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BERG-EN-DAL REST CAMP

The Berg-En-Dal rest camp is located in the Kruger National Park, located on the banks of the Matjulu Spruit, surrounded by a beautiful mountain terrain. This is one of the newest camps in the Park, established in 1984. The lodge is nestled in natural bush, as well as planted gardens with aloes and native shrubs. Painstaking care has been taken to preserve much of the surrounding foliage, particularly the Malelane Mountain Bushveld. Because of this, many of the areas natural grazing animals can be found around the camp.

Accommodations include four bedroom guest houses, two bedroom family cottages, bungalows with single beds and campsites that can hold up to six people. Each of the self catering buildings include kitchens and bathrooms, as well as other bathrooms for camping guests. Some of the other amenities you will find here are a pool with cascading waterfall, laundry, a restaurant as well as an internet cafe. You can also buy petrol and groceries for those long drives through the park.

There are a number of things to see and do while staying at the Berg-En-Dal rest camp. As mentioned earlier, a number of grazing animals can be found roaming around the camp, some of these include giraffes, Rhinos, Impala, Kudo, warthogs, and even elephants. Leopards and wild dog packs have also been seen in the area.

Here you will also be able to go on a number of different safaris, to track the Big Five in the area. There are evening, morning, and even full day drives. In addition many different dance groups come here to entertain guests with traditional dancing and entertainment. Bird watchers will not be disappointed. These are just a few of the many sights you will be able to experience here.

CROCODILE BRIDGE REST CAMP

Located on the banks of the Crocodile River in the South East part of the park, the Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp is a quaint little camp. Only a short distance from the border of both Maputo as well as the Mozambique boarder, it is easily accessible. Dedicated to your enjoyment, there are a number of different accommodations as well as sights to see.

You have a choice of Bungalows, as well as caravan and safari tents, depending on your own requirements. This is a flat area, with many Marula trees, and overlooks not only the Crocodile River, but also kilometers of lush farmland. It is also one of the first camps in Kruger, when the Sable Reserve was established in the late 1800’s. The bridge can be seen from the camp, and this area is rich in cultural history. Some of the other amenities that are available here are a full service laundry, gift shop and cafeteria. It also has a post office, petrol station, and cell phone reception, just to name a few.

There are many different activities available here as well. You can take a day or night safari, seeing the big five from here. Hyenas patrol the fences at night, Cheetahs, Leopards and lions can be heard nearby. You will also see just a few hundred meters from the perimeter many different species of antelope, as well as zebras and giraffe. For bird enthusiasts, a specialist is on hand to take you on special guided walks to see Pinkthroated Twinspots, and even black bellied starlings. Other abundant birds that are commonly seen here are finches, waxbills, and even the brown headed parrot. Hippos as well as crocodiles are also available, as well as the paintings from ancient bushmen.

PRETORIUSKOP REST CAMP

If you want to experience both black as well as white rhino, then the Pretoriuskop Rest Camp is the one you should go to. This camp is the oldest camp in Kruger, and the first one opened to the public. Located only nine kilometers from the Numbi Gate, the camp is situated among some of the most spectacular granite formations in the park. Not only does it have a small population of rare black rhino and a larger number of white rhino, this area is also home to some of the rarest species of antelope, with small herds of Elands, Sable, and even Lichtenstein’s Hartebeests.

There are many different kinds of accommodations in the Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, and it really depends on your preferences. If you are looking for camping with your caravan or tent, there ae more that 40 to choose from, with or without electric. These feature communal baths and kitchens, with hot water, hot plates, and washing areas. Each of these sites can hold up to six people. You also have a choice of more than seventy different primitive huts, that can accommodate up to six beds. These too offer communal bathroom and kitchen facilities, some with refrigerators and air conditioning. If you seek more private accommodations, there are 52 different bungalows, family cottages as well as guest houses, each with their own options.

The Pretoriuskop Rest Camp also offers a number amenities. There is a swimming pool, day picnic areas, a post office, public phones, and both a cafeteria as well as a full service restaurant. In addition, you will find a petrol station, a laundry, as well as basic first aid. There is even a reception area, where you can find an abundance of information on the facilities, what is available to guests, as well as a list of the activities that are offered here.

