Not sure which of the thirteen Kruger National Park camps to stay at? Below are your options along with a short description of what you can expect when staying at each rest camp. From luxury accommodation to rustic, no-electricity camping, whatever kind of Kruger National Park adventure tour you’re looking for, you can find the accommodation to meet your needs within the camp.
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1. BERG EN DAL REST CAMP
As one of the newer Kruger National Park Camps, Berg en Dal offers travellers a selection of snappy bungalows, guest houses, camping and caravan spots to choose from. The area is surrounded by awesome rocky hillsides and the camp lies on the Matjulu Spruit bank. Activity wise, game drives and bush walks are available as well as trips to view the san rock painting sites.
2. LETABA REST CAMP
Letaba Rest Camp in Kruger National Park is a magical site where bird watching is really good, and your chances to spot elephant are also on the cards. A lush section of the park close to three of the area’s main dams. These dams are great for wildlife viewing, but if you wish to explore after dark, then perhaps an optional 3 hour night game drive will tickle your fancy as one of the many things to do in Kruger National Park. This Kruger National Park camp is kitted out with first aid supplies, a fuel station and banking facilities for convenience. Letaba is also home to the Goldfields Environmental Education Centre which is great for curious minds of all ages. Your night’s accommodation choices range from cottages, huts, bungalows, furnished safari tents and guest houses.
3. CROCODILE BRIDGE REST CAMP
The location where Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp is set is rich in history and a great starting point for Big Five tracking safaris. The Crocodile Bridge happens to be the Kruger National Park rest camp closest to the Mozambican border and Maputo. So if you’re keen to add a week in Mozambique onto your Kruger National Park safari with minimal travelling time, then this is the Kruger National Park camp you want to go for. Accommodation options include safari tents, camping sites and bungalows. There is also a Laundromat, a store and a place where you can buy alcohol. A really great camping spot.
4. LOWER SABIE REST CAMP
A great place to be if you’re looking for a spot near a river. The Lower Sabie Rest Camp is on the Sabie River – a river that thrives all year around attracting hordes of wildlife. Lower Sabie has ready done it’s best to create a family friendly Kruger National Park camp environment. Bird life is plentiful in and around Lower Sabie Rest Camp. If you aren’t on a self-drive safari then you can also book both day and night drives from the camp.
5. MOPANI REST CAMP
Mopani Rest Camp is the baby of the Kruger National Park camp family. The camp’s view over the Pioneer Dam promises brilliant waterbird viewing. This spot boasts good opportunity to view game without having to leave the camp! Game drives, bushwalks and a special sleep-out game viewing hide offer further opportunity to spot wildlife in the area. Rich in historical and archaeological elements, Mopani Rest Camp has its own interesting story…
Above: Mopani Rest Camp by Nathaniel S
6. OLIFANTS REST CAMP
Olifants Rest Camp offers great stretching views that make it great for spotting wildlife. The camp has a lovely picnic site as well as a shop and fully equipped conference facility. Loads of wildlife and bird life hang around this Kruger National Park camp. You can choose from either bungalows or luxury guesthouses if you’re interested in spending the night in the camp.
7. ORPEN REST CAMP
A truly beautiful little Kruger camp situated right by the Orpen Gate entrance to the park. Hugged by a bold rock garden lush with Barberton Daisies and Aloes. The stretching views make for great wildlife spotting, as does a trip down to the nearby watering hole. For a guest’s convenient, Orpen Rest Camp have a variety of facilities which include a fuel station, a first aid centre, grocery store and public phone. The Kruger National Park camp offers accommodation types that include bungalows, huts and semi-luxury family cottages.
8. PRETORIUSKOP REST CAMP – OLDEST KRUGER NATIONAL PARK CAMP
Meet the grandfather camp in Kruger National Park. Pretoriuskop Rest Camp has been around the longest and proudly boasts good chance of viewing white rhino within its surrounds. It’s safe to say that wildlife spotting opportunities are good with Pretoriuskop Rest Camp as your base, as there are many wilderness trails, game walks and game drives available. For a travellers comfort and convenience, Pretoriuskop rest camp has its own licensed restaurant, cafeteria and gorgeous natural rock swimming pool. Even though this Kruger camp has its presence steeped in history, each of the accommodation units offer modern furnishings.
9. PUNDA MARIA REST CAMP
Rare wildlife and birdlife love this spot because of its thriving, lush vegetation. The bird viewing here is particularly good. Punda Maria rest camp is rich in prehistorical and modern historic archeology, earning its merit as a much loved Kruger camp spot. This Kruger National Park camp has it’s own laundromat, store and fuel station.
10. SATARA REST CAMP
Satara is a Kruger rest camp brimming with old-world personality. It’s neat pathways and thatched rondawels reflect a colonial Africa ambience. Situated in the centre of the park, this Kruger National Park camp is known for its great leopard, cheetah and lion spotting. It is also the third largest camp in Kruger National Park, with picnic facilities for day visitors. If you’re keen to stay the night here your options for accommodation range from guesthouses, bungalows, camping and caravan spots.
11. SHINGWEDZI REST CAMP
Large herds of elephant are commonly spotted around this Kruger rest camp, and during the dry months this is a sought after spot for game viewing because of its close proximity to the river. The camp has a restaurant, swimming pool, laundry, fuel station and picnic site.
12. SKUKUZA REST CAMP – BIGGEST KRUGER NATIONAL PARK CAMP
Known as the capital of the park, Skukuza is quite possibly the most talked about Kruger National Park camp. As the biggest camp in Kruger, it should come as no surprise that guests are spoiled with facilities like a shop, ATM, internet cafe, restaurant, library, fuel station and more of course. The camp is also pimped with conference facilities, a gorgeous 9 hole (18-tee), Par 72 golf course, riverside walks, wilderness hikes and game drives. The rest camp offers a plethora of accommodation options, from your standing camping to luxury lodges. Also, the wildlife viewing options are great! Of course.
13. TSENDZE RUSTIC KRUGER NATIONAL PARK CAMP
A new Kruger National Park camp, Tsendze is known as a rustic campsite with space for 30 small groups. Travellers who are keen to experience an ‘into-africa’, ‘roughing-it’ experience will love this. With no electricity or generators and open-air showers, this is the African experience. However, the camp does have two ablution blocks.
A mere 7km from Mopani Rest Camp in Kruger Park, those who decide they aren’t up for the roughing-it experience can happily upgrade.
Whether you’re in the mood to safari cheaply, with your family or in luxury, there are Kruger National Park camps and lodges that can happily meet your needs.