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Chinhoyi Caves

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Address

A1, Zimbabwe

Website

zimparks.org

Contact

+263 24 2707624

Rating on Google Maps

4.20 (1.1K reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Sunday: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Monday: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Tuesday: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Wednesday: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Thursday: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Friday: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am to 5 pm

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  • 4/5 Slibaziso Hlangabeza S. 2 years ago on Google
    Chinhoyi Caves are beautiful and exciting to visit. It's much quieter when you go during the week as it's not busy. There is a lion enclosure too so do prepare for that as well should you want to see them. My recommendation is give yourself 45 minutes to an hour so you can take short breaks as there are a lot of steps to climb up and down (unless you are very fit and exercise regularly); those stone benches weren't placed strategically for nothing. The entrance to the Sleeping Pool presents a still and serene environment as you descend the steps. It is so clear you get to see the fish and the rocks at the bottom as fast as your eyes can see. To get to see more of the bottom of the pool, catch an aerial view when you enter into the dark cave. The steps are worth the breathtaking view that even a picture cannot justify. There's a picnic area for you to enjoy a packed lunch by the car park. Just beware of baboons and monkeys as you walk around so don't carry anything that will attract them. Do carry a reusable bottle of water with you to quench your thirst as you explore the area. Ablution facilities are available and easily accessible. Just carry extra water so you can wash your hands as it sometimes won't be available from the tap. Ensure you wear trainers/sandals with a good grip as some of the steps are slippery (especially when descending to the Sleeping Pool). It is a beautiful, natural place worth seeing and enjoying.
    9 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Fari 1 year ago on Google
    Quite a Geologically interesting area. The pool is Gorgeous. The attendants' service was okay.
    9 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Shielah M. 5 months ago on Google • 80 reviews
    Amazing pools! Close to the main road, literally few steps away. Recommending you all to wear good grip shoes and be careful when walking down into the caves.
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Ruvarashe D. 1 year ago on Google
    The caves are just so beautiful and an awesome day trip idea if visiting from Harare. The blue water is a must-see in person and it's a great place for divers. I only wish there was more development in the surrounding area to make visiting the caves a little more memorable. Entrance fees is affordable however so that's a plus.
    5 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Miranda 6 months ago on Google • 154 reviews
    The 5 stars are for natural caves and beautiful water which are spectacular however, I think more could be done with the facilities on offer. The toilets are a wreck with no soap or toilet roll and look like they have not been cleaned since my last visit 30 years ago. There is so much potential surrounding this natural beauty it would be nice to see a modern upmarket cafe. This could potentially attract a larger clientele as well as inject more funds for better infrastructure and upkeep of the area. I certainly think they could start by increasing the price for foreign visitors.

  • 5/5 Sali 7 months ago on Google • 78 reviews
    I visited Chinhoyi Caves a couple of times and still in awe of the gorgeous blue sleeping pool and the dark caves. My children enjoyed the beautiful views of the caves.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Amber M. 6 months ago on Google • 104 reviews
    Absolutely beautiful place. Lots of baboons roaming around. There were caged lions, the male one came charging at me, scared me a little he kept looking at me like I was lunch. Wasn't sure how well to trust that fence. The caves were awesome, the water below was the prettiest blue I've ever seen. Please not there are a lot of steps down which means a lot of steps coming back up......it's a work out, but completely worth it. It was a nice stop on our way back to Harare from Kariba.

