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Mopani rest camp, in the Kruger National Park

Nestling on a rocky rise amongst “koppies” (hillocks) covered with Mopani trees, Mopani rest camp offers a spectacular view over the Pioneer dam, allowing you to enjoy magnificent game viewing without even leaving the camp.


By simply sitting on the lookout platform in the camp, or at the nearby balcony of the ladies bar, you will be treated to a continual coming and going of a large variety of animals such as Hippo, Waterbuck, Impala, Warthog, Elephant, Buffalo and for the lucky ones even Lion.

Opened in 1992, it is one of the newest and most comfortable rest camp in the Kruger National Park.

Named after the trees that surround the camp, it was built on the banks of the Pioneer dam about 47km north of Letaba camp and 65km south of Shingwedzi camp.

The nearest Kruger National Park entrance gate is Phalaborwa, which is 74km away.

Learn more about the camp:




Portrait of the rare King Cheetah - Mopani rest camp
Portrait of the rare King Cheetah - Mopani rest camp
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General info,...

Inside the rest camp the indigenous vegetation has been left as found in the wild, adding to the unique atmosphere of the camp. All the buildings at Mopani Camp are built from natural materials such as rough stone, wood and thatching-grass and every effort was made to ensure that the thatched buildings with their rock-faced walls and their surroundings, blended perfectly into the bushveld environment.

Bungalow at Mopani rest camp
Bungalow at Mopani rest camp
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A trail inside the camp offers many opportunities to spot the prolific and beautiful birdlife during your stay in Mopani camp. Mosque and Wire-tailed Swallows breed in the camp (the former should be looked for at the camp's huge Baobab Tree). Mocking Cliff-Chats should be looked for from the ladies bar. Dominated by a huge gnarled old Baobab tree, the rest camp overlooks the Pioneer dam where a plethora of water birds are to be seen.

The African Spoonbill can be spotted around Pioneer dam - Mopani rest camp
The African Spoonbill can be spotted around Pioneer dam - Mopani rest camp
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For the avid bird watcher it is also worth visiting the Shipandani and Pioneer dam Hides, that allow visitors to get very close to the water’s edge and at the same time also get a view from the other side of the dam. Functioning as a bird hide during the day, Shipandani offers sleep-over facilities for the night. It can be reserved at a nominal fee from half an hour before the gate closes until half and hour after it opens open.

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Map,...

Horseback safari - Mabula game lodge
Horseback safari - Mabula game lodge

Go to SANParks.org to view a map of the Kruger National park showing the location of Mopani rest camp, then click on the map to enlarge.

Go to SANParks.org to view a map of the Mopani rest camp showing the lay out of the camp itself, then click on the map to enlarge.

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Facilities,...

The swimming pool at Mopani rest camp
The swimming pool at Mopani rest camp

Visitors to the rest camp can enjoy a wide range of facilities and amenities, from a swimming pool, a shop and a designated area for day visitors, to a walking trail to the Pioneer dam and a lookout platform at the Safari room with its ladies bar, television and fireplace.

The information desk at the reception of the camp can give you detailed information about all the facilities available, which include the following;
  • Information and Reception
  • Public Telephone (Phone cards on sale at Reception, Airtime available in the Shop)
  • Post Box
  • Restaurant
  • Ladies Bar
  • Cafeteria
  • Shop
  • Laundromat
  • Filling Station (cash and garage cards only)
  • Swimming Pool
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Day Visitors Picnic Area in camp
  • DSTV (limited channels) only available in Guest House
  • TV in the Bar (DSTV with limited channels)
  • Car wash
  • Cell phone reception
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Accommodation,...

Early dawn over Pioneer dam at Mopani camp
Early dawn over Pioneer dam at Mopani camp

The rest-camp offers a variety of accommodation in the form of Bungalows, Cottages, Guest cottages and a Guest house. The units have been built from natural materials such as rough stone, wood and thatching grass blending them harmoniously with the African bushveld environment. All units include self-catering facilities and are serviced daily. Bedding, towels and soap are supplied.

The range of accommodation at Satara includes the following;

BUNGALOWS

  • 43 x 4-bed units (2 single beds and 2 bunk beds in alcove), fully equipped with one bathroom, veranda with kitchenette and outside braai (barbecue).


