Inanke Cave

Great Cave of Inanke - Great Inanke Cave

Useful Information

Location: Matobo National Park
Open: No restrictions.
Accompanied hikes, with an armed game scout are available from Maleme Rest Camp.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: bring torch
Guided tours:  
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2003 inscribed into UNESCO WHL.


The Matobo National Park has numerous abris and shelters, which were used by the local San, commonly called Bushmen, for cave paintings. The biggest and most interesting is Inanke Cave, accessible by a three-hour hike from Toghwana Dam. Bambata Cave is located in the west of the national park on the Kezi-Bulawayo road. It shows paintings of elephants, giraffes, warthogs, tsessebe and mongoose. Nswatugi Cave is accessible from Circular Drive, west of Maleme Dam. Its paintings include giraffes, elephants and kudu. Pomongwe Cave is located near Maleme Dam. Archaeological excavates revealed almost 40,000 stone tools. In the centre of the cave was the main fire-making area, where several hearths and the remains of game were found. The stone age diet includes hyrax and tortoise. The most accessible site is White Rhino Shelter, located at the main tarred road through the park near Gordon Park.