SA Logue brings you the lowdown on the camps of the Kruger National Park. See our Kruger Camps tag for more.
Where is it? Between Letaba and Shingwedzi camps, about 2/3 the way up the length of the park, on the banks of the Tsendze River, where the northern low rolling hills flatten into the dry, shrub mopani-dominated northern plains. Mopani is just south of the Tropic of Capricorn.
How large is it? Mopani is a medium-sized camp.
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What price range? Medium-to-high. Mopani is priced for semi-exclusivity.
What kind of facilities does it provide? Accommodation, night drives, bush walks, restaurant, shop, petrol station, pool, bar.
Official website (map, pictures of the accommodation, booking, etc.): Mopani Camp.
Camp notes: Mopani is one of my favorite camps in Kruger. It’s true that the area’s dense vegetation – dominated by shrub mopani – prevents good game viewing, but the camp itself makes up for the lack of animals. It’s one of the newest camps in the park, with very comfortable, modern accommodation, and its bar, which overlooks the gorgeous Pioneer Dam, is a place where one could while away evening after evening, soaking up the African bush – with the aid of fish eagle calls, hippo snorting, and the odd single malt on the rocks. The camp is home to a magnificent baobab tree, and close to the Pioneer Dam bird hide. It’s one of the most restful places I’ve ever been – definitely on the “Best of Kruger” list.
What you might see getting and staying there:
Snakes! They seem to be more disposed to public appearances in this area. Fortunately, there are a lot of mongooses around, too. Also, look out for the extremely rare Roan Antelope.