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Re: Are Monkeys a Problem at Berg en Dal

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:09 am

Faz87, most of the forum members are not going to say 'take a tv' ... the feeling is to go to the bush to enjoy the bush sounds and peace and quiet. But folk do take tvs into the park, and when camping. The big thing is that no one else should hear it. Some folk are either deaf or do not think for a minute that what they are viewing on their tv is not something their neighbour wants to listen to. That is when people start to get hot under the collar. I personally think folk should take head phones along too if they wish to watch tv, or listen to the radio. A radio can be just as intrusive.

From what I recall most camps do have tvs up in the communal areas somewhere. Of course, which channels are on will always be a factor. I have seen soccer and rugby matches shown on these tvs.
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Re: Are Monkeys a Problem at Berg en Dal

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:37 am

Faz87 regarding the monkey business – as said above just take care and do not tempt them for example with food as they cannot resist temptation at all even if you do this :naughty:. We stayed in the Le Roux cottage last year during May and the monkeys were very very busy around and especially on the roof of the cottage and plenty of the thatching grass from the roof were flying through the air during daylight hours. I assume preventative measures were put into place since then to limit any damage to property. When we visited the shop some of them were even busy stealing :shock: but the shop attendant very quickly called them to order but they just went outside and continue behaving badly as one of them with speed of lightening grabbed an ice-cream from someone’s hand. But then I personally feel that Kruger is their home which they share in harmony with the other animals. I also have the opinion that we are their visiting guests even though they have atrocious manners with little or no sense of respect or responsibility towards human things and ways and we should therefore always try to prevent harm coming unto them as they just do not know better when they are around humans. Enjoy your stay :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Are Monkeys a Problem at Berg en Dal

Unread postby Radman » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:29 pm

Faz87 wrote:Thanks a million for all the help & advice.. :) we leaving on Saturday for a week at Kruger... packing is underway and the excitement is mounting :D


Sure you are hope to see some feedback here of your trip :cam: :hmz:


As for your Q's When I visited BnD during June 2011 the Vivid monkeys was still a problem as some of the member said make sure your food is locked away and doors are closed .

Tip :whistle: get yourself a Rubber snake :shock: place it somewhere on the patio believe me they wont come close :lol: and make sure to move it so every often they are clever buggers :mrgreen:

As for the next question yes there is a viewing room at the restaurant sure they can catch up the highlights at night

As for me and the SO the car radio doesn't : even get switched on when we go into the park :rtm:

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Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp

Unread postby BushKrazy » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:52 am

Hi all

I am looking at flights into Nelspruit and only might be able to land at 5.50, this meaning I will miss gate closing time. Duques informed me that I could arrive late for Berg en Dal if entering through Malelane Gate. Whilst not ideal, its my only option. Anyone know of the costs involved?
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Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp

Unread postby ecojunkie » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:58 am

As long as you let the camp/gate know of your late arrival, and can get to the gate before 9pm you should be OK. I think the cost is R200 for an escort at the moment, but confirm that when you arrange the escort.
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Suggested roads to view game in Bergendal

Unread postby Shiraaz » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:36 am

Hi,

This is my 1st post on the Forum,

Do you perhaps have any good game viewing roads in and around Bergendal.
I'll be visting soon

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Re: Suggested roads to view game in Bergendal

Unread postby Rooies » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:46 am

Not many choices. Take the S110 and visit Matjulu waterhole, come back and take the S120 Steilberg road. Lots of beautiful views from the S120. If you have time, proceed on the H3, turn right on the S118, S119 and come back via the S114. But, like all roads, take it slowly, or as they say in Swahili, 'pole pole'
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Re: Suggested roads to view game in Bergendal

Unread postby ruud » Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:36 am

Hi and welcome on the forum Chiraaz,

we are just back from a 2 weeks stay in Kruger. And the main road to Berg en dal can be very productive.
We saw ellies buffs but also a large pack of wild dogs. We can recommend the S114 and S25 (unfortunatelly the bridge near Biyamiti is still closed..... :evil: ) but good chance for lions. We saw 4 beautifull big male lions in the early morning. The s118 and S119 with Gardeniahide, are very nice to do. Leopard area but also rhino's.
Steilberg is a beatifull road to do but we were not very lucky with sightings, just zebra's.
Have a nice trip!!
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Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp

Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:49 pm

Well done Stephen Nel and team! Camp of the Year award (again)!!!! :congrats:
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Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:55 pm

Congratulations :clap:
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Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp

Unread postby gmlsmit » Sat May 26, 2012 12:05 pm

We recently spent 17 days in the KNP, starting in bungalow 61 in Olifants, all good, 7 days in Balule camping site no 8 excellent thanks to Titus who smiles and makes one feel welcome, 5 days in Satara camping was good but the facilities so-so the male ablution block no 2 shocking - this was attended to and rectified after two days , the kitchen next to the ablution block filthy bird droppings all over, cleaned up after three days, enough has been said elsewhere about the so called restaurant, then to Berg & Dal and what a well kept camp this is.

Reception staff are friendly, the shop is what one would expect it to be, neat well stocked and smiling faces.

Unit 26 was spotless, I can well understand why B&D is again the rest camp of the year.

Have a look on the camp website and you will see friendly, happy smiling faces thanks to all of you, keep it that way.

The sightings around B&D were very good, I posted my Genet photos taken in the camp about two years ago, we sighted Wild dog, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant Buffalo,and Lion on our recent trip. We sighted Cheetah close to the Malelane camp a few years ago, some beautiful Kudu, Steenbok, Ground Hornbills and plenty more.

My advice to anyone especially first timers - visit Berg & Dal for at least two days, you will fall in love with this place and return again and again.

Lanette and I will most definitely visit this camp again, just a pity it is so far from the northern region of the KNP.
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Re: Berg-en-dal Surroundings recommendation

Unread postby isinkwe » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:33 pm

Suggestion
Be the first at the gate opening time(or try,it is the best time of day)
straight out B n D gate on S110(tar road)
T junction , Left onto H3(tar)
1st right S114(sand Road)
3rd left S119(sand road)
Gardenia Hide ( excellent place to stop and have break) (take own flask and maybe a buiscuit)
1st right onto S114(sand road)
1st left onto H2-2(sand road)
Right onto H3(tar road)
Arrive at Afsaal(unsaddle) - Can you find the Scops Owl? (take your own food or buy there)
After a break turn right H3 (tar)
2nd right onto S112(dirt)- you will find the Stephens Hamilton Memorial- magic place - enjoy the quiet
T junction
turn right(S114) dirt road
5th right onto S121(dirt road)
T junction- turn left onto H3 (tar)
1st Right (S120)- (sand road)Steilberg- Afrikaans for Steep Mountain
T junction
turn right(S110)
T junction -
If you turn right here-less than a kilometer you will find a Cul de sac with a water point( Matjulu)
After that follow S110 back to tar road, turn left , B n D is now 50 meters in front of you.
Now enjoy an ice cream back @ camp

Please take a map with you, I am running on memory (my map in storage with my caravan)and have tried my best to recall my trips to B n D, I am sure there are many fellow mites that will help me correct my mistakes (and please do), I hope you enjoy your KRUGERPARKING.
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Re: Berg-en-dal Surroundings recommendation

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:27 am

Don't drive the Steilberg route if you do not have a 4x4 :shock: My Casper the friendly Corsa took some punishment :(
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Re: Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp feedback

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:21 am

Did you have a look at the sightings Here
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Re: Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp feedback

Unread postby ladylucy » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:31 pm

Hi bushhugger, my SO and self stayed at BED in November and were very pleased with the accommodation and sightings in the area. The cottage I beleive it was no 27 was extremely comfortable and close to the perimeter fence and the rhimo trail. it was very clean with a lovely covered outside area. the staff were very friendly and efficient. :clap: :clap: We didnt use the restaurant so cant comment on that. We are hoping to pay a return visit sometime in 2013. Have a good time.


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