The main attraction of the area is Sleeping Pool, which is open to the sunlight and is 46m below ground level. Sleeping Pool is situated in The Wonder Hole, which was once a large cavern but is now in the open air due to a collapsed ceiling. When you reach The Sleeping Pool, you will be rewarded with the most fascinating shade of blue you have ever seen, and metres of unnervingly clear water.
The pool is surrounded by the vertical rock walls of The Wonder Hole, which only adds to the atmosphere. The water in the main section of Sleeping Pool is between 80 and 91 metres deep, fluctuating due to seasonal rainfall. The depth of the water system is unknown, but the estimated depth is around 172metres.
Sleeping Pool is also accessible from Dark Cave but, bear in mind that the exit from Dark Cave is extremely steep and therefore this route is not suitable for everyone.
Chinhoyi Caves is regarded to be on a par with some of the best dive sites in the world and has fantastic visibility. There are tunnels leading off Sleeping Pool and Dark Cave. Divers of all qualifications have something to enjoy, although buoyancy control is a must. You will need to dive with a Zimbabwe registered dive club.
US Navy Divers have reached 135 metres here, and the actual depth is unknown. Just looking at those unfathomable waters from the outside gives me the shivers, but I understand that some people may enjoy it!
The traditional name for the Caves is “Chirorodziva” which means the “Pool of the Fallen”. The name was derived from an incident which took place in the 1830s when the Angoni Tribe, who were moving northwards surprised people living near the Caves and flung them into the pool.