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Unread postby Foxy » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:25 pm

I subscribe to an travel site which sends daily updates on all sorts of interesting articles.
Here is an article in todays update ...

New info centre for KNP camp
A NEW information centre has been established by the Lowveld Honorary Rangers, at Pretoriuskop Camp in the Kruger National Park (KNP).
The centre was an old post office, which had been used as a gun base until the Lowveld Honorary Rangers converted it into a small museum.
It now contains sighting boards as well as historical items including old flags, belt buckles and rifles. The centre is manned by park staff during the week and by the honorary rangers at weekends.
The facility is disabled-friendly


Sure to visit it next time we are in that area.

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fire at pretoriuskop...some pics

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Unread postby Senyetse » Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:19 am

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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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Oct 20, 2007 6:58 am

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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Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Nov 30, 2007 9:07 am

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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Re: Pretoriuskop camp

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:41 am

I have always enjoyed P'kop. Some people do say that the grass is too high, but it does not bother me. I love the scenery, the birds, the many dams in close proximity.

These are some images from my January trip with my daughter.

The S3 in January
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Endearing Voortrekker road attraction.
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The camp in January
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It was rainy at times, but we found it rather pleasant. We were also spoilt with raptor sightings.
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Re: Pretoriuskop camp

Unread postby Nopflip » Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:29 pm

We just love this camp. It's very peaceful and enough game around to keep you busy. I also loves the little loops around camp, and a trip to shitlhave dam late afternoon is 'n 'must'

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Re: Pretoriuskop Family Cottage location

Unread postby ruud » Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:43 pm

pamelajane wrote:Thanks Ruud - I can find FU4D but not FF6DB. Is 113 or114 the cottage I have booked?I wonder why Sanparks don't upgrade their maps as we had the same problem when we were booking at Nossob in the Kgalagadi.I'm so pleased that you replied as I have now had the pleasure of looking at your photos on your website - they are SUPERB! :clap:


Yes the FF6DB(it's the same as FU4D) are 113 and 114, it's a good place and You're right, it should be great when SANPARKS update their maps with the same accomodationtypes as you can book at the reservations-departement. And thanks for your compliments about our photos :thumbs_up:
Hopefully this year a new update from our last 5 weeks-stay in Kruger.

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Unread postby Richprins » Thu Dec 30, 2010 6:16 pm

Everything beautiful in the little village we know so well!

This two days ago...love it in Summer! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp

Unread postby Jaco V » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:54 am

Hi Stephan,

I cant comment on the huts you booked as we normally camp.

I have driven the Madlabanthu trail twice. I wrote a trip report here about the first time we did te trail.

We did the trail again towards the end of last year. It was dry and a totally different experience. We saw Sable close to Shabeni.
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Re: Pretoriuskop Advise

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:06 am

I always like to stop at Mitomeni on the Voortrekker road. Its a lovely peaceful place surrounded by Jakkleberry trees.
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Re: Pretoriuskop Advise

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:45 am

I have a very soft spot for Pretorius Kop. It has a charm all of its own. It is possibly a camp that can be enjoyed at every level. The historical significance of the camp is enormous. It is Harry Wolhuter's stomping ground.
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Re: Pretoriuskop Advise

Unread postby Lowveldboy » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:53 am

Hi Riaan

Pretoriuskop is not a Gameviewers paradise as such, but a really awesome experience.

Seen sable from there twice(shabeni loop and Shitlave dam), Tsetsebe on Voortrekker and all big 5 in the vicinity, also Cheetah near Mestel. So yes the animals are all there, just look.

Shabeni loop is a must, and I love the Fayi loop, see all the plains game.

Best interaction with ellies on Shabeni. Grass was long (higher than a Nissan X-Trail), so before I realised I was in the middle of a breeding herd, switched off the engine (not much more you can do :roll: ), got ready to take a snap or 2. Then it happened, I heard the grass next to my drivers side move and a strange noise. i slowly turned my head and looked smack bang into an ellie trumpet barely outside the window(my windows are always open). He stood there and smelled the car, looked me straight in the eye and then left as quietly as he came. I never breathed so softly in my life. Just proof that the "boring"(lot of people do not like the area at all) Pretoriuskop can also deliver amazing experiences.

IN OTHER WORDS GO AND ENJOY WHEREVER YOU GO!!!! HAVE FUN!!!

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11-12 - Tamboti
13 - Letaba
14-16 - Punda Maria
17-19 - Shingwedzi
20-23 - Balule
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Re: Pretoriuskop Advise

Unread postby carolv » Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:29 pm

Hi Riaan,

I am sure you will have a wonderful time at P-Kop - it really does have a charm of its own.

For what it's worth from our experiences, I would be ready to leave at camp opening and head towards Numbi gate and then take the Albasini road (past Mestel) where we have seen cheetah and serval, turn eastwards along the Doispane road and stop off at Lake Panic. Retrace your route for a while and take the S65 southwards (have had wonderful lion and giraffe sightings along this road), then on to Transport Dam for an hour or so (just never know what will come to drink here, both birds and mammals) then slowly back towards camp calling at Shitlhave and a quick look around the Fayi Loop. That should give you some good sightings for day 1. Day 2 I would try the Fayi loop to start, thern amble along the Voortrekker road, have a break at Afsaal and then go north either on the tar H3 or the sand S114 to check out Biyamiti weir and back to camp via Transport, Shitlhave Dams. We have also been lucky with bird sightings actually in the camp itself. I am sure you will have a fabulous time whichever road you travel.


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