Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp
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Camping is without a doubt a really popular style of accommodation because it is so rustic and so affordable.72 x tent or caravan sites with power point available.
There is a wider variety of huts at Crocodile Bridge than at other rest camps.69 x 3-bed units available
There is a wider variety of huts at Crocodile Bridge than at other rest camps.23 x 6 bed units available
Crocodile Bridge has a variety of different accommodation for guests to choose from2 x Guest houses available
Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp is in the heart of the Lowveld, situated in the Southern Kruger National Park. It is home to an abundance of wildlife,and sits comfortably on the northern banks of the famous Crocodile River. One of the claims to fame that this camp can boast about is the rhino populations. Crocodile Bridge is home to one of the largest numbers of rhinos in the Kruger and remains one of the best places to see these endangered animals.
Travelling from Nelspruitto Malelane and on to Komatipoort, the camp is right as you enter the Kruger.
There isn’t all that much camp history, but in its own way,the camp is unique. Overlooking the Crocodile River, and the kilometres of pristine African farmland beyond the park’s borders, it is the only camp in the Kruger to offer this view. It is an ideal place to stay for those guests arriving or leaving the park early or late in the day, while it is also the perfect starting point for anyone going on a weeklong Kruger safari.
The camp gets its name from the banks of the river on which it has been built. It was one of the 4 original ranger posts founded in the then Sabie Reserve. The bridge that you can easily see from the camp was once a part of the Selati Railway which made its way through the park, all the way to Skukuza. The construction of this once vital bridge began in 1894 and was completed atthe beginning of the 19th century.
Just as with all of the other camps in the park, Crocodile Bridge has a variety of different accommodation for guests to choose from. But unlike all of the other camps in the Kruger, the variety is limited to 3 kinds which include campsites, safari tents and bungalows. Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp is well known for its friendly and open hospitality. The comfort and the enjoyment of guests is a priority and ithas frequently been nominated as the best camp.
Crocodile Bridge has remained a great place to stay, from those earliest times when it was just reserved for camp rangers, to what it has become today
Those who are determined to see the best that the Kruger has to offer, know that for the best results they should stick to the Southern Region of the Kruger. When travelling in this area of the park, you also have an increased chance of seeing the Big 5, which is after all what youhave come to see! This area isalso well known for having a large concentration oflions. A self drivesafari is often a whole lot better than a bought Kruger safari trip. When behind your own wheel, you can take all the roads you want to take, and often end up seeing animals a safari company would misssince they generally stick to one route. Should you want to take advantage of a Kruger tour in the company of a safari operator, you could always inquireat the reception.
Camping is without a doubt a really popular style of accommodationbecause it is so rustic and so affordable. It is safe to say, however, that camping is really not everyone’s style. The Kruger knows this and for this reason, Crocodile Bridge offers guests the more luxury option of staying in a safari tent or settling into a comfortable bungalow.
With only 18 campsites available, you are guaranteed to enjoy a quiet stay. Those camping will have access to their own power point and braai area, while they will have to share a communal ablution facility and a communal cooking facility. The campsites are capable of sleeping up to 6 people and you will have access to boiling water, washing up facilities, and electric hotplates.
When you want to treat yourself to a little more luxury but you still want to have that rustic camping aesthetic, safari tents are the best you can opt for. Crocodile Bridge has 8 fully furnished safari tents capable of sleeping 2. Inside the tent,you have a shower, a standing fan, a fridge and your own veranda with a beautiful view. Those staying in one ofthe tents will have access to the shared communal ablution and cooking facilities. There is a safari tent perfectly equipped for people with disabilities.
For those who have no love for camping, there is the option of staying in a bungalow. The bungalows are very basic but they do have air conditioning, an en-suite bathroom and a kitchenette. The kitchenettes have hotplates and washing up facilities. Bungalows are a bit pricier than the campsites, but it is a great option for anyone looking formore comfort and effortless accommodation.
While there might not be all the kinds of accommodation that you can expect to find at one of the bigger camps, Crocodile Bridge is the ideal place to stay if you are looking forward to a quieter experience.
Wherever you are in the Kruger National Park, you need to be aware that there are wild animals close by. With this in mind, you will never be caught off guard and as such, find yourself in a rather prickly situation. Even when in the busiest of rest camps, there is always a chance that animals walk in, especially at night. Although it is very rare for larger, more dangerous animals to enter the camp, it is best to always be alert.While the wild animals might seem like the biggest worry, many guests inthe park fail to see the almost invisible creatures as much of a threat. Certain insects and reptiles should actually be a far bigger worry than they are. Snakes, spiders and scorpions, whether poisonous or not, can leave an inflamed and painful bite.
Unlike the animals which can be stopped from entering the camp, or herdedout once they get in, the insects and reptiles are not so easily shown the door. So you need to be aware that they could be around and always wear shoes when walking around the camp.
The insects and animals are one thing, malaria is another! The Kruger, and this rest camp inparticular,is situated well within a malaria area, and you don’t want to catch this unpleasant illness. Malaria is more than justanother unpleasant illness, it can be fatal if left untreated. Spread by mosquitoes, the best way to avoid getting sick is to firstly repel the bug by using an insect repellent while in the park, and by using a mosquito net while sleeping.
Not all mosquito bites leave a mark. You can start feeling ill without noticing a bite. When visiting the park, make sure you have taken the right measures and the right preventative medication.
The Kruger’s climate might well be unlike anything you have ever experienced. The summers are exceptionally hot and while there is the occasional shower of rain or a thunderstorm, the heat never really retreats. Instead, humidity is the norm so having a swimming pool close by plus air-conditionedaccommodation are a must! The summer months are generally the rainy months while winters are cool and dry, but never often without that hot, African sunshine.
One of those minor details you need to know when travelling here is the gate times. All of the gate times, for every camp, are the same, however,the times will change according to the seasons.
The gate times for Crocodile Bridgeare as follows:
We recommend going on a Kruger Park safari in the early morning and again in the late afternoon inorder to take full advantage of the best times of the day to spot animals. During these cooler hours, animals are more likely to be out and about.