The bush camps of the Kruger National Park offer a rustic, off-the-grid safari experience in South Africa's supreme wilderness area.
Balule Satellite Camp is situated in the northern section of Kruger National Park and offers one of the best places to experience nature up close and personal during a Kruger Park safari. The camp offers 15 camp sites and six rondavels situated in a rustic environment 11km (6.8 miles) from Olifants Camp. Balule has no electricity, shops or restaurants and is intended for those who want to experience Africa on a basic level during their safari in Kruger Park.
The six rondavels have three beds each, with linen and towels supplied. A communal bathroom and kitchen are shared by the rondavels. Guests must check in at Satara or Olifants Camp and no day visitors are allowed at Balule Satellite Camp. Activities that can be arranged at Satara or Olifants camps include open 4x4 game drives and guided walks that will greatly enrich your Kruger Park safari experience.
The camp is situated in an area where the mopane shrubland and Olifants rugged veld meet, ceding spectacular sightings and beautiful natural scenery. This region is characterized by the perennial Olifants River that snakes its way through the valley onward toward the Lebombo Mountains. The prolific water source draws a wealth of wildlife to its banks.
Bateleur Bushveld Camp is situated in the northern section of the Kruger Park. The closest entrance is the Punda Maria gate. During a stay at Bateleur Bushveld Camp, guests will enjoy the privacy offered by this luxurious bush camp nestled in a remote area of Kruger Park, some 40km (24.6miles) away from Shingwedzi Camp.
Bateleur Bushveld Camp consists of seven self-catering cottages with en suite bathrooms and air-conditioning or ceiling fans in each of the bedrooms. The cottages are serviced on a daily basis. During a stay at this Kruger Park safari camp , visitors will still be able to watch television or enjoy evenings in the enclosed boma with its fire pit and bread oven. 34 delegates can be accommodated in a conference room if the need for a safari-style workshop or team building exercise is called for.
Activities that will enrich your safari experience include game drives and guided walks. Eight guests will be in the company of one of the park's rangers for a few hours while walking through and experiencing the true wilderness of Africa. The Rooibosrand and Silwervis dams are both near the camp. Here one can watch the magic of the wilderness unfold at the water's edge where animals converge and interact.
Biyamiti Bushveld Camp, 25km from Skukuza Airport, offers visitors on a Kruger Park safari the option to stay in a secluded area away from the bustle of day visitors. The camp provides guests with the opportunity to experience the Kruger Park in a relaxing environment that offers privacy and self-catering accommodation on the banks of the Biyamiti River.
Biyamiti Bushveld Camp has 15 cottages, with either one or two bedrooms, that are serviced on a daily basis. The cottages are equipped with linen, towels and basic necessities for self-catering accommodation. A maximum of 70 guests can be accommodated. The camp has no shop, restaurant or petrol station. All these features contribute to a camp that is smaller and quieter than some other camps in Kruger Park.
Activities that will enrich your safari experience include game drives and guided walks. During a bush walk, eight guests are accompanied by one of Kruger Park's rangers for a few hours while walking through and experiencing the true wilderness of Africa.
Boulders Bush Lodge is nestled in the rocky outcrops of the northern part of the Kruger National Park. The units, raised above the ground, are afforded unrestricted views of the African bush where guests can experience an authentic Kruger Park safari. To add to the safari experience, this Kruger Park lodge is unfenced and immersed in the surrounding bushveld 25km (15.6 miles) from Mopani Camp.
Boulders Bush Lodge offers self-catering accommodation for a single party at a time for a maximum of 12 guests. Four separate rooms (with full bathrooms each) are connected with boardwalks, making it the perfect place for groups of friends or families to enjoy a private bush holiday. The camp does not have any shops or restaurants. The main building houses the fully-equipped kitchen, with dining room and bar. The lodge is serviced each day and has limited electricity via solar panels.
At Boulders Bush Lodge a group of friends or a family can spend time together while enjoying a Kruger Park safari experience . Additional amenities include unrestricted views of the nearby water hole from the raised accommodations and nighttime game drives.
