Bushveld Camps & Lodges of the Kruger National Park


Apr 2 2015

There is a variety of accommodation available in the Kruger National Park, and apart from the popular rest camps, there is a more rustic option available – bushveld camps and lodges! These camps and lodges are private and off limits to day visitors.

BUSH CAMPS

BATELEUR BUSHVELD CAMP
Bateleur Bushveld Camp offers as beautiful accommodation as the bird of prey it is named after.  Just moments outside of the camp is a remarkable hide which overlooks a waterhole offering tranquil but thrilling sightings of various wild and bird-life. Classed as ‘Family Cottages’, it was built in the late 1980’s and consists of 7 fully equipped chalets.
Punda Maria is the recommended gate of entry approximately 104km away

If you are lucky you may see: bateleur eagle / leopard / hippo / elephant / blue wildebeest

Activities:

  • Shingwedzi visitor centre

BIYAMITI BUSHVELD CAMP
Biyamiti lies close to the old trade-route where Ox-wagons once cut their way through the bushveld. The region around the camp is particularly picturesque, with Delogoa thickets, wild fig and jackal berry trees punctuating the region. This serene camp, which consists of 15 serviced cottages, is nestled on the banks of the Biyamiti River, and regularly serves up a variety of unique and exciting wildlife sightings.

The recommended entry gates are Crocodile Bridge Gate which is 35 km’s away and Malelane Gate which is 41kms away

If you are lucky you may see: wild dog / white tailed mongoose / orange breasted bush shrike / cheetah / leopard

Activities:

  • Guided bush walks
  • Game drives (in the company of trained field guides)

SHIMUWINI BUSHVELD CAMP
Shimuwini, Shangaan for “Place of the Baobab Tree” is a tranquil bushveld camp situated in the heart of baobab country of the nearby Letaba River. Bird life is also diverse and fascinating. There are 15 serviced & equipped family cottages spread out in a long, well-spaced line along the Shimuwini Dam.

The recommended gate of entry is Phalaborwa Gate and is approximately 42km’s away

If you are lucky you may see: caracal / eland / baobab trees / baboon / waterbuck

Activities:

  • Daily early morning and afternoon guided walks are available from most camps.
  • Morning, sunset and night drives
  • Mooiplaas picnic site

SIRHENI BUSHVELD CAMP
Named after the Tsonga word for ‘cemetery’, owing to the recorded elephant graveyard nearby, Sirheni is situated on the border of the park’s northern plains, and is set on the banks of the Sirheni Dam. This peaceful camp offers guests two superb bird hides, which produce regular sightings of birds and other wildlife. All cottages are fully equipped with modern facilities, are self-catering and overlook the river.

The recommended gate of entry is Punda Maria Gate and is approximately 54km’s away

If you are lucky you may see: reedbuck / elephant / resident leopard which is seen on a regular basis / sable antelope / roan antelope

Activities:

  • Riverside camp walk
  • Masorini Ruins (located about 38 km west of the camp)
  • Matambeni bird hide (located about 10 km north of the camp)
  • Kids educational programme (Seasonal)
  • Olifants Wilderness Trail (pre-booked overnight activity)
  • Mananga 4 x 4 Adventure Trail (weather sensitive activity – book at Phalaborwa Gate)
  • Wildlife films (except Sundays)

TALAMATI BUSHVELD CAMP
Situated next to a dry river bed, Talamati serves up a diverse range of sightings, particularly in the dryer winter months. This is thanks to the clay base of the area, which holds water like a sponge, giving Talamati its name, which means “lots of water” in Xitsonga. The open, luscious green valleys that characterize this region attract a range of grazers, and predators. There are 15 secluded and equipped family cottages along the river bed.
The recommended gate of entry is Orpen Gate and is approximately 32km’s away

If you are lucky you may see: leopard / zebra / hyena / mongoose / sable

Activities:

  • Boma – communal braai (barbecue) area in camp
  • Muzandzeni picnic spot (23km from camp)
  • Nhlanguleni picnic spot (35km from camp)
  • Bird hide (in camp)

BUSH LODGES

The Kruger National Park Bush Lodges must be booked out in its entirety, making it the perfect location for larger groups, celebrations, and corporate functions. Each unit has superb privacy, allowing guests the chance to escape to the comfort of their own quarters.

BOULDERS BUSH LODGE
This lodge is embedded in the rocky outcrops found in the north of the Kruger National Park. The majestic rocks form a backdrop to the chalets that are built on stilts, with wooden boardwalks connecting the bedrooms to the communal area. The extensive dining room and lounge area is served by a long bar counter, fully-equipped kitchen, separate toilets, store rooms and scullery. The viewing deck affords guests an unhindered view of the Mopani veld plains, surrounding a private waterhole.

The nearest gate of entry is Phalaborwa Gate and is approximately 47km’s away

If you are lucky you may see: buffalo / tawny eagle / zebra / giraffe / giant eagle owl

Activities:

  • Available at Mopani:
  • Shipandani sleep-over bird hide
  • Tropic of Capricorn:
  • Pioneer Dam bird hide
  • Wildlife films (shown daily at reception during office hours)

ROODEWAL BUSH LODGE
The name Roodewal is taken from the scenically beautiful long dolerite dyke found in this area. This bush lodge rests on the banks of the picturesque Timbavati River, where plant and animal life thrive. A large viewing deck, which perches over the river bank on large stilts, offers an unparalleled view of the region, and is the perfect spot to sit back and take in the serene natural environment. There is a family cottage in addition to three 3-bedded bungalows, all spaced to offer privacy and a fully equipped communal kitchen.

The recommended gate of entry is Orpen Gate and is approximately 69km’s away

If you are lucky you may see: elephant / lion / martial eagle / night egret / nyala

Activities:

  • Timbivati picnic site
  • Guided game walks
  • Game drives

 

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