Berg en Dal Restcamp
Berg en Dal means "Mountain and Vale" in Afrikaans (and Dutch) and is one of the newer (1984) restcamps. It is situated on the banks of the Matjulu Spruit with a lovely view over the undulating hills to the east. It is the only camp set in a rugged hilly environment in the Kruger and can benefit from a few degrees less heat than the plains camps in the peak summer months.
Architect-designed, Berg en Dal camp was the first to introduce a significant proportion of chalets designed for families. It has been sensitively landscaped with well separated accommodation set around sweeping central lawns. The location was chosen between dry riverbeds and a dam bordering the north and south of the camp. There are large trees along these streams, and special care has been taken to preserve the natural vegetation in the camp.
There is a pleasant tweny minute "Rhino Trail" set into the landscaping of the camp, and a shorter trail with Braille plaques for blind visitors.
There are some interesting San bushman rock art sites in and around the camp, although the only way to see these is by participating in the three-night Bushman Trail (which you are likely to need to book months in advance). HBowever, the interpretation centre does contain some of the Metal Age artefacts discovered whilst the site was being prepared.
There is an internet cafe and a film auditorium here, along with public telephones and a post box.
There is a designated picnic site here for day visitors, who can utilise the shop and cafeteria. There are no gas braais here, but wood is available in the shop. Outside of the camp, the local picnic site is at Afsaal, around 40km distant.
Camping is possible here, and there are 69 rondavels, 23 six bed family cottages, and two sponsored guest houses sleeping 6 and 8 respectively.book berg-en-dal >
The Berg en Dal area is home to white rhino, kudu, impala, giraffe, elephant, reedbuck, klipspringer and warthog. Leopard are seen regularly in the region- some lucky people have even seen them drinking at the dam in front of the camp. Wild dog are also found in the area. Lion are usually found in the lower plains on the roads to Skukuza and Crocodile Bridge.
Close by is the highest peak in the Kruger, Khandizwe Mountain, which stands at 840m. This is the only area of the Park where you have a chance of seeing mountain reedbuck.
Berg en Dal is an excellent venue to see Fantailed Flycatchers, and Heuglin's and White-throated Robins. The Scarlet-chested Sunbird is a prominent local feature. The Matjulu dam, adjacent to the camp, attracts a constant flock of waterbirds, and the African Fish Eagle is often present with its distinctive call echoing around the dam.
The surrounding hills are home to a wealth of species and are a good place to search for Croaking Cisticola, and in Summer evenings around dusk, Pennantwinged Nightjar.
Berg en Dal is situated in Malelane Mountain Bushveld. Many unusual plants grow in these landscapes. The plains between the mountains yield sweet grass which attracts a variety of grazers. Prominent trees are the red bushwillow and magic guarri.