There are several options in Berg en dal. We chose a self catering chalet. It had two bedrooms and one lounge with open kitchen and one set of bathrooms, the bathrooms were conveniently separated into toilet area and then a bath tub area with a wash basin and another separate shower area. There is also a small barbecue area outside with a table and chairs.These chalets are ideal for two couples and two children or for six people. The lounge area has two separate single beds besides chairs. The kitchen is equipped with essentials cooking pots and pans, an electric kettle and microwave and electric stoves. There is a small store that sells essentials, souvenirs, torches etc.
This is ideal since it is surrounded by mountains and is ideal for game drives. We found all the big five in one of our drives in Berg en dal.
Berg en Dal, much like all the Kruger rest camps offers accomodation from the absolute basic to the completely luxurious.
We decided to travel on a tight budget, so this review covers the student/poor mans travel budget.
The camp was clean, the staff courteous,friendly and very helpful. Facilities were fantastic. The camp had a swimming pool, a well stocked shop, including those essential "do not forget" camping items.
The public ablutions for showers and bath as well as the toilets were impeccable and kept as clean as any four star hotel I've stayed in in Europe. Even more noticeable was the fact that nothing and I mean absolutely nothing was broken or worn. Everything is maintained with great care.
Spaces for pitching tents are well managed and it is possible to pitch in such a way that you have privacy. Some pitches are secluded, but they go quickly so its worthwhile to arrive early and then plan your days game viewing.
Pitches with electric power supply are available.
The camp has refueling point where you can fill up your vehicle on the way to your next camp.
Unique Quality: The camp has its own visitors centre which is free of charge to visit and has a number of awe inspiring displays. It is worthwhile to visit this centre as you will find handy tips on how to spot the wildlife.
If you have managed to save some money along the way, you may want to try out a camp rondawel (round hut).
Prices are so cheap its mind boggling. at R110.00 thats less than £7.50 or $15.00 a night and then thats per pitch not per person, although the maximum people per pitch is 6.
Then you can book a night safari and enjoy a tour by experienced game rangers.
we stayed at ber `n dal in the kruger national park for 2 nights it was good clean airconditioned that was on 24 7 it was hot in the game reserve
Unique Quality: they had a pool ,shop, resturant ,even a movie hall where you could watch nature movies we saw the big five lions leopard lots of elephant a couple of buffalo and lots of white and black rhino`s a spotted hyena , lots of giraffe`s even a snake we could get a good look at it so i cant say witch snake it was , vervet monkeys lots of impala and water buck
We used this rest camp as a base for our first two days in Kruger. Facilities are more than adequate and the chalet was set right on the perimeter of the camp with only a fence seperating us from the wildlife beyond.
Our chalet could sleep 3 but was spacois and well designed.
Unique Quality: Berg en dal camp is situated in the south of the park and our experience was that it was excellent for those wanting to see a wide variety of animals without having to travel too far.
We managed to see 4 of the big 5 on both our days we spent here - only the leopard was nowhere to be seen.
The camp has a wonderful restaurant although the chalets are self catering for those who prefer to prepare their own fare.
Directions: We entered through the Malelane Gate
Berg-en-Dal is situated on the bank of the Matjulu Spruit with a view of softly undulating hills to the east. On the northern and southern sides dry riverbeds and a dam border the camp. There are large trees along the streams and dry riverbeds.
Directions: Take the N4 to Nelspruit, head through Nelspriut to Malelane. Then turn left at Kruger National Park sign just outside Malelane and head to gate. Berg-en-Dal Main Rest Camp is 12 km away from the gate.
If you are visiting Kruger, I recommend staying inside the park, in the national park rest camps which have a range of accommodation including camping and bungalows which are essentially hotel rooms.
I had considered staying just outside the park at some of the B&Bs, but changed my mind at the last minute and am very glad I did. it makes a lot more sense to stay inside the park. It can take a lot of time to explore side roads and the best time for viewing game is in the early mornings and evenings. You have to be in the rest camps by 6:30pm, and you don't want to be driving an extra hour just to get to the gate ... and then go thru the hassel of getting in an out every day.
We rented bungalows in five different camps, traveling north thru the park on five nites (berg en dal, lower sabie, oliphants, mopane and shingwedzi). The bungalows were impressive and relatively cheap, about 260 rand per person per nite. Each had airconditioning, private shower/toilets and fridgerators, and some had cooking facilities. They are not total luxury, and the quality varies at each, but they are totally fine and I would go back to them in a heartbeat.
In terms of food, each of the restcamps has restaurants, cafes and shops stocked with everything from drinks to snack food to cheese and meats and takeaway sandwiches.
From oliphants rest camp south, the dinner buffets are about 100 rand per person, and they are actually quite good. The food is tasty, generally speaking. North of Oliphants, in Mopane and Shingwedzi, there are fewer customers so they don't have buffets, and you order a la carte.
I booked thes bungalows thru Far and Wild Safaris, which I found on the internet. They paid my park entrance fees and emailed a confirmation to me (sent to them by the park).. I presented it at the park gates and reception for each of the bungalows and that was fine. Excellent service. Booked in park in early december.
Far & Wild Safaris - Jeremy Williamson" @africasafari.co.za
Unique Quality: Berg en Dal was fine, but it was nothing special. It has a pool, but it was crowded and not too clean.
Lower Sabie is on a river. Its a nicer camp, also has a pool, but again crowded and pretty small. with a sandy bottom.
Oliphants: does not have a pool, but the views more than make up for that. Truly an excellent rest camp, high on a ridge overlooking a river. I don't think anybody that ever stayed here could be disappointed.
Mopane: they say the "real kruger" starts from oliphants north. That means much less tourists (you don't see huge buses up here). This rest camp is the newest and undoubtedly nicest in the entire park. It has an excellent, large, clean pool. Our bungalow was overlooking the water. Lots of wooden plankways. Had much more of a lodge feel than other camps. Not many people at all. I hope it stays that way. Very green and well maintained.
Shingwedzi: one of oldest camps in park, pretty damn ugly in my opinion with lot of red dirt. The upside is that the pool is huge and very clean.
Just before leaving Kruger Park .
wonderful place to spend the night.
One can see Rhino, Wild Dog, Giraffe and leopard as well as many others.
Very strick regulations though regarding behaviour towards animal life.
Can hear wonderful songs of bird in the morning.
Little kitchenet with bathroom and outside barbecue.
There is a fully stocked shop, selling a large variety of Cuyrios, as well as groceries and liquor.
The Rhino restaurant is very good .The breakfast was very copious.
There are 11 Restcamps in the National Park : Berg-en-Dal, Letaba, Lower Sabie, Mopani, Olifants, Orpen, Pretoriuskop, Punda Maria, Satara, Shigwedzi, Skukuza.
Unique Quality: Restcamps contain all facilities to make for a comfortable stay in the Kruger Park.
Staf at Berg en Dal restcamp is extremely friendly. You are always welcome at Berg en Dal, as long as there is an availlability. Berg en Dal offers accomodation and camping. There is a shop , a restaurant and a petrolstation.
Unique Quality: The atmosphere in the camp is a relaxed one. The dam provides a change to see some wildlife while in the camp, and there is a nice trail along the fence.
Directions: Berg en Dal is in the southwest of the Krugerpark.
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Address: Malelane Gate, Southern Kruger, South Africa