If you want to get the best out of your experience in and around the Kruger Park in South Africa then you could choose to really put a dent in your bank account by staying at some of the most luxurious game lodges in the world – or you could look for more affordable options.
Affordable doesn’t mean cheap. Most of the affordable camps still have incredible reputations when it comes to levels of comfort and internationally recognised ‘best in class’ game viewing opportunities. If you’re looking for a self-catering option the bush camps inside the Kruger are absolutely perfect.
Here are five of the best.
#1 Berg En Dal.
Set in the natural bush this camp is simply delightful. There are game drives available and there’s also the walking option which takes visitors and an experienced guide into the bush to see elephants, white rhino, reedbuck, kudu and warthog (among many, many other species). Using the camp as a base visitors can also drive along the many roads in the park to see lion, giraffe, leopard and other species in the region. guests can make use of barbeque (or ‘braai’ as it’s known in South Africa) facilities or visit the on-site restaurant and cafe. Kids will love the pool.
#2 Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp.
This camp is only a stone’s throw from the Mozambique border, slap bang in the middle of the big game country. Visitors can choose from a bungalow for the self-catering experience or for those who really want that ‘Out of Africa’ feel then there are safari style tents available. There are also camping sites for those who want to rough it. The camp has received numerous awards as the best run of the Kruger Park camps. For those who want to see a lion’s this is one of the best places to experience the big cats in their natural environment. A coffee shop and picnic area make the camp very family friendly.
#3 Letaba Camp.
Within a stone’s throw of three dams, this camp is ideal for those who want the authentic African experience with animals close at hand. Those looking to observe elephants at close range couldn’t choose a better camp as a base. The camp is also a paradise for birdwatchers. Bungalows and furnished safari-style tents are among the options as far as accommodation is concerned. The three hour night game drive is a real treat. The dry riverbed of the Letaba River also provides excellent game viewing opportunities.
#4 Olifants Camp.
Found on the top of a hill overlooking the scenic surrounds of the Olifants River this is as one would imagine one of the best places to view this giant of the veldt. 2, 3 and 4 bedroom guest houses boasting luxurious decor and comfort are available. The camp sits astride two very different types of zones in the Kruger. This means that guests are able to view an enormous amount of game. Crocodile, hippo, giraffe, kudu, elephant, zebra, impala, as well as a huge abundance of bird life, make this one of the most popular camps in the Kruger.
#5 Punda Maria Camp.
In the far north of the Kruger, this camp is set among lush sub-tropical surroundings making it the best camp in the Kruger for bird watching. Making it even more attractive is that accommodation is in seven luxury safari tents. There are also 22 bungalows at the camp, as well as camping sites. Guests can enjoy game viewing for sable and buffalo – but the big draw if the rich history of the area.
Kruger Park has a huge number of camps with something for everyone. If you want a big game experience then a few nights in the Kruger will be nothing less than a dream come true.