Ian Anderson's CAVES BRANCH

The Caves Branch Adventure Co & Jungle Lodge is Belize’s premier Adventure Dedicated Jungle Lodge in Belize. Our privately owned 50,000 acre estate of virtually pristine rainforest covered hills are the playground for some of the country’s most unique and thrilling expeditions. Graced by the Caves Branch River that glistens as it passes our lodge; magnificent limestone cliffs with dazzling distance waterfalls, underground rivers & crystal caves, sacred burial mounds and ceremonial sites of the Maya; deep valleys with luscious sub-tropical rainforest passages filled with over 160 varieties of orchids, bromeliads and air ferns, Caves Branch Lodge is nothing less than an adventure travellers dream come true.

Wildlife at Caves Branch is just as vitally rich as the main character on stage-the magnificent jaguar. Other local inhabitants are howler and spider monkeys, tapir, gibnut, peccary, white tailed deer, armadillo, ocelot, tarantulas and dozens of different frogs and toads and iguana species.


The Caves Branch Jungle Lodge Lodge is the focal point of our Estate- in the heart of the Belizean jungle and still nestled below a 100 foot rainforest canopy. We are not sanitized from the jungle … we are simply a part of it. Wildlife surrounds us! From our original Jungle Cabanas right through to our luxury styled collection of Riverview and Canopy Treehouses- each well-appointed guest room is completely screened from the elements, offering a comfortable and bug free environment yet wide open to the delightful symphony of nature.

Torches continue to burn throughout the night, casting an eerie glow through the jungle and with the babbling river and the cacophony of night creatures, you are sure to settle in for a good night’s sleep only to be aroused by the enchanting early morning sounds of the jungle coming to life. Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is RUSTIC and splendidly UNIQUE.

On any given morning, avid bird watchers can identify over 165 species of birds along our 1 km driveway which passes through 3 distinctive bird habitats. Caves Branch Lodge was the consecutive 2 year winner of the H. Lee Jones Cup- the crown as the recognized “Birdiest” location in Belize in the annual Bird-A-Thon. For both 2016 and 2017, the area which teems with birds of all sizes and species has taken the lead in emphasizing the boom in avian tourism- fast becoming a #1 nature & wildlife sport in Belize.

Our Guest Rooms: The Jungle Collection

Jungle Cabanas- Our collection of four modest Jungle Cabanas provide a unique jungle experience that suits travellers on a budget. These simple but comfortable cabanas have a double bed with a set bunk beds and each has been upgrade to include a full indoor bathroom with hot & cold shower. As with all other rooms on property, each cabana sports powerful ceiling fans and each is completely screened to allow for the natural sights and sounds of the jungle. Our outdoor cabanas have a full indoor bathroom and shower.

Jungle Bungalows- Hidden under the tall forest canopy are five charmingly rustic Jungle Bungalows within the natural gardens of Caves Branch Lodge. These stand-alone units are fully screened to keep the bugs out but let the essence of the jungle in.

Each bungalow contains a queen size bed with a sitting room as part of the room area that features either a double futon or a set of bunkbeds. Each room has its own full inside bathroom with hot & cold shower, powerful ceiling fan, and a wraparound veranda. To enhance your bungalow stay even more, a private outdoor shower is located within an enclosed garden area of each unit.

Jungle Suites- Four individual Jungle Suites offer our highest degree of rustic jungle-style comfort. Each suite has a furnished front patio, a living room with wicker furniture and a futon or set of bunk beds, indoor washroom with a spacious hot & cold shower, powerful ceiling fans and an elevated bedroom area with a queen-size bed. The added luxury of an outdoor hot & cold shower enclosed in a private romantic garden area comes with each unit.

Each Jungle Suite is surrounded by screened picture windows that allow the cool breeze and jungle sounds in but keeping the critters out. Old fashion oil lamps available on request to create a romantic glow.

Belize Tree House Collection

1 Bedroom Riverview Treehouses - Four spectacular Riverview Tree-Houses are located about 75 feet above the *Caves Branch River. The screened living room allows for panoramic views of the rainforest & River below. The elevated bedrooms in each accommodation feature a king size bed over-looking the living room area. All units feature a set of bunk beds and some include an additional futon in the living room. There is a full indoor bathroom complete with a hot & cold shower and ALL treehouse units include an amazing- additional separate outdoor shower near the room’s entrance off of the main deck.

2 Bedroom Riverview Treehouses - Beautiful 2-bedroom Riverview Tree Houses sleep up to 6 people and are ideal for families and small groups traveling together. Situated about 75 feet above the Caves Branch River*, these lovely treehouse units are two stories high. On the main floor is a bedroom with a king size bed overlooking the living room with a sofa, two chairs and a set of bunk beds. The main floor also has a full bathroom with a separate shower but also boasts an outdoor shower right off the main deck.

