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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:09 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:On a good day Croc Bridge probably has the 'hottest' 10km radius of sightings in the park.



BB is quite right.............we saw this beauty 1 km from the camp!! :dance:

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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread post by vanillamanilla » Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:13 pm

Will be staying at CB in October for a Week. I am curious as to what has happened to the Shop at CB. Has it been franchised as well and if not has it changed at all? Also curious to know how the refurbished Safari Tents & and 8 are?

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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:06 pm

Don't think the shop there is up for refurbishment yet as far as I know, was still pretty much the same in June this year.
The tents still seem to be getting good reviews.

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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread post by saraf » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:13 pm

I think the only change to the shop is the fact they can't sell the range of takeaways that they used to be able too. :(

I sooo miss the ostrich burgers. But the kitchen wasn't up to health regulations.
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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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:
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The 'other' tents:
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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by ingefl » Sun Jun 28, 2015 5:12 pm

Elsa wrote:
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:


As I read this thread before going there, I tried to reserve one of the higher numbers, but there were none available. So we ended up staying in bungalow #7 June 20 through 23. We also heard the noise from across the river. Seems to be a diesel generator and it was accommodated by a strong light. Took a walk along the fence and I think that bungalows #1 through #9 all have some disturbance from this noise, walking around the corner at #10 the noise seemed to disappear. However, later on a different noise (generator?) from further down the river was audible from at least #10 through #15 but not from our #7. Note that the generators weren't active at all times, the first night it was, the second it wasn't. When it started during the night, we could definitely hear it inside #7 (windows open).

I would definitely try to get one of the higher numbers next time (if there will be one) as the noise from further down the river seemed lighter.

One reason I would want to book again at Crocodile Bridge, despite the noise and the very small shop, was the Morning Walk. Of the 4 walks we did during our 10 days, the one at Crocodile Bridge was by far the best. The passion with which the rangers (Jacu? and Israel) shared their knowledge and the way the walk was conducted was superb (Make no mistake, the walks in Olifants and Shingwedzi were nice as well!). Even without the great results (Elephants, giraffes, impalas, 6 white rhinos, standoff between an elephant and 2 lionesses with cubs), it would have been the best

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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread post by MKoch » Tue Oct 06, 2015 2:28 pm

Good afternoon everyone.
Not sure if this has been asked before.

Someone asked us about the part of the old train bridge that is broken, how it came to be like that and the reason for it not being fixed. 3 different people had 3 different opinions.

Can someone please shed some light on this as to what actually happened?

Thanks and have a good day.
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Re: Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Oct 06, 2015 3:28 pm

As I understand it, the damage was caused by the Feb 2000 floods


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