Here are a few of the many things to see and do while staying at this camp. You have your customary game drives and bush walks. You also have both a breakfast as well as bush Braai, or barbeque that is included in one of the game drives. There ais the Napi Wilderness Trail, 4X4 adventure, as well as a Sable camp walk. In addition, there are several historical sites, the Albasini Ruins, and the birthplace of Jock of the Bushveld, just to name a few.

LOWER SABIE REST CAMP

If you want to truly feel the heart of Kruger, and perhaps the whole of South Africa, then a stop at the Lower Sabie Rest Camp has to be on your itinerary when visiting here. The first thing that will entice you is that this camp is surrounded by a forest of sycamore figs, which provide food for numerous birds, animals and insects. These majestic trees not only have yields more than twice a year, but since there are so many different kinds of fig trees, they produce fruit most of the year. The Lower Sabie Rest Camp sits right on the Sabie River, one of the few perennial rivers that flow through the park, and brings in a multitude of different land and amphibious creatures.

You have an abundance of different accommodations here, from primitive tent and caravan sites to family bungalows, as well as the guest cottage, a large three bedroom unit in a prime position right on the river. It is fully equipped with a full kitchen as well as limited satellite television. The shade trees and huge lawns make the Lower Sabie Rest Camp popular as a family oriented vacation destination. Some of the other amenities that are available are a petrol station, post box, telephone as well as cell phone reception. There is a full service restaurant, cafeteria, as well as a pool.

Because of its abundance of wild life, the Lower Sabie Rest Camp offers a number of different activities. There is a small dam close by, where hippo, crocodile, and a number of water birds can be seen. There are numerous guided bush walking adventures, as well as both day and night game drives. You can even enjoy breakfast as well as a barbeque luncheon on some of these. You also have the Nthandanyati Bird Hide, just a short distance away.

SKUKUZA REST CAMP

Located on the Southern banks of the Sabie River, Skukuza rest camp is not only the largest of the Kruger Rest Camps, but also the administrative center of the park itself. The accommodations are as diverse as the plants and animals that live in and around the park’s grounds. Because it is located on one of the only permanent rivers in Kruger, an abundance of birds and wildlife are found here. Some of the animals that you may see on a regular basis coming to the river are antelopes, elands and buffalo. It is also an excellent location to start a number of different safari adventures.

The Skukuza Rest Camp is a full service facility. You have a number of different accommodation options. One of them is their safari tents. These two or four bed tents are furnished and sit on stilts. These tents have a refrigerator, fan and even a private veranda. You have shared bathrooms and kitchens. If you want a truly native experience, then the bungalows are an ideal way. These are single room, round walled buildings and in true African style have thatched roofs. Each features two to three beds, en suite bathrooms, and some may have air conditioning. They also offer a number of kitchenette options. You also have a number of luxury accommodations, with river views, full baths and kitchens, as well as limited television services.

Other amenities include car rental, full garage facilities, filling station, two swimming pools, a car wash, internet cafe, as well as many others. Because this is one of the busiest rest areas, there are many different activities, including a nine hole golf course. You also have the Stevenson Hamilton Library, wildlife films six nights a week, and a seasonal education programme for the kids. The lake Panic Bird Hide is just 7km away, as well as the Metsi Metsi Wilderness Trail. The Skukuza Rest Camp also offers a number of bush walks and game drives that include breakfast and lunch.

SATARA REST CAMP

Located just 47 kilometers from the Orpen gate, Satara Rest Camp is one of the busiest camps in Kruger National Park. There is good reason for this, because it is one of the camps that have the highest concentrations of wildlife, including numerous chances to see some of the most endangered species on the planet, black rhinos, Nyalas, Sable and wild dogs. Because of the many watering holes in the area, large herds of giraffe, zebra, and buffalo come here, as well as the predators that feed on them.

Accommodations are set in circles and include fences around the perimeter of the facility. You will find several guest houses, bungalows and cottages available, many with en suite bathrooms and full kitchens. You have several options, from single bedrooms to up to three bedrooms. Some of the amenities you will also find here are picnic tables, a cafeteria, emergency car services, filling station, telephones and a full restaurant. You have phone access, a postbox, laundromat and a jungle gym for the kids.

