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I have seen the biggest baboon troop in my life just ouside Pkop. Truely amazing how many there were.

What I love about PKop is that ghostly looking trees on the H1-1 close to entering the camp. What a feeling that gives you on a sunset drive's return.

Anyone remember what trees it is? :redface:

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Some of the stuff to be seen at Pkop.

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Hi everybody,
I just registered myself after browsing through this forum for several hours. Can't help noticing there is little comments on the Pretoriuskop campsite. I'd really like to see some pro's and con's for this one. I've read that the Napi Trail between Skukuza and Pretoriuskop offers great diversity of wildlife viewing so I figured Pretoriuskop must be a good base to stay (Skukuza bit too crowded & commercial as I understand).
But since I saw so little comments I am starting to think there's something wrong there.

I am planning on setting up my tent in Kruger October 2006.

Any tips on this are most welcome.


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Hi Mollie,

Welcome to the forums ... Pretorius Kop is a very nice camp to stay at. I think the main problem is that the grass is very high in that area making spotting a bit difficult. However, having said that ... it's also the place with probably the best surprises and special sightings ... which incl. Sable, Roan, Wild Dog, Cheetah etc.

Don't listen to rumour ... Skukuza is not that bad as people would make it out to be ... infact, due to all these rumours it has become quite a gem for those "die hards" who stay there as you will find the camp relatively quite and peaceful. If you are thinking commercialised where they have a Fnb, Post Office and Avis, you can rest yourself assured that it's with the main gate and does not look anything like what you would expect in Towns. It's blends in very nicely and very inconspicious.

Back to P/Kop .. they have some nice Huts to stay in and as for the Napi Trail ... I've heard nothing but compliments and raves about this trail ... with no one being dissapointed.

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Hi Mollie, I have mentioned many times here before that Pkop is probably one of my most favourite camps. Why do I love it? It is still that primitive camp which it was all these years. It has the best pool IMHO and is extremely big and quiet.

Birding especially at this camp is awesome. Brown-headed parrots and purple-crested turacos are aplenty. the camping area is divided into 2 areas really. One being smaller and closer to the fence. In summer I have heard in one night after a thunder storm which no other area in Kruger can compare to as pkop has the highest rainfall in the whole Park, 4 diff types of owl as well as 2 diff types of nightjars. That was one of the best experiences of night sounds I have had in Kruger.

Pkop is simply awesome!! Like W@H said, your more seldom seen animals are often found here. Sable, black rhino etc. There is also a resident leopard nearby and is very often seen.

The Shabeni loop is IMHO one of the pretiest in the Park. The crisscrossing gravel roads south of Pkop is very quiet traffic wise and produces awesome sightings of Rhino.

The Napi boulder is very good for Sable.

As for the Napi trail. You will not be dissapointed. It was just a pity that the old trails camp burnt down earlier. It had a special ambience no other trials camp had. But it is still pretty awesome. Wild dogs, cheetah, black rhino and brown hyaena have been seen on this trail in the past.

My main reason for going to Pkop would be to spot the Pennant-winged nightjar. This area together with the Punda/Pafuri areas are the only real places to spot them.

You have to do a nightdrive. The owls around there are simply awesome. Pkop being the oldest camp give you that ghostly ambience. Especially in between the stands of silver cluster leaves and the last strecth before you hit the gate. I would not trade a visit to Pkop for any other camp.

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Agree with WTM , it is totaly underrated and "forgotten" . Also perfect for a Gautengers weekend being only 440 km's - 4 hours drive away .

And don't forget to listen for Gorgeous Bush Shrike and try to locate and spot him . Purple crested louries and myriad sunbirds brighten up your days too .

In the decades up to the sixties it was the only camp open in summer hence the awesome swimming pool and plentyfull accomodation .

Oh yes , and it is probably the camp with the best ID marking of trees , both variety and frequency .


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And the two dams on the Napi, Shitlhave and Vervoers are great for birding and animals coming down to drink

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Pretoriuskop is one of my favourites. The camping area (I gather that is what you actually need information on) is very nice. Nice big shady trees and quite level stands. Neat ablutions (like most camps in Kruger). I think Wildtuinman gave a very good description of the camp and game watching opportunities of the area.

In my opinion Pretoriuskop offers better campsites than Skukuza, where shady spots (especially needed in October) are not readily available.

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There is an annual floating trophy - Yvonne Knobel Cup - for the best run camp in the park .

PRETORIUSKOP has won it more often than any other .

Another little secret are the "School Huts" . Rondawels without fridges or bathrooms but dirt cheap (hardly more than a campsite) . I often book it for the Friday night of a weekend when rushing off lunchtime from the office for a short break.
The travel time is at least an hour less that to Skukuza , say .

Anyway you arrive late in the afternoon , have a swim , a drive around the kopies and short loops and then a pleasant evening . You hardly need to unpack much out of the car .
Braai or eat in the restaurant ( arguably one of the best) , and the next morning you can leave as gates open for whichever more glamourous camp you have booked for . The Numbi road to Skukuza will produce the goods , guaranteed . Definatly a worthwhile stopover .


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mikev wrote:
There is an annual floating trophy - Yvonne Knobel Cup - for the best run camp in the park .

PRETORIUSKOP has won it more often than any other


In the Achievement Awards Southern Region 2005, Pretoriuskop won Rest Camp of The Year 8)

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The very first caravan trip that my family had was to Pretoriuskop in 1978. For some or other reason we forgot about this camp but rediscovered it about three years ago. I can only agree with all the positive comments about this beautiful, not so big, restcamp.
SANParks managed to modernise the it without loosing its old camp charm.
For our family a visit to Pretoriuskop is mandatory now everytime we visit the KNP

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The grasses are at there shortest in august all through the park, as it is right at the end of the dry winter season .
August is normally very good viewing all round .


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Lots of great birds in camp and found a mongooseden near the
fence at the perimeter bungalows.Was great to see these active animals run around and in and out of the den.
Between the perimeterbung closest to the fence and the swimmingpool

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Yeah, also saw the dwarf mongooses (? or is it mongeese?) in PKop. One was chasing a minute, blueish greenish snake. Pool is lovely too and the facilities for the disabled are impressive! :wink:

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The pin board is at the little info building right next to the shop parking area. Van Rooi is also situated in the office next to that.

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