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“Moretele River Camp - Borakalalo”

Moretele Tented Camp
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Moretele Tented Camp
Reviewed 8 September 2012

Borakalalo National Park is a hidden gem in the North-West province, about 2 hours's drive from Gauteng. Accommodation in the park consists of the better equipped Phuduphudu Bush Camp, the basic Moretele River Camp and the Pitjane Fishing Camp. The gravel roads are well maintained and the park offers good driving loops that can be explored by car. There are three birdhides and three picnic sites with ablution facilities.

Moretele River Camp is situated on the banks of the Moretele River, as it flows out of the Klipvoor Dam and exists of 10 (basic) tents and a camping site. Basic communal ablution and kitchen facilities are provided. There is no electricity in the camp - you need to bring your gas equipment to cook, or make fire in the designated braai areas. Its best attribute is that it offers value for money - the accommodation in the tents is not expensive, but you get what you pay for!

Despite its tranquil and beautiful setting, which will be amazing in summer time, the tented camp has seen better days. The tents are badly worn out and the terrain somewhat polluted with litter. The beds are adequate and linen (no towels) is provided. There is also a cupboard to lock away foodstuffs - make good use of it! The camp attendant was friendly and helpful.

For me the biggest drawback was the monkeys who wistfully observe any opportunity to rid the unsuspecting tourist of their food. You just have to manage this and ensure that you food is properly locked away, especially when you are not there. The monkeys will get into your tent, even if you try to lock it!

Room Tip: All the tents face the river, so it doesn't really matter which one you choose, although if the...
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

We regularly visit Borakalalo as it offers a somewhat different game park experience from the big 5 parks. It is relaxed, quiet and since there are no large predators or elephants it is safe to wander about. At 13,000 hectares it is big enough to experience some open space complete with giraffe, rhino and lots of type of antelopes.

Moretele is one of two fixed Camps in the Borakalalo National park. There are about 10 fixed safari tents, each with 2 single beds, a lockable cupboard (to keep the monkeys out), a gas fridge some chairs and a table. There is water, a braii and a fireplace in front of each tent. The beds come with linen and towels as well.
The tents are stretched along the river and it is a very nice setting indeed.
The toilet and shower blocks are clean and of sufficient quantity with hot water throughout. Everything is clean and pretty well maintained. A camp attendant stays nearby who is very helpful with any little issues. The camp is strictly self catering and whilst the park has a small shop at the gate, there really isn’t anything there apart from the bare essentials, so you need to bring all food, water, pots, pans and not forgetting the beer. Because of the fridge you can keep food for a your stay.

This is no luxury tented camp, but for a very decent price (around € 40 per night per tent) you get to stay in a well maintained and clean camp, right by the river in a national park less than 2 hours from Johannesburg. Hard to beat.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: Borakalalo National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Borakalalo National Park
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Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Borakalalo National Park

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