  • 5/5 Lina M. 2 years ago on Google
    Had quite a nice time, breath taking views, the painstaking climb of the steep stairs ,downwards and upwards that left me panting and huffing lol, the marvelous sunshine and quietness of the caves. I am going to do it again, you should too; if you haven't!!!
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Ben Jammaine N. 2 years ago on Google
    Very clean, and well maintained, including toilets and camping areas. The staff was very friendly and helpful too. Some things to take note of: 1) There are different entrance fees for locals and tourists. If you wish to benefit from the local fee, you need to carry your national ID or anything else to convince the staff that you are Zimbabwean. They are not absolutely rigid, but being prepared helps. 2) The tour of the caves does not come with a guide. So you will be relying on the direction signs (which are well marked and visible). However I don't recommend going alone. Consider going with a friend as it gets eerily quiet and a bit scary down there 😂. If you have kids, watch them closely too. 3) Climbing out of the caves is a full workout as there are many many stairs. If you have the elderly or knee problems, then prepare accordingly. Again, it's not as daunting as it sounds. There are many benches and rocks for you to sit and catch your breath on your way up, so you can take your time. Overall great and peaceful experience. 100% recommend!
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Tichakunda M. 2 years ago on Google
    A mysterious, sacred and quiet place, 90 minutes drive away from Harare. Accessing the Deep Pool can be difficult for those who need extra support. Railings similar to the ones in the Dark Cave would be very welcome. This is the perfect place for lovers of subterranean passages, deep clear water, limestone and the sound of bats.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Joseph D. 4 months ago on Google • 31 reviews
    Wild and serene. Beautiful place to sit and meditate. Dark cave had lighting and so it was easy to go in there as well. Some parts are slippery when wet. There is the lion park just about 2km from the caves that you can also visit. There is a caravan and camping site on the premises and it would be a great place to spend time with family and friends. The caves are on the main road to Chirundu just as you are leaving Chinhoyi.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Absolom M. 9 months ago on Google • 24 reviews
    Not only do they have the famous caves but you can also see lions there. There is a big camping site that is well kept should you chose to do camping. It's a good place that you can spend the whole day at with family.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 3/5 Trevor T. 4 months ago on Google • 38 reviews
    tour of the caves will leave you speechless, there is also a nice braai area, & some lions inside a fence

  • 4/5 Harris C. 4 years ago on Google
    Nice relaxing (don't forget tackies, a few very steep areas)
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Withme C. 4 years ago on Google
    The place is beautiful,I loved the blue waters
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Queen B. 4 years ago on Google
    Take a look and see the beauty Zimbabwe has to offer! This was our best Christmas ever! We made the right choice to visit Zimbabwe and we could nit have made a better choice my family and i! This is Zimbabwe not europe or America 😃😃. We were mesmerized by the beauty of this chinhoyi caves😃😃😃 also called the sleeping pool! Its a total mystery. Fishes live in d pool but there is no flow of d water, no inward or outward movement. The blue colour of thr pool is still a mystery! We loved it totally!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Admire K. 3 years ago on Google
    Great place. Must just make sure people don't scratch their names on the rock walls. There must be ranger visibility
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 3/5 Paula M. 2 years ago on Google
    It was quite fair, not exactly what I expected but not that bad.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Elijah D. 2 years ago on Google
    Nice place
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Enock T. 2 years ago on Google
    Can never quite tire of seeing the tranquil Blue Pool. Level of the water seems lower than I remember. Had a very good workout going into and out of the Dark Caves.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Annymn A. 2 years ago on Google
    Beautiful. toilets can be better maintained. limited option of food and drink, so I suggest you pack picnic basket
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Tinashe T. 2 years ago on Google
    Have been visiting since I was a child and the excitement never fades no matter how many times you see the caves.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Tee D B. 2 years ago on Google
    Beautiful caves. No 2 visits are ever the same. A place to experience for yourself
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Shebar M. 5 months ago on Google • 24 reviews
    Absolutely enjoyed touring Chinhoyi Caves. The sleeping pool is beautiful and majestic. I'd recommend a mid week visit as it can be busy on weekends. The steps into the sleeping pools can be slippery, proper hiking shoes would be appropriate. There are areas for braai and picnics on the premises.

  • 4/5 BLESSMORE N. 5 months ago on Google • 22 reviews
    Great place to be. The caves are great. Nevertheless, I wouldn't recommend their lion park if you have had lion park tours before. It's just two lions in cages and nothing much. More of zero value for your money

  • 3/5 Talent Simbarashe M. 3 years ago on Google
    Great place to hangu out for outdoor activities and appreciation of nature.

  • 5/5 Patrice M. 4 years ago on Google
    Lovely place to go and soak in nature, carry a sunhat in summer and wear comfy shoes ENJOY!

  • 4/5 luckson m. 4 years ago on Google
    The blue deep water wonder, is an excellent place to visit. The caves are never busy so you don't need to book ahead. There are shaded picnic sites, camping and caravan sites. The caves have a mysterious, eerie atmosphere about them, perhaps because the water is so deep and still.