A circular staircase leads up to a second floor that includes a private deck with a two person soaker tub. There is also an additional private bedroom with a king size bed and an en-suite bathroom. Second floor guests normally use the outdoor shower off of the main floor deck. The second floor has a phenomenal view of the jungle canopy, making it the perfect spot to enjoy morning coffee or to relax at the end of the day and watch the sunset.

Canopy Treehouses - Four luxurious Canopy Treehouses are located 200 feet above the *Caves Branch River providing breath-taking views of the Caves Branch Valley and jungle canopy below. A four-poster king size bed in the bedroom overlooks the living room and bunk beds in the living room. The full bathroom with both bedroom and living room access leads to a water closet and a large hot & cold shower with remarkable outdoor views. An outdoor shower provides added luxury with an entrance off of the main deck.

The Canopy View Treehouses also feature a second story deck complete with a two person soaker tub with access via a stairway from the main floor. The second story opens to a remarkable view of the surrounding hills & valley below. This is a spectacular spot to enjoy a steaming cup of coffee, relax at the end of the day or gaze up on clear nights for a stunning view of the star studded sky.

MEALS at Caves Branch Lodge

There is no better time to reminisce over a day well spent on the adventure trails then dinner time! In the 20 + years, Caves Branch guests have shared meals with other guests at our family styled dining room. Although the first years were very humble meals and settings- complete with lamp-light and sans musical backgrounds, meal times have evolved to be loaded with fun, friendship and the continued sharing of adventures completed during the day.

Breakfasts are just as big as dinners- without the announcements of course, but with a wide range of great items to keep your strength up to endure the amazing adventure expeditions.

Lunch at Caves Branch is a unique experience. With a much more laid back experience, the meal time is still magical and provides a back drop of what to expect later in the evening.

Below is a typical daily menu at our restaurant:

 Breakfast (8:00 - 9:00 AM)

 Dinner (6:30 PM)

  • Coffee available from 6:00 AM 
  • Three choices of fruits selected from watermelon, pineapple, papaya, melon, banana and mango 
  • Yogurt with raisins and granola 
  • Oatmeal and three choices of cold cereal and milk 
  • Pancakes or French toast 
  • Flour tortilla, corn tortilla or Belizean fried jacks 
  • Beans 
  • Scrambled eggs with salsa 
  • Hash browns 
  • Ham, bacon or sausage 
  • Coffee and Tea available 
  • Squeeze your own fresh orange juice from citrus station 
  • Salsa and Chips served at 6:00 PM 
  • Three different kinds of salads 
  • Homemade soup of the day 
  • Dinner rolls 
  • Three fresh fruits 
  • Three or four cooked vegetable dishes 
  • Two starches served from a variety of potato, rice and pasta dishes 
  • For vegetarians, protein comes from either rice and beans, cheese with the pasta and/or a stand-alone bean dish 
  • Chicken or fish dishes 
  • Two or three dessert options 
  • Coffee and tea are available with dessert 
  • Sodas and local juices available 
  • Wine and other alcoholic beverages available at an extra charge 
  • Lunch (12-noon)

    A build-your-own lunch consisting of flour tortillas, veggies, sandwich meat, hard boiled eggs and juice is served to guests on tours. At the lodge dining room a Belizean style lunch of stewed meat or chicken with rice and beans, quesadillas or burritos is offered at 12:00 PM. Hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese or egg/chicken/tuna salad sandwiches are available upon request.

    Adventures of a Lifetime!

    Experience Belize adventure tours at its best at Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge. Prepare to journey into the lush plant and animal life of the Belize jungle; marvel at the mystifying lost Maya ruins, explore mysterious caves and caverns, and immerse yourself in the majestic Caves Branch River. An abundance of full and half day trips await you at caves Branch, where our Belize adventure tours are designed especially for you. Adventures that must be experienced to be believed...But once experienced, Never Forgotten!

    Ranging from our Signature Tour collection of exquisite Adventure Tours that will blow your mind, to more soft adventures that suite the less active traveller- there is something for everyone. From kids to grandparents- Caves Branch will fit the activities to suit your pace. Explore the underground world of Xibalba in the River Cave Expedition, Waterfall Cave Expedition or the famous and thrilling Black Hole Drop.

