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.

Welcome to our house in the hill. The valley is located in an area famous for its ancient fossils and stone-age implements that connect us to our distant ancestors who used to live in these very hills. Something about this site in the valley just invoked in us the urge to build a cave. The cave was created by excavating into the mountain side and building into the cavity a deep rock lined bunker. Once a thick concrete slab had been cast to cover the space, the slope was pulled back on over, hiding the internal structure.


The Cave House is located 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. The terrace has a large roof, to one side, suspending a hanging day-bed and sheltering an outside dining 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 Cave has a warm & cozy feel, with natural light flowing in from skylights along the high stone walls onto soft wooden finishes."


  • Open plan living space - lounge, bedroom, kitchen, dining area.
  • Can sleep up to 4 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 outdoor shower & bath
  • Outside dining area
  • Solar powered LED lighting
  • Capacity:

    The Cave House can accommodate up to 4 people sharing. We require a minimum of 2 people for a booking.

    There are 4 beds inside (1 double, 2 singles). There is also a covered double bed outside. Bedding and bath towels provided based on number of persons.

    The house and site is not baby/child proof/safe. Children over 12 are welcome.

    "The rock pool is a short 15 minute walk away, and the view of the Magalies mountain makes for a superb setting for long, relaxing days."

    Standard Rates:

    Standard Rate:
    • 2 people - R2000pn
    • 3-4 people - R750pppn

    Firewood @ R250 for whole stay.

    Please Note:
    • Minimum 2 night stay requirement.
    • Above prices are for 2023
    • Rates for 2024 will be subject to increase.


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

    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 your venue.

    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 the date you want is booked or available. Colour-bars show the booked dates.

    When contacting us please indicate the venue (bush camp, sky terrace, cave house or kama cabin) 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).


    Our Location

    Our Surroundings

    The Sima Kade valley has a few good walks, or short hikes, along with a rock pool and mini-waterfall. The beauty of the valley lies in its secluded habitat of plants, animals and trees, enclosed by cliffs and a sloping valley that leads to the bubbling natural stream.

    Magaliesburg has a variety of activities and adventures, from hikes, cycling/running trails, game drives, balloon rides, historical sites, markets, restaurants and breweries.

    There is a decently stocked Super Spar (grocery store) in Magaliesburg town - 10 minutes away.

    Lanseria Airport: 30mins

    OR Tambo: 1hr 30mins