Crocodile Bridge Camp lies in the southern part of the Kruger National Park on the northern banks of the Crocodile River. This serene Kruger Park safari camp is surrounded by thick Marula trees. The accommodation at Crocodile Bridge consists of 20 bungalows, including two bungalows catering for physically disabled guests. The bungalows range from 2-3 bedded rooms with either a shower or bath. All bungalows are air-conditioned. The bungalows either have a kitchen or guests can make use of the communal kitchen.
Eight safari tents on wooden stilts with two beds each are situated under shaded trees. Communal ablutions, cooking and washing facilities are available a few meters away. The tents are equipped with refrigerators. The camp also offers 18 camp/caravan sites equipped with power points, braai facilities, cooking and washing facilities, including communal ablution. Crocodile Bridge has a first aid center as well as a petrol station, small curio and convenience shop, laundromat and public telephone.
Though the camp is situated on the edge of the park, the southern reaches of Kruger are known for being wonderfully wildlife-rich. As such, you may barely be a few kilometers inside the park before enjoying an unforgettable sighting. Guided game drives and bush walks are also conducted from the camp.
Maroela Private Camp overlooks the Timbavati River in the Kruger National Park. The 24 campsites at the camp offer accommodation for a maximum of 6 persons per campsite. Tucked away 4km (2.4miles) from Orpen Camp, Maroela is one of only two camps in the whole Kruger National Park that caters exclusively for campers and caravans.
Guest at Maroela Private Camps share ablution facilities, as well as a communal kitchen, although cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery are not provided. 20 of the 24 campsites have electrical power points and generators are allowed, but only an hour after sunrise until an hour before sunset.
Maroela Private Camp provides visitors with the opportunity to go on night drives and there are guided bush walks in the company of trained field guides who will open up another level of appreciation for the African bush and its wildlife with their knowledge of animal behavior and plant-life. Getting in touch with nature during a safari in Kruger becomes second nature.
Malelane Satellite Camp is situated in the far southern part of the Kruger National Park. One of the smallest camps in the park, Malelane Satellite Camp offers seclusion and privacy on a safari in the Kruger National Park, away from day travelers. The small camp has 5 bungalows (also known as rondavels), air-conditioned with a shower, toilet and washbasin.
Malelane Satellite Camp also offers 15 campsites that can accommodate a maximum of six persons each. Ablution facilities have a bath, toilet and wash basin, while the communal kitchen and dining area that has the necessary utensils, a refrigerator, freezer, gas stove, crockery and cutlery. The nearest shop is at Berg en Dal Camp, some 9km away.
During a stay a Malelane Satellite Camp, the experience of a Kruger National Park safari can be further enriched with nocturnal or daytime game drives, walks in the bush under the guidance of armed rangers who will explain and illuminate the activities and spoor of the animals.
Mopani Rest Camp lies on the banks of the Pioneer Dam in the Kruger National Park. 74km (46miles) from Phalaborwa Gate, Mopani Rest Camp offers accommodation built from natural materials, such as wood, thatch and stone, which integrates with the natural environment. Look out for hippo, waterbuck, and the African Fish Eagle from the balcony of the ladies bar or the quiet intimacy of the Shipandane sleep-over bird hide or Pioneer Dam bird hide.
Mopani Rest Camp has quite a large selection of accommodation options that will suit many tastes and needs during. 43 Bungalows (max 4 sleeper), 57 cottages (max 4 or 6 sleeper) and one large 8 sleeper luxury guest house, with a beautiful view of the dam. The camp also boasts conference facilities, a restaurant, swimming pool, filling station and shops.
The camp offers many different activities to enhance your Kruger Park safari, which include game drives and guided bush walks, as well as an in-camp trail walk. Another unique extra is a bush breakfast or bush dinner / braai, where guests can enjoy scrumptious home-style meals surrounded by Kruger's inimitable wilderness.
Roodewal Bush Lodge, 44km (27.5miles) north of Satara in the Kruger National Park, offers extreme privacy for guests on the banks of the Timbavati River. Here, one party of friends, a large family or corporate think-tanks can stay in idyllic seclusion, whilst enjoying all the spoils of a Kruger National Park safari.
