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Unread postby naomi c » Tue Jul 25, 2006 1:51 pm

We love to camp at Berg en Dal - have stayed there many times. It will be interesting to know what changes will be made to the camping area. Please do not change it like Lower Sabie!!

We have always been lucky when staying there - particularly with wild dogs. On our last stay I was the only one getting up early the last morning and was rewarded with a beautiful leopard on a boulder - LOB?!

It is one of our favourite camps in Kruger.

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Unread postby Peter Betts » Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:19 pm

I also love BND and used to go there a lot when my two grown up sons were babies.
In those days 1985 there was a resident leopard who often came into camp as the camp was built right in it's territory and you had to be very careful doing the perimeter walk as on more than one occasion we found the tell tale sign of its tail hanging down from a tree and its coughing and sawing sounds at night around the campsite were well"thrilling!!"
After one enjoyable Honorary Rangers Conference at BND our family stayed on and were literally the only people in the campsite and we camped right at the bottom of the camping area.
My eldest son Robert who was 4 (now 23) and I slept in his tiny pup tent that night and both ends were open to let the breeze through as it was very hot.
Only the thin gauze mossie net was zipped up.
We dozed off and I soon woke up with the sound of large animal(s) moving through the grass a couple of metres away...thought they were rhino...got out of bed and in the light of the distant ablution block I could see the 4 kudu cows, got back into bed listening to the Kudu, soon fell asleep again only to be woken by the tent moving.
Looked down at my feet end of the tent and there silhouetted against the flyscreen by the distant light of the ablution block was "Mrs. Spots of BND" with her large head and LONG whiskers CLEARLY visible.
My heart jumped into my mouth. as she was 1 foot from my toes!!
The conversation went something like this.
I shouted bravely, "VOETSEK" Leopard growled and departed.
Rob woke up and said "Daddy what's that I want to wee!" I said bravely,"It's nothing son but we are not going to the Ablution Block!!!!"
Next morning we had a wet sleeping bag (Rob's) hanging to dry over the fence and I enjoyed showing my boys the clear sandy leopard spoor in the ladies loo of the ablution block!!!
There was a lot of dew the previous night and "Mrs Spots" picked up the wet sand grains outside the toilet before wandering in to probably admire herself in the mirror!!
She was subsequently removed twice to the Wolhuter Trail Wilderness area about 15kms from BND only to return to her beloved home...typical cat.
Then it finally happened, she bit one of two German tourists late one night as they slept outside their clapped out combi after sleeping outside throughout Africa and on their last leg of their epic trip behind a fence this happened.
It was then decided to remove her properly to Shingwedzi where she apparently survived for about a month and after many territorial fights she disappeared forever.
This story appeared in the 2nd issue of Getaway.
There was also a small gap in the fence near the dam wall at BND .
One day a family went out at dawn from their hut for a game drive.
They came back at 8h30 and parked there car behind their hut and walked around to the front on the perimeter fence side and walked straight into a Lioness sitting quietly on their stoep!!!
The camp was in chaos. the gates were closed and one of the Rangers were called either Johan Van Graan of Malelane or Mike English of Stoznek Section.
They tried chasing her out but she led them on a merry dance!! and sadly for safety they had to shoot her near the swimming pool. Exciting Camp Berg En Dal!!!!
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Berg & Dal Camping fence camping

Unread postby Robs » Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:35 pm

Hi

Re Camping sections :

Can anybody help with the following question :

Has section 3 only got camping sites along the fence or has section 2 also got sites along the fence, as this is not too clear on the Berg & Dal map.

Thanx

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Unread postby Jaco V » Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:07 pm

Hi Robs,

Section 2 also has sites next to the fence, but only a few. In my opinion, the sites in section 3 are beter. Just one tip, be in BnD early, else all the sites are taken when you get there.

Also, section 3 sometimes is a little crowded when the park is busy, as most people goes for the fence :D

When I visited BnD in February, they where busy leveling/upgrading the camping areas around section 1. I spoke to Stephen Nel, the hospitality manager of BnD, and he informed me that section 2 would also be given the same treatment. I do not know how far they are with the work.

Have a good time at BnD, and I am sure the resident hyena will come visit at night.
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Unread postby Stephen » Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:07 pm

:D Greetings from Berg en Dal

We had some lovely rain in the last two weeks. The bush is looking lovely, even the burnt are towards Malelane. The dam is still rather empty though, not enough rain for flow in the Matjulu.