  • 5/5 Audrey 4 years ago on Google
    Cool caves. Very refreshing and absolutely stunning

  • 3/5 Stephen B. 4 years ago on Google
    An interesting cave to visit as there's a pool of water which stays at a constant 21 degrees the whole year and its great for scuba diving. You nerd to ask National Parks how to get permission to do this. Otherwise after visiting the caves about 2hrs not much else to do

  • 5/5 Joseph C. 4 years ago on Google
    Out of words to describe how beautiful these caves are... You should just go and see for yourself...

  • 5/5 Shadreck C. 4 years ago on Google
    Amazing place with natural scenic scenes in the caves and surrounding

  • 5/5 Kate F. 4 years ago on Google
    Wonderful place to chill and have a barii. Wear your hiking shoes and enjoy the water.

  • 5/5 Nyaradzo M. 4 years ago on Google
    This place is so amazing. I really enjoyed my day touring the place ......❤🔥

  • 4/5 Tapiwa M. 3 years ago on Google
    Serine atmosphere

  • 5/5 Tinashe C. 3 years ago on Google
    The place is so amazing. It is natural but you maybe tempted to think it is man made. God is great.

  • 5/5 Obrine M. 3 years ago on Google
    Natural

  • 4/5 Wesley M. 3 years ago on Google
    nice

  • 5/5 Endridge C. 4 years ago on Google
    Great adventure

  • 5/5 Antonie B. 4 years ago on Google
    This trip was totally amazing. beautiful scenery, dark cave, sleeping pool, lionsden and full of lots of active adventures.#Chinhoyithebest

  • 5/5 Andrew P. 4 years ago on Google
    The wonders of chinhoyi caves.

  • 4/5 Allen C. 4 years ago on Google
    Awesome

  • 5/5 Bright M. 4 years ago on Google
    you have to visit the caves to experience the mystery of the caves.

  • 5/5 Kudzai K. 4 years ago on Google
    Beautiful place

  • 5/5 Rodrick K. 4 years ago on Google
    Magical

  • 5/5 Brighten Borge-Juan M. 4 years ago on Google
    Better be there !!! NJ

  • 2/5 Jason L. 4 years ago on Google
    Pool is maintained, otherwise nothing interesting. Tea is ok but expensive.

  • 4/5 Kudakwashe J. 4 years ago on Google
    Nice

  • 5/5 Badal G. 4 years ago on Google
    They should have allowed swimming which they dont. They have scuba but expensive

  • 5/5 Ad M. 4 years ago on Google
    Many activities and gorgeous caves.

  • 5/5 Dr Taonaziso C. 4 years ago on Google
    The sleeping pool

  • 5/5 elisha m. 4 years ago on Google
    What a beautiful place, this is a must visit place

  • 5/5 Chipo C. 4 years ago on Google
    Its historic

  • 5/5 Maka5velli 4 years ago on Google
    Phenomenonal, Astonishing!

  • 5/5 Liona Nyasha N. 4 years ago on Google
    Exciting and amazing experience. The stairs in the caves showed me how out of shape I was🤪

  • 4/5 liberty m. 4 years ago on Google
    Fresh air

  • 5/5 Paul K. 4 years ago on Google
    It's just amazing.

  • 4/5 Joel M. 4 years ago on Google
    Serene place

  • 4/5 Emmanuel c. 4 years ago on Google
    Breathtaking natural wonder. Would love to go again. It was an experience just go there before Christmas. Thanks to the team for warm reception.

  • 5/5 Ken W. 4 years ago on Google
    Excellent

  • 5/5 Zephania M. 4 years ago on Google
    Awesome place to visit, with great view and natural. Prices are affordable and so many rest points on the way to the sleeping pool. Was afraid of the Dark cave but its so nice and there are lights inside and a good view of the underground water at the end of the cave

  • 4/5 Christine E. 4 years ago on Google
    Beautiful

  • 4/5 Tat m. 4 years ago on Google
    The caves are wonderful

  • 5/5 Patrice M. 4 years ago on Google
    Natural caves some places give you the creeps but lovely and interesting to see

  • 5/5 Khulekani N. 4 years ago on Google
    Calming

  • 4/5 Piet DE B. 4 years ago on Google
    What a surprise to have to opportunity to visit such a beautiful natural wonder.

