Berg en dal Rest Camp
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Shaded beneath massive trees and spread out on soft grass, there are 72 tent or caravan areas, each with a power point.
One bedroom bungalows fit with an en-suite bathroom and comfortable air-conditioning is about the best you will find.
Berg en dal has 45 guest cottages capable of sleeping 6. Each cottage has 3 bedrooms with 2 beds per room.
Those wanting to treat themselves to great Kruger accommodation need look no further
Berg en Dal has been dubbed one of the new generation camps. Situatedon the banks of the Matjulu Spruit,the camp is one of few surrounded by beautiful, rocky hillsides. Staying true to the natural theme of the park, the camp is set in natural bush although itdoes haveplanted gardens. As one of the newer camps in the Kruger, guests are treated to stunning, modern lodgings that still hold that rustic appeal whichcan onlybe found in this wild part of the world.
Some of the camp basics that you can expectwhen you book your stay at Berg en Dalincludes:
Berg en Dal is situated in the southern region of the park and is only about 12km away from the Malelane Gate.
Officially opened on the 25thof February 1984, Berg en Dal is one of the newest rest camps and as a result one of the more modern places to stay. Some agree that it is a wonder that the camp was able to open within the timeframe set out, because little more than a month before the camp was to be opened, a fire tore throughthe kitchens. Causing around R100000 in damage, every item in the kitchen was destroyed. The invitations for the opening ceremony had already been sent out, so, in true Kruger style, the staff worked day and night to ensure that the kitchen would be rebuilt in time for the opening.
Berg en Dal is the only camp set in a mountainous area and as such,its layout is quite unique. Built on the site of a prehistoric settlement, the camp is surrounded by ancient history. San Bushmen once lived in the area and the surrounding hills in which they would take shelter still show off their proud art, a striking reminder of the past. You can spot these paintings if you walk the Bushman Trail
Berg en Dal’s location, close to theMalelane Gate, makes it the ideal place to stay if you will be exploring the southern roads of the park. Perfect for overseas guests indulging in a self-drive safari, as well as those locals who only wish to visit for a weekend, Berg en Dal will always remain a firm favourite among both new and returning visitors.
The camp also has a comfortable swimming pool to cool off in during the hot and humid summers. The different styles of accommodation are perfectly suitable for all budgets and all tastes. Camp lodgings include family cottages, bungalows, and guest houses, along with plenty of camping space.
For day guests there is a cafeteria as well as plenty of placesto sit beneath the shade of a tree and enjoy a quiet picnic with the entire family. And for anyone visiting the park on business, the conference centres at the camp offersa memorable atmosphere in which to host training and meetings.
Guests will also have a few Kruger safari options when staying here. They can opt for a guided safari in the company of one of Kruger’s guides or they can go for a walking safari, following one of the walking trails.
One of the biggest claims to fame this camp hasis its prehistoric history. Some of the historiesof the area dateback to the Stone Age, with an information centre set up to highlight the history of man from the Stone Age all the way through to modern times. A large aspect of the Kruger is firmly fixated on preserving and sharing the past with visitors, which is exactly why there are so many museums and information points in the park.
The building of Berg n Dal uncover edarchaeological sites. During the digging of the pool and various other excavations, staff came across numerous traces of ancient mankind.
Samples from the area have shown examples of bone and potsherds. Although the samples were really old and had been greatly affected by soil acid, theyhave shown evidence ofdatingback to African cultures present during the Iron Age.
The Rhino Trail, which takes guests on a 20-minutewalk, is the best way to see the archaeological wonders to be seen in and around Berg en Dal. Some of the points of interest you’ll see when on this walk include places of ecological and geological importanceFor more information, make an enquiry at the reception
Berg en Dal is a camper or caravanners paradise. This rest camp is home to arguably one of the best campsitesin the country and guests stay under a sleepy, cool canopy of trees. The core camp complex lies on the edge of a small dam which is home to crocodiles and provides great viewing opportunities in the early mornings and late afternoons. Elsewhere in the camp, guests have a myriad of accommodation options to look forward to.
As mentioned, the campsite at Berg en Dal is the stuff of legends. Shaded beneath massive trees and spread out on soft grass, there are 72 tent or caravan areas, each with a power point. Those staying on the camping grounds will have access to communal cooking facilities which include 24-hour boiling water, electric hotplates and a space to wash up. Guests will also have access to a communal ablution facility. Each campsitecomfortably sleeps a maximum of 6 people. Camping remains the most affordable and the most rustic style of accommodation, regardless of which Kruger camp you are staying at.