Robs, there is only about two sites in #2 area that overlooks the fence.

I have seen these doggies just up the road the other day. Lovely to see them play 8) . Difficult to picture though as they are quick. This was part of a pack of 11 dogs.

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Till the next time.
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Unread postby Stephen » Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:05 pm

:D Hi Adriaan

The sites ate Berg en Dal are not demarcated at present so finding a sites big enough for your two caravans should not be a problem. The area in the nr 3 site next to the fence are the most popular ones, but it is also the ones that get crowded quicker. We are currently working in part of the camping area, but that should not impact too much on your stay. The nr 1 site has been finished up and you should find that quite comfortable.

Hope this helps.

Thanks Mads – out sightings are very good at the moment with lions bombarding the camp at night. Please book as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment. :shock:

Warm regards from the bush :D

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Unread postby Stephen » Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:31 am

:D Hi BB

The camp sites are situated as follows driving down from the chalets side into the camping area:

Left of the road Camp site #1 - this one we have levelled already and put drainage in - plenty of power points and except for one of two spots you should not need a cable longer than 25 – 30 meters. We are going to put one more electricity box in to take care of that difficult spot.

Right of the road Camp Site #2 - we are busy working on the levelling of that area at present. In the past you needed 40m of cable there, but with this upgrade we are putting on two new service areas with water and power boxes - bringing the distance down to around 25 meters.

Down the bottom is camp site #3 (mostly fence sites) - that area is well supplied with electrical points except for the most bottom corner where at least 35m cable will be needed.
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Unread postby G@mespotter » Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:04 am

Hi BunnyL,

Firstly, welcome to the forum! I read that you are a camper, as I am, but I would advice you not to camp in February if its not a money matter.. I dont know your understanding of hot (as the USA can get very hot at some places aswell), but I would not advice you to camp in Feb, as it can be up to 40 degrees celsius, its exhausting :shock: . I love camping, but I will not advice anyone to camp in summer, and secondly there can be real heavy thunderstorms, and a lot of insects.. :mrgreen:

If you decide to camp anyhow, try to get a nice shady campingspot next to the fence, there are some lovely sites in Berg-en-Dal :D . I even read somewhere you can book a specific camping site since the upgrade, but rather ask Stephen about it. If its not possible, try to get there in the early moring, then you will have plenty of choise, as in february the camping normally isnt that crowded. Certainly do a sunsetdrive, its faboulus !! 8)

Enjoy your stay!! The only thing I know of the parks in KwaZulu Natal is that the humidity is very highly, so it can be very uncomfortable to camp I guess..

Enjoy your stay in Kruger, the best park in the world!
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Unread postby glynsay » Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:22 pm

Hi BunnyL.

B&D is one of my best. Also what makes it great is the closeness to JHB for me. A quick drive down the N4 and I am there. Ive seen almost everything there and will continue to go. Anyway, I digress: -

I have some photos of our camping times at B&D. You can see the closeness of the camping sites to the perimeter. You can not get closer. Some of the links are: -

http://www.glynsay.co.za/Holidays/07-04 ... /index.htm
http://www.glynsay.co.za/Holidays/06-12 ... /index.htm
http://www.glynsay.co.za/Holidays/05-08 ... /index.htm

I wish I were you and going there! Enjoy.

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Unread postby shumba » Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:09 am

Congratulations to Steven for the "Camp of the Year" award, and Lorens for being nominated as Outstanding Achiever. You are both deserving of this award.

(Lorens - it was so nice to get to meet you before you left to write your exams. Say Hi to OB for us)

After just returning from a wonderful 21 nights at Berg 'n Dal I can understand why you received these awards...

The camp is the best we have stayed in. The renovations to the cottages are discreet, and we never heard any noise as a result. The renovations seem to have progressed down the northern perimeter fence, around cottages 31 onwards.

The central areas of camp site 1 and 2 are brilliant. All level stands with stone paved guttering for water run off, and river sand topping to stop the mud. The 3rd camp site still needs dire attention though. Not all stands are level, and the camp sites closest to the entrance to the 3rd camp site attracts all the water run off from the unfinished camp sites along the western side of the 2nd camp site and the run off can be quite damming! Luckily we only had one really serious storm to talk of last Saturday, which only lasted about 20 minutes. We did have a near flooding, but luckily the water drained off as quickly as it deepened on our ground sheet!

