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Pretoriuskop Rest Camp

When the world was still young, some 3 500 million years ago, molten rock forced its way through the earth’s crust and solidified to form the spectacular granite outcrops where Pretoriuskop Rest Camp is now nestled.

The impressive granite dome known as “Shabeni Hill” is not far from the camp, which is found in the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park. It is immediately apparent to any visitor that Pretoriuskop is unique as brilliant red trees adorn the camp, pre-dating the decision to make exclusive use of indigenous plants in laying out rest camp gardens. Nostalgia prompted an exception to the rule for Pretoriuskop, the Kruger National Park’s oldest rest camp, and exotic flowering plants were allowed to stay, enhancing the strong sense of the past that is so pervasive.

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Activities

  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Game Drives (in the company of trained field guides)
  • Bush Braais & Breakfasts. Includes game drive to venue. Confirm availability when booking.
  • Napi Wilderness Trail (pre-booked overnight activity)
  • Madlabantu 4×4 Adventure Trail (weather sensitive activity)
  • Sable Trail camp walk

See the Park’s Activities for a comprehensive list.


Facilities

  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Box
  • Restaurant
  • Cafeteria
  • Shop
  • No ATM facility available
  • Laundromat
  • Filling Station
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Communal Ablutions
  • Swimming Pool
  • Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception)
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Day Visitors Picnic Area in camp
  • DSTV (limited channels) only available in Guest Houses
  • Cellphone reception

See the Park’s Facilities for a comprehensive list.


Day Visitors

Pretoriuskop has a designated day visitor area where day visitors and visitors from other camps can braai (Barbecue) and picnic. This area is immediately on the left of the camp’s entrance gate. Afsaal picnic site is 33 km away along the Voortrekker road to Malelane.


Travel Information

Routes and times are from central Gauteng.

By Air

The closest airport to Pretoriuskop is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) that is situated between Nelspruit and White River. KMIA is situated approximately 15km from White River and about 50km from Numbi Gate. There are daily scheduled flights between KMIA and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, with less frequent flights from Cape Town and Durban International Airports respectively.

By Road: Numbi Gate

Take the N4 to Nelspruit and then take the R40 to White River. Just outside White River take the R538 and head to the gate. Allow between 4 to 5 hours for the trip to the gate. Pretoriuskop camp is 9km away from the gate. Allow about 20 minutes for the drive to the camp, however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time!


Flora & Fauna

See the Fauna & Flora pages of the Park for more information.

Mammals

The chance of seeing small herds of sable, eland and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest make Pretoriuskop a special destination. Black and white rhino, buffalo and elephant can be seen on the loop roads around the camp. The numerous rocky outcrops should be searched for rock hyrax, klipspringer, oribi and red duiker (these two latter species though difficult to find are more or less restricted to this part of the Kruger National Park).

A visit to the Mestel Dam can produce hippopotamus, while a stop at the Shitlhave Dam can produce reedbuck. On the carnivore front, wild dog are frequently recorded in the area and, despite the dense grass, so are cheetah. Spotted hyena and leopard should also be searched for.

Vegetation

Pretoriuskop is in an area of thick vegetation, tall grass and unpalatable sour veld. Only below the drainage line is there quality sweeter grass. for grazers. The most dominant tree is the silver cluster-leaf. In the camp itself there are some fine examples of Natal mahogany, marula and sycamore fig.


5 Things To Seek

  1. Sable Antelope
  2. Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest
  3. Wild Dog
  4. Kudu
  5. Brown-headed Parrot

Contact

  • Telephone: +27 (0)13 735 5128/32
  • Fax: +27 (0)13 735 5339
  • Mobile: +27 (0)82 802 1203

See Camp Contacts for more information.


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