Kruger National Park

fish eagleThe Kruger National Park covers 19,685km and is the tenth largest game reserve in the world. It has 3000km of road, 23 rest camps and a host of excellent picnic sites, walking trails, 4x4 routes, hides and massive dams. The big game viewing in Kruger rival that of any reserve in Africa with large elephant, buffalo and lion populations being relatively easily seen. Every year over a million visitors tally up in the region of 520 bird species.

Birding is best in the summer months (November to March) with the arrival of summer migrants but a remarkable amount of birds can be seen in the winter months (May to July). A birding trip to Kurger National Prk should be on the agenda of any birder in South Africa.

The southern camps can be accessed through the gates at Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Numbi, Phabeni and Paul Kruger.

Berg-en-Dal


southern white faced scops owlBerg-en-Dal is situated on the Matjulu watercourse with a view of undulating hills and sightings of Brown Snake-eagle and African Hawk-eagle. Special care has been taken to preserve the natural vegetation in the camp, with the wheelchair-friendly Rhino Walking Trail following the perimeter of the camp.

Look out for White-browed Robin-chat, Amethyst Sunbird, Grey Tit-flycatcher and African Green-pigeon. Other specials in the area include Shelley's Francolin, Stierlings Wren-warbler, Croaking Cisticola and African Cuckoo Hawk.

The small dam in front of the restaurant and shop is a good place to see African Fish-eagle, Pied Kingfisher and African Darter. In summer African Pygmy and Woodland Kingfishers join the resident Striped and Brown-hooded Kingfishers.

Malelane Satellite Camp can be found on the southern border of the Kruger National Park. It has the added benefit of being a very small camp, with fewer guests than found in the main camps, making a more intimate bush experience.

Directions

The southern camps can be accessed through the gates at Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Numbi, Phabeni and Paul Kruger.

Additional Information

  • Open for day visitors and accommodation facilities are available.
  • For more information contact Central Reservations.

Contact

SANPARKS Central Reservations
Tel: +27 (0)12 428 9111
E-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Website: www.sanparks.org

Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp


Look out for African Black Duck from the bridge over the Crocodile River and Black-throated Wattle-eye in the evergreen riverine trees. In the open savannah, look out for Burnt-necked Eremomela and Burchell's Starling, with Great Spotted Cuckoo and Dusky Lark often present during the summer. Other specials include Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird and Black-bellied Starling.

Directions

The southern camps can be accessed through the gates at Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Numbi, Phabeni and Paul Kruger.

Additional Information

  • Open for day visitors and accommodation facilities are available.
  • For more information contact Central Reservations.

Contactground hornbill

SANPARKS Central Reservations
Tel: +27 (0)12 428 9111
E-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Website: www.sanparks.org

Lower Sabie Rest Camp


Lower Sabie graces the banks of the Sabie River, one of the few perennial rivers to flow through the Kruger National Park. The viewing deck overlooking the river is a good lookout point for Goliath Heron, Green-0backed Heron, Great Reed Warbler and the rare Little Bittern. In this rest camp, the trees provides habitat for Village Weaver, Lesser Masked-weaver and Diderick Cuckoo.

Sunset Dam is half a kilometer from Lower Sabie on the main road to Skukuza. Marabou Stork, Black Stork, Woolly-necked Stork, Yellow-billed Stork and African Openbill favor the dam area. Small warblers such as Long-billed Crombec, Yellow-breasted Eremomela and Green-backed Camaroptera favor tangled thickets on the camp fringes.

DirectionsNthandanyathi Hide

The southern camps can be accessed through the gates at Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Numbi, Phabeni and Paul Kruger.

Additional Information

  • Nthandanyathi Hide is located between Lower Sabie & Crocodile Bridge
  • Open for day visitors and accommodation facilities are available.
  • For more information contact Central Reservations.

Contact

SANPARKS Central Reservations
Tel: +27 (0)12 428 9111
E-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Website: www.sanparks.org

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp


Some 3,500 million years ago, molten rock forced its way through the earth's crust and solidified to form the spectacular granite outcrops where Pretoriuskop Rest Camp is now nestled in the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park. The impressive granite dome known as "Shabeni Hill" is not far from the camp where one may spot a Lizard Buzzard. The dense thickets at the base of the dome are good for Southern Boubou, Brown-crowned Tchagra and Mocking Cliff-chat, as well as the more easily heard than seen Gorgeous Bush-shrike and Grey-headed Bush-shrike. The grasslands areas attract species such as Flappet Lark, Neddicky, Red-billed Firefinch and Streaky-headed Seedeater.

Camp specials around the pool area include Brown-headed Parrot, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Black-backed Piffback, Red-headed Weaver, Blue Waxbill and Arrow-marked Babbler. Woodland Kingfisher and Violet-backed Starling are conspicuous summer visitors that breed in and around the camp.

Directions

The southern camps can be accessed through the gates at Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Numbi, Phabeni and Paul Kruger.

Additional Information

  • Open for day visitors and accommodation facilities are available.
  • For more information contact Central Reservations.

Contact

SANPARKS Central Reservations
Tel: +27 (0)12 428 9111
E-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Website: www.sanparks.org

Skukuza Rest Camp


Skukuza is the Kruger National Park's largest rest camp and administrative headquarters. It is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River. The Sycamore Figs along the river provide excellent birding, attracting African Green-pigeon, Purple-crested Turaco and Brown-headed Parrot when in fruit.

The reed banks visible from the walkway are good for sightings of Half-collared Kingfisher, Red-faced Cisticola and both Red-backed and Bronze Mannikin. Seven species of flycatcher occur in the camp: Grey Tit-flycatcher, African Paradise-flycatcher, Southern Black Flycatcher, African Dusky Flycatcher (winter vagrant), Spotted Flycatcher (summer migrant), Ashy Flycatcher and Pale Flycatcher.

In winter, flowering aloes attract Scarlet-chested, White-bellied and Marico Sunbirds, as well as Black-headed Oriole and various weavers. A few kilometers to the west, on the Paul Kruger Gate road, is the turn off to the Lake Panic Bird Hide. This can be a very rewarding site, with Malachite Kingfisher, Wire-tailed Swallow, Black Crake and Thick-billed Weaver among the many species providing photographic opportunities. Tall riverine woodland along the Sabie and Sand rivers is one of the best places in South Africa to search for the rare Thick-billed Cuckoo during the summer.

DirectionsRatel Pan Hide

The southern camps can be accessed through the gates at Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Numbi, Phabeni and Paul Kruger.

Additional Information

  • Ratel Pan Hide is situated near Timbavati Picnic Site
  • Open for day visitors and accommodation facilities are available.
  • For more information contact Central Reservations.

Contact

SANPARKS Central Reservations
Tel: +27 (0)12 428 9111
E-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Website: www.sanparks.org

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