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Pretoriuskop Rest Camp

Pretoriuskop is one of the main rest camps of Kruger National Park (KNP) which is located in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces of South Africa.  It is also the oldest rest camp of the park. The camp is situated in the south-western part of the park, 9 km from Numbi entrance gate and 60 km from the Paul Kruger entrance gate.

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp - Self Catering
6 Sleeper - Camp Site (CK6P)

*Excludes camping equipment

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R590 for 2 persons
 R740 for 3 persons
 R890for 4 persons
 R1040 for 5 persons
 R1190 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 

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp - Self Catering
2 Sleeper - Hut (ES2)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024R745 for 2 persons

Rates quoted per night.

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, Communal ablutions, Communal Kitchen, 2 Single Beds, SANPARKS Community Levy 

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

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp - Self Catering
3 Sleeper - Hut (EB3)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R1395 for 3 persons

Rates quoted per night.

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, Communal ablutions, Communal Kitchen, 3 Single Beds, SANPARKS Community Levy 

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

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp - Self Catering
5 Sleeper - Hut (EB5)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R1995 for 5 persons

Rates quoted per night.

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, Communal ablutions, Communal Kitchen, 5 Single Beds, Air-conditioned, Fridge, SANPARKS Community Levy 

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

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp - Self Catering
6 Sleeper - Hut (EB6)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R2195 for 6 persons

Rates quoted per night.

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, Communal ablutions, Communal Kitchen, 6 Single Beds, Air-conditioned, Fridge, SANPARKS Community Levy 

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

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp - Self Catering
2 Sleeper - Bungalow (BG2)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R2195 for 2 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, 1 bedroom with 2 Single Beds, En-suite, Air-conditioned, Communal Kitchen, SANPARKS Community Levy   

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

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp - Self Catering
4 Sleeper - Bungalow (BG4)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R3100 for 4 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, restaurant onsite, 1 bedroom with 4 Single Beds, En-suite, Air-conditioned, Communal Kitchen, SANPARKS Community Levy  

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

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp - Self Catering
2 Sleeper - Bungalow (BD2)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R2495 for 2 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite 1 bedroom with 1 Doulbe Bed, Airconditioned, Kitchen, Fridge, Utensils, SANPARKS Community Levy 

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

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp - Self Catering
2 Sleeper - Bungalow (BD2M)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R2495 for 2 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite 1 bedroom with 2 single beds, 2 Tub chairs and Coffee Table,  Airconditioned, Kitchen, Fridge, Utensils

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

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp - Self Catering
4 Sleeper - Bungalow (FU4D)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R4395 for 4 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite 1 bedroom with 2 single beds, 1 bedroom with double bed, Airconditioned, Kitchen, SANPARKS Community Levy 

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

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp - Self Catering
6 Sleeper - Family Cottage (FF6D)

Date Range Rate 
17 Mar 2021-
31 Oct 2023
R5895 for 6 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite, 1 bedroom with double bed,  2 bedrooms each with 2 single beds, Airconditioned, Kitchen, SANPARKS Community Levy 

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

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp - Self Catering
9 Sleeper - Doherty Bryant Guest House (GH9B)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R12495 for 9 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite, En-suite, 3 Stand alone rooms Each unit with 2 single and 2 bench beds in lounge, Air-conditioned,  Kitchen, SANPARKS Community Levy 

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

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp - Self Catering
16 Sleeper P. Joubert Guest House (GH16)

Date Range Rate 
2023 – 2024 R20695 for 16 persons

Rates quoted per night. 

Include: Self catering, restaurant and shop onsite,  En-suite, 4 Stand alone rooms Each unit with 2 single and 2 bench beds in lounge, Air-conditioned,  Kitchen, SANPARKS Community Levy

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

Overview

Pretoriuskop takes its name from the nearby kopje where Willem Pretorius, a Voortrekker and member of Carl Trichardt’s 1848 expedition to Delagoa Bay, is buried. Shabeni Hill, a granite dome is not far from the camp and is a beacon in the area.

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 Pretoriuskop?

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

Being the oldest camp in KNP and the first to open for visitors, it has a rich history. The firsts park ranger, Harry Wolhuter’s hut that dates from 1930 is one of the few original huts built in the Park to provide tourist accommodation. Although no longer used it has been restored to its original form.

Groups of Voortrekker investigated the possible routes through the Lowveld to Delagoa Bay between 1836 and 1860, in an effort to establish a trade route. Pretoriuskop lies near one of these trade routes.

João Albasini, a Portuguese pioneer was the first white trader and elephant hunter to settle in the Lowveld and he established various trading posts along the routes between Mozambique and the inland mines and centres of the ivory trade. Albasini buried Pretorius at the base of Pretoriuskop. The Albisini’s homestead can be visited.

Jock of the Bushveld is one of the most famous characters of the transport rider days, and was immortalized by his owner, Sir Percy FitzPatrick, who wrote a book about his travels with his Staffordshire Bullterrier. Jock’s birthplace is marked along the Voortrekker Road leading to Pretoriuskop.

Going out on an open vehicle safari is the preferred way to see animals around Pretoriuskop. 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 Pretoriuskop located?

Pretoriuskop is located in the south-western part of the KNP, 9 km from Numbi entrance gate and 60 km from the Paul Kruger entrance gate. The GPS coordinates for the camp is S 25 10′ 20″ E 31 16′ 9″.

How to get to Pretoriuskop

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

Take the N4 to Nelspruit and then the R40 to White River. Pass through White River and take the R538 that would lead you to Numbi entrance gate. It is about a 20 minute drive to the camp from the gate.

You can also travel by air to KNP and the closest airport to Pretoriuskop is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) which is situated between Nelspruit and White River. KMIA is about 15 km from White River and about 50 km from Numbi Gate.

There are daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg between KMIA and OR Tambo International Airport. 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.

Pretoriuskop’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 Pretoriuskop.

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.

Going on early morning bush walks offer a great opportunity to view game at close range. Or you could opt to go on a safari game drives which is offered at dawn, sunset or at night.

There are various historical places and attractions to visit in the area such as the Voortrekker Road, the birthplace of Jock of the Bushveld and the Albasini Ruins.

The area also boast the Napi Trail that explores the woodland bushveld. Game viewing is excellent in the area, especially rhino.

The following is on offer:

  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Game Drives with trained field guides
  • Bush Breakfast and Bush Braai (Barbecue)
  • Napi Wilderness Trail that has to be pre-booked and is an overnight activity
  • Madlabantu 4×4 Adventure Trail if the weather permits
  • Sable Trail camp walk

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 private groups.

What to watch out for when staying at Pretoriuskop

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

The Big 5 has been spotted on numerous occasions in this area. Black and white rhino, buffalo and elephant can be seen on the loop roads around the camp. Lion, leopard and cheetah roam the plains and there is also a resident pack of wild dogs in the area.

The many koppies in the area can be scanned for rock hyrax, klipspringer, oribi and red duiker. Oribi and red duiker are restricted to this part of the park and are difficult to find. Visitors also have the chance of seeing small herds of sable, eland, reedbuck and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest.

As in other camps there is an abundance of birds in and around the camp. Be on the lookout for Greencapped eremomela, Brownheaded parrot, Cutthroat finch, Redheaded weaver and several Sunbird species. It is also the best area to spot the Pennantwinged nightjar, Blackbellied korhaan and Redcollared widow.

The vegetation around Pretoriuskop is thick with tall grass and an unpleasant sour veld. Only below the drainage line is there sweeter grass where you will find the grazers. In the camp you will find Natal mahogany, marula and sycamore fig trees but the most dominant tree is the silver cluster-leaf.

Two dams, Mestel and Shitlhave are in close vicinity of the camp which 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.

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

Pretoriuskop 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.

