Pretoriuskop Restcamp in the Kruger National Park

Pretoriuskop Restcamp in the Kruger Park is one of a dozen Restcamps in the Kruger National Park. "Restcamps" are larger camps with shops, restaurants and offices. They normally also have other facilities like pools etc.

Pretoriuskop Restcamp is located among the koppies of the western part of the southern Kruger Park. It is also situated in the higher rainfall area of the park, with the result that it remains green longer than at the drier areas. Long grass is another result of the higher rainfall, making it more difficult to see animals.

Pretoriuskop was the first camp in the Kruger Park and one can still see some of the old rondavel huts in the camp.

This camp has a great atmosphere and it offers everything that a holidaymaker in the wild can need, whether you are camping or staying in one of the permanent structures, like rondavels, huts Bungalows, Family Cottages or Guest Houses.

Places to visit in the vicinity are the Shitlhave Dam, Transport Dam, Mestel Dam, Afsaal picnic site, and the many circle routes around koppies in the immediate vicinity of the camp.

For game drives, walks, bush breakfast and bush braais, enquire at the Pretoriuskop reception office when you book into the Camp.

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We recommend the following trip to the surroundings of Pretoriuskop Camp.

Distance 101 km.

Drive Time without stop = 2 hrs 40 minutes

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From Pretoriuskop Restcamp, follow the H1-1 to Shitlhave Dam where you will probably find some waterbuck and hopefully many more species of animals and birds.

Then back to the H1-1 towards the Transport Dam. Keep your eyes peeled for animals along the road, especially lions and leopard may be seen here if you are lucky.

The Transport Dam became famous for the YouTube film that was shot here of a buffalo calf that was first caught by a crocodile, then taken over by a few lions and then freed from the lions by its mother with the help of the other buffaloes.

We also saw a kudu being eaten by crocodiles in this dam. Several waterbirds as well as a fish eagle also made this dam their home. Spend some time here, since this dam is the scene of quite a lot of very interesting happenings.

From the Transport Dam, turn right into the H1-1 and then right again into the H3 towards Afsaal Picnic Site, where you may stop and have something to eat and drink under the massive shady trees. Like most other of the larger picnic sites in the park, you may prepare your own food with one of their "Skottel" braais, or you may buy something from the menu to have it prepared for you.

An interesting point about this picnic site is the little Scops Owl that made it is home for quite a long time now. Since this bird is generally very well camouflaged, