Berg-en-Dal & Malelane rest camps
Accommodation type: Bungalows, Cottages, Guest Houses, Camping
Location: Southern Kruger National Park
Nearest Kruger gate: Malelane Gate (12km)
Nearest town: Malelane (20km), Nelspruit (80km)
Food: Self-catering (restaurant and shop on-site)
Perfect for… The unique experience of safari in the mountains
About Berg-en-Dal rest camp
Berg-en-Dal is situated in the hills that rise up in the southwest of Kruger National Park, marking the start of the Drakensberg escarpment in this area.
The safari experience here - locating Big 5 in hills rather than savannah plains - is very different and almost unique within both Kruger and a good many of Africa's national parks. Quick access to a range of other habitats and ecozones means that game viewing when based at this camp can be extremely varied and exciting. Birding in both the local area and within the camp is also outstanding.
The camp is noticeably different to others within Kruger too - the brick buildings and bungalows have a different atmosphere to the rondavels typical of most camps and it is probably not quite as filled with the feeling of adventure that you can get in other camps. Nevertheless, the camp walking route is the best in the park and offers close ups of many bird and flora species, with good views over the local dam that often attracts big game.
There is a variety of accommodation to suit each budget and group size. Note Malelane rest camp is a satellite site of Berg-en-Dal and offers camping facilities and a small number of additional bungalows – see below for more information.
NOTE: A fire recently damaged the roof of the Berg-en-Dal restaurant. There is currently a ‘pop up’ restaurant alternative at the site serving a good range of food as an alternative. We will keep this page updated as the refurbishment plans progress.
Facilities & services
Rhino Walk trail
Restaurant (currently closed)
Morning game drives available
Night game drives available
Guided bush walks available
Bush breakfast available
Bush braai available
Internet available on reception PCs, no WiFi
Types of accommodation
Berg-en-Dal hosts a range of well-kept accommodation options to suit various budgets and group sizes. There are also additional camping options at the satellite camp of Malelane.
Campsites: 72 x tent or caravan sites, with power point. Communal ablutions and cooking facilities (24-hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities). Braai facilities. Maximum of 6 persons per site.
(Unit codes CK6P)
Bungalows: 69 x 3-bed units, equipped with en-suite bathrooms (showers, no baths) and air-conditioning. Kitchenettes have hotplates and sinks, and you have a choice of with or without perimeter view. Please confirm when booking.
(Unit codes BA3, BA3U, BA3UZ)
Family Cottages: 23 x 6 bed units, (two of which are accessible to wheelchairs) with 2 rooms (1 double bed, 2 single beds and 2 bunk beds in lounge) with separate shower, toilet and bath. Units equipped with open plan kitchen/dining room/lounge and bedrooms are air-conditioned.
(Unit codes FA6, FA6C, FA6ZB,FA6ZS)
Guest Houses: These are large luxury units in prime positions in the camp. There are well-equipped kitchens (with microwave ovens), multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Fully air-conditioned. Limited channel DSTV televisions are provided.
J Le Roux: Sleeps 6, with 3 bedrooms (1 double bed, 2 rooms with single beds).
Rhino: Sleeps 8, with 4 bedrooms (2 double beds, 2 rooms with 2 single beds).
(Unit codes GH6D, GH8B)
Satellite camp site: Malelane
Malelane rest camp is just a few kilometres from Berg-en-Dal and offers basic camping facilities and a small number of bungalows. There is no shop or restaurant in the camp. It is often quiet here and offers a back-up if other southern camps are full. Many visitors thoroughly enjoy the tranquillity offered though, making it a top choice for some!
Campsites: 15 x tent or caravan sites, with power point. Communal ablutions and cooking facilities. Maximum of 6 persons per site.
(Unit codes CK6P)
Bungalows: 4 x round bungalow units with 4 single beds. Equipped with ablutions (all with showers), air-conditioning, refrigerator and communal kitchen. Each unit is equipped with a grocery cupboard with cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils.
(Unit codes BG4)
1 x round bungalow unit with 3 single beds. Equipped with ablutions (all with showers), air-conditioning, refrigerator and communal kitchen. Each unit is equipped with a grocery cupboard with cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils.
(Unit codes BG3)
Berg-en-Dal rest camp is located near the southern border of Kruger National Park. The closest park entrance gate is Malelane Gate (12km). The nearest town is Nelspruit (80km), while the very small town of Malelane does have a large supermarket just along the N4 towards Nelspruit.
The nearest airports are Skukuza Airport (77km) and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (80km). OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is 405km / 4.5-hours driving from Berg-en-Dal rest camp.
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