As with most of the Rest Camps, you have a variety of safari activities at the Satara Rest Camp. Both the Sweni and Ratel Pan bird hides are here, with plenty of bird watching. You have a number of guided walks and drives, the drives are offered both day as well as night, so you have a number of opportunities to view big game. There are also a number of traditional dances and wildlife films presented daily. Because this camp is located in a wooded area, you are able to listen to many different animals, from the hooting of the owls, the skittering of the fruit bats, and even the howling of lions.

ORPEN REST CAMP

Smaller than many of the other camps, the Orpen Rest Camp is located right by the Orpen Gate and is named after Aileen Orpen who donated the land, While smaller, is still has a lot to offer, from the Big Five, as well as easy access to the rest of Kruger Park. A number of different games species can be viewed right outside the camp itself, at the local water hole as well as the banks of the Timbavati River. Just 7 kilometers away is the Rabelais Dam, which is notorious for having large species of mammals that come here to drink.

Now there are some family cottages here and both the Maroela as well as the Tamboti Caravan Parks are close by. The three family cottages that are available have two bedrooms and can accommodate up to six people per cottage. You will get air conditioning, in house bathrooms, as well as a full kitchen, which opens to a veranda with barbeque. There are also more primitive two and three bed huts, with communal bathrooms and kitchens. Each also has its own veranda. This basic rest camp also provides first aid, a fuel station, as well as a supermarket.

While a pretty basic camp, Orpen Rest Camp offers a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities. In the wide open plains an scattered trees that mark the landscape you can see many different browsing herbivores, from zebra and giraffe, to elephants, buffalo and rhinos. Wrapping up the big five as well as other predators, you can experience the wonder and thrill of lions, leopards,cheetahs, and even wild dog. You can take a morning or night safari or bush walk, have a traditional bush breakfast or even a bush Braai.

LETABA REST CAMP

Sitting on a wide bend of the Letaba River, the Letaba Rest camp is centrally located and as such, very convenient for visitors. Letaba means River of Sand and this river truly lives up to its name. Because of the wide sandy bottom, it is an ideal location for game viewing, especially the African elephant, which thrives here. It is also an oasis in the mopane veld and is a great place for visitors coming to see all that Kruger National Park has to offer. You can see the stars clearly at night and hear a grand symphony of owls, nightjars, fruit bats, crickets and cicadas, at least until the lions start roaring.

Because of its central location, the Letaba Rest camp is a large fully functioning camp. There are numerous tent and caravan parking areas that have power points. These sites have communal bath and cooking facilities, with 24 hour hot water, electric cooking plates, as well as sinks. You also have rustic huts, with communal facilities, but private refrigerators and air conditioners. You also have a number of more luxurious accommodations, including fully stocked guest houses that can hold up to twelve people with en suite bathrooms and kitchens.

As you can expect with this type of camp, there are a number of different activities that are available here. There are many wilderness trails, including the Olifants, the Mananga, as well as the Masorini Ruins just 38 kilometers to the West. There are bush walks, driving safaris, and even the Letaba Elephant Hall to enjoy. Some of these drives include a complimentary breakfast and authentic African bush barbeque. Depending on the time of year, Letaba Rest camp also offers educational programs for the kids six nights of wildlife film.

OLIFANTS REST CAMP

The Olifants Rest Camp is sure to provide visitors with a truly unique African Safari experience. This camp sits several hundred feet on rocky cliffs overlooking the great Olifants River, its namesake. The views from the windows and terraces of the guest houses provide spectacular views of the river as well as the landscape below, where you can plan a number of different day trips into the heart of Kruger National Park.

The dense river vegetation is home to many of the Parks wildlife, and for an even more spectacular overlook there is also a higher look out point. As you can expect from this popular camp, it has several different options for lodging. There are more than a hundred bungalows, some up to four bed units, each with en suite bathrooms. Some have private kitchens, and some have perimeter views from their veranda. Each of these units has air conditioning. There are also two, 4 bed units, with dining and lounge area, full baths and kitchens. These open air kitchens offer full cooking facilities, except microwave, but have outside Braais, or barbeques. You also have a choice of river or camp views. Also Offered are 2 large guest houses, with all the amenities mentioned, as well as microwaves and limited television access.

