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opening times

We are open 365 days a year 8am – 4pm

Adults R95

Pensioners R80

KIDS R50

Kids Under 4 Free

Fish Spa R60

CRYSTAL TOUR R450

The Sudwala Caves and the Dinosaur Park are two separate businesses
Sudwala Caves tickets can only be purchased at the cave entrance.

Directions

Turn off the N4 onto the R539 and continue for about 10km until you see a Sudwala sign.
Turn in, Cross over the bridge and follow the Signs. The caves are about 2km up a scenic winding road.
For elderly or disabled guests please use the upper car park as this provides wheel chair access via the fish spa.

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Dinosaur Park

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The Dinosaur Park is situated next to the Sudwala Caves, 30 minutes drive from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa.The museum displays life size models of pre-historic animals, ranging from amphibious reptiles, dinosaurs, pre-historic mammals, pre-historic man and more. The models were artistically and realistically sculpted by Jan van Zijl
The park is set in a lush sub-tropical forest garden and has live Nile Crocodiles on display. There is also a viewing deck with fantastic views over the Rainforest Valley.
http://www.dinosaurpark.co.za

Mankele mountain bikes

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Mankele’s main aim is to be a safe outdoor environment with a variety of activities and accommodation options for the whole family to enjoy.Mankele is fast becoming South Africa’s favorite place to mountain bike.
Situated in the heart of Mpumalanga at the foot of the escarpment. With beautiful surroundings of tropical forests, open grass lands, rivers, dams, ravines, mountains and breath taking views.There is something for everyone here http://mankele.co.za

Chimp Eden

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See dozens of rescued chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden, followed by a trip to Lowveld Botanical Gardens. Depart from Hazyview—outside of Kruger National Park—on this full-day tour that begins with a visit to ‘Chimp Eden,’ Meet individual chimps, experience feeding time and watch these playful primates interact in a forested sanctuary. Following lunch (own expense) spend time exploring Nelspruit’s Lowveld Botanical Gardens, home to one of the largest collections of South African trees and hundreds of various birds that flock here for the natural vegetation. https://www.chimpeden.com

Botanical gardens

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The Lowveld National Botanical Garden in Nelspruit, ‘grows’ magically out of the confluence of the Crocodile and Nels Rivers and offers up a magnificent array of nature’s treasures. The two rivers create spectacular waterfalls which give this Garden its visually spectacular character. https://www.sanbi.org/gardens/lowveld/overview

The Butterfly Effect

The Sudwala Butterfly Effect Nature Garden has been developed as part of a long term conservation project to provide host plants and flowers specifically aimed at increasing our local butterfly, bee and antelope populations.
Butterfly and bee numbers have declined dramaticly in recent years due to an increase in agricultural activity, pesticides and habitat loss.

This project aims to educate and bring people and nature together.

The Butterfly Dome

This is a butterfly conservation project to help increase butterfly numbers in nature. We do not buy butterflies in or release non local butterflies. When there are butterflies, we collect the eggs and caterpillars of the available species and place them in the dome on their specific host plant.

Adult butterflies are allowed to mate and lay theireggs on their host plants and then they are released. They will continue to mate and lay eggs in the wild for the next few weeks of their lives. In Nature from 500 eggs laid, only 2 adults usually survive.
In the dome we protect the fragile eggs and larvethen we release the adults, thereby increasing the local adult butterfly population.

Please go in and look carefully for the different butterfly stages. There may be eggs and larva on the plants and if you are lucky some adults flying before they are released.

Find out more about the amazing butterfly life cycle.

The Unity Labyrinth

The Unity Labyrinth is a journey of discovery, growth and change.
Walk the Labyrinth to find balance, to pray, to answer a question or see what comes up. Set an intention, forgive, meditate reduce stress, share or find peace
You can simply walk in wonder or wonder as you walk
The experience of walking a labyrinth is different for everyone and different each time you walk it .
There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Do what ever feels right for you. Childeren love to run the labyrinth. Try, it can be liberating!!!

The unity labyrinth may also be walked by two people, one from each side who meet in the middle. A symbolic unity. At the center the two can exit on one path or leave on separate paths.

FISH SPA

Fish spa pedicures peaked in popularity in 2011.They provide a treatment in which tiny scavenger fish are used to clean and exfoliate the skin.
During a treatment customers place their feet in tanks of warm freshwater containing dozens of toothless Garra rufa fish, which are about the size of minnows. They are also known as doctor or nibble fish. Fish therapy does have some benefits and here are some of the benefits of fish pedicure:
1. Fishes do an excellent job of nibbling away the dead skin from the feet.
2. After the fish therapy you will find your feet soft and smooth.
3. Fish therapy is believed to greatly help in psoriasis but it does not cure it.
4. Fish pedicure is a great stress buster as the nibbling makes us laugh and giggle all the time.

The Garra rufa fish exfoliation is claimed to stimulate blood flow and improve circulation, remove bacteria, reduce foot odour and help with athlete’s foot. It’s also claimed feet will be smoother and softer after treatment.
It’s also claimed the fish can stimulate acupuncture points, helping to regulate the nervous system, relax the body and release fatigue.

How does a pedicure in a fish spa compare to a traditional pedicure? Most traditional spas use a loofah or a pumice stone to exfoliate feet and get rid of dead skin.

Your feet are then massaged with warm oil and a moisturizing lotion applied. Sometimes, your toenails get shaped and polish applied.

However, when it comes to a pedicure done by fish, the initial part of the service differs greatly from the traditional one.

For a fish pedicure the before and after feeling may be the same as your usual foot therapy. However, the initial stage differs. Instead of a pumice stone sloughing off your calluses, fish nibble it off to give you soft feet with exposed new skin.

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