  • 2 x 4-bed units, accessible to wheelchairs, (2 single beds and 2 bunk beds in alcove), fully equipped with one bathroom, veranda with kitchenette and outside braai (barbecue).
COTTAGES
  • 12 x 4 bed units (1 room with 2 single beds and 2 sleeper couches in the lounge), fully equipped with two bathrooms (one en-suite), veranda with kitchenette and outside braai.
GUEST COTTAGES
  • 45 x 6 bed units (3 bedrooms with 2 single beds in each), fully equipped with two bathrooms (one en-suite) kitchen, lounge/dining area, large veranda and outside braai.
XANATSENI GUEST HOUSE
  • Xanatseni Guest House Sleeps 8, with 4 bedrooms, (1 room with a double bed, with 2 single beds each in the other rooms). One of the bedrooms is accessible to people in wheelchairs.


  • This is a large luxury unit in prime position with a view of the dam. It is well-equipped with kitchen (with microwave oven), multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Limited channel DSTV television is provided. Sleeping cottages are loose standing from the lounge/dining area. There are also "braai" (barbecue) facilities.
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Activities,...

Guided morning bush walk accompanied by armed rangers
Guided morning bush walk accompanied by armed rangers

Scenic drives along the Letaba river towards Letaba camp and Engelhard dam are very exciting. After your guided game drive or walk, you can find welcome relief from the bushveld heat in the swimming pool and end your day’s activities with a delicious bushveld “braai” (barbecue) in the boma. A guided night drive is a "must do", enabling you to take part in the nightlife activities of the Kruger National Park's wildlife.

For the eager bird watcher there is a sleepover hide at Shipandani which can be reserved through reception (6 beds). For those interested in history and culture, a guided tour to the nearby 400 year old Shilowa archaeological site will be quite rewarding. Other activities include wildlife film shows in the evening, a nature trail around the camp and The Pioneer bird hide amongst others.

The huge gnarled old baobab tree, a dominating feature in the Mopani camp
The huge gnarled old baobab tree, a dominating feature in the Mopani camp

All bookings, as well as further details about these activities are available from the reception at the rest camp.

Activities include the following;
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Game Drives (in the company of trained field guides)
  • Bush Breakfast and Bush Braai (Barbecue). Includes game drive to venue. Confirm availability when booking.
  • Walking trail inside the camp
  • Shipandane sleep-over Bird Hide (located 3km outside the camp)
  • Tropic of Capricorn: (located 12km north of the camp)
  • Pioneer Dam Bird Hide (located 4km outside the camp)
  • Wildlife films (shown daily at reception during office hours)
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Climate,...

Sunset over the Pioneer dam near Mopani camp
Sunset over the Pioneer dam at Mopani camp

Kruger Park lies in a summer rainfall area with occasional bursts of quick summer storms (which can be quite heavy) occurring later in the day, cooling the air and settling the dust. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often quite humid. Winters are warm and mild with cool evenings. Visitors going on night drives during the winter period may require warm clothing.

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How to get there,...

Phalaborwa entrance gate to the Kruger National Park
Phalaborwa entrance gate to the Kruger National Park

By Air:

The closest airport to the camp is Gateway Airport situated at Phalaborwa, approximately 3km from the Phalaborwa entrance gate into the Kruger National park. There are daily scheduled flights between Gateway a nd OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The camp is approximately 74km away from Phalaborwa gate, so you should allow for a further 2 hours for the drive to the camp. However if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities, give yourself more time.

By road via Phalaborwa gate:

Travelling from Johannesburg or Pretoria, take the N1 toll-road to Polokwane (Pietersburg). 40 km before Polokwane turn right onto the R71 and head for Tzaneen. After Tzaneen continue with the R71, heading for Phalaborwa and the gate. Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip to the gate. Mopani camp is approximately 74 km away from Phalaborwa gate, so allow about a further 2 hours for the drive to the camp. However if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities, give yourself more time.

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Accommodation availability,...

The sun sets over Mopani rest camp and its Baobab tree
The sun sets over Mopani rest camp and its Baobab tree

Go to SANParks.org to view a monthly calendar with accommodation availability details of Mopani rest camp. It's the Accommodation availability page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website, for Kruger National Park’s Mopani rest camp.

  • If you click on the accommodation type, you will see the facilities and content of that particular accommodation unit.
  • The accommodation code enables you to book a specific type of accommodation, if you provide it with your booking request.
  • The figure between the square brackets [ ] is the number of units available at the specific time and date of your visit to the accommodation availability page.
  • Please Note that the information is updated and therefore changing real-time on a continuous basis and that requests for reservations are processed on first-come, first-served basis.
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Reservations,...

Lionesses in the Kruger National Park - Mopani rest camp
Lionesses in the Kruger National Park - Mopani rest camp
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Go to SANParks.org to book your reservation for the Mopani rest camp in the Kruger National Park on the official reservations page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website.

Tariffs,...

Go to SANParks.org to view the tariffs applicable for the Mopani rest camp on the official tariff page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website.






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