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Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Crocodile Bridge is one of the main rest camps of Kruger National Park (KNP) which is located in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces of South Africa. The camp is situated in the south eastern corner of the park on the bank of the Crocodile River.

Crocodile Bridge - Self Catering
6 Sleeper - Camp Site (CK6P)

*Excludes camping equipment

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R590 for 2 persons
 R740 for 3 persons
 R890 for 4 persons
 R1040 for 5 persons
 R1190 for 6 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, No restaurant onsite, Communal Ablutions, Powerpoint, SANPARKS Community Levy 

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

Crocodile Bridge - Self Catering
2 Sleeper - Safari Tent (CTT2)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R1100 for 2 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, No restaurant onsite, 2 single beds, Communal ablutions, Communal Kitchen, Fan, Fridge, SANPARKS Community Levy

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

Crocodile Bridge - Self Catering
2 Sleeper - Bungalow (BD2Z)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024R2,595 for 2 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, No restaurant onsite, En-suite, 2 single beds, Airconditioned, Fridge, Hotplate,  Sink, Utensils, SANPARKS Community Levy

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

Crocodile Bridge
Bungalow (BD3)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024R2995 for 2 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include:  Self catering, No restaurant onsite, En-suite, 3 single beds, Airconditioned, Fridge, Hotplate,  Sink, Utensils, SANPARKS Community Levy 

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

Overview

The camp overlooks kilometres of farmland on the other side of the Crocodile River.  The Crocodile Bridge entrance gate is situated next to the camp. It is only 13km from the town of Komatipoort, and 12km from the Mozambique Border.

This vegetation around Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp is flat and scattered with Marula trees. Game viewing is good in this area and it is well-known for its concentration of a couple of prides of lion, herds of impala, zebra, and wildebeest, and troops of baboons. It is also home to a larger percentage of KNP’s total rhino population.

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. Since it is also an entrance gate to the KNP, it is an ideal spot for breakfasts for arriving visitors and farewell meals for those departing.

Why would you want to visit Crocodile Bridge?

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

Animals to look out for specifically in this area is kudu, giraffe, cheetah, spotted hyena, and cheetah.

The southern part of the KNP has a history that can be traced back centuries. One of the attractions and sightseeing activities in this specific area include the San or Bushmen paintings which can be seen on an overhanging sandstone, rock near the Hippo pool. It is the only traces of the San People who once lived and hunted in this area.

Going out on an open vehicle safari is the preferred way to see animals but the best way to spot animals in Crocodile Bridge is to sit at the electrified fence overlooking the Crocodile River. The camp also offers great bird watching opportunities. 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 Crocodile Bridge located?

Crocodile Bridge is located in the south-eastern corner of the KNP, about 13 km from the town of Komatipoort. The GPS coordinates for the camp is S 25 21′ 30″ E 31 53′ 32″.

How to get to Crocodile Bridge

Travelling time from Johannesburg to the Crocodile Bridge entrance gate, which is right at the Crocodile Bridge rest camp by car is at least five to six hours.

Take the N4 to Nelspruit and head on to Malelane and then to Komatipoort. Komatipoort is about 110 km from Nelspruit. You turn left onto the R571 just after Komatipoort and head on to the gate.

Visitors who would prefer to go in at the Malelane Gate need to travel about 56 km on a gravel road parallel to the Crocodile River to get to Crocodile Bridge rest camp. The closest rest camp to Crocodile Bridge is Lower Sabie which is 31 km to the north.

You can also travel by air and the closest airport to Crocodile Bridge is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) which is situated between Nelspruit and White River. Nelspruit is about 25 km from KMIA and about 120 km from the Crocodile Bridge entrance 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.

Crocodile Bridge’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 Crocodile Bridge

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. Any of the activities can only be booked in conjunction with confirmed accommodation bookings.

Guided walks with a resident bird specialist is available for bird enthusiasts. Some special birds to look for in this area is the pink throated twinspot and the black bellied starlings. In the camp itself many birds can be spotted while simple sitting at your bungalow or tent, such as the orange-breasted bush shrike, brown-headed parrot and many small ground feeding seedeaters such as canaries, waxbills, fire finches, manikins, and widow finches.

Morning or night game drives, tours, or day trips is available where you can learn and observe the wildlife of KNP. The morning drives go out at 04:30 in summer and at 05:30 in winter for about 3 to 4 hours.

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. You can also book a private trip.

What to watch out for when staying at Crocodile Bridge

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

Crocodile Bridge is in a great game viewing are and is an ideal venue to pursue the Big 5. The endangered white and black rhino is also often seen in the area.

