South West Kruger Camp
Situated in the far south west of Kruger National Park, Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp is probably one of the easiest camps to access around the park. The surroundings are beautiful, being the only camp situated amidst rocky hills and a more mountainous environment. It’s large, modern and ideal for families thinking to spend a few days exploring the south of the park.
At Berg-en-Dal you can choose to either camp, park your caravan or rent a self-catering cottage. The 70 camping spots all have electricity and there are more than enough ablutions and communal kitchens, so you never have to walk far for those. Bring a ground sheet, as you’ll be camping on dusty ground. Most of the spots are, however, shaded by tall trees.
The face-brick self-catering cottages steer a little away from the traditional look of the Kruger camps, but these are wonderfully comfortable, each with both an open-air and covered patio where you can braai and enjoy your evenings. Choose between a three-sleeper or five-sleeper. The cottages are serviced daily.
The Rhino Trail is a beautiful scenic walk that runs all along the fence of the camp. Seeing as it’s a large park, it can easily keep you busy for an hour or so. See if you can spot bushbuck or identify some of the birds chirping about.
The Steilberg Loop is an 8-km drive that ascends a few steep hills and this is the only place where you’ll be able to drive this far up a hill to look out over the park. Caravans aren’t allowed on this road, meaning that it gets slippery sometimes because of the loose gravel.
Matjulu Waterhole is a beautiful spot to drive out to in the late afternoon. It’s only 3km from the camp and giraffes and lion are known to drink here.
Berg-en-Dal is 10 km from the Malelane Gate on a tar road, so if you’re planning to arrive a little late in the day this is a great camp to stay. They also accept late arrivals on special request. The town of Malelane can be found just outside the gate if you need anything from the real world.
Credit card facilities: yes
Mobile reception: good, great at reception and at the restaurant
Swimming pool: yes