Château de Castelnaud
The Rouffignac Cave, a must-visit during your holiday!
Justly deserving its nickname of the “cave of a 100 mammoths”, the Rouffignac Cave is unique in counting over 250 drawings, including 158 devoted to these fascinating prehistoric mastodons. A veritable curiosity that makes it one of the most highly-decorated caves in Europe! Less well-known than that of Lascaux, the Rouffignac Cave is actually very much older and, with some 8km of underground passageways, considerably larger. Whether you’re staying near Sarlat in the Périgord Noir or in Périgueux in the Périgord Vert, it will take you only a few minutes to reach Rouffignac from your Sandaya campsite!
Your holiday in the Dordogne may be certain to take you in the footsteps of early man, but you’ll also be able to enjoy an exceptional setting, between rivers, forests and medieval castles. Lying in the heart of this magical landscape, your Sandaya campsite offers fully-equipped holiday rentals and camping pitches close to nature. And to ensure no-one ever has a dull moment, a host of entertainment awaits you all season long, not to mention the large water park with hair-raising waterslides and heated swimming pools. Discover the perfect balance of rest and activity!
Visit the Rouffignac Cave with the family
This is one adventure the kids won’t be able to resist: it’s time to explore the Rouffignac Cave to pierce all the mysteries of early man. From your Sandaya campsite, head off for Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac set on the heights of the Périgord Noir. Let the adventure begin!
With the family, jump aboard the Rouffignac Express, the electric train that will guide you through the cave and its galleries, illuminated by the light of its lantern. So, keep your eyes wide open to make out the hundreds of mammoths, bison and rhinoceros drawn by the prehistoric artists. You’ll also learn that the cave was originally home to cave bears... But that’s all we’ll tell you, the rest of the story awaits you in Rouffignac!
Visit the Rouffignac Cave as a couple
Spending a romantic holiday in the Dordogne also means enjoying the vast unspoilt landscapes of its rivers and forests. After your underground visit to the Rouffignac Cave, return to the sunshine and set off to explore the surrounding area, before heading back to your campsite. Follow us!
Surrounded by the Barade Forest, Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin -de-Reilhac is an ideal spot for those who like a hike that’s not too demanding. With a choice of no less than 5 circular routes, don’t miss the Herm circuit, a waymarked footpath that offers a chance to discover the medieval castle of the same name. And, as a bonus, the village’s prominent position offers a series of gorgeous views over the lush green of the Périgord Noir!
Camping Rouffignac Cave: our handy tips for a successful stay
The guided visit of the Rouffignac Cave lasts approximately 1 hour: don’t forget a sweater, it can be chilly below ground!
To protect the cave, visitor numbers are strictly controlled: in high season remember to book your trip beforehand!
The Rouffignac Cave alone is home to a third of all representations of mammoths in prehistoric art!
Don’t miss the engraving known as the “Patriarch”, one of the most complete figures representing a... mammoth!