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Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp

Berg-en-Dal rest camp is one of the main camps of Kruger National Park (KNP) which is located in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces of South Africa.  The camp is situated in the southern part of the park close to the Malelane gate entrance.

Berg En Dal Rest Camp - Self Catering
6 Sleeper - Camp Site (CK6P)

*Excludes camping equipment

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R595 for 2 persons
 R745 for 3 persons
 R895 for 4 persons
 R1045 for 5 persons
 R1195 for 6 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, Communal Ablutions, Powerpoint, SANPARKS Community Levy 

Exclude: Camping Equipment, Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals 

Berg En Dal Rest Camp - Self Catering
3 Sleeper - Bungalow (BA3)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R1950 for 3 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite, 3 Single beds, Air-conditioning, Fridge, Hotplate, Sink, Utensils, SANPARKS Community Levy 

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals 

Berg En Dal Rest Camp
Bungalow - Perimeter (BA3U)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R2795 for 3 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite,  En-suite, 3 Single beds, Air-conditioning, Fridge, Hotplate, Sink, Utensils, Perimeter View, SANPARKS Community Levy

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals  

Berg En Dal Rest Camp - Self Catering
6 Sleeper - Family Cottage (FA6)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R5895 for 6 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite with Shower and Bath, Room 1  – 2x single beds, Room 2 with 1x double bed, Lounge with 2 bench beds, Airconditioned, Kitchen, Utensils, SANPARKS Community Levy

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals  

Berg En Dal Rest Camp - Self Catering
6 Sleeper - J. Le Roux Guest House (GH6D)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R9395 for 6 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite,  En-suite with Shower and Bath, Room 1  and 2 with  2x single beds, Room 3 with 1x double bed, Lounge, Airconditioned, Kitchen, Utensils, SANPARKS Community Levy 

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals 

Berg En Dal Rest Camp - Self Catering
8 Sleeper - Rhino Guest House (GH8D)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R11295 for 8 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite with Shower and Bath, Room 1 and 2 with 1x  Double bed, Room 3 and 4 with 2x Single Beds, Lounge, Airconditioned, Kitchen, Utensils, SANPARKS Community Levy 

Exclude: Daily Conservation fees, all safari drives, all meals 

 

Overview

The camp itself is located on the bank of the Matjulu Spruit with a view of rolling hills to the east. The camp is bordered on the north and south sides by dry riverbeds and a dam surrounded with large trees brimming with birdlife.

Special care has been taken to preserve the natural vegetation of the camp and it is the only camp set in a rugged mountain environment.

Staying in any of the camps of the KNP is a top experience where you can be guaranteed to see the Big 5. It is one of the more affordable safari vacations that you can book in South Africa.

The camp offers a variety of accommodation to choose from and it also has a designated day visitor area where day visitors and visitors from other camps can braai (barbecue) and picnic.

 

Why would you want to visit Berg-en-Dal?

Spending a few days in the this camp provides a true African experience like few other and is definitely something to add to your safari vacation.

Unfortunately, because of the specific vegetation of the area around the camp, animal sightings are not as common as they are in other areas of the park, although you will have your fair share of game viewing.

Animals to look out for are wild dog, klipspringer, leopard, and rhino, among other. The area is a birders paradise and be sure to search for the Heuglin’s Robin and the Brown-headed Parrot.

Going out on an open vehicle safari is the preferred way to see animals but the best way to spot animals in Berg-en-Dal is from the lookout points from the lady’s bar balcony. You will see hippo, impala, warthog, elephant, buffalo and even a lion or two that come to drink water at the dam.

The camp offers great bird watching opportunities as it provides a walking route on the inside perimeters of the camp. You will get a general offering of fauna and flora and being close to animals that you might catch a glimpse of on the other side of the electrified fence.

Where is Berg-en-Dal located?

It is situated in the southern part of the KNP, about 15 km from the Malelane entrance gate. The GPS coordinates for the camp is S 25 25′ 12″ E 31 27′ 4″.

How to get to Berg-en-Dal

Travelling time from Johannesburg to the closest entrance gate at Malelane by car is at least four to five hours.

Travel on the N4 to Nelspruit and head on to Malelane. Just outside Malelane you will turn left at the Kruger National Park sign and drive the last few kilometers to the gate.

The camp is 15 km from the gate but as you have to travel at 50 km/h in KNP you should allow about 30 minutes for the drive to the camp. The slower you go, the more you will see.

You can also travel by air and the closest airport to this camp is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) which is situated between Nelspruit and White River. Nelspruit is about 25 km from KMIA and about 70 km from Malelane Gate.

There are daily scheduled flights between KMIA and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Flights from Cape Town and Durban International Airports are also available but less frequent.

A map of KNP can be bought at the entrance gates or any of the camps in the park.

