We've just returned from a couple of weeks in South Africa. We've visited Kruger before and as well as staying in a couple of safari lodges we wanted to try the rest camps.
We spent one night in Mopani Rest Camp with our grown-up son and took a guest cottage. This turned out to be a 3-bedroom cottage, sleeping up to 6 and had a fully equipped kitchen.
It was clean, spacious, with comfortable beds etc - but needed a bit of TLC to put right normal wear-and-tear. We felt it was good value for money and suited our needs (touring camp-to-camp) quite well.
There were lakes next to the camp but we ddin't see any wildlife - maybe we ddin't find the right spot or the views were obscured by bushes etc.
The camp restaurant was acceptable - the food was OK and priced reasonably - rather like a motorway service station. The shop provided enough to do self-catering.
We took a night ride with a ranger - quite interesting, but didn't see an awful lot as it traversed mainly the public roads. Perhaps the highlight was the huge herd of buffalo that looked back with glowing eyes reflecting the light from our lamps.
If I was returning to Kruger I'd certainly have no hesitation in using this rest camp again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the banks of the Pioneer Dam in the Kruger National Park, lies it's best kept secret. Named after the mopane veld that surrounds the camp, Mopani Rest Camp nestles amongst the Mopani tree covered koppies. A signature feature is the huge gnarled old baobab tree in the heart of the camp. The vegetation inside the camp is left as found in the wild, adding to the unique atmosphere of the camp. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mopani Rest Camp Hotel Kruger National Park