesting cave stays in South Africa – we’ve looked at five of them.
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Cave dwelling is becoming more and more popular all over the world as accommodation companies turn to alternative forms of accommodation. And these offer more than just a place to roll out your sleeping bag on cold, hard rock in the dark.

In reality, cave stays vary and can offer the same luxury as a hotel. They were created with great respect for their environment. This is to ensure that the new establishment does not detract from the natural elements of a cave.

Cave accommodations offer moderate temperatures, cool in summer and a bit warm in winter. This means that heating and cooling aids are rarely needed.

Here are five interesting cave accommodations you can stay in locally.

Donkieskraal Lodge – Western Cape

Donkieskraal, a two and a half hour drive from Cape Town, offers a quick escape from the city’s usual daily routine.

Guests can choose between luxury cabins and safari tents, with the former offering a cave-dwelling experience.

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Luxury chalet Donkieskraal.

Lodge Donkieskraal (instgram)

Donkieskraal lodge room (Instagram)

Luxury chalets, which blend into the surrounding sandstone formations of the mountain, cost between R1,200 and 1,950.

They have a shower, bath and toilet. The honeymoon suite has a jet/bubble bath. In addition to accommodating two adults, arrangements can be made for a mattress for two children under the age of three. Safari tents can accommodate up to four people.

Bathroom at Donkieskraal lodge (Instagram)

Bathroom at Donkieskraal lodge (Instagram)

Kagga Kamma – Western Cape

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve is in the Cederberg in the Western Cape, an area once occupied by the Khoi and San peoples. The lodge offers guests a standard, premium and honeymoon cave experience, with prices ranging from R1,358 to R1,881.

Standard Cave Suite (Kagga Kamma)

Standard Cave Suite (Kagga Kamma)

Standard Cave Suite (Kagga Kamma)

Standard Cave Suite (Kagga Kamma)

The standard cave suite, positioned against the staggering rock formations with picture perfect views, has a double bed, an open plan bathroom with shower, air conditioning and tea/coffee making facilities. Prices start from R1,358 per person sharing per night.

The premium cave suite costs R1,683 per person per night, while the honeymoon cave suite starts from R1,881 per person per night.

Honeymoon Cave Suite (Kagga Kamma)

Honeymoon Cave Suite (Kagga Kamma)

Honeymoon Suite (Kagga Kamma)

Honeymoon Suite (Kagga Kamma)

Maakedaat Cave – Baviaanskloof Eastern Cape

Makkedaat Caves, located in Baviaanskloof in the Eastern Cape, offers cave accommodation surrounded by wood and rock. It houses eight people and has running water and an outdoor hot shower fed by a gas geyser. It also has a flush toilet with a pleasant view.

There is a small kitchen equipped with a gas cooker and a sink.

The suite costs R285 for adults per night and R250 for university students.

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Makkedaat Cave Suite (Makkedaat baviansklook)

Makkedaat bavianskloof cave

Dining room (Makkedaat bavianskloof cave)

Bedroo (Makkedaat cave)

Bedroom in Makkedaat Cave.

Groups of 10 people can book the Van Terrebert two-storey cave house. The upper floor offers three separate bedrooms and a wooden veranda overlooking the valley.

Two-storey Terrebert van

Two-story Van Terrebert cave (Makkedaat site)

Van Terrebert bedroom (Makkedaat site)

Van Terrebert bedroom (Makkedaat site)

The lower floor features an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area for indoor lounging during the day and provides additional sleeping space. The lodge charges R310 per adult per night and R250 for university students.

Van Terrebert kitchen (Makkedaat site)

Van Terrebert kitchen (Makkedaat site)

Van Terrebert bathroom (Makkedaat site)

Van Terrebert bathroom (Makkedaat site)

Antbear Eco Lodge

Antbear Eco Lodge in the Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal, is built under a rock. The cave accommodation, with a glass door that opens onto a wooden deck, offers a living room with a fireplace, a king-size double bed, a jacuzzi spa bath and a rock show.

Luxury Cave Deck (Airbnb).

Luxury Cave Deck (Airbnb).

Drakensberg Luxury Cave (Airbnb).

Drakensberg Luxury Cave (Airbnb).

The unit, with a breathtaking view, costs R4,000 per night on Airbnb.

Deluxe Cave Room (Airbnb)

Deluxe Cave Room (Airbnb)

Weskus Grotjie – Western Cape

Weskus Grotjie is a cave accommodation built into a rock formation on Steenbokfontein Farm in the Western Cape.

Weskus Grotjie (Lekke slaap)

Weskus Grotjie (Lekke slaap)

Located just five miles from the town of Lambert’s Bay, the accommodation offers a lovely retreat for those looking to escape the noise of the city.

The open-plan unit has a bedroom area with a queen-size bed, private bathroom, kitchen and small dining area. From the bathroom you can enjoy a beautiful view of the farm and the ocean in the distance.

Sleeping area with queen bed (Lekke slaap)

Sleeping area with queen bed (Lekke slaap)

Kitchenette (Lekke slaap)

Kitchenette (Lekke slaap)

View from the cave (Lekke Slaap)

View from the cave (Lekke Slaap)

With no TV or phone signal, staying in the cave gives guests the opportunity to enjoy the sound of waves, birds, tame sheep and fresh air.

The unit is suitable for people of all ages and the rates are R1050 per night.

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