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Unread post by mabidally » Wed Nov 21, 2007 1:01 pm

They also have Family Cottages (FA6) which sleep 4 to 6 persons.

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Unread post by Pumbaa » Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:17 pm

Hi Liam,

the rhino trail is a walking trail inside the camp which leads from the reception area through the camp always at the perimeter - you will have good views to the dam and down to the Matjulu and sure you can spot animals there - take your binos & camera with you and it is always a pleasure to strech the legs after those long long game drives.

Monne - looking forward to your trip report. :dance:

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Unread post by BunnyL » Sun Jan 06, 2008 4:39 pm

I have a very naive question: Why exactly should you not walk part of the Rhino trail at night? Is it because of snakes, disturbing people who might have chalets/camps at the perimeter or ????

Sorry to be ignorant about this but hope to learn so as not to make a stupid mistake when we come to Berg-en-dal in Feb....

Thanks for the education.....Bunnyl

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Unread post by BunnyHugger » Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:18 pm

Hi Bunny from another mother.

All of the above.

I walked most of the Rhino trail when I was at BnD in July and some of it goes through some bush that is fine during the day, but I would not want to try that section at night.

Scorpions and spiders tend to be nocturnal and let's not forget abuot the mozzies. You would need a blood transfusion after such a walk at night.
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Unread post by Stephen » Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:05 am

:D Hi Monnevanloon

Yes indeed it is beautiful to see the dam full of water again; we had over 100 mm during the night of 3rd Jan with that heavy storm.

BunnyL, walking the Rhino Trail at night (the section from the camp corner @ #26 to the camping) can be very intimidating & scary at night :shock: with snakes especially presenting a problem, but don't forget our leopards in the area. If you have to be brave take someone with you.

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Unread post by G@mespotter » Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:57 pm

Hi all :D :D

Just want to introduce my best experience @ Berg-en-Dal ever!!!

Check out this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ug6Set9aj0

@ the right place @ the right time :dance:

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Unread post by Pumbaa » Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:43 pm

Just came back from a fantastic visit to KNP I would like to give a short comment about the camps in which we stayed. The start is to be done with Berd-en-Dal.

We were able to get last minute accommodation in a perimeter bungalow in Berg-en-Dal and we very surprised about the new renovated units – although I always tried to enter the bungalow via the kitchen…..

We were awarded with bungalow No. 27 which is in my opinion one of the best with perimeter view – very close to the fence and we could watch two elephants from our verandah feeding and walking their ways – amazing.

Although nearly packed all cameras away already for our departure the next morning Timon was able to take the following shots of the newly renovated bungalows. The bedroom remained nearly the same (still 3 beds) but 2 beds have now been put together. The kitchen is completely new and also the bathroom and toilet (separate now)

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The living/sleeping room has still got the same size as before but I feel that the kitchen/bathroom area is a bit larger now. All windows have been replaced and you now have to enter the bungalow via the sliding door – no door in the kitchen.
The verandah is partly roofed which was very comfortable as it rained a bit whilst braaing but the light outside is still a bit too dark and you must use a torch in checking your steaks on the braai – btw I checked in each camp the braai grids and the one in Berg-en-Dal was totally clean so was everything else here.

Always a wonderful camp to start our holidays and I promise one day we will stay more than only one night. A very big thank you to Stephen Nel and his team :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu May 15, 2008 2:13 pm

Some pics from Berg en Dal's Manager, Hospitality Services, Stephen Nel:

This is unit # 28
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Unread post by wilmaw » Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:08 pm

... so we did. On 1 Dec, we entered Malelane and saw nothing, I mean only about 4 impala, up to Berg & Dal. Then, about 2km from camp on the dirt S110, stopped for an impala creche (they're so cute!) and just started driving again (so, were going extra slowly) when SO got this grin on his face and reversed. There she was, Leopard In Tree!!

She lay around in the tree for a while and about 10min later got out of the tree and disappeared. Anticipating some action, we reversed to the impala creche and had our breakfast. 15min later, they scattered!! Missed! There she was again, now much closer to the road, about 7m ?? Wow. Some other cars appeared on the scene, one JUST after leopard ran deeper into the bush. The driver said something like "ain't that always the way, we always just miss them", and drove off.

They should have hung around like we did, becoz about 5min later, leopard re-appeared up ahead right next to the road. We drove closer which might have chased her back into the bush :redface:
We watched until we could see her white tail no more. Who knows, she might have even re-appeared again.

So, now, I'm a believer!
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Unread post by lee lewis » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:05 pm

Hi to the Forumites on this thread!

