Crocodile Bridge Restcamp
This small and pleasant camp is situated in the south-eastern corner of the Kruger National Park, on the northern bank of the Crocodile River from which it derives its name. It is both a Restcamp and an entrance to the Park (although the camp is a few kilometres into the Park itself from the gate), so a good starting point for accommodation if you have a long drive behind you. The gate is only 12km from Komatipoort, which is the closest town to the main border between South Africa and Mozambique.
Note that the entrance road is prone to flooding with heavy rains; you should check if there has been substantial rainfall prior to your planned visit. There is a restaurant, shop and petrol station at the camp.
The so-called 'Southern Circle' area is renowned for its concentration of different prides of lion with different hunting strategies and specialisations, and pride behaviour. This region is also home to a large percentage of the Kruger's total rhino population.
There are 20 rondavels at Crocodile Bridge, each sleeping 2-3. Some have baths, most showers. One of the communal kitchens has a lovely riverside view. There are also twenty spots for camping here; each is electrified and offers a movable braai grid. The camp kitchen offers 24 hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing-up facilities.
There are also eight twin-bedded permanent safari tents available. They share ablution and cooking facilities.
Crocodile Bridge is an ideal venue for the pursuit of the Big Five. Both rhino species are regularly seen. Giraffe, zebra and several different antelope types are usually seens within a few hundred metres of the camp gate. Lion, leopard and cheetah are all regularly recorded, whilst hyena patrol the camp fence every night.
A local special is the Pinkthroated Twinspot. Blackbellied Starlings have been recorded here too. The Rest Camp itself is a hive of bird activity- look out for Orange-breasted Bush Shrikes, Brown-Headed Parrots, and a host of small ground feeding seed-eaters such as Waxbills, Manikins, Firefinches, Widow Finches and Canaries.
The camp is situated in Knobthorn/ Marula Savannah on basalt soils. Prominent trees include the Round Leafed Teak. The grass is sweet and this attracts many grazing species. Immediately to the west of the camp is a zone of delagaoa thorn thicket on ecca shale soil. The magic guarri is common here.
To the east of the camp there is an entirely different ecozone in the Lebombo mountain range.