Who will want to watch TV with all the different activities. Five things you can see right away are the elephants, the hippos, and the Nile Crocodile, as well as lions and the Martial Eagle. In addition because of its location, you will have the opportunity to see giraffes, Warthog, Kudu, and even Zebras and Implala herds. In addition to activities common to these camps, some of the more unique opportunities are mountain biking trails, as well as the Olifants Astronomy Activities.

MOPANI REST CAMP

Perhaps the best kept secret of Kruger National Park, the Mopani Rest Camp is nestled on the banks of the Pioneer Dam, and surrounded by the mopane veld for which it is named. One of the main features of the camp itself is the large baobab tree, an old and gnarled tree right in the middle of the camp. Adding to the camp’s unique atmosphere is the native vegetation that has mostly been left as it was when the camp was opened.

Adding to the Mopani Rest Camp’s uniqueness is the different lodges, all created from natural materials found in the area, native woods and thatching grass, as well as the rough stone of the buildings. Each is truly an experience in itself. These comprise of bungalows, cottages, guest cottages and even a large guest house, that provides spectacular views of the dam and surrounding area. All of these offerings include en suite bathrooms, kitchens, and fantastic views from their verandas. One unique way to spend the night is from the Shiandani Overnight Hide, just three kilometers from the main camp on the Tsendze River. A bird viewing area in the day, it turns into a primitive camping facility by night.

There are a number of safaris and bush walks available, as well as the dam and sunset Boma Drive. You can walk along the trail that is completely inside the camp’s perimeter, and the Tropic of Capricorn is just 12 kilometers North. While you are waiting for a safari, you can lounge at the pool, enjoy a meal from the full service restaurant, or even have a drink or two at the lounge. You can shop for gifts from local artisans, and even enjoy a moment of television when you have nothing left to do.

The Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Located in the mopane country of Northern Kruger, the Shingwedzi Rest Camp Is a large rustic camp that maintains the essence of bush life and is relatively untouched by modern technology. The lodges are set up in two circles, and seeing the Braai glowing at each site can cast a very tranquil mood. Here you will find the Giant Eagle owl, African rock python, hyena, as well as an abundance of elephant.

The largest of the Northern Rest camps, Shingwedzi Rest Camp is a modern facility, while still retaining an old fashioned charm. You will find shady verandas, impalala lilies, and many grand shade trees. There are several different accommodations offered, from the Rentmeester Guest house right on the river, to primitive huts that have communal baths, a wash area, refrigerator and an open veranda.

The more luxury lodges have en suite bath rooms, ceiling fans, and verandas, some with full kitchen facilities. Other amenities also include a pool, full service restaurant as well as a cafeteria, laundry, filling station, and even emergency road assistance.

It may not have as many organized activities as some of the more popular camps, but there is still a lot to see and do. There are morning and night guided drives, film shows, as well as a number of self guided tours. One of the best ones if you are interested in seeing a large number of different animals is the scenic drive running along the Shingwedzi River. Here you will be rewarded with Kudu, Elephant, Nyala, and Waterbuck, as well as a number of different birds. Other drives include the road to the Tshange Look out, the Kanniedood Dam, as well as the Crocodile Pool, The forest around the camp is also home to a large Leopard community.

The Punda Maria Rest Camp

Just ten Km from the Punda Maria gate, the Punda Maria Rest Camp is located in the Northern most part of the park. Located in the Sandveld region, a part of Kruger that is often refered to a botanical garden. There are a number of plants and trees that are unique to the area, and the game you will likely see in abundance here are elephant, sable, buffalo and impala, just to name a few. If you are interested in seeing a multitude of birds and trees, the 22 kilometer Mahonie Loop encircles the park and it a great leisurely drive.

This small but modern camp offers two four bed cottages that are fully equipped, three bungalows that have three beds and a basic kitchen, as well as 18 bungalow with two beds and a shared kitchens. You will also find a full service restaurant, gift shop, laundry facilities, as well as a filling station. There are postal boxes, telephones, and both a first aid station as well as emergency vehicle assistance. There are also many picnic areas along the scenic drives.

While there are no real organized safaris within the camp, there are a number of self guided scenic tours, The Pafuri Picnic site, the drive to Klopperfontein Dam, and of course the Mahonie Loop are a few of them. Some of the animals you should seek out are the Sharpes Grysbok, Crested Guineafowl, Nyala, zebra, and the rare wild dog.