Sudwala Caves – Nelspruit (Caves Mpumalanga)

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  • Tour Experience
  • Caves
  • Events
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurant
  • Fish Spa
  • Crystal Tours
  • Butterfly nature garden

About Us

A stream of fresh, cool air from an unknown source permeates the spacious corridors, maintaining them at an even temperature of 17°C all year round. The Sudwala cavern complex is dominated by this spectacular chamber, with a lofty corridor measuring 150 metres to its centre. The ampitheatre is 70 metres in diameter, and 37 metres high to the peak of a dome-like feature in its roof. It is named the PR Owen Hall, after the Mr Owen who bought the caves and developed them as an attraction which could be visited and appreciated by the public.

It has natural ‘air conditioning’ and makes a wonderful performing arts venue. The veteran concert singer Ivan Rebroff, who sang here in 1970, declared its acoustics equal or superior to any other.

As well as the PR Owen Hall, some of the most popular attractions for visitors to the Caves are the ‘Devil’s Workshop’, the ‘map of Africa’ on the Caves’ ceiling, and the magical alcove dubbed ‘Fairyland’

The Sudwala Caves are part of the Malmani Dolomite Ridge, in turn part of the Drakensberg escarpment, near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga. They are solutional caves – that is to say they were formed by natural acid in groundwater seeping through faults and joins, and dissolving rock. This most often occurs when the rock is dolomite rock and/or limestone.

The Sudwala Caves are formed in both: mostly in dolomite rock, as well as erid, shale, conglomerate, chert and limestone.

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