Shade is not a problem in any of the camp sites. I will however recommend that before setting up camp, check which direction the sun sets and make sure that you have sufficient protection from the setting sun - as the afternoon sun is hot, especially days where the temperature reaches 42c at midday (as we experienced in our first 2 weeks).

Monkeys are still a major problem in the camp site. They have learned how to open zips on tents and windows on caravans. We personally never had any bad experience with monkeys other than them creeping into our caravan through the off side window while we were sitting under our awning. Other campers were not so lucky though. One Conqueror trailer had it's roof top surround torn off, to get to food left in the trailer. Another caravan had it's back window opened and inside ransacked, while another camp site had left their food in full view inside their tent awning, which was only covered by netting and had left the monkeys a feast.

The trick is to keep all food out of eye site of the monkeys. They have recognized that Tupperware containers and ammo boxes contain food and will stop at nothing to get to it. The secret is to keep all your containers out of view site, or cover them with a towel or something appropriate when you leave - even if you are only going to the ablutions... If you do have any incidences - phone the duty ranger to come down and help. Steven has a pop gun that the monkeys are afraid of, and after having to resort to such a request, the monkeys stayed clear of our camp for a couple of days.

Another problem is that the over lander tour buses guests have been seen on numerous occasions feeding the monkeys in order to get good close up photos of them. These tour operators should be fined heavily, but I'll post my suggestion to this on another thread.

I do have photos of the 3rd camp site which I'll post as soon as I can for those interested.

Until later....

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Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:28 am

I sometimes have problems with vervets around my house, and have tried various ways to discourage them. One that seems to work well but cause no damage is water. I had the hosepipe in my hand one day and turned it on them and they scattered quickly and did not come back. Now I have bought a strong water pistol (one of those R49 jobs from Game, etc) which shoots up to 20m and it does chase them away. Useful tip which can be fun in the pool too????

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Unread postby GVI Golden Gate » Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:15 am

Hey All

I will be visiting B n' D for the first time in January and after reading about it am very excited indeed :dance:

I will be spending three nights camping and was wondering if any of the campsites have a view through the fence or if there is any advice about which campsite areas are the best, I read in the last thread that area 3 is not the greatest but any advice about camping at Berg-en-dal would be greatly appreciated. Sorry if this is already on the thread :redface:

one more quick one, is camping like skukuza where it is first come first serve with no designated sites?

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Unread postby naomi c » Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:36 am

If you want a view through the fence area 3 has it all. If I remember correctly there are also a couple of sites in area 2 with a "view".
There are no allocation of sites. I see that you will be there during school holidays which make finding a campsite next to the fence a bit more difficult.
The last time we camped in Berg en Dal we were in area 1 and we enjoyed it just as much.
Berg en Dal is great, especially for camping. Enjoy!

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Unread postby BunnyHugger » Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:56 pm

Stayed at BnD during July 2007 for one night at the camp sites. Not sure which area.

It is a charming Camp and I fell in love with it. Definitely on my "must go back to" list and spend more time there.

Only complaint I have is that the shower rose in the cubicle I used was too low so I had to shower on my knees.

The Rhino Trail is enjoyable and the view from the resturaunt deck is ama-zing. Lots of animals came down to drink and we did not really have to move around to see the animals.

Did walk most of the trail and enjoyed the view, but saw more game from the deck.

I particularly like the way the camp is built around existing trees and it looks as though the camp designers specifically decided to build the camp with minimal impact on the area.

It really is a beautiful place and anyone who experiences t will definitely go back repeatedly.

The surrounding hills are a stunning setting for this jewel of a camp.
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Re: Malelane / Berg & Dal - camping

Unread postby BushChicken » Fri May 28, 2010 6:35 pm

We have been caravaning in Kruger for many years, sometimes as long as three weeks at a time. We always only use our rally awning. The only things we leave outside are our table, chairs and dishwashing stand. All food, coffee etc is always kept inside the caravan.
When you go out of camp, always ensure that your pop top is pulled down if you have a pop top. Also make sure that when you are in camp, that all food inside the caravan is packed away. The vervet monkeys are so quick that if you turn your back they are in. We have had bananas stolen off the counter top, right in front of our noses. Also when you arrive and are setting up camp, keep your car windows closed. They seem to wait for the new arrivals who are busy.
We carry one of those bazooka water pistols to frighten them off. It works well. Don't let our furry friends put you off, just be prepared and aware. Enjoy and have fun.


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