The Kruger Park is one of South Africa’s best known and best loved parks. Pretoriuskop is one of the camps bordering the entrance to the park.
The Kruger National Park was opened in 1927 after the park was designated as a wildlife conservation area. In those days, visitors were very sparse and the area was teeming with wildlife.
Today, conservation efforts continue, and visitors flock from all over the world for the game viewing experiences Kruger Park has to offer.
Pretoriuskop camp, like many of the camps in the park offers up-to-date facilities while managing to retain a get-away-from-it-all bush experience. The Parks management obviously do not want to lose the feel of getting away from civilisation, but realise that there needs to be certain facilities in place for the comfort of visitors. Consequently, there is a shop, restaurant, gas station, reception and information centre, designated day-visitor area and barbeque facilities.
The original chalets have been upgraded to provide for a comfortable stay and the lawns in front of each chalet are well-maintained, with a resident herd of springbok in the area
Guided bush walks and game drives are offered and can be booked for at reception. The night-time drives are a great opportunity to spot nocturnal animals such as leopards. There is a 4 x 4 trail and an educational trail, referred to as the Sable Trail.
Booking and Prices
South African National Parks has a central reservations office, tel. 0027 21 428 9111, or e-mail email@example.com.
Camp sites cost R165 per night for two persons (maximum 6 persons per site). An extra R54 is payable for additional adult and R27 is payable for children.
Chalets with communal wash up facilities and ablutions start at R240 per night (2 adults) to R355 for a chalet with six beds (R355 is the base rate for 2 persons, extra adults pay R106 and children pay R53 per night).
Upgraded family cottages with six beds cost R1400 per night for 4 people (additional adults pay R270, additional kids R135 per night).
Large guest houses, one of which sleeps 16, the other 9. Each cost R2590 per night for four people, extra adults pay R470 and children pay R245.
Bear in mind that Kruger park has heavy summer rainfalls (November to April). During these months especially, there is the danger of malaria, so come prepared. The summers are warm, the winters are mild but cold at night. Roads throughout the park are good, with a normal saloon car quite able to manage the trip. There are designated 4 x 4 areas and these are usually booked well in advance.