One bedroom bungalows fit with an en-suite bathroom and comfortable air-conditioning is about the best you will find if you are looking for affordable accommodation that is not camping. The bedrooms have either 2 or 3 single beds as well as a cupboard for clothing and a tableand chairs. In the bathroom, you’ll find a shower and basin. You will also be provided with towels. When booking your bungalow, keep in mind that some have a kitchenette on the veranda, and for those who don’t want the kitchenette, there are communal kitchen facilities available. There are currently 69 bungalows at Berg en Dal.
Looking for more space than a campsiteor bungalow has to offer? A family cottage is perfectly ideal for a big group. The cottages have 2 air conditionedbedrooms with 1 bedroom fitwith a double bed and the other with 2 single beds. These units have 1 bathroom with a comfortable bath, a basin, a separate shower and a toilet. The cottages have open planned kitchens equipped with a fridge/freezer, a sink, cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery, and an electric stove. 2 of the units are designed for those with disabilities.
Those wanting to truly treat themselves to great Kruger accommodation need look no further than 1 of the 2 guest houses available at Berg en Dal. The first is the J Le Roux Guesthouse which is equipped with 3 airconditionedbedrooms and can sleep up to 6 people. One of the bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom, while other house guests can use the other bathroom. An open plan kitchen makes for a great space to share family meals and is equipped with a fridge/freezer,crockery and cutlery, utensils, and a stove with an oven. There is also a lapawith braai facilities.
The other guesthouse is the Rhino Guesthouse. With 4 bedrooms, each of which isair-conditioned, this guesthouse can sleep a total of 8 people. 2 of the bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom, and there is also a third bathroom available. This guesthouse has a comfortable open-planned kitchen with an electric stove and oven, a fridge/freezer, cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery. There is also a large diningroom/living room area and a lapawith braaing facilities.
This rest camp, along with all of the others in the Kruger National Park, posessome risks that you will have to be aware of. One of the first things that you should know, is the risk that the wild animals of the park can bring. When staying in the Kruger,you are not staying in a zoo. The animals are truly wild and can occasionally get into the camp. It is best to always be on the lookout when in the camp. Although monkeys are likely to be your biggest worry, knowing that lions might wander in and that leopards have no boundaries is something to keep in mind.
Oftentimes, the creatures that you have to be fearful off are not the prowling big cats. Instead, they are the insects and reptiles that you might not notice until you are right on top of them. Poisonous snakes, spiders and scorpions might not be common in the camps, but they cannot be stopped from entering either. You should always wear shoeswhen walking around the camp, and at night, having a torch on you is a must
When travelling anywhere in or near to the Kruger National Park, you need to be aware of the fact that you are well within a malaria zone. Malaria is miserable, and if left untreated, a fatal illness that is spread by mosquitoes. An insect repellent and a mosquito net over a bed can keepthe mosquitos at bay, but they alone are not enough to give you full protection. The best thing you can do before visiting the parkis to visit your doctor to get the right medication to prevent infection. The thing about mosquitoes is that you can hardlynotice that you have been bitten before you are infected. The symptoms of malaria will only become noticeable in the weeks following your visit. Should you have the symptoms, you need to get to a doctor as soon as possible and tell them that you have beenin a malaria area.
Another thing to be aware of is the climate of the Kruger. The camp, being in the south of the Kruger National Park, can experience tremendously hot summers, with day temperatures reaching the low 40s. This is something to take into consideration when you are planning the best time of the year to visit the park. Many a summer afternoon ends with a shower of rain or a big thunderstorm, adding to the wondrous experience of staying in the Kruger. The summer months bring rains which in turncauses the vegetation to become thick, lush and overgrown. This can make it difficult to spot animals during the summer months. Winter brings a dry climate to the area. Grass grows dry and brittle, and although the days are cooler, the days are still summerlike.
Before you plan your trip, make sure that you are aware of the camp gate times. They are the same for every camp in the park but will change according to the seasons.
Just as you are unlikely to want to be out in the midday heat, you will find that spotting animals also becomes difficult when the day is at its hottest. Your best chances ofseeinganimals will be better early in the morning and late in the afternoon, which is why the gate times are what they are.
The camp is built on a transition zone betweengranite and gneiss soils to the west of the camp and lush basalt soils to the east.The ground to the west is perfect for silver cluster-leaf and mopane shrub. The soil on the otherside is ideal for growing apple-leaf and mopane shrub. Other vegetation you’ll find in the area include tamboti, leadwood and large knob-thorn.
Sadly, because of the vegetation, animal sightings are not as common as they are in other areas, although youwill have your fair share of game viewing. Going out on safari is one way to see animals but the best ways to spot the hippo, impala, warthog, elephant, buffalo and even a lion or two is from the camps lookout points or from the ladies bar balcony. On a self-drive safari, you should take the Tropic of Capricorn loop and visit the Nshawu pans to enjoy the best sightings in the area