    Getting Here

    From Belize City- All international flights arrive at the Philip Goldson airport north of Belize City, and most cruise lines disembark in or near Belize City. Once you're in Belize City, you have two options:

    Flying - Domestic air carriers Tropic Air and Maya Island Air both have multiple daily connections to the capital of Belmopan, the nearest city to the Caves Branch Jungle Lodge. Flying is the fastest options but also the most expensive.

    A fabulous way to arrive in Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is by air- courtesy of Astrum Helicopters. If arriving from the Belize International Airport- pickups and drop offs take approx. 24 minutes and you have a choice of 2 chopper sizes:

    4 Seater for $1250.00 US

    6 Seater for $1875.00 US

    Prices are listed as One Way and include 12.5% GST

    Luggage max for either chopper size is 925lbs. Additional luggage will incur a cost of $82.50US +12.5% GST. Landing accessibility for Caves Branch is at our River Side landing area and you will be met at the landing area by Caves Branch Guest Services personnel.

    For arrivals from June to February, please inquire as to weather situations will be impede landing in this area. We will be happy to arrange for alternative landing areas.

    The Benefits of Flying
    Many visitors prefer to fly to the Belmopan airport and then arrange for private transfer service from the Caves Branch Lodge in order to get the most out of their time in Belize. Flying from Belize City to Belmopan is the fastest option, giving guests more time to explore the jungle, enjoy bird watching, hike, see ancient Maya ruins, and enjoy all of the wonderful adventures possible when you stay at the Caves Branch Lodge.

    Best of all, the airstrip in Belmopan has direct air connections to other top destinations in the country, including Placencia, Ambergris Caye, and Caye Caulker.

    Domestic Flights from Belmopan- Tropic Air

    Intl Airport to  Belmopan

    Approx.  15 Min Flt

    $94.25US pp

    Bmp to Municipal

    Approx.  15 Min Flt

    $71.50US pp

    Bmp to San Pedro

    Approx.  25 Min Flt
    (Possible stop in Bz Municipal)

    $127.50US pp

    Bmp to Caye Caulker

    Approx.  25 Min Flt
    (Possible stop in Bz Municipal)

    $125.50US pp

    Bmp to Placencia

    Approx. 45 minutes (Routes through Bz Municipal/ possible stop in Dangriga)

    $107.50US pp

    *Ask about other destinations and flight connections… our agents can handle those bookings too!

    The following rates are one-way trips ONLY between Cave's Branch and the specified places. Shuttle Service from individual resorts outside these areas may slightly change the price and will be specified upon booking the service.

    Shuttle Service Pricing
    Caves Branch Lodge can arrange for private shuttle service from anywhere in Belize. Simply contact the resort and make arrangements when you book your stay.

    Prices are in US dollars per person and do not include 12.5% GST.



     International Airport


     Belize City




     San Ignacio








     Western Border


    OPTIONAL STOPS - Additional to all shuttle fees and does not include entrance fees where applicable.



     Jaguar Paw


     Belize Zoo


     Baboon Sanctuary


    Shuttle service to the area of Mountain Pine Ridge or outside of Belize City towards Northern Belize are possible but please inquire with us. Crossing the border with Guatemala/Belize, shuttle service can be set up with the hotel you will be staying at in that vicinity.

    Driving on your own is pretty easy in Belize. Highways- the George Price Highway, more commonly known as the Western Highway, directly links Belize City to Belmopan. Once you're in Belmopan, getting to the Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is even easier. Exiting the city, simply follow the Hummingbird Highway south towards Dangriga. The Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is approximately 12 miles south of Belmopan at mile marker 41 and a half. Follow the large sign on the left-hand side of the highway that read "Ian Anderson's Caves Branch" onto the private road that leads to the lodge.

    If you prefer to travel by public bus, there are multiple options. From Belize City or Belmopan, any bus heading towards Dangriga or Punta Gorda will pass by the turn-off to the Caves Branch Jungle Lodge. Simply inform the driver of your destination and the driver will let you off at the entrance to the property. On foot, it takes about 15 minutes to get from the highway turn-off to the reception area of the lodge.

    Transfer Rates

    Caves Branch 15 Acre- Botanical Garden

    The Caves Branch Botanical Gardens were created in 2008 by Ella Baron and the Caves Branch Jungle Lodge to bring awareness to the general public about the beauty and importance of Belizean flora and fauna. Visitors to the garden have the great opportunity to smell the lemongrass and all-spice leaves, see the coffee, cacao, papaya and pineapple growing, at various times of the year, along the sides of the walkways through the gardens. We specialize in native epiphytes, such as orchids and bromeliads (air plants) and have the largest collection of these plants in the country. Our dedication to preserving and documenting the flora of Belize is more than apparent when touring our gardens.

