Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge started out in 1995 as a small backpacking lodge with two rooms, an outhouse, an earthen cooking stove, no running water and no electricity. What we had was 50,000 acres as our private back yard and plenty of unique and exciting adventure tours. In the past several years, we have added several activities geared towards a more diverse group of travelers such as birding, eco tours, Mayan ruin tours, cave tours and horseback riding. Not only did the type of tours improve, but over time the lodge also developed a restaurant, botanical gardens, and created several activities for guests to enjoy. Caves Branch now has something for everyone who is reasonably fit, enjoys active vacations and loves nature.
We are a Jungle Adventure Lodge. At Caves Branch this means:
- No Air Conditioning
- No TV
- No WiFi
- Buffet Style Dining in the Restaurant
- Group Dining Tables - No Private Seating Possible
- Jungle Showers - For those guests staying in our jungle cabanas, bunkhouse or camping, we offer four unique outdoor jungle showers, complete with unlimited pre-set warm water. Shrouded by jungle leaves for privacy yet open to the sights and sounds of the jungle above. Occasionally we even spot the guests who have their own indoor washroom and shower facilities sneaking out to enjoy this unique outdoor experience. Who says being naked in the jungle isn't exciting!
Activities and Adventures
Caves Branch is an activity based lodge and as such there is a distinct rhythm to daily life here. Coffee is available at the main lodge from 7:00 am. Breakfast is served at 8:00 am and finishes by 9:00 am as most trips go out by 9:30 am. Lunch is most often served on the trips, but for those who choose to have a day off at the lodge, lunch is available in the dining room at noon.
Most trips are back by mid-afternoon and guests have several hours of free time which can be spent either relaxing in your tree house, sunning by the pool, socializing around the hot tub or visiting our botanical gardens and our new rec center. Whatever our guests decide to do almost no one is late for salsa and chips served at 6:00 pm, the perfect time to meet for a pre-dinner drink, review the day with new friends and plan your next day’s adventures.
Dinner is served at 6:30 pm and typically after a lively and hearty meal guests are off to their rooms by 9:30 pm or earlier. A combination of waking up early along with the jungle life, fresh air and exercise means the vast majority of our guests are good and tired and ready for bed or at least ready to go back to their rooms and relax to the sounds of the night.
In between adventure tours, guests can relax and enjoy the following on site amenities:
Pool and Hot Tub
While on site guests can enjoy our new swimming pool and hot tub situated next to the main lodge building and swimming in the Caves Branch River, depending on the season. What once was our main parking lot has been converted to two swimming pools complete with waterfalls and a hot tub. This is one of the more open areas at Caves Branch and offers guests the opportunity to relax and get some sun surrounded by lush and colorful tropical landscaping.
The upper pool and hot tub are for lounging while the lower pool is set aside more for swimming. Generally quiet during the day, it is a great time to rest, relax and read while sharing the pool area with a variety of bird life. Around 3:00 pm the pool area can fill up, particularly the hot tub and becomes the social center for our guests to exchange stories while rejuvenating their bodies, sometimes mending sore muscles not often enough used at home.
In the mornings, guests can enjoy the Belize hiking trips where avid bird watchers can identify as many as 165 species of birds along our 1 km entrance that passes through 3 distinctive bird habitats. Butterflies and dragonflies fill the canopy during the day and after dark, the sounds of the night come alive.
The Caves Branch River runs right beside the lodge and provides us with a beautiful back drop. The river is the focal point of life within the valley and surrounds, especially in the dry season. It is a very dynamic river where water levels can change as much as 15 or 20 feet overnight. There is also a period from around the middle of March to the end of May where the river mostly dries up. Access down to the river at several points along our banks and guests can enjoy swimming or walking along the river. The Caves Branch is constantly changing and equally interesting at all times of year.
And although we may be adventurous there are some things we don't skip on:
Water Filtration System
The most critical resource for guests while visiting any foreign country is safe drinking water, which is not always easy to find. Caves Branch Jungle Lodge has invested in a state of the art water chlorination and filtration system that meets even the most stringent US guidelines. Your health and safety is very important to us and we ensure that you get the best possible clean water during your stay at Caves Branch. All bottled water that is sent out with you on your daily and overnight adventures comes from this filtration system. Manufactured bottled water is available at the Lodge house for a nominal fee.
Laundry services are available for everyone.
Is Caves Branch Jungle Lodge right for you?
Caves Branch is neither a sightseeing business nor a Resort. While we do have a variety of expeditions at varied levels of difficulty, many of our expeditions can be strenuous and designed for those with an adventurous spirit. Before booking, please carefully review our trip menu to make sure that there are sufficient choices suitable to your interests.
If you are looking for a jungle resort that is sanitized from its surroundings, we are not it!
Our accommodations are located in the heart of the jungle. Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is considered home to many jungle creatures and they often are around our grounds and our guest facilities.
If you are looking for a unique and natural setting in the heart of the jungle, then Belize Tree Houses at Ian Anderson's Caves Branch is just what you’re looking for!