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THE SINOIA CAVES

The visitor who travels south by road from Kariba, after having climbed from the lower-lying area around the lake to the highveld passes through an interesting combination of bushveld and highly developed farming country.


On this road is one of Rhodesia’s most dramatic minor tourist attraction - The Sinoia Caves.


Here there is a huge natural shaft, 30 metres across and 45 metres deep.  At the bottom of this shaft is a pool of crystal-clear water that divers have proved is at least 100 metres deep.   The pool may be reached by a long sloping passage through the limestone rock, and due to lack of surface reflection the impression one gains as one descends is of a vivid blue light.


When the shore of the pool is reached the water is so clear that fish and underwater rock formations may be seen many metres below the surface.  Side passages lead the visitor to other viewpoints, both of the pool and the vertical limestone cliffs which rise to a tree-fringed view of the sky.

Archaeologists have found traces of occupation in the caves dating back to the Stone Age, and Selous, the Victorian hunter, naturalist and author, came across these caves in the 1880’s on one of his many safaris.


Today the caves are a recreational park, and and hotel and caravan and camping park provide facilities for the visitor.  The town of Sinoia, eight kilometres from the caves, is a fast-developing centre of an important farming and mining area.

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