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Mopani Rest Camp
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

Stayed for two nights and we all wish it could have been SO much longer! The accommodation was extremely tidy - we had a chalet with 4 x beds and all the necessary accompaniments. It was a quiet time and most bungalows and chalets unoccupied which made for a very relaxing experience. The entire camp was well kept although the staff could be more engaged. The restaurant has great views and hippos are the only sounds disturbing the dinner. The menu was good but too many items were unavailable. Personally, having a barbeque at your chalet and drinking in the South African bush with all its smells and sounds at night is way better!!
Absolutely one of the great camps in the beautiful Kruger!

Room Tip: Choose a bungalow or chalet with a view - very well worth it and more secluded from the neighbours
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Stayed at Mopani for one night and wished we had stayed longer, purely for the food! Got upgraded to a 4 bed cottage, was absolutely huge, much larger than expected. Shop same as other SANpark shops (well stocked and good choice, but generally disinterested staff); restaurant however was fantastic in comparison! Great choice and fantastically well presented. When we asked why the food was so much better than the other camps at the same price, we were told it was a different catering company to the rest of the camps. Well worth the difference. Bit far North in Kruger to stay much longer (not as much game around Mopani) but a great experience nonetheless

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We stayed two nights in Mopani and although we live this camp the accommodation this time was poor. We had no grass on the side of the bungalow. If you lie on the bed you see the sky. Upside was we heard lion, jackal, hyena the whole night. Luckily it did not rain but we had a lot of spiders and I was bitten by one.
The shop is undergoing renovations so choices is limited and the place is small and cramped.
The restaurant is amazing, food choices is great and good all around.
We did a sunset drive, really great. It was very cold that day and we were the only crazy ones that ventured out in the cold. We were rewarded with fantastic sightings. It was so good we booked a bush braai. On the pricey side but amazing experience. The food was good, and the experience one to remember.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Travelled as two couples with two kids, stayed for one night at Mopani rest camp in guest cottage. Cottage was large three spacious bedrooms one with ensuite. There was also a separate shower and toilet. Kitchen dining area was large and well equipped, evrything you required and was very clean. The terrace area outside was fab, couldn't fault this accomodation.

Recommend sticking with sunset drives as we booked our first night drive and were disappointed. I know that seeing game is based alot on luck, but it also helps if the driver slows down.

Room Tip: Recommend a perimeter view.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

The relatively small and quiet Mopani Rest Camp has probably the coziest atmosphere of Kruger National Park's camps and, situated high above the Pioneer Reservoir, wonderful and magic views. The bungalows are comfortable and clean. The restaurant has a pretty sitting area with an outdoor, tree-house type veranda - though it couldn't save some disappointment with an overcooked dinner. Typical of many Kruger camps, the Reception's acceptance of one brand of credit card is no guarantee that the restaurant accepts the card and may lead to considerable confusion. The Manager's voluntary intervention the next day and concern about getting a full guest feedback showed a sincere interest in making this camp the best in the park.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Travelled as two couples, stayed for two nights at Mopani rest camp in guest cottage. Cottage was large three spacious bedrooms one with ensuite. There was also a separate shower and toilet. Kitchen dining area was large and well equipped, evrything you required and was very clean. The terrace area outside was fab, with a great view over the river where we saw Hippos each night. Couldn't fault this accomodation.
Regarding Wildlife, on the first day we saw Lions with a kill. On the second day we were so lucky to see a Leopard around 6pm sunning itself on one of the road signs it was beautiful in the evening sun we were so close and it wasn't fazed. This was our highlight (see photo).
As we stayed on New Years Eve we booked on the New Years Eve Drive which took you to a picnic area near to midnight where there was Champagne and wine to toast in the new year a fitting end to our two night stay.
Would stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank A C
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

Mopani is well located in kruger for spotting game. It has all the amenities inside but the small pool is mostly crowded. We took evening safari and spotted a lot of birds (hard luck with cats). The restaurant serves good food. The location is perfect for a relaxed get away. I would love to visit it again.

Room Tip: Carry more raw material if you plan to cook, everything is expensive in there.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mopani Rest Camp

Address: Pioneer Dam, Kruger National Park 1390, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #105 of 175 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range: £60 - £878 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Mopani Rest Camp 2*
Number of rooms: 102
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 
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Mopani Rest Camp Hotel Kruger National Park

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