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 Post subject: Re: Malelane / Berg & Dal - camping
Unread postPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 6:35 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Malelane / Berg & Dal - camping
Unread postPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 9:53 pm 
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BushChicken has said it all! Most important to keep food stored away where monkeys and baboons cannot reach it, and to put all food scraps in the animal proof bins too to discourage them from scavenging. No bread or crumbs for birds either as it will attract the animals!

I do not drop the pop-up roof when away from camp, but baboons have not been a problem at Malelane - the monkeys are aggressive enough to chase them away!!!

Also do use my full tent, but that is because I live there now. Sometimes monkeys get in under the edges and make a mess, but there is no food so they do not do it often. I also always close the caravan door if I leave it to go to the ablutions or kitchen or walk about at all.

You will enjoy it and have no trouble if you take simple sensible precautions.

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 Post subject: Re: Berg-en-Dal Guesthouse
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:35 pm 
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Hi MaryMattMillie,

We stayed there for the opening of the soccer world cup as a family treat. I wish that we could have stayed more than 1 night.

Some of the furniture has been updated - I think that some of the pics on the web site are old.

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 Post subject: Re: J. Le Roux Guest House - Berg en Dal
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:06 pm 
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Zorilla, we have a topic on guesthouses in Kruger, containing a lot of info and photos.
This topic will be merged with it.

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 Post subject: Berg En Dal camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:29 pm 
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Just wondering if anyone knows if there is car parking available at Berg En Dal if you are not staying as a resident? We are doing a walking safari, meeting at Berg En Dal, next month, and we need somewhere to leave the car for three nights.

Thanks for your help :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Car parking at Berg En Dal camp
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There may even be a special area for the Trails guests to leave their cars. I will try to check for you, or someone who has been on one may know.

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 Post subject: Re: Car parking at Berg En Dal camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:16 am 
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There is safe parking especially for the wilderness trails folk next to the little office ( I am not sure what they use it for now) and the main road side of the laundry .. there is a lot of parking plenty space for caravans .
Do enjoy and dont forget your yellow ribbon too.

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 Post subject: Re: Car parking at Berg En Dal camp
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:48 am 
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AH THE yellow ribbon. !! you tie a yellow ribbon on your right wing mirror and fellow forumites will spot it and say hello. they too will have a yellow ribbon.. I have made some great friends that way .. Can also tie one on your Binos or hat or on your tent guyrope .. or on anything for that matter.. Val Stephens tied a bright yellow shorts on her car .. I know Elsa has a massive Yellow ribbon so as not to be missed
I am very jealous of your trail which one are you going on. ?? :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:26 am 
Am playing around with Google earth, and there are some 2010 slides for the South! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:22 pm 
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Greetings to all. Have just spent 6 great nights at the camp at wanted to point out one of the benefits that I have not experienced at any other camp. From our unit (27) we were able to see Rhino at the fence on 3 nights - by at the fence I mean literally touching the fence, Elephants twice and while watching Rhino and the lone Hippo feeding at night, we had a Lion walk across the Rhino's and dissapear beyond torch light into the bush. On that day our neghbour had seen Leopard. Were else could you possibly get 4 of the Big 5 at the fence of a "mainstream" camp.

Camp Staff particularly Frank at reception who always helps me with unit allocations were friendly and effecient, except for some of the staff at the shop who appeared to be doing one a favour by serving one.

Looking forward to going back in June....

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 Post subject: Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp
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:thumbs_up:

We also had the pleasure of watching 2 ele bulls grazing around unit 27 while having our lunch, and having a mud bath. On another occasion saw a leopard from the benches near the restaurant after some impala gave the alarm call. Then of course the usual bushbuck... terrapin,.. fish eagle call.... once saw about 10 marabou storks trying to fish the last few barbels from a small puddle. Could go on and on...


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 Post subject: Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:01 pm 
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Berg and Dal is indeed teeming with life on the other side of the fence.

In February from bungalow 25 we also saw the rhinos, hippos and leapard twice over one weekend.


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 Post subject: Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp
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Hi there Leopard 75..

You are going to enjoy BnD, I am sure.

As a camper, for many years I really resisted staying there much, as I had this "personal block" :wall: about the camp and the area.

However a few years ago, just like you, I was forced by availibility to take a week there. Wow, was my perception changed, and I have kept going back every few months, and now it is always on my agenda.

It is still one of the best managed camps, and has everything for your family to enjoy and relax in the camp.
Go for a self guided walk through the camp.. and find some quiet spot near the fence in a shady area.. to beat the midday heat... and just sit and chill. 8)
and you cant do better than a midnight swim in the pool... its awesome! :dance:

Busy Holiday season can be tough while camping and game viewing on the road network nearer the camp is often hampered by heavy vehicle traffic moving to and from the camp.

Oh, and lots of rain is predicted for December, so take your spades and raincoats! :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:46 pm 
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the dam is in front of the restaurant and reception and for me is full of water :D
lucky man... going to Berg-en-Dale :dance:
and have a look here... :whistle: and some pages ago

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 Post subject: Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:03 pm 
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thebush In January there will definitely be plenty of water in the dam.
I would say units 24, 25 or 27 would give great views but I think you would need to request them early, like right now.
Even then they might be already allocated.
Good Luck & enjoy!

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