Mopani rest camp in the northern two-thirds of the Kruger Game Park is a luxurious rest camp with a myriad of activities to keep a whole family entertained for days. Structured activities such as guided bush walks and game drives, unlock a wealth of information for the eager tourist. Accommodation at Mopani rest camp is limited to chalets with camping available at Tsendze Rustic Camp, approximately nine kilometers to the south.
Guided and Unguided Bush Walks at Mopani Rest Camp, Kruger Park
Mopani rest camp offers guided walks in the surrounding veld accompanied by armed and experienced game rangers. These walks in the early morning or late afternoon are a favorite with tourists as the game rangers share their wealth of knowledge with the hikers.
Rangers limit the size of the group to eight people and children under the age of thirteen years may not partake. Animals usually tracked on the bush walks include white rhino, elephant and lion. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, carry sufficient water, and take a hat as well as binoculars and cameras. Tourists can book for these walks at the reception of the camp the previous night.
Mopani rest camp has an in-camp hiking trail, which caters for the less adventurous. This walking trail meanders around the edges of the Pioneer dam and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Visitors should, however, allocate more time to this walk as information boards along the route share interesting facts about the vegetation and animals found along the way. Wearing comfortable hiking shoes are advised as the route can be a litte overgrown at places and the path includes several rocky patches.
Guided Game Drives and Bush Braai at Mopani Rest Camp, Kruger Park
Experienced and knowledgeable game rangers accompany visitors on game drives from late afternoon and eight o’clock in the evening. These drives are along the routes normally open to tourists during gate opening times, but the sunset drive continue until approximately an hour after the gates close while the night drive is during the evening hours when the chance of finding nocturnal predators on the prowl are excellent. The night drive often delivers several different species of owls and civets that are only active after dark.
Kruger National Park management now also offers another type of game drive where tourists may hire a guided vehicle for the whole day. These drives do not stick to the normal tourist routes and explore roads usually inaccessible to normal visitors of the Kruger Park. Due to the popularity of these drives, reservations for the day drive must be made well in advance. The officials of the Kruger National Park advise visitors to reserve the day drive up to two months in advance.
Another firm favorite with tourists is the bush braai offered by the Kruger National Park. Guests depart on a game drive of maximum one hour before arriving at a clearing in the bush where lanterns and open fires greet them. The menu usually includes several game species, vegetables and salads followed by a choice of deserts and tea and coffee. After enjoying the scrumptious meal, guests return to the rest camp on a thirty-minute game drive. Bush Braai activities must be arranged with the reception of Mopani camp and reservations should be made in advance as the braai depends on the availability of vehicles and staff.
Mopani rest camp caters for a variety of tastes and is always worth a visit.