A Wildlife Country & its Rest Camps from South to North


Apr 2 2015

MALELANE GATE forms part of the core original reserve of the Kruger National Park.

Berg en Dal Rest Camp, a relatively modern camp is situated amidst prehistoric settlements and along the banks of the Matjulu Spruit. Dry riverbeds and a dam border the camp, with rugged mountains to the east. Accommodation is well engineered, and laid out to ensure maximum privacy under canopies of indigenous trees.

If you are lucky you may see: leopard, wild dog, klipspringer, scarlet-chested sunbird, and heuglin’s robin.

Highlights:

  • View authentic San rock paintings when on the popular Bushman Overnight Trail.

Malelane Satellite Camp, a small rustic camp based alongside the Crocodile River lends itself perfectly to guests looking for a slightly different Kruger Park experience – away from the larger camps and accommodation options. There are very few facilities located in the camp and it has no reception, shop, restaurant or filling station.

If you are lucky you may see: lion, leopard, wild dog, black rhino, grey rhebok, and fish eagle.

Highlights:

  • Various game drives on request where trained officials take visitors to sections of the park which are usually inaccessible to tourists. To be arranged through Berg en Dal Rest Camp.

CROCODILE BRIDGE GATE
This is the most eastern entrance into the Kruger National Park and considered to be one of the hottest areas of the park.

Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp is compact, charming and rooted on the banks of the Crocodile River. There are a several accommodation options ranging from bungalows, and fixed safari tents, to its leading and lush camp site.

You may be lucky enough to see: leopard, wild dog, cheetah, and black rhino.

Highlights:

  • Bush breakfast and braai, which includes a game-drive to the venue.
  • 4 night Lebombo Eco-Trail, a “wilderness experience on wheels”!

Lower Sabie Rest Camp is graced with overlooking the banks of the year round meandering waters of the Sabie River. It attracts a vast and diverse range of wildlife and it’s not uncommon to view wildlife venturing towards the waters from the comfort of camp. And the background presents a perfect backdrop of the lofty Lebombo Mountains.

You may be lucky enough to see: leopard, hippopotamus, lion, goliath heron, and giant kingfisher.

Highlights:

  • Nthandanyati Bird Hide
  • Sunset Dam

NUMBI GATE
Due to its high altitude it offers sweeping views over the lowveld

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, is one of the oldest rest camps in the Kruger National Park and oozes history. Not far from the camp is “Shabeni Hill” – developed from solidified molten rock to form remarkable granite outcrops. The camp itself offers a number of accommodation options, from small cottages and bungalows to well-maintained camp sites and luxurious guest houses.

If you are lucky you may see: leopard, wild dog, cheetah, black rhino, or sable antelope.

Highlights:

  • Sable Trail Camp Walk
  • Napi Wilderness Trail
  • Madlabantu 4×4 Adventure Trail

PHABENI GATE
It was erected in 2002 to ease traffic entrance into the park and its African architectural style exemplifies new South Africa ambience.

Skukuza Rest Camp, this is the administrative headquarters and is by far the largest and busiest camp in the Kruger National Park. It is ideal for first time visitors due its surplus of facilities and accommodation. From fixed safari tents and guesthouses, to semi-luxury riverside bungalows, guest cottages, to family cottages, and a comfortable campsite.

If you are lucky you may see: leopard, wild dog, black rhino, nyala and the purple crested lourie.

Highlights:

  • Golf: 9 hole golf course, with extras such as warthog and giraffe accompanying you on the course
  • Guided bush walks, game drives, bush breakfast and braai
  • Metsi Metsi Wilderness Trail
  • Wildlife films (every day except Sundays)
  • Kids educational programme (Seasonal)
  • Lake Panic Bird Hide
  • Through prior arrangement with the camp, catered traditional dances can be arranged

ORPEN GATE
This is a region of good pasture and has an abundance of game in the area.

Satara Rest Camp is a rustic camp located centrally in the Kruger Park. Satara offers visitors the chance to see a wide variety of other exciting wildlife and birds, as well as a range of other features and attractions that has made it one of the park’s most popular camps. And while popular has translated into busy and bustling, it still offers a degree of escapism and tranquillity in the various cottages and accommodation options.

