The Kruger National Park has accommodation to suit all budgets, from camping sites to luxury lodges, but if you’re looking for somewhere more remote and less busy than the big main camps, tuck yourself away in one of the Kruger Park’s bushveld camps. Game still abounds but there are fewer people.

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Although the Kruger's bushveld camps are in very remote areas, day and night guided game drives are usually available.

You’ll find the Kruger National Park’s bushveld camps hidden away in some of the most remote wilderness areas of the park. There are only five of them. The remotest is Sirheni in the far north, and the southernmost is the beautiful little Biyamiti camp.

Between these two extremes is Bateleur, the oldest bushveld camp; Shimuwini, with its massive baobab trees; and Talamati, situated in a big open valley.

But all of these fenced bushveld camps offer something a little different, and all are individually memorable.

The camps are much smaller – usually about 15 cottages – than the busy main camps, more intimate and more expensive. But what you’re paying for is peace and exclusivity when you arrive home from your exciting game drives. You won’t find a camp shop, a pool or a restaurant, but what you will find is much more bush and far fewer people, because all these bushveld camps are strictly off-limits unless you are staying there.

Bateleur, named after the majestic eagle of the same name, is in the north, 40km southwest of Shingwedzi. Two small dams and a hide overlooking a waterhole will keep you ticking off your mammal and bird lists all day.

Biyamiti, in the south near Crocodile Bridge Gate, is noted for its abundance of game, including lion, rhino and elephant. Wild dog and cheetah sightings are also possible.

If you’re a birder, head for Shimuwini, situated on a dam on the Letaba River. Giant baobab trees march along the banks. Look out for the dramatically handsome sable and roan antelopes, and the resident leopard.

There’s also a resident leopard that prowls the dam in front of Sirheni camp, whilst at Talamati in the Kruger’s central region, big herds of plains game roam the open grasslands, usually with predators in their wake.

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