Around 40 km South West of Shingwedzi, nestled onto the Mashokwe Spruit, is Bateleur bush camp, Kruger National Park’s smallest and oldest bush camp. Owing to its size, Bateleur is presented as a secluded, private getaway; a change of pace from the larger camps, and something perhaps more suited to guests aiming for an intimate experience of the park and its wildlife.
Guests are accommodated in three six-bed or four four-bed cottages, offering selected bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, either air conditioning or ceiling fans as well as electricity points in all units, and microwave ovens in each unit’s kitchen. Televisions are complete with access to SABC 1, 2, 3 and eTV, and each unit has its own braai (barbecue) facilities, with wood available from the reception’s mini-shop. Further facilities include public telephones, a cozy boma braai for the use of guests, as well as fully stocked and furnished conference facilities.
Mopani trees: the Pioneer Dam area of the Kruger Park is instantly recognisable for its large population of these attractive plants, as well as the primary rest camp in the area, which borrows its name and aesthetics from them. Mopani camp, its thatched accommodation and stone-finished buildings almost an extension of the bushveld around it, combines its excellent viewing position relative to the dam and the high probability of animals seeking out water sources during the winter months, to provide second-to-none game viewing opportunities to its guests.
Accommodation at this charming rest camp is provided, firstly, in a series of four bed-bungalows, with bathrooms and kitchenettes, two of which are wheelchair friendly. There are four-bed and six-bed cottages, with bathrooms, verandas, and outside braais (barbecues). Finally, a luxury guesthouse, in prime position over the dam, is complete with kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms, braai facilities, and limited channel-access DSTV televisions. Xanatseni guesthouse accommodates eight guests and has one wheelchair friendly room.
Privacy and exclusivity are two very important factors to consider when setting off for a safari - who is and who isn’t restricted from your camp grounds can influence the entire mood of such a trip. Boulder’s Bush Lodge gives guests the opportunity to enjoy complete privacy, with all access to the area restricted to guests of the camps. Situated in the rocky, northern area of the Kruger Park, this peaceful, thatched getaway offers guests rolling green surrounds, a popular private watering hole for viewing, and fantastic viewing points from a series of walkways and arches situated between units.
Accommodation for up to twelve people takes place in solar powered, en-suite bedroom lodges, complete with baths, showers, fully equipped kitchens, braai (barbecue) facilities and viewing decks. This accommodation is very suited towards guests seeking the quintessential, self catering bushveld experience. The huts are, make note, not fitted with electrical outlets, only solar powered lighting and fans.
Letaba River is home to a striking population of gigantic baobab trees, as well as ubiquitous mopane Jackalberry and Nyala trees along its west-kying river arch. Shimuwini rest camp, taking its name from the Shangaan term for “Place of the Baobab Tree”, has a history with this area that saw it needing to be entirely rebuilt after extreme flooding there in 2000. As a result, it fuses elements of the impressive vegetation which surrounds it, the traditional framework of the camp, and modern touches, to create an unforgettable camping experience.
Accommodation at Shimuwini resct camp is provided in four-bed cottages with open verandahs, two plate gas stoves, refrigerators, crockery and cutlery. Two-bedroom cottages are also available, with en-suite bathrooms, dining rooms with open verandahs, and indoor kitchens with ovens, stoves, refrigerators, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. Accommodation at Shimuwini targets the self catering bushveld experience.
Letaba rest camp, the "river of sand" is one of the Kruger Park’s premium lush, green getaways, shaded under the gaze of the area’s prominent sycamore fig tree. The tone of this camp is comprised of the impressions of its gorgeous setting, the vibrant plant and animal populations of the area lending it a lively, colourful tone.
Accommodation at the camp is facilitated in a series of sixty tent sites, complete with electricity points and communal ablution and cooking facilities, as well as electric hotplates and washing up facilities. Furthermore, three-bed huts are available, with fridges, fans and air conditioners, and perimeter or river views; elevated two-bed and four-bed safari tents are offered, all permanent units, with fridges, standing fans and verandas. A further eighty thatch African style bungalows are available, each unit equipped with en-suite bathroom units, air-conditioning or fans, and kitchenettes.
Guest cottages have en-suite and separate bathrooms in each unit, air conditioning and ceiling fans, outdoor braai (barbecue) facilities and kitchens. Finally, the guest houses offered are luxury units, occupying prime locations for guests, with riverside views, microwave ovens and limited-channel DSTV televisions. Melville guest house sleeps nine people. Fish Eagle guest house sleeps eight, and has its own bird hide.