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Opening times

We are open 365 days a year 8:30am – 4:30pm

Adults R100

Pensioners R80


Kids Under 4 Free

Zip-Line R280                    Butterfly Park Free

CRYSTAL TOUR R450       Advance Booking Only

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

Things to do

Dinosaur Park

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.

GZ Adventures

GZ Adventures has taken over the Mankele Mountain Bike Park. They still offer everything that Mankele did but have added much more. Their main aim is to provide fun adventure activities within a safe, controlled outdoor environment.  With a huge variety of activities and accommodation options for the whole family to enjoy, this is fast becoming South Africa’s favourite adventure playground.
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 to enjoy https://groundzeroadventures.com

Chimp Eden

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

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 their eggs 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 larve then 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. Children 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.

Crystal Tour Gallery


The Crystal Tour

At the Sudwala caves you can embark on an epic underground adventure that takes you 2000m into the heart of the caves. The goal is the crystal chamber with its amazing array of sparkling aragonite crystals.
The crystal tour is a specialized tour for the adventurous, an organized excursion that involves wading through water, scrambling up and down rocks and crawling through small tunnels leaving you wet and dirty but awestruck by the splendour and beauty of the crystals that surround you in the chamber.

People of average agility will have no problems clearing the obstacles, and the guide is always there to push and pull when the going gets tough.
The tour involves some crawling around tight spaces and squeezing through narrow openings,on your stomach so is not recommended for people who suffer from a heart condition or psychological ailments like claustrophobia.

It is not suitable for people with back or knee problems and large people over 115kg will not be eligible  because they will get stuck. Children under the age of 14 years cannot take the tour. The crystal tour no longer takes place on the  first Saturday of the month because of COVID 19 restrictions. Group bookings can be made on any day but no strangers will be included in a group to make up the numbers. We can accommodate groups of up to 15 people at a time and a minimum of 6 people. It is essential that bookings are made in advance to avoid disappointment. Contact info@sudwalacaves.com to make a booking

Time of arrival at the cave entrance for groups is 9.30am in time for departure into the cave at 10am. Duration of the tour is 4 hours.

A 50% deposit is required to secure the booking. Deposits must be made 14 days prior to the commencement of the tour. If the deposit is not received your place will be forfeited. If cancellations are made less than 2 weeks prior to the tour departing, the deposit will be forfeited.

Everybody will need to bring their own torch, preferably a head lamp as you will need your hands free to crawl. You need to wear old clothes (Shorts/tracksuit pants and a T-shirt or overalls) no jeans as they tend to be restrictive and shoes with good grip (boots or takkies). No open shoes unless they fasten to your feet. Do not wear jewelry or non-waterproof watches. No bulky rucksacks and no food or drinks are allowed in the cave so have a good breakfast before you set off.

Call or email us when you are ready to book.

Places to Eat


Pierre’s Mountain Restaurant


Enjoy delicious light meals in the tranquil setting of Pierre’s Restaurant with breathtaking views of the Mankele Mountains. Try the mouthwatering bugers or opt for a fresh succulent salad. Follow with a slice of legendary homebaked cake while catching up on emails using the free wifi. Breakfast, great Vegetarian dishes and kids meals are also served.Open daily from 08h00 to 17h00. Dinner by arrangement.Venue available for functions up to 80 guests as well as conferences.

+27 60 394 4063
Pierre’s Restaurant at Sudwala

Sudwala Lodge


The Sudwala Lodge Restaurant is located at the entrance to the complex about 2km from the sudwala caves. The family-friendly restaurant provides good meals at reasonable prices. There are tables outside and a play area for the kids http://www.sudwalalodge.com


Sudwala Lodge

A family-friendly lodge that provides all that is necessary to relax and unwind; we invite you to come and enjoy a spectacular getaway in the heart of Mpumalanga’s beauty and nature.
Ideally situated on the famous Panorama Route, below the Sudwala Caves, Sudwala Lodge has a number of tourist attractions nearby that promise to take your breath away. Activity-seekers can venture out to the nearby God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Big Five at the Kruger National Park. The lodge also boasts many activities such as guided walks, mini-golf and loads of other activities that will keep the whole family entertained. Group bookings may qualify for special rates from tour operators. http://www.sudwalalodge.com

Mankele Mountain Bike Park

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