Roodewal Bush Lodge has accommodation for 18 guests at a time, in the family cottage and three bungalows. A spacious dining room with a fully equipped kitchen rounds of the facilities at Roodewal Bush Lodge. There are no shops, restaurants or filling station, but these are available at nearby Olifants or Satara rest camps.
Activities at Roodewal Bush Lodge include game drives, either during the day or at night, and game walks. These take place in the company of one of Kruger Park's well trained and expert field guides, who will help those on safari unravel the secrets of the bush. Of course, a highlight at the lodge is the massive viewing platform, hanging over the Timbavati River, suspended in the branches of an old tree. Here, guests can anticipate the arrival of wildlife at the river's edge, while viewing them from their tree house-like vantage point.
Shimuwini Bushveld Camp is located in the northern region of the Kruger National Park. Here, on the banks of the Letaba River, guests can enjoy the pristine environment and wildlife that is the Kruger National Park. Shimuwini's cottages are dotted along the Shimuwini Dam, which never dries up, providing guests with an even better opportunity to see and experience interaction between Africa's wildlife.
The camp has 15 family cottages, sleeping between 4 and 6 guests in between one and three bedrooms. Each cottage has one, two or three bathrooms, with fully equipped kitchens, except for freezers. There is no electricity, but solar panels power the lights and ceiling fans. The nearest shops are located at the Letaba and Mopani rest camps.
Shimuwini Bushveld Camp has a bird hide overlooking the Shimuwini Dam, offering splendid bird and game watching opportunities. Game drives and bush walks in the company of well trained and armed guides can be arranged for a closer experience of the wildlife.
Sirheni Bushveld Camp is part of a new innovation in the Kruger National Park where more luxurious, but smaller camps are built in the remote areas of Kruger. At Sirheni Bushveld Camp, the visitor can experience the wilderness of the northern part of Kruger. The camp is also private, which means only residents are allowed.
The camp offers 15 cottages on the banks of the Mphongolo River and within view of the Sirheni Dam. Equipped with modern facilities, the cottages are for those who want to experience a self-catering safari in Kruger. They are serviced daily and supplied with bedding, towels and soap. There is only solar power, thus no electrical points.
Sirheni Bushveld Camp has two raised hides, some 100 meters (328 feet) apart, to give a decent view of the wildlife at the dam. One may even catch a glimpse of a kill or the resident leopard that comes down to drink. Game drives and bush walks in the company of well trained and armed guides can be arranged for a closer experience of the wildlife.
Talamati Bushveld Camp is 30km (18.6 miles) from Orpen Gate in the Kruger National Park. The camp lies on the banks of the N'waswitsontso River, in a large open valley, allowing excellent views of the bush and wildlife. Talamati Bushveld Camp is part of a new innovation in the Kruger National Park where more luxurious, but smaller camps are built in the remote areas of Kruger. The camp is also private, which means only residents are allowed.
The camp offers 15 family cottages, for maximum total of 80 visitors that can be accommodated. Equipped with modern facilities, the cottages are for those who want to experience a self-catering safari in Kruger. They are serviced daily and supplied with bedding, towels and soap. There is only solar power, thus no electrical points.
The open veranda of each cottage allows for game viewing from your doorstep, while game drives and bush walks in the company of well-trained and armed guides can be arranged for a closer experience of the wildlife.
For visitors looking for a true bushveld experience, the canvas tents of Tamboti Camp is the answer. Found 4km (2.5 miles) from Orpen Gate, on the road to Satara Camp. Mounted on stilts overlooking the Timbavati River, the tents provide visitors with the opportunity to perhaps glimpse an elusive leopard crossing the river below. or a nyala stopping by the a drink.
The camp has two types of tented accommodation. The 2-bedded and 4-bedded budget safari tents have fridges, standing fans and small verandas. Guests share ablution and kitchen facilities. The semi-luxury safari tents are fully equipped with one double bed, sleeper couch, en suite bathroom, kitchenette and veranda with braai facilities.
Tamboti Camp is a place guests can observe kudu and black rhino feed amongst the tamboti trees outside the camp. Activities that will enrich your safari include game drives at either dawn or dusk, and guided walks, where you and up to seven other people will be in the company of one of Kruger Park's rangers for a few hours while walking through and experiencing the true wilderness of Africa.
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