Apart from being the highest camp in the Kruger National Park, Pretoriuskop Rest Camp is also the oldest camp to offer accommodation to visitors in the park. They started doing this as long back as the 1920s and one of the original huts used for accommodation still stands in the camp. Consequently, Pretoriuskop has a classic Kruger feel. The large lawns and beautiful swimming pool makes it ideal for families with children. Due to long grass and many granite outcrops, spotting game might be a challenge, but this means that the camp is almost always peaceful.
Pretoriuskop offers a wide range of self-catering options in bungalows and huts. The huts have communal kitchen and bathroom facilities (some have fridges) while the bungalows all have their own bathrooms, some with communal kitchens and some with kitchenettes on the porch (fridge, two-plate stove, fridge and ketel). The family cottages and guesthouses have more than one bathroom and a full kitchen.
The campgrounds at Pretoriuskop are mostly shaded and a large section of it runs along the fence. There is, however, one area that is devoid of electricity, so make sure you know what you’re in for when booking.
Seeing as the grass in this area is noticeably longer than some of the others and the vegetation is rather thick, searching for animals might be a bit of challenge. That being said, leopard and buffalo sightings are regular. This is one of the few areas in the park where you’ll find red duiker and diminutive oribi and the region also hosts waterbuck and kudu, so if you’ve already ticked the Big Five then this is a nice spot to search for the less fussed about animals. The trees inside the camp are home to a wide range of fascinating bird species.
The swimming pool at Pretoriuskop is definitely reason enough to spend a night here as it’s partly sculpted out of natural rock and incorporates a beautiful water feature.
You’ll find many interesting historic spots around the camp, like the Indaba Tree, for example. It’s in the shade of this massive Natal mahogany where Harry Wolhuter, the park’s original ranger, held staff meetings and discussions.
Just beyond the restaurant and public area you’ll find the Wolhuter Hut, one of the original huts that were built to accommodate guests in the park. It is now clear where the architectural style of the camps originated.