You may be lucky enough to see: lion, red billed buffalo weaver, honey badger, and blue wildebeest.

Highlights:

  • Sweni Wilderness Trail
  • Mananga 4×4 Adventure Trail
  • Catered traditional dances can be arranged
  • Wildlife films on the big screen (every evening except Sundays)
  • Bush breakfasts
  • Sweni & Ratel Pan Bird Hide

Orpen Rest Camp, is popular and well-situated in an area populated with a variety of wildlife. There are also two satellite camps – Tamboti Tented Camp and Marula Camping Area. Both offer serene fixed and informal camping experiences, respectively. Because it is a prime game viewing area, availability is always at a premium.

You may be lucky enough to see: lion, black-backed jackal, and blue wildebeest, white-backed vulture, and lesser black-winged plover.

Highlights:

  • Guided bush walks
  • Game drives (in the company of trained field guides)
  • Timbavati Picnic Site
  • Ratel Pan Bird Hide

PHALABORWA GATE
Situated in northern Kruger Park is significantly different from the southern section. Because of its dry climate and dominance of Mopane there are fewer animals to be seen.

Olifants Rest Camp, is one of the most scenic in the Kruger Park, with sweeping views from both the lookout point and a number of river facing bungalows. The camp rests high above the mighty Olifants River, This is a large rest camp, and there are a variety of options available to suit couples, families, and larger groups in bungalows and small units, and there are also a variety of luxury units and guest houses.

If you are lucky you may see: lion, leopard, martial eagle, and pel’s fishing owl.

Highlights:

  • Olifants Wilderness & River Back-Pack Trail
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Timbavati Picnic Site

Letaba Rest Camp, meaning river of sand is situated on the spectacular Letaba River. It is ideally located between the northern and southern boundaries of the Kruger National Park. The sandy riverbed of the river serves as a superb backdrop for game viewing. Letaba is one of the park’s larger rest camps, and offers up a wide selection of accommodation options.

If you are lucky you may see: bushbuck, elephant, lala palm red headed weaver, and fish eagle.

Highlights:

  • Marorini & Mooiplaas Picnic Site

Mopani Camp, resting on the banks of Pioneer Dam the camp gets its name from the mopani tree, with its butterfly-shaped leaf. Offering a superb viewing deck overlooking the dam, guests are able to relax at any of the different vantage points and take in the beauty of the wilderness without leaving the comfort of the campsite. The camp itself, with rock-faced walls and thatched roofs, along with the natural vegetation and it’s well known baobab, feels particularly natural and secluded.

If you are lucky you may see: hippopotamus, waterbuck tsessebe, African fish eagle, mopani trees.

Highlights:

  • In camp trail walks
  • Shipandani Sleep-Over Bird Hide
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Pioneer Dam Bird Hide

PUNDA MARIA GATE
This is the direct access point into far northern Kruger and is set amidst sandveld woodland below Thulamila Koppie.

Shingwedzi Rest Camp, despite being a large camp it has remained rustic and simple along the Shingwedzi River. There are a number of camping sites, huts, bungalows, cottages and guest houses available, each offering differing levels of comfort and facilities, and each of which have their own unique appeal.

If you are lucky you may see: giant eagle, owl elephant, African rock python, spotted hyena, and green pigeon.

Highlights:

  • Babalala Picnic Site

Punda Maria Rest Camp, is widely revered for its fascinating historical significance. Once an early 1900’s hide-out for illegal ivory smugglers, this beautiful camp has built up a sound following, primarily from bird watchers who travel to the area to track down its numerous rare species. It offers a variety of accommodation options, with camp sites, permanent fixed tents, and a variety of bungalows.

If you are lucky you may see: nyala sharpe’s, grysbok, wild dog, zebra, and crested guineafowl.

Highlights:

  • Paradise Flycatcher Camp Walk
  • Thulamela Archaeological Trail
  • Nyalaland Wilderness Trail
  • Northern Plains 4×4 Adventure Trail.

 

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