Be aware of the gate times for entering and departing from the park. It is as follows:

Entrance gates:

  • January, February, November and December – gates open at 05:30 and close at 18:30
  • March and October – gates open at 05:30 and close at 18:00.
  • April, August, and September – gates open at 06:00 and close at 18:00.
  • May, June, and July – gates open at 06:00 and close at 17:30.

Berg-en-Dal’s gates open and close at the same times as the entrance gates, except for January, November and December when the camp gates open as early as 04:30.

What to do while staying at Berg-en-Dal

There are many activities on offer at the camp that will ensure an exciting bush experience. All bookings, and further details for these activities are available from reception.

The following is on offer:

  • Eco-display in reception
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Game Drives with trained field guides
  • Bush Breakfast and Bush Braai (Barbecue) that includes the game drive
  • Bushman and Wolhuter Wilderness Trails
  • Seasonal Kids Educational Program
  • Rhino Perimeter Trail camp walk – with Braille facilities
  • Catered traditional dances can be arranged
  • Wildlife films from Mondays to Saturdays

Various open vehicle safari operators are available to book a trip with. They offer affordable yet exclusive safari trips for singles, couples, families with children or small groups.

What to watch out for when staying at Berg-en-Dal

Staying at this camp is an exciting experience and guests will experience the flora and fauna that this area offers.

Being close to a dam means you should probably see animals of all kinds, from elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and big cats, wild dog and hyena, to antelope and smaller mammals of all kinds.

Of the mammals the area is host to the endangered white rhino, kudu, impala, giraffe, elephant, reedbuck, klipspringer, grey rhebok and warthog.

Sightings of leopard happens regularly in the region and some visitors have been so lucky to see them drinking at the dam in front of the camp. The is a wild dog pack in the area as well. Lion is not seen often and are usually found in the lower plains on the roads to Skukuza and Crocodile Bridge.

The vegetation of the area is typical mountain bush veld with many unusual plants growing in the mountain landscape. The camp is built on a transition zone between granite and gneiss soils to the west and basalt soils to the east.

On the western side you will find silver cluster-leaf and Mopani shrub and to the east apple-leaf and Mopani shrub. Other trees in the region is the Tamboti, Leadwood and large knob-thorn.

When you go on a self-drive safari, be sure to take the Tropic of Capricorn loop and visit the Nshawu pans to enjoy the best sightings in the area.

What type of accommodation does Berg-en-Dal offer and what amenities/facilities are available at the camp?

Berg-en-Dal provides a variety of lodging types for singles, couples, and families with children.

Booking availability changes from day to day and all inquiries about general availability are subject to change without notice. Last minute reservations in less than 31 days prior to arrival date, are payable within 24 hours after receiving a confirmed provisional reservation via e-mail.

Your booking is only guaranteed once you receive a provisional reservation confirmation and to secure your reservation full pre-payment is required a.s.a.p.

The following lodging types are available:

Campsites

Camping is the most affordable and the most rustic style of accommodation that Kruger offers.

The camp has 72 tent or caravan sites, each with a power point and braai facilities. A maximum of 6 persons per site is allowed. Visitors make use of communal ablutions and cooking facilities that provides 24-hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities.

Bungalows

At Berg-en-Dal there are 69 bungalows with either 2 or 3 beds. It has a cupboard for clothing, a table and chairs, and air-conditioning. These units are the most affordable if you do not want to camp.

It is equipped with en-suite bathrooms with a shower and basin. The small kitchenette has the basic crockery and utensils, cooking utensils, a hotplate and sink.

Linen and towels are provided.

Family Cottages

The camp offers 23 family cottages that can accommodate 6 people. Two of the cottages are wheelchair friendly. All units have two bedrooms, one with a double bed, one with two single beds and 2 bunk beds in the lounge.

The cottages has a bathroom with shower, toilet, bath and basin. The units also include an open plan kitchen with a fridge/freezer, sink, electric stove, cutlery and crockery, and cooking utensils.

Guest Houses

For visitors that want a bit more luxury while visiting KNP have the option to book one of the two guest houses at Berg-en-Dal.

The J Le Roux Guesthouse is equipped with 3 air-conditioned bedrooms and can sleep up to 6 people. The first bedroom has a double bed and the other two, two single beds. One bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. It also has an additional bathroom for the other guests.

The open plan kitchen has a fridge/freezer, electric stove and oven, sink, cutlery and utensils. It also has a lounge/dining area and a lapa with braai facilities.

The Rhino Guesthouse has 4 air-conditioned bedrooms and can sleep up to 8 people. Two bedrooms have double beds and en-suite fully equipped bathrooms. The other two bedrooms have 2 single beds each and the use of a third bathroom.

The guesthouse also has an open plan kitchen with fridge/freezer, electric stove and oven, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.  The large lounge/living area walks out on a lapa with braai facilities.

Both guesthouses provide linen and towels and comes with a limited channel DSTV television.

Facilities

 The following facilities are available:

  • Information at Reception
  • Booking for all activities on offer
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Box
  • Wimpy Restaurant
  • Cafeteria
  • Shop
  • No ATM facility available
  • Laundromat
  • Filling Station
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Communal Ablutions
  • Braai Facilities
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Auditorium and Conference Facilities
  • Basic Day Visitor Picnic Area in camp
  • Swimming Pool for overnight residents
  • Limited DSTV available in Guest Houses only
  • Shops
  • Cutlery and Plate hampers available from reception

Full Cell phone reception

What do you need to know and bring for a safe and comfortable stay at the Berg-en-Dal?

Plan properly for your stay to make it a relaxed trip and stay. Bookings need to be done well in advance from your planned date of arrival. KNP is a popular game reserve and lodging is not readily available, especially in the holiday season and during the winter months.

There isn’t any bed and breakfast facilities and guests must bring their own food and drinks. Meals can be bought at the restaurant and the shop provides most items that will be needed on a daily basis.

Most parts of the KNP is situated well within a malaria area. This is much more than just an unpleasant illness but can be fatal if left untreated. Since it is being spread by mosquitoes, the best way to avoid getting sick is to prevent the mosquitos to bite you.

You can avoid mosquito bites if you take the necessary steps, such as wearing long sleeves and trousers in the evening, using a reputable kind of insect repellent.

The best way to totally avoid a malaria scare is to get the necessary preventative medication prescribed by your doctor before journeying into the African bush.

Although it is basically impossible for larger, more dangerous animals to enter the camp, it is best to always be alert. Nocturnal animals like the civet, porcupines, and others are frequent visitors.

Ensure your stay is happy and safe by taking note of a few simple warnings. You will be sharing your stay with many unusual and dangerous creatures, such as bats, spiders, snakes, scorpions, to mention but a few, and without knowledge some of them could be dangerous.

If you must walk around at night, please do not do so without a torch. Although there is streetlights, it is not very bright and only along the footpaths.

Under no circumstances are you allowed to feed the animals. By feeding any wildlife, you are signing their death warrant as they become lazy and do not seek for food themselves which can cause them to starve. Some also become aggressive.

When to visit Berg-en-Dal

The best time of the year to make your trip to this camp in the KNP is either early spring or late autumn. Kruger is a summer rainfall area and such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours.

The hot summer months from October to April can make any safari tour unpleasant. Fortunately, Berg-en-Dal does come with swimming pool where overnight visitors can cool down in.

The winters are warm and mild during the day and can sometimes be quite cold at night. If you are planning a trip to KNP in the winter that include a night-drive be sure to pack warm clothing that include a warm jacket, beanie, scarf and gloves.

Even animals sometimes shy away from the heat. During the summer months they tend to look for shade during the hottest time of the day and is not always easy to spot, especially since the bush is very dense.

During the winter months, wildlife tend to stay in the vicinity of water sources and can often be seen at the watering holes, rivers and dams. The bush is also less dense, and animals are spotted more easily than during the summer months.

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FAQs

Where is Berg-en-Dal located?

The Berg-en-Dal camp is located about 15 km from the Malelane entrance gate in the southern part of the KNP.


 What to expect and look out for when staying at the Berg-en-Dal camp.

There is various organized activities like morning, sunset or night game drives and guided walks offered from Berg-en-Dal camp as well as bush breakfasts and braais.  At reception you can visit the Eco-display and a seasonal kids educational program is offered.

Wildlife films are shown from Mondays to Saturdays and you can walk the perimeter trail of the camp spotting birds and wildlife.

From the lady’s bar facility looking over the dam you may see animals of all kinds, from elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and leopard, wild dog and hyena, to antelope and smaller mammals of all kinds.

 

What facilities are provided at Berg-en-Dal and what do you need to bring along?

All chalets/huts are equipped with linen and towels, with the exception of guests using the camping facilities. Campers need to bring everything with them that they need for their trip.

Cooking utensils or crockery are provided. All you need to bring is your own food, insect repellent, camera, binoculars, and torch.

The camp has a shop on the premises that provide basic everyday items and food. If you prefer you can buy your meals at the restaurant. There is cell phone signal at the camp, a petrol station, swimming pool and laundry facilities. Take note that there is not an ATM at the camp.

 

When is the best time to visit Berg-en-Dal?

The best times of the year to stay at Berg-en-Dal is during early spring or late autumn, when temperatures are mostly pleasant, and water is scarce in the veld, so more animals may come for a drink in the dam.


Does the Berg En Dal Camp have a swimming pool?

Yes, the camp has a swimming pool.  


Does the Berg En Dal Camp have a restaurant?

Yes, there is a restaurant in the camp.  


Does the Berg En Dal Camp have a restaurant?

Yes, there is a shop in the Camp. 


What is the closest gate to the Berg En Dal Camp?

The Malelane gate is the closest entrance gate to the camp. 


What is the closest gate to the Berg En Dal Camp?

No, there is no WiFi Connection at the camp. 

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