  • 4/5 Ashwin C. 4 years ago on Google
    great

  • 3/5 Innocent M. 3 years ago on Google
    good place to experience nature and God's wonders

  • 3/5 Joshua M. 3 years ago on Google
    The place is cool and very rare to find such a cave in Africa.

  • 5/5 nancy m. 3 years ago on Google
    Great experience with kids

  • 5/5 Jeffry N. 3 years ago on Google
    Great views. Beautiful sleeping pool.

  • 5/5 Pee M. 3 years ago on Google
    Still has the vibe. We did enjoy the exercise back up the cave

  • 3/5 mercy m. 3 years ago on Google
    It has a tourist attraction

  • 4/5 Angeline C. 3 years ago on Google
    I had fun.

  • 3/5 Blessing Fletcher E. 3 years ago on Google
    Wow what!!! a natural wounder this place is.

  • 3/5 Rumbi M. 3 years ago on Google
    10 stars for the CAVES and the staff on duty *cave side*yesterday(24/11/2020). Beautiful place!However, the staff at the lion's enclosure were extremely rude, unhelpful, unwelcoming and only concerned about eating their sadza! Guide we had was far from enthusiastic just like his fellow counterparts. So much for promoting domestic tourism! One can only wonder how they would treat international tourists..tourist attractions need people with the right attitude,it's not like we enter for free! Although the lions are beautiful,I'd stick to staff friendly lion&cheetah park for a closer destination near the capital. Lion enclosure need their own review page as they are going to mess up the caves ratings if they keep on with their foul attitude!

  • 5/5 Reuben M. 3 years ago on Google
    Amazing scenery

  • 3/5 robson t. 3 years ago on Google
    It was fine, an awesome opportunity to see the ancient human habitat and way of living. Talk of the lions Dingane and kenya, it was a great experience.

  • 5/5 Kembo K. 3 years ago on Google
    No modifications to what it stands for

  • 5/5 Lorraine M. 3 years ago on Google
    Loved it

  • 5/5 tapiwa m. 3 years ago on Google
    Great place to be with the family, the caves and the site seeing is refreshing

  • 4/5 Brian M. 3 years ago on Google
    Very beautiful and serene. I loved the place.

  • 3/5 Agatha C. 3 years ago on Google
    It is amazing. The air is fresh and the sleeping pool is magnificent.

  • 5/5 Joyce M. 3 years ago on Google
    Awesome

  • 4/5 Leon Tawanda M. 3 years ago on Google
    Great historical site with a good story behind it. Great for fitness training sessions with groups or just to take a look at what things look like underground. Beautiful and amazing views and tunnels

  • 4/5 Hatred M. 3 years ago on Google
    Good food and hospitality

  • 4/5 robert c. 3 years ago on Google
    Exotic

  • 5/5 Michelle S. 3 years ago on Google
    Amazing

  • 4/5 Lloyd K. 3 years ago on Google
    Fairly good hospitality

  • 4/5 Tinashe Tatenda M. 3 years ago on Google
    Its a fair destination

  • 3/5 Petro H. 3 years ago on Google
    Scenic

  • 5/5 Sharaaz U. 3 years ago on Google
    Really lovely place The sleeping pools are very mysterious though But I enjoy the cute lions

  • 3/5 Edmond C. 3 years ago on Google
    Expensive for local standards USD160.00 bed and breakfast

  • 5/5 Ashley M. 3 years ago on Google
    it was good and the weather in the caves was cool

  • 5/5 H U N T E R. 3 years ago on Google
    Great place to hang

  • 5/5 Munozorava R. 3 years ago on Google
    Feeling joy seeing the caves and blue waters at chinhoyi caves along A1 road

  • 1/5 Oswell M. 3 years ago on Google
    Hospitality not pleasing

  • 5/5 Rodney C. 3 years ago on Google
    National heritage

  • 4/5 Ikpodon M. 3 years ago on Google
    I like how nature's preserve here. Lots of green trees and grasses. The setting is hilly, especially where one says Hello to the king of the jungle, and underneath the hill one sees the cave with blue 🔵 water. The customer service is official and friendly. The posters are there as guides. There's a variation in the fees. Surely, it's worth a thousand thoughts and subsequent holiday vacation.

