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Great bunch the impalas. But they wont let you near to them
Took this one while they were having a meal in front of us
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And love how the vervets try to chase them away 8)

Didnt found any mongoose this year in camp :cry:

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hi all, am staying in the huts at Pkop in dec...EH5.. does anyone have an idea of which ones would be best? and is this camp overtly busy? havent been to kruger in 4 years now and cant wait! (also cant remember where we stayed as was days before i did my own bookings :)

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Was in the huts about a year ago they are built in a circle so personally they are all good, It is not a very busy camp but you are going in Desember so it will be busy.


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Returned yesterday from a 2 night stay in Pretoriuskop.
Two nights were not enough for this beautiful camp and its roads.
The burnt areas are shooting nicely and the animals are moving in, particularly on the H1-1 around Shitlave Dam and Napi Boulder.
Visibility is now very good, so all those avoiding this camp because of reports of long grass, visit now before it gets too long!

Here are some pics of the camp

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A couple of words on P'kop after my last visit.
The camp has its own atmosphere, which is special.

I would not stay there for an extended period. I find the huts too close together and I miss my privacy. That is ok for a short period. My need for privacy is my personal preference though and is not a reflection on the camp.

For me the scenery and drives close to the camps get top marks. I would suspend my expectations of fantastic animal sightings in summer, but no one can take away the beauty of the Circle drive, the Fayi loop and Shabeni.

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Hi Senyetse,

Not many people know this, the campsite in Pretorius is actually divided in 2 parts, take the one furthest from the gate..., we camped there, and its lovely (and abolution close by)

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I am sitting at Pretoriuskop at the very bottom campsite under the sycamore fig tree right next to the fence - wonderful!
The trip here from Malalane gate yielded several elephants, and the usual impala and a giraffe or two - and then a leopard crossed the road in front of me just before the Skukuza road junction.
It was 1.15pm too!
It stayed around the side of the road weaving between the bushes and I tried to reverse to keep it in good view but the caravan decided to do its own thing and defeated me!!!!
Still it was a great sighting, and one other car arrived before it disappeared into the deep shade behind a tree. Then just 15km later I saw a sable about 50m into the bush.
After setting up camp I went out again and saw 2 lots of rhino - one with a young calf.
The ballet classes for impala lambs are going well and they are bouncing gracefully everywhere.
Biggest disappointment is not being able to do a walk tomorrow - no one else interested!


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Also seen two cheetah in the area, close to Skukuza. IMHO, the pool in the camp is the best pool in the park.

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We were there in April for 3 nights and we loved it.
i think it's a very underestimated camp.

The pool is out of this world my girls were in their element.

The monkeys are a problem I must admit and if I had any thing negative to say it would be that our hut we were in could do with renovating.

It has a lovely rustic feel there has agreat shop and restaurant.

Granted the grass is high and sighting is restricted but we had some fantastic encounters with rhino in this area especially early in the morning, the one day we saw 14 white rhino!
We would definately include this camp again it's a treasure

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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stayed there for a night this weekend at the joubert guest house. the newly renovated bungalows are stunning! the grass is abit long and thick but shitlhave and transport dam are amazing! also did the fayi loop for the 1st time and its really a stunning drive!

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
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Hi there

Yes, indeed you know all the answers! Indeed it depends on the preceding rain in October and November. Generally speaking the Pretoriuskop area is the wettest of all Kruger (highest rainfall). Grass around the area can get extremely high, up to 1.5 m or maybe even higher!

If your friends are first timers, looking for BIG 5 and other big game, why not look at another area, altough I have to admit I have seen big game around Pretoriuskop from time to time. And it's exellent for wilddogs.

Was there last week, again the grass was extremely high, seriously limiting visibility and photographic oppurtunities. July is the better season there! If they decide going there, try to get a vehicle with 'high ground clearance' to improve their visibility.

Enjoy :thumbs_up:

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I was in pretorius Kop last January.

I do think that it is one of the most scenic areas of the Park.
The gras was indeed high, but there are drives that offer fairly clear views. The Voortrekker road, for instance, as very little high grass blocking the view.

This was one of our sightings on the Voortrekker road.

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another moment on a rainy day
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We experienced so many raptors. Indeed it was good 8)

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In September visibility should be a whole lot better. There might have been good burns that now have green shoots, making good grazing.

I have never seen Transport & Shitlave dams empty.

I saw a cheetah on Voortrekker road and the doggies near Afsaal.

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Hi Winnie

I just spent 5 days at Pretorius Kop. The grass was VERY long, but lots of patches around the camp have been burnt already (this does not help very much, since some long grass still remains).
In spite of this there was a fair amount of game already, but not enough.
The area was very wet, with fountains seeping out of the road on the Fayi loop in July! The 20+ mm of rain 2 Sundays ago did not help matters either...
I think it should be excellent by September.
In spite of these negatives, there were DAILY sightings of cheetah very near to the camp on the Eastern side, as well as on the dirt road closer to the Phabeni gate intersection.
Leopard were seen regularly. Lions were seen 2-3 x per day. We had a fantastic sighting of 4 lionesses within 4 km of camp on the Fayi loop with 3 teeny cubs, little balls of fluff. Another lioness was obviously lactating, so her cubs should be up and about in September too.
The area north of Satara was terribly dry and with hardly a blade of grass for about 40 km up towards the Olifants river...
Saw most game north of Lower Sabie -- herds of up to 300 zebra at a time near Mlondozi dam, and closer to Tshokwane/Orpen dam. Only saw 1 herd of elephant in the Biyamiti river, but there should be plenty when it is dryer.
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Hi Mikath

Not sure where but there is a topic just about Pkop!I have been at Pkop this year Jan and we saw 4 lions(pic below) on the 1ste gravel road on the left around 2km from camp and the following day saw a lone female in the same area!The bush is very green but I like that time of the year very much!We saw 2 leopards, separate sightings on the S3 and the S1.The voortrekker road can be good saw a Hartebeest there!But check out the topic about Pkop!Someone will add the link here for you!
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