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Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp

Unread post by Stephen » Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:58 pm

Greetings from Berg en Dal :D

KykNet visits Berg en Dal

On 11 August 2009 there was a chance for guides at Berg en Dal to become film stars. 8) A KykNet production, Stadig oor die Klippe, visited Berg en Dal and joined us on a morning walk with their cameras.

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And Action

Head Guide, Surprise Hlatshwayo joined up with Freelance Guide and Honorary Ranger, Willie de Beer to take the film crew of Stephanus Rabie productions on an early morning walk at Berg en Dal. Neels van Jaarsveld, without the “eish” so early in the morning, did the talking and kept Willie on his toes with some questions. :hmz: If Willie and Surprised were stressed with the cameras on them they never showed it and not once did they require powder for the noses.

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Yes, it is a Hole…

They talked quite a lot of “****” :naughty: (dung) along the way as the animals were a bit scares, but in the end we managed to tick giraffe up close, impala, zebra and a beautiful group of Kudu bulls. We also enjoyed some spectacular scenery in the hills around Berg en Dal and the tell signs of nature (read “****” dung).

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Going to the Top of the World

After some good six hours with the crew (doing a couple of cut and re-do’s) :whistle: , it was time to head back to Berg en Dal for a sumptuous breakfast overlooking the Matjulu Dam in front of the camp.

We made some new friends on the morning and my guess is that they will be back for “nog-‘n-enetjie” (another one) – with “eish” this time?
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Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp

Unread post by ndloti » Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:20 am

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A pic from the past - June 1984 , below the restaurant amphitheatre area .
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Re: Possible to arrange for private game drives in Berg en dal?

Unread post by Boorgatspook » Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:03 pm

There is another option as well it seems, but not sure which camps does offer it or what the cost involved would be.
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.... However an additional offering is an all-day-drive where, on request and availability at camp level, guests may hire the use of a vehicle and driver for the entire day, subject to availability. Trained officials take visitors to sections of the park which are usually inaccessible to tourists. This service can also be arranged from other camps at an additional fee.

Reservations should be made well in advance (2 months):

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Re: Berg & Dal Rest Camp

Unread post by Spotted Cat » Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:55 pm

alf wrote:I haven't been in them myself but heard from a friend that unit 25 has the best view over the dam. I have booked it myself for the 24th december. Can't wait to go


We were in unit 25,(July ) but it doesn't have a view of the dam itself- just a good stretch of the river. (It was dry at the time)-We had some fantastic sightings, though! taking the Rhino Trail, just a very short walk to the dam. If they had good rain, there's bound to be water in the area in front of your chalet.

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Berg en Dal bungalow

Unread post by Pikkie » Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:54 pm

Hi I hope that this has not been discussed before and that I am not duplicating this topic!

I will be visiting Berg-en-Dal for the first time in October this year! This will be, should I actualy say; the first time that I will be sleeping over.

I have never stayed over this far down south and would like to know about general game, special roads, special sightings aswell as birding in the area.

I have also heared that it is possible to request a specific bungalow. We have made a booking for a BA3U. Is there a specific number you can suggest? The lady at centralreservations said that it is a perimeter booking!

Any suggestions will be appreciated!

I did the same when I stayed over at Skukuza and your suggestions helped alot!

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Re: Berg en Dal bungalow

Unread post by alf » Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:52 pm

Pikkie,

I'm sure you will love Bergendal. We had a BA3U bungalow during december and requested no 25 which for me was very nice. The popular matjulu loop around camp is very good to drive and also the road up to Afsaal where you can enjoy a nice breakfast.

Maybe other mites can give you more info.
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Re: Berg en Dal bungalow

Unread post by ndloti » Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:17 pm

Looking at the map on the website and from memory I would also recommend 37-39 , 48-51 , 58 -61 , 67-69 .
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Re: Berg en Dal bungalow

Unread post by Jen » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:31 pm

We had 37 in January and it was GREAT!!!!
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Re: Berg en Dal bungalow

Unread post by alf » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:20 am

Pikkie,

The S25 between Bergendal and Croc bridge is very popular and wild dogs are seen on a regular basis. Also the H2-2 Voortrekker road towards pretoriuskop cheetah was sighted by Martie last year.
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Re: Berg en Dal bungalow

Unread post by nightjar » Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:25 pm

Hi Pikkie,

I would recommend taking the road over the Steilberg (S120) - it goes over the mountain, is very scenic and quite different to the rest of Kruger. You can do a loop from Berg via Matjulu - Steilberg and back down H3, etc (only around 35 km). Seen a lot of rhino on this loop. You mentioned the birding - Amethyst Sunbird is a special around Berg - seen that in camp and on the S120. Lots of other birds in camp, especially waterbirds at the dam, although most migrants will be missing in October.

Enjoy your trip. :cam:

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Re: Berg en Dal bungalow

Unread post by ndloti » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:26 am

The S121 Timfenene , S118/9 Mlambane & S23 Biyamiti loops are my favourites in the area .
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Berg - en - Dal Family Cottage

Unread post by Goose » Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:29 am

Hi everyone,

Any opinions on Family cottage Unit 22? or any other suggestions?

Appreciate any advice!
Thank you

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Re: Berg - en - Dal Family Cottage

Unread post by Hugh » Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:48 pm

Family cottages at Berg en Dal are quite spacious and sleep 6 . two each in the two bedrooms and two in the lounge which is large.Nice private braai area and open plan kitchen . I have always enjoyed staying there all surrounded with shady trees.
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Re: Berg - en - Dal Family Cottage

Unread post by windsor » Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:17 pm

We last stayed there with another couple and their 3 kids so there were a total of 7 of us. We had plenty of room and the braai area is great. We were even fortunate enough to see a leopard :D walking a few meters off the fence line. That being said, the family cottages at this camp need an upgrade like the bungalows. The shower 'room' had lots of mildew on the ceiling and tiles, is so small you can barely fit in there, let alone have anywhere to put clothes, towels, etc., the burners didn't work and we couldn't use either of the AC units cuz it sounded like they were going to fly out of the wall!! But if you take into consideration you're only going to be there a few hours...to braai and sleep :mrgreen: , it's doable. Just not as decent as other camps.
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Walking around at night in Camps.

Unread post by michaelpr » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:11 am

Hi,
We are staying in Berg-en-Dal at the end of august this year.
Is it safe to walk round camp at night trying to spot animals? Or walking next to the fence?
Would you recommend doing that, or isn't it safe enough?


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