  • 3/5 Lovemore S. 3 years ago on Google
    😊😊😊Nice place

  • 3/5 Happi Z. 3 years ago on Google
    Needs a separate exit point from the caves. Being in queue and having to be bumped into by sweaty tourists is not exactly a pleasant experience

  • 4/5 T. J. 3 years ago on Google
    Refreshing experience!

  • 5/5 knowles nelly k. 3 years ago on Google
    Incredible place

  • 5/5 Liberty K. 3 years ago on Google
    GOOD PLACE TO BE

  • 5/5 previous s. 3 years ago on Google
    The most entertaining place

  • 5/5 samantha g. 3 years ago on Google
    Pool of wonders as they say

  • 5/5 Mildred D. 2 years ago on Google
    Amazing experience! Beautiful scenery Easy going down the stairs into the caves however be prepared for the painful walk up the stairs on your way back. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes because the rocks are quite slippery

  • 3/5 Catherine M. 2 years ago on Google
    Beautiful place. Well run. Relaxing and worth it. Great for families too

  • 3/5 Antoneitte M. 2 years ago on Google
    It was a great experience. The blue water is amazing and lovely and its better in person than it is on pictures. Service is good too

  • 5/5 caroline d. 3 years ago on Google
    Nice outing not so far away from the Capital Hre. A day trip to and fro will do. Picnic area available and now has lions as well

  • 4/5 Shamiso M. 2 years ago on Google
    Amazing tourist attraction but the walking killed

  • 5/5 Zephaniah B. 2 years ago on Google
    The New Lion Park is Amazing

  • 5/5 malvin G. 2 years ago on Google
    The place is quite well maintained and a wonder,the staff were very friendly and helpful .The caves are majestic!!!

  • 4/5 Bernice B. 2 years ago on Google
    Amazing experience; beautiful scenery..nature at its best! Hiking was quite tough especially climbing back up the stairs..best to wear comfy sneakers as some portions of the rocks appeared slippery.. The lightening system into the caves did not fully illuminate the entire pathway and some renovation in that regard would do. The signs provided helped in navigating the caves alone, however tour guides maybe offered to give a better appreciation of the history behind the caves. The recreational park allows for outdoor activities such as picnics.

  • 2/5 Kumbie M. 2 years ago on Google
    The service was not up to scratch for both activities and dining experience.

  • 5/5 shumy m. 1 year ago on Google
    Beautiful caves. Blue waters. 30 minutes is enough here. Guy at the reception was very rude when we were paying.

  • 4/5 Hopewell N. 1 year ago on Google
    It's hard to believe we have such places in Zimbabwe, very beautiful place and you can see how colors are reproduced after a slight shower. Only problem, some of the caves are too dark and due to load shedding the lighting is very poor.

  • 5/5 jack k. 1 year ago on Google
    One other very special place in Zimbabwe, we travelled from Harare to Kariba and halfway we took a break by Chinhoyi caves, it's an amazing place to see and the cherry 🍒 on the cake is the blue water! It's a must see!

  • 3/5 Willet J. 10 months ago on Google
    The place is serene. However there was no tour guide to accompany guests. People were exploring the caves on their own

  • 5/5 Mahefuze M. 1 year ago on Google
    Fantastic place for those who are interested in history,if one visits Zimbabwe.

  • 5/5 Lembani K. 6 months ago on Google • 4 reviews
    Red rose learners had a great time at chinhoyi Caves

  • 5/5 Hutt C. 7 months ago on Google
    I had an experience at this place. Don't forget you shouldn't use any cuss words in the cave

  • 4/5 Wellington Chamunorwa M. 7 months ago on Google
    An awe inspiring natural wonder! Do go all the way down to the pool...and take the path to the dark cave to see the beautiful blue waters of the pool from above!

  • 4/5 Heike J. 5 months ago on Google
    It is absolutly phantastic. If you got Time please go and visit.There are two Caves. One has not as many steps as the one. As you go down be careful because there is no Light. I enjoyed the right Cave and missed out on the left because of many steps and Light. But it phantastic and I will return again


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Amenities


  • Activities
    • ✓️ Hiking
  • Accessibility
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible car park

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