Rest Camps in the Kruger National Park
Berg-en-Dal is situated on the bank of the Matjulu Spruit in the Kruger National Park with a view over softly undulating hills to the East. On the Northern and Southern sides there is dry riverbeds with large trees and a dam that border the large and shady camp. It is the only camp set in a rugged mountain scenery.
Crocodile Bridge is a small and delightful camp and is situated in the South-Eastern corner of the Kruger National Park, on the bank of the Crocodile River, from which it derives its name. The Game Viewing in this area is excellent. Here, one has the ability to experience the sharp contrast between the wilderness and the world out there.
Letaba is situated on a sweeping bend on the Letaba river in the Kruger National Park. The name “Letaba” means “river of sand”, and the sandy river bed is an excellent location for game viewing. The camp is a green oasis in the surrounding Mopane bush with lush riverine trees providing welcome shade.
Lower Sabie is situated on the banks of the Sabie River in the Southern part of the Kruger National Park. Visitors cannot help but feel soothed by the view of the river and the Lebombo Mountains beyond. Watching the endless procession of animals coming to drink water, establishes a sense of one’s own place in the eternal cycle.
On the banks of the Pioneer Dam in the Kruger National Park, lies it’s best kept secret, a unique rest camp nestled amongst the koppies called Mopani. There are Mopani trees and a huge gnarled old Baobab tree in the heart of the camp. The camp offers a magnificent view over Pioneer Dam allowing for some fine game viewing.
Guests to Olifants in the Kruger National Park will be exposed to an unforgettable window of Africa. The camp is perched atop a steep cliff, and offers wonderful panoramic views of the Olifants River valley. Through binoculars, many other game species can be seen on the apparently endless plains that stretch from the other side of the river.
Orpen Rest Camp is situated centrally on the Western border of the Kruger National Park. It is a small camp that derived its name from the surname of the donor of the land, Eileen Orpen. The camp offers visitors an excellent opportunity to experience close encounters with wild animals in a natural environment.
Pretoriuskop is situated in the south-western part of the Kruger National Park. The camp lies in a hilly region with many interesting, picturesque rocky outcrops. It is the Kruger National Park’s oldest rest camp and is also one of the highest, coolest and wettest areas in the Kruger. Pretoriuskop is unique as brilliant red trees adorn the camp.
Punda Maria is the northernmost camp in the Kruger National Park. The camp is situated in the Sandveld region that is often described as the botanical garden of the Kruger National Park and is a bird-watchers paradise. Compared to the busy South of the Kruger, there is little tourist traffic in this area, making game viewing a real pleasure.
Satara has a rustic charm and is situated in an excellent game viewing area in the Kruger National Park, with the bush relatively open and the animals plentiful and diverse. You don’t even need to leave the camp to observe the wildlife, as a small water hole just beyond the perimeter attracts a steady flow of thirsty game.
Shingwedzi lies in the Northern part of the Kruger National Park, in the heart of Mopani country. It is a rustic camp that still carries the essence of the bush and is untouched by modern technology. The attractive rockeries within the camp have indigenous aloes and impala lilies, which gives the camp a vibrant profusion of colour in the winter.
Skukuza, the largest rest camp of the Kruger National Park, is situated on the Southern banks of the Sabie River. A great variety of game may be seen here and this area are among the most productive areas in the Kruger. With so many different and many excellent routes, Skukuza warrants a fairly long stay in order to explore the area properly.
Please note that the Kruger National Park is in a Malaria Area, although the risk is usually low and seasonal. Please consult a Medical Doctor before embarking on your trip and go to doh.gov.za/malaria.php for more information.
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