There are various options accommodation-wise for people wanting to stay in the Kruger Park. The accommodation available has been broken up into sub-sections to make it easier to decide which type of accommodation is the most suitable for the visitor's budget, comfort levels and other factors. The main categories are rest camps, bush camps, rustic camps, satellite camps, overnight hides and private concessions.
Rest Camps, also referred to as "main camps" are the more busy camps visitor-wise. They tend to be the most popular choices for the average visitor to the Kruger because they have all the facilities available that a visitor might want while staying in the Kruger. They have restaurants, shops, fuel stations and other services which not all the Kruger-run camps have. This makes them convenient for people who are either new to the park, or who come from outside South Africa and want to travel light, and not have to bring too much with them to make their trip a success.
Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp is in the southwest corner of the Kruger and is surrounded by granite koppies. The camp has lots of well-established trees providing some shade and attracting bird life.
Located only 10 kilometres from Komatipoort on the banks of the Crocodile River. A good camp for those planning an early exit, or for those who arrive late when starting out on their adventure.
Letaba Rest Camp, which overlooks the large, sandy riverbed of the Letaba River, offers visitors the opportunity to explore both the mopane veld in the north and the game rich areas to the south.
Lower Sabie has a perfect location on the banks of the Sabie River and offers great game-viewing opportunities and a good chance of seeing the Big Five. The restaurant is a perfect place for a lazy lunch.
Mopani Rest Camp is located on a hillside overlooking the expansive Pioneer Dam. The surrounding mopane shrubveld is not the best area to find game in, but it does "force one" to do nothing.
Olifants Rest Camp has superb views and is worth visiting for that reason alone, but it is also close to the confluence of the Letaba and Olifants rivers, so offers some good game-viewing opportunities.
Orpen Rest Camp is a convenient starting point for those wanting to explore the north and central regions of the park. It is a good area to find cheetah, which hunt on the open plains near the camp.
Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, one of the oldest of the Kruger camps, is conveniently situated for those needing to catch an early flight back home. There are some nice scenic drives one can do from the camp.
Punda Maria is one of the smallest rest camps and has a unique charm. The waterhole next to the camp attracts elephants on a regular basis. A good base to explore the north of the Park.
Satara Rest Camp is one of the best camps for those wanting to see lions, which makes it a very popular choice camp-wise. The plains surrounding the camp attract buffalo, zebra and wildebeest.
Shingwedzi Rest Camp is in the very scenic northeast region of the Kruger. The camp is close to the Kanniedood Dam which attracts large herds of elephants and other game in the dry season.
Skukuza Rest Camp, also the administrative headquarters of the Kruger, is one of the busiest of the Kruger camps. It does, however, offer some of the best game-viewing opportunities for visitors.
Bush Camps are for those wanting a more intimate type of camp choice which is not as populated or busy as the rest camps, or main camps are. They have a limited number of bungalows or cottages available, and this make them less busy. They are, however, a little more pricey than the rest camps, but the advantages they offer make this a worthwhile expense for those seeking a more "bush-like" experience. They do not have all the "conveniences" of the rest camps, like restaurants and shops, but this also makes them less busy.
Bateleur Bush Camp is close to Red Rocks and in a particularly scenic part of the Kruger. The camp has a hide which overlooks a waterhole and is also close to two large dams, Silwervis and Rooibosrant.
Biyamiti Bush Camp is situated on the banks of the Biyamiti River, and all of the cottages in the camp have a view of the riverbed. The road to Biyamiti is also a private road, so one is guaranteed total privacy.
Boulders Bush Camp is situated at the base of a large granite boulder and overlooks a private waterhole. The entire camp is raised on concrete pillars which gives each of the cottages uninterrupted views.
Shimuwini Bush Camp overlooks the Shimuwini Dam, and the road leading up to the camp follows the river, which gives one good game-viewing opportunities. The camp has a hide which overlooks the dam.
Sirheni Bush Camp overlooks the Sirheni Dam, and all of the cottages look out onto the dam. The area attracts some good game, including some of the rarer antelope, making it a productive game-viewing area.
Talamati Bush Camp is situated on the banks of the Nwaswitsontso River in the quiet western region of the park. The camp has two hides, giving one the chance to spot game from the camp.
Rustic Camps are for those seeking a "back-to-basics" type of holiday, a bit like going back in time to the earlier years when things were a bit "rougher", and one had to be more self-sufficient. They tend to appeal to those who come to the park with most of the provisions and equipment in their vehicles or packed onto trailers or stored in caravans. They are mostly aimed at those who like to camp in the Kruger, but some of them do offer a non-camping options and have basic "bungalow-style" accommodation available for those who are not into camping.
A small rustic camp close to Olifants Rest Camp, an ideal getaway for those wanting a more of a back-to-basics experience. The camp has six huts, and also has a limited amount of camping sites available.
Tsendze is a perfect getaway for those seeking some peace and quiet. Campsites are spaced far apart from one another. Mopani is nearby, convenient for those needing to restock their provisions.
Satellite Camps are camps which are sub-camps run by some of the rest camps, and offer accommodation not available at the rest camps, or a specific type of accommodation option like camping, safari-style tents or simply a limited amount of exclusive accommodation making them less busy than the rest camps themselves. This also allows the rest camps to "break-up" their accommodation choices into different sub-locations, so that the rest camps can offer a wider choice of accommodation to meet the specific needs of the tourists visiting the region the camp is located in.
Malelane Satellite Camp is a conveniently located camping destination close to Malelane Gate for those wanting an early exit for their trip back home. The camp has five old-style rondavels.
Maroela, a camping destination, is two kilometres away from Orpen Rest Camp and part of the Orpen Complex. Game-viewing is good in the area, especially when it comes to cheetah sightings.
Roodewal Bush Camp is a shady private camp that overlooks the Timbavati River. It is a good choice for those wanting to escape the crowds with a few friends to enjoy the peace & quiet of the bush.
Tamboti Tented Camp is part of the Orpen Complex, and offers safari-style tents as accommodation. Game-viewing in the area is good, and you will most likely come across some large herds of elephants.
An Overnight Hide is for those wanting a bit of an adventure, and something a little "out of the ordinary". There are currently two overnight hides in the Kruger, both located in the central region of the park. In the daytime these hides are normal hides one can visit, but at night time they get converted into basic accommodation that the visitors can stay in. They offer the visitor an opportunity to sit and watch the waterhole at night to see what night-time visitors come to the waterholes.
Sable Overnight Hide overlooks the Sable Dam, which is close to the Phalaborwa Gate. It accommodates a maximum of nine people. To stay at the hide, one must make a booking at the Phalaborwa Gate.
Shipandani Overnight Hide overlooks the Pioneer Dam, which is near Mopani Rest Camp. The hide sleeps a maximum of six guests. Bookings can be made at the Mopani Rest Camp reception.
Private Concessions are camps or lodges run by private companies, and are not managed by SANParks like the other camps in the Kruger Park. They are more upmarket and exclusive, and tend to be for those who want to spend that little extra to get a more luxury-style type of experience in the Kruger.
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