Sudwala Caves

Experience the magnificence of Mother Nature at the extraordinary Sudwala Caves. Adventures in this network of natural caverns will both educate and fascinate!

Find us 35km from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga.

Sudwala Caves are part of the Malmani Dolomite Ridge area of the Drakensberg escarpment. The dolomite rock was first deposited 3800 million years ago in the days of the Gondwana supercontinent before Africa, as we know it, existed. The actual chambers were formed about 240 million years ago.

The awe-inspiring ‘Amphitheatre’ or PR Owen Hall is Sudwala’s main highlight. At 70m in diameter and 37m high at the peak of the domed roof, this spectacular chamber not only amazes visitors but, with its exceptional acoustics, it has also hosted various music recitals, choir performances and classic and cultural drama productions including Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Other popular features of the caves are the ‘Devil’s Workshop’, the ‘map of Africa’ and ‘Fairyland’.

For a general overview of the caves, join an informative 1-hour guided tour which runs multiple times daily and is suitable for the whole family. Our 4-hour ‘Crystal Tour’ is scheduled once a month and takes adventurous visitors aged 14 years and over on a 2000m journey over obstacles, through tunnels and water into the heart of the caves, culminating at the glistening aragonite crystal chamber! Crystal Tours can also be booked any day for groups of 5 or more people.

Sudwala Caves is a great day out for everyone, from those new to the underground world of stalactites and stalagmites to cave enthusiasts!