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The 5 Best Camps In The Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is one of South Africa’s best holiday destinations. While you could stay outside of the camp and spend your days on a Kruger safari, if you want to really treat yourself, staying at one of these rest camps will provide you with that rich African experience.

And before you panic thinking you’ll be roughing it, not all camps are rustic. There are those which are considered a little more basic, and there are some camps which have more amenities for a more comfortable stay. Guests can also opt for real luxury which they will find in some of the safari lodges.

What makes Kruger accommodation so special is that each camp is vastly different. The terrain in which the camp is built differs from one camp to the next and some camps have plenty of things to do while others are just perfect for anyone wanting peace and quiet above all else.

Regardless of your expectations, you can be certain that once you have looked around a bit, you will find the ideal camp. And to make your selection easier, we’re featuring our top 5 Kruger Park camps.

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“Named after the legendary James Stevenson-Hamilton, a man who dedicated his life to the Kruger, all guests who come to the park will pass through here at some point.”

We’re bringing in Skukuza first because it is the main rest camp. Along with being the camp where most Kruger Park safaris stop off for a break during lunch and to do a little shopping, Skukuza is also home to some fantastic accommodation.

For the day visitor, Skukuza has a range of places to eat as well as a lookout point. It is the perfect place to stretch your legs, while also being a great place to spot some wildlife before heading out on safari again.

For the overnight visitor, Skukuza has both caravan and camping facilities as well as air-conditioned rondavels and luxury guest lodgings.


“Satara has a reputation for being lion country, with numerous prides living in the area. When you stay here, you will fall asleep listening to their roars.”

Along with being smack in the middle of lion country, Satara is also a top camp if you are looking for a place to stay over. The camp has a certain rustic appeal, and it is not as busy as Skukuza often is.

For the day visitor, at Satara guests can find great places to get a snack or to sit down to a meal at the deli or the restaurant and there is a shop where guests can buy park souvenirs.

Those staying overnight have the option of camping or bringing their caravans, staying in a bungalow or opting for the extra comfort provided by the guest cottage or the guest house.


“A satellite camp offering guests utter peace and quiet in private surrounds, Tamboti is well-known for its intimate set up and its communal boma around which guests can share their wildlife tales by fire light.”

Tamboti is a small but popular tented camp located on the banks of the rushing Timbavati River. It is about 2 km away from Orpen Rest Camp and it has communal appeal, as guests sit around the camp boma after a day of sightseeing and share their experiences. The camp is surrounded by lush, natural bush, leaving you feeling truly isolated from the world. This is the ideal camp for a bit of peaceful relaxation.

Tamboti is not a place to stop and take a break during a Kruger Park safari. It is just a camp for those staying over. There are no restaurants or shops here.  Luckily, Orpen is just 2 km away.

Overnight guests need to know that the camp is a tented camp. It has two ablution blocks and two communal kitchens but other than that the camp is the epitome of rustic living. Accommodation includes budget safari tents as well as semi-luxury safari tents.

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“Built on top of a hill, with a view that you will dream about long after your trip is over, Olifants is an oasis of peace and home to the elephants.”

Often considered to be among the very best camps in the park, Olifants rest camp is perfectly situated to do a little wildlife viewing from the high-up lookout points. The views are panoramic and simply spectacular. You could spend your whole day sightseeing here.

The camp has a restaurant, cafeteria and a shop. Day guests can grab something to eat and then head to one of the lookout points, enjoying their meal while on the lookout for animals. The camp also boasts a picnic area.

For those who will be staying over, there is the option of bungalows as well as guests houses, both of which will provide plenty of comfort during your stay.


“A bushveld camp and one known for its seclusion and luxury lodgings, Bateleur is perfectly suituated.”

This is one of the oldest bushveld camps in the Kruger and it is also one of the smallest. You are not likely to stop here during your Kruger Park day tour or safari as there are no places to eat and there are no shops. Well, there is a mini shop, but it mostly supplies provisions for overnight guests.

The kind of accommodation you will find here includes comfortable guest cottages which have en-suite bathrooms and electricity. The cottages also have their own kitchens and are serviced daily. Bateleur has a reputation for offering guests a more luxurious stay.

Kurt Safari is a Kruger Park tour operator with more than 20 years of experience. While we generally design our tour packages to include accommodation outside of the park, we are more than happy to accommodate you within the Kruger, should you prefer it.

With our tour packages, we will take care of all of the arrangements for your trip (flights and documentation excluded) so that you can enjoy the best possible Kruger experience.

You can book your Kruger Park safari online. Simply select your tour package and we’ll do  the rest.

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