The following accommodation types is available:

Campsites

Camping is the most affordable and the most rustic style of accommodation that Kruger offers. The camp offer 45 tent or caravan sites for a maximum of 6 people, with or without power point. Campers make use of communal ablutions and cooking facilities. The facilities has 24-hour boiling water, electric hotplates and sinks.

Huts

These units are the cheapest accommodation if you do not want to camp. On offer is 30 units with 2, 3, 5 or 6-beds equipped with a ceiling fan. A further 46 units with 2, 3, 5 or 6-bed with air-conditioner and a fridge is also available.  There are no cooking utensils, crockery or cutlery, but a communal kitchen with scullery and electric hotplates is available. Guest make use of the communal ablution facilities.

Bungalows

The camp has 52 bungalows that sleep 2, 4 or 6 people. The units have an air-conditioner and a bathroom with either a shower or a bath. You have a choice of having your own kitchenette or using the communal kitchen. Some units have both hotplates and sinks. Some come with perimeter view. For hire is few fully equipped utensils boxes that include cutlery, crockery, glasses and a frying pan.

Family Cottages

There is 4 air-conditioned cottages with 6 beds in each in 3 bedrooms with 1 double bed and 4 single beds. One bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with bath, basin and toilet and the other a shower. The kitchen is equipped with a gas stove, fridge/freezer, sink, cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery. It also has a living room.

The camp offers 1 air-conditioned unit that sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms with 1 double bed and 4 single beds. The rest of the unit is the same as those mentioned above.

Guest Houses

These are 2 large luxury units in positioned in prime spots. Both have multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Some have showers and other baths only. They come with fully equipped kitchens that include microwave ovens. There is a living area and TV with limited DSTV channels.

The Pierre Joubert Guesthouse sleeps 16, in 4 bedrooms. All the rooms have 2 single beds plus 2 bench beds in each room.

The Doherty Bryant Guesthouse sleeps 9, in 3 bedrooms. All rooms have a double bed and 1 single bed in each.

The camp also has wheelchair friendly accommodation with roll-in shower and adequate space in the bathroom for wheelchair manoeuvring.

All accommodation comes with linen, towels and braai facilities.

Facilities

The following facilities are available:

  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Box
  • Restaurant
  • Cafeteria
  • Shop
  • Laundromat
  • Filling Station
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Communal Ablutions
  • Swimming Pool
  • Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception)
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Day Visitors Picnic Area in camp
  • DSTV only in Guest Houses
  • Cell phone reception

No ATM facility available

What do you need to know and bring for a safe and comfortable stay at Pretoriuskop?

Plan properly for your stay at Pretoriuskop 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.

Pretoriuskop does not offer 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 Pretoriuskop

The best time of the year to make your trip to Pretoriuskop 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, Pretoriuskop 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.

FAQs

Where is Pretoriuskop located?

The Pretoriuskop camp is located about 9 km from the Numbi entrance gate in the south-western part of the KNP.

 

What to expect and look out for when staying at the Pretoriuskop camp?

There is various organised activities like morning, sunset or night game drives and guided walks offered from Berg-en-Dal camp as well as bush breakfasts and braais.

From the two dams in close vicinity 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. Be specifically on the lookout for rhino.

 

What facilities are provided at Pretoriuskop 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.

Cooking utensils or crockery are provided in some units. 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 Pretoriuskop?

The best times of the year to stay at Pretoriuskop 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 Pretoriouskop Rest Camp have a swimming pool?

Yes, the camp has a swimming pool.  


Does the Pretoriouskop Rest Camp have a restaurant?

Yes, there is a restaurant in the camp.  


Is there a shop in the Pretoriouskop Rest Camp?

Yes, there is a shop in the Camp. 


What is the closest gate to the Pretoriouskop Rest Camp?

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


Is there WiFi Connection at the Pretoriouskop Rest Camp?

No, there is no WiFi Connection at the camp. 

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