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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby Butterbee » Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:53 pm

Hi, Does anyone know if a late gate entry escort is required for Croc bridge? I'm not sure about this as the camp is just across the bridge, not like Skukuza where it's still a drive into camp from the gate.

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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby vanillamanilla » Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:24 pm

Thank you for the input. I have been going to Croc Bridge every year for last 15 years. I Love the Camp. I remember paraffin lamps outside each hut... even though there was electrical power..sadly the Paraffin lamps are long since gone.

Do you remember the old shop ..it became the Reception area in the old layout. Even with the new Gate the Camp still has a Wonderful Old World feel to it....best Camp in Kruger in my opinion.

If you have stayed there recently I am curious to know how the refurbished tents 7 and 8 are. they were being refurbished late 2013.

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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby Crested Val » Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:50 pm

vanillamanilla wrote:Butterbee. I am sure you will not need an Escort. In October 2013 I went on the Evening Drive and there were a few others on the Truck who came in from outside the Park and had to drive out after the Night Drive.


But won't they need to check in and get a key?
Will there be any staff left on duty? :hmz:
I would double check if it was me. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:59 pm

You definitely do need a late gate escort from Croc Bridge.
The outside gate is locked at gate closing and even tho its just across the river the same rules and fee will apply.
Booked drives/walks from outside are quite another thing as you pay extra for the activity and will be collected and dropped at the outside gate by the game vehicle and driver.
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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby squirrel_asc » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:02 am

Butterbee wrote:Hi, Does anyone know if a late gate entry escort is required for Croc bridge? I'm not sure about this as the camp is just across the bridge, not like Skukuza where it's still a drive into camp from the gate.

We entered late into crocodile bridge last year. You don't need an escort as such, but you still need to make an arrangement ahead of time, as someone needs to be available to open the gate for you and hand you the key as well as a form that you use to check in the next morning :)

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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:54 pm

Sorry if this sounds like a repeat question...

I slept in Safari Tents 1-6 4 years ago -- lots of shade, but noise and light pollution from sugar cane factories...
Slept in tent 7 or 8 same year in July, and found it HOT in the afternoon sun... and seriously crowded by caravans and campers who set up camp within a meter or 2 of the tent...

Will be back there in December for 4 days... would love to book 7 that looks further away from caravan section, but question: is there any SHADE tree next to Safari Tent 7? According to pictures there is a little tree over ST 8...but no pics of Safari Tent 7.

Please help -- I love the bush feel at the fence, but if we are cooked alive that won't help me very much!

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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:05 pm

I don't recall there ever being a sugar can factory across the river at all?
Know there is at Malelane camp.
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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:28 pm

Here is my take on the tent situation here, with help from SO ;)

1. Tents 8 & 7 do run the risk of campers camping right next to the tent. Tent 8 more so than 7.

2. Both tents are fairly removed from the traffic that runs next to the northern fence to and from the ranger station which is east of the camp. Because of this traffic, I think wildlife sightings can be limited. Of course Tent 7 faces along the boundary 45 degrees to the road.

3. Tent 7 looks as if it does have nice shade.

4. Tents 1 - 6 are situated in a lovely shady and green area of the camp but the noise of the pump/water works/sewerage at the river, and the weir, could disturb one a little. I can hear that noise here in the camping area now.

Summary - six of one, half a dozen of the other. It is personal preference.

Seven is the tent next to the patch of green grass/bungalow. I have tried to include the camping area in one pic. One pic is taken showing 8 in forefront, with the camp fence to the left of pic:
ImageP1080742 by dinkybird, on Flickr

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The 'other' tents:
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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:29 am

Hi Dinkybird,

Just to let you know no. 7, 6 & 5 were all pre-booked, so I avoided no 8 for the sun, and got no. 3, which looks lovey and shady from your pic -- the guy at reception also said it was a good shady spot.
Thank you SO MUCH for your help.
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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:02 pm

Fallen in love with Croc Bridge. My wife too. So many animals! Hundreds of baby impalas, lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, everywhere, everyday! Wow!
The nicest part is that between 4:30 and 5:30 you have the roads to yourself! Very few cars. Spent 30 minutes alone 3 km from camp with 21 wild dogs in the road! And later another 30 min with only 3 other cars... Saw them the next morning on S25 again, only about 5 other cars! Evening again further on road, only about 4 other cars...
Safari tents -- I did NOT get what I asked for 1 month ago! lol!
Ended up in Tent no 5 -- fantastic shade, but that weir was very full and it sounded like Victoria Falls at night!
Tents no. 1, 2 & 3 were further away, and still had shade...
Still think tents no. 7&8 are quietest, IF campers don't crowd you out...
Thanks Dinkybird for going to so much trouble.
I will definitely be back at Croc Bridge, God willing!
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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:31 am

Only a pleasure Friedrich. I also have a very special place in my heart for that camp, despite the view of the farms over the river. It is such a charming camp.
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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby GinaandChris » Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:19 pm

Traveling to KNP since 20 years now.
On the 4th of March 2015 we stayed the first time at Crocodile Bridge Camp,
and for sure, we will NEVER do this again!
We were in Bung. No 1 (BD3) and could hardly believe that this camp is inside this beautiful park.
A loud engine noise was comming from the river, killing every voice of nature that perhaps was there.
As we tried later to fall asleep, we had to close all windows to get a bit out of this horrible noise.
Our night was closer to one in a flying jet than one inside a nature reserve.

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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:00 pm

Warm welcome to the forum GinaandChris.

That's such a pity you had that experience at CB. :(

We stayed there a week later and had bungalow # 14 which was lovely with no noise other than the night sounds you speak of and an ellie at the fence standing watching us.
So perhaps in future make sure you request bungalows in the higher numbers. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby angiek » Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:14 am

We are thinking of camping at Croc Bridge next year but somebody says that there has been theft out of caravan here. Any new regarding this?

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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:30 am

Hi Angiek,
I have not heard of any theft going on in there myself. :?
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