We have just returned from BnD and had an excellent holiday! We were allocated bungalow # 90 and IMHO it IS the best unit in the camp. Every afternoon we had our "sundowners" on the park bench and adjacent rock overlooking the fence. When it was full moon, we sat there too - man, that was truly awesome! We also had frequent visits by animals - even an ellie RIGHT next to the fence. If I were to go back to BnD (which I plan to do soon), I'd book # 90 in a flash!!

Hope this helps!

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Unread post by Quickie » Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:11 pm

Does anybody know the number of the 3-bed unit that was upgraded and made wheelchair friendly? Previously only a 6-bed unit was wheelchair friendly.

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Unread post by Stephen » Sat Jul 11, 2009 3:59 pm

:D Dear Louis

Thank you for your enquiry. The three bed unit that was converted is nr 30. It is nicely situated close to the fence on teh west side of the west side of the camp. Had a report of lions walking past there :roll: the other morning while people were busy packing up to depart.

Warm regards from the bush
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Unread post by Stephen » Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:43 pm

Greetings from Berg en Dal :D

Yvonne

I am not sure if you were helped yet with your enquiry. Please send me a mail with your details if you still need help – stephenn@sanparks.org . We can indeed see if we can help with specific units. Number 26 being the best view family cottage with 78, 82 and 92 also close to the fence but not really with a view. It is always better to book your game drives in advance. We have groups taking up the drives quite often and it will help if you let us know in advance. Maybe we can organize extra vehicles or alternative dates.

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It is not impossible to have been caracal. We see them from time to time on the Timfeneni Loop (S121). The backside of caracal looks different, to the other cats – more rounded with less tail showing. The back legs are also slightly longer and heavier than the front legs making the back a bit higher. If you are not sure, you will just have to come back to find it again… :naughty:

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Unread post by Stephen » Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:47 am

Greetings from Berg en Dal :D
Honorary Rangers Paint Berg en Dal Green

On Saturday 15 August 2009 the Honorary Rangers from the Lowveld Region had their bi-monthly meeting and work party at Berg en Dal. The meeting started at 09:00 on the morning and with typical no nonsense report backs, it was finished early enough for the Honorary Rangers to make their presence felt in the camp, helping out with some maintenance and removing of alien vegetation.

A group accompanied Mike Stevenson to do a follow-up on some Lantana cut on previous occasions. They also made good use of his knowledge to learn more on some plants and trees.

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Another group with Nico Maritz and Khakie Ferreira tackled newly repaired garden benches with green paint and brushes. They really did their bit and only stopped when the paint ran out.

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Dave Malloch-Brown and Jenni Lane was oiling the wooden sign post in the camp and made sure that any termite thinking of taking a bite would have a serious case of diarrhoea.

The juniors were supervised by Leon Wilken and Robbie Green and kept busy with all sorts of information and quizzes.

A small group that stayed the night at Berg en Dal was treated to a bring & braai in the bush - and did nature bring. When we arrived at the braai site, three rhino were waiting for us 8) . They did not stay for the braai though. We started the fires and enjoyed the company of some very good friends and, of course, nature at its best.

On Sunday morning there was one item on the program, with Moloko Makhonisani doing a presentation with the staff on HIV & Aids as well as Stress. It was as serious as was needed, but it also brought the message across in a very open and friendly way.

Patrick Reniers and your team, we thank you for the help, the time you always give and the friendship :thumbs_up: . We are looking forward to the next round.
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Unread post by Stephen » Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:33 pm

Greetings from Berg en Dal :D

“Welcome Home”

This is how Mr and Mrs Da Silva from Camperdown in KZN were greeted when they came to visit recently. It was a very special visit with equally special cargo to be delivered to Berg en Dal.

Mrs Da Silva donated a Wooden Bead Work Picture of a mother and baby white rhino to Berg en Dal. She made this picture in memory of a mother and calf that they saw dieing after getting stuck in the mud on a previous visit.

The occasion at Berg en Dal took on a much more lively note though and with two cakes, also with compliments from the Da Silvas, and some pap and wors there was reason enough for the staff to dance. Mr Bones (Alias Mr Da Silva) had us in stitches with his antics and made sure there was not a face without a smile.

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The cakes were beautifully decorated with Kudu Kop, Berg en Dal name and paw prints. A true sign of the dedication with which the Da Silvas do everything they do. And to top it all, they also made a video of the celebrations and cut some DVD’s for the staff.

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Mr Da Silva, Petronica Langa and Mrs Da Silva

The Da Silvas came as visitors, stayed and became friends and returned as family – Berg en Dal salutes you.
Stephen Nel

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