    Caves Branch Cheese House
    The on- property cheese factory creates 12 varieties of Artisan Cheeses made from locally sourced organic full cream milk. With absolutely no artificial ingredients, preservatives, flavouring or coloring, each cheese is fresh with a vibrant full taste. All cheeses are aged in the Caves Branch ageing cellar at a constant temperature of 52 degrees F and a humidity of 85% for up to 28 months for a full aged aroma, flavor and texture.

    All cheeses are hand-made and turned every 48 hours and polished every 7 days. Cheese range from hard to soft cheese and include our own Blue Cheese…aka “Mr. Stinky”. Cheese can be purchased and we offer at least 3 types of cheese each evening at dinner time.

    Extra Special Delight
    Your trip to Caves Branch Botanical Gardens can be highlighted with a simply delightful “Old British High Tea” for a magical experience. Explore the Botanical Garden for either of their 3 excellent guided tours which culminates at the Riverside Gazebo- set in the midst of the garden, overlooking the Caves Branch River, with a stylish and delectable High Tea. Excellent Caves Branch service creates the effect of being surrounded by nature and enjoying the best delicately prepared finger sandwiches, fruits and sweet bites along with a selection of fragrant herbal teas.

    Adventure Traveller, Romance, Family Travel, Group and Student Travel

    Adventure All Inclusive: Seeing and exploring the many wondrous natural attractions in Belize is a great way to enjoy a comprehensive All-Inclusive Vacation in Belize. Whether it's swimming through the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea or marvelling at the pristine beauty of the rainforests, caves, rivers, and jungles, there is truly something for everyone in the Central American nation of Belize.

    One of the older and more respected Belize resorts, Caves Branch was founded two decades ago by a dedicated explorer who wanted to set up a permanent Adventure camp deep in the jungles of western Belize. Today, the primitive camp has evolved to become the premier jungle lodge in the country that welcomes guests with several accommodation options, including our collection of five-star luxury treehouse.

    Group Travel Packages: With the variety of different accommodation styles and adventures available, Caves Branch is perfect for group reservations. Regardless of the different interests of each person in your group, we are able to meet everyone's expectations.

    Groups are considered 12 persons or more. With a group travel package booking, we offer a 10% discount on the total booking as well as provide a 13th persons with a complimentary stay. Please note that for groups, we have a required 3 night minimum. We can be flexible at certain times of the year, however please contact us for further information and availability for shorter stays.

    Romantic Adventures: Create a prefect bonding experience as you start a new adventure together in natural surroundings and with a picture-perfect jungle lodge in the background. The jungle remains that mysterious place to fall in love so why not experience a rainforest honeymoon in paradise? Caves Branch Jungle Lodge has the perfect combination of attentive service & mind-blowing adventures when you honeymoon in Belize!

    Caves Branch Lodge has designed a Belize Honeymoon Package with just the right amount of romance and adventure- just for you…

    Student Group Travel: Incredible in beauty and filled with natural adventures, Belize is the playground for everyone and most of importantly- for young, active and energy filled young people. The Belize Student Adventure Package features a taste of nature while enjoying fun in the rainforest and hidden world of Xibalba. Expose your students to life in one of Central America’s most friendly, safe and fun destinations. Enjoy social integration with nearby villages & schools with community service oriented activities that will give your students a true sense of worth and instill the art of giving. Encounter wildlife opportunities with education as its focus.

    Birding Adventure Travel:

    Belize is known for so many wonderful things- wildlife, cave systems, exotic rainforests- but a fascination with the birds of Belize has become one of the TOP nature based activities on demand. The Belizean rainforest and savannahs contain some of the most exotic & colorful birds of Central America. With over 500 known bird species, you will have ample opportunities to see these beautiful creatures during your 4 nights stay at Caves Branch.

    Explore the countryside with this unique Belize vacation package created specifically for birding enthusiasts who want more nature based activities that focus on a growing attraction in Belize. Venture out on each of the daily activities in search some of the unique winged creatures including the national bird of Belize- the Keel-billed Toucan or the exotic Mot-Mot bird the noisy Toucanets. Capture a Black-headed Trogan and be enthralled with the natural beauty and distinct sounds. Learn about conservation efforts in Belize to save and protect some of the most endangered native species.

    For more pictures, click here and go forward several frames to see pictures of the estate grounds, the cabins, the flora and fauna, and some pictures from their tours.

    And for another batch of pictures from caving with Ian Anderson's as well as pics of the grounds, click here. For pictures from our stay in 2003, click here. Caving pictures, flowers, and more!

    Mile 41 ½ Hummingbird Hwy, P.O. Box 356, Belmopan, Belize, Central America
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