The Cave House

A solitary fortress in the mountainside. A sanctuary of comfort amidst the bushveld. A strange home full of wonder and paleolithic sentiments.
No sooner had we bought a TLB (digger-grader) than we embarked on our most ambitious project yet - a house in the hill. The valley is located in an area famous for its ancient fossils and stone-age impliments (literaly find them everywhere) that connect us to our distant ansestors who used to live in these very hills. Something about this site and the valley just envoked the urge in us to build a cave. The cave was created by excavating into the mountain side and building a deep stone lined bunker into the cavity. Once a thick concrete slab had been cast to cover the space, the mountain was pulled back on top of the cavity, hiding the internal structure. Although built with thick stone walls, huge steel sections, concrete and glass, the Cave has a warm & cozy feel with natural light flowing in from skylights along the high stone walls and soft wooden finishes.
The Cave is a beautiful stone house built into the side of the mountain at the top of the valley, over-looking a gorgeous forested amphitheater. The house is open plan with a large fully equipped kitchen, bedroom with wooden flooring and dining area with a wood-burner fireplace. A long glass sliding door opens out onto the terrace where evenings can be spent around the fire beneath the starry sky. Another level of the terrace has a large roof suspending a hanging day-bed and sheltering an outside dining and lounge area. The Cave was designed to stay warm in winter and cool in summer, making it an ideal escape at any time of year. The rock pool is a short 15 minute walk away, and the view of the Magalies mountain and the amphitheatre makes for a superb setting for long, relaxing days.

Facilities:

  • Open plan living space - lounge, bedroom, kitchen, dinning area.
  • Can sleep up to 6 people (sharing)
  • Gas fridge, stove, oven and geysers
  • General kitchen, braaing & eating equipment
  • Furnished outer terrace area - with hanging bed
  • Inside wood-burner fire-place & outside fire pit
  • Inside bathroom - shower & bath
  • Spare outside bathroom - shower
  • Outside dining area
  • Solar powered LED lighting
  • Capacity:

    The Cave House can only be booked by one group at a time and we require a minimum of 2 people for a booking. The house can accommodate groups of up to 6 people sharing the space (ie. no bedrooms). There are 6 beds (1 double, 4 single) - with bedding provided. For overflow there is flat camping space where tents can be pitched at a seperate rate.

    Standard Rates:

    Weekend rate: R1600pppn (for up to 2 people) - Fri-Sun & Public Holidays.

    Weekday rate: R1450pppn (for up to 2 people).

    R600pppn for groups of 3 or more.

    Please Note:
    - Deposit of R1600 required to secure booking. - Rates based on a two-night booking.
    - Above prices are for 2021.
    - Rates for 2022 will be subject to a 10% increase.
    - A 50% deposit is required for all bookings.

    Services:

    Self-catering does not include staff to clean dishes and the kitchen.

    Tents can be arranged for additional guests, please enquire for rates. Bringing your own tents? A camping fee still applies.

    Massages & hot stone treatments can be arranged on request. We have partnered with a local business that brought together a group of spa therapists who lost their jobs during the pandemic, creating a mobile spa.

    Fire-wood is available for purchase and can be delivered to the Kama Cabin.

    Cell reception peaks at 4G in some spots, but can be unreliable. Uncapped internet (Wi-Fi) is available at the reception/house at the entrance to the valley - a 5 minute drive from the Cave House.

    Contact Us

    Please check the calendar shown here to see if teh date you want is booked or available. Colour-bars show the booked dates.

    When contacting us please indicate the venue (bush camp, sky terrace or cave house) you are interested in, the dates you would like, the size of the group (refer to minimum numbers for each venue) and catering requirements (if any).

    (+27) 074 102-7405

    bookings@sima-kade.co.za

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    Our Location

    Our Surroundings

    Magaliesburg has numerous fun activities and sights to see, ranging from hikes to rock pools, canopy tours, game viewing expeditions, balloon rides, war monument sights to visit and stunning cycling routes.

    The area also offers many restaurants. There is a well stocked shop 10 minutes away, and we can point you in the direction of our local farmers who supply us with fresh, organic products like dairy, meat and vegetables.

    Lanseria Airport: 30mins

    OR Tambo: 1hr 30mins

    We can arrange an airport shuttle service.