Kruger National Park’s bushveld camps
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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.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
South African National Parks Central Reservations
Tel: +27 (0)12 428 9111
Best time to visit
The Kruger National Park is wonderful at any time of year. Winter is best for game spotting because the vegetation is low and game has to come to water holes and permanent dams to drink. But in summer, the bush is lush and beautiful and there are lots of baby animals and scores of migrant birds.
Tours to do
Book a sunset guided game drive. You get the best of the sunset plus the excitement of a night drive by spotlight.
A 4x4 or van is the best option because you sit higher up, which makes it easier to spot game. Or book a guided game walk.
Length of stay
At least two nights, more if possible. Book well in advance, at least 11 months ahead if you want the best choice of accommodation.
What to pack
All your food and provisions as there is no shop nearby. Wood is available on site for your braai.
Kruger National Park mammal and bird guides. These are more helpful and easier to use than one big field guide that tries to cover everything from beetles and snakes to birds and mammals.