Several mammal species, like the zebra, wildebeest, impala, warthog, and giraffe area usually spotted with a few hundred meters from the camp gate. Big cats, like lion, cheetah, and leopard are regularly sighted in the area. As with most other camps in KNP, hyena patrol the camp fence every night.

Being close to the Crocodile River 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.

The camp is situated in knob thorn, round-leaf teak, and marula tree savannah on basalt soils. Because the grass in this area is sweet it attracts huge herds of grazing species. On the western side of the camp you will find delagoa thorn thicket on ecca shale soil. The magic guarri is also found in this area. East lies the Lebombo mountain range, where the vegetation differs again hosting other animal species.

What type of accommodation does Crocodile Bridge offer and what  amenities/facilities are available at the camp?

Crocodile Bridge provides a variety of accommodation types for singles, couples, and families with children.

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

At Crocodile Bridge the accommodation caters to a variety of guest requirements and is well suited for those who are looking for a self-catering bushveld experience. The following accommodation types is available:

Campsites

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

The camp offers 18 tent or caravan sites, with power point and your own barbecue facility. A maximum of 6 people are allowed per site. Guests use the communal ablutions and cooking facilities which provide 24-hour boiling water, washing up facilities, and electric hotplates.

The camping facilities will suit the pocket of the budget conscious traveller. All facilities are wheelchair friendly.

Safari Tents

The camp offer 8 permanent furnished canvas tents for 2 people. These units are the cheapest accommodation if you do not want to camp. One of the tents is also wheelchair accessible. The tents are equipped with a fridge, standing fan, and a veranda with braai facilities. Guest make use of the communal ablutions and kitchens.

Bungalows

The camp offers 20 bungalows with 2 or 3 single beds and air conditioning. Some of the units have en-suite bathrooms with a shower, basin, and toilet. Some also have a small kitchenette with a sink, hotplate, and a fridge. Two of the units are wheelchair friendly that can be reached via a small ramp.

Some of the unit need to utilize the communal ablutions and kitchens. You also have a choice between a unit with or without a riverside view. Linen and towels are provided in the safari tents and the bungalows.

The main building where you can find the shop can also be reached via a paved pathway or hard ground to make it accessible for wheelchairs.

At Crocodile Bridge the following facilities are available:

  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Box
  • Shop, with small take-away food section
  • Laundromat
  • Filling Station
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Communal Ablutions
  • Cutlery and Plates Hampers (enquire at Reception)
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Basic Day Visitor Picnic Area in camp
  • Cellphone Reception
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Game Drives by trained field guides
  • Lebombo Eco-Trail which needs to be pre-booked and is an overnight activity
  • No ATM facility

What do you need to know and bring for a safe and comfortable stay at the Crocodile Bridge?

Plan properly for your stay at Crocodile Bridge 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 accommodation is not readily available, especially in the holiday season and during the winter months.

Crocodile Bridge does not offer any bed and breakfast facilities and guests must bring their own food and drinks. Take-away meals can be bought at the shop as well as 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 Crocodile Bridge

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

The hot summer months from October to April can make any safari tour unpleasant. 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.

FAQs

Where is Crocodile Bridge located?

The Crocodile Bridge rest camp is located right at the Crocodile Bridge entrance gate about 13 km from the town of Komatipoort in the south-eastern corner of the KNP.

 

What to expect and look out for when staying at the Crocodile Bridge rest camp?

There is various organized activities like morning, sunset or night game drives and guided walks from Crocodile Bridge. The white and black rhino is often seen in the area, as well as lion, leopard, and cheetah. Several other mammal species, like elephant, zebra, wildebeest, impala, warthog, and giraffe area usually spotted with a few hundred meters from the camp gate.  Being close to the Crocodile River means you should probably see animals and birds of all kinds.


What facilities are provided at Crocodile Bridge and what do you need to bring along?

All accommodation 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.

All you need to bring is your crockery and eating utensils, own food, insect repellent, camera, binoculars, and a torch.

The camp has a shop on the premises that provide basic everyday items and a variety of take-away food. There is cell phone signal at the camp, a petrol station, and laundry facilities. Take note that there is not an ATM at the camp.

 

When is the best time to visit Crocodile Bridge?

The best times of the year to stay at Crocodile Bridge 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 at the river.


Does the Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp have a swimming pool?

No, the camp does not have a swimming pool.  

Does the Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp have a swimming pool?

No, there is no restaurant in the camp.  


Is there a shop in the Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp?

Yes, there is a shop in the Camp. 


What is the closest gate to the Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp?

The Crocodile Bridge gate is the closest entrance gate to the camp. 


Is there WiFi Connection at the Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp?

No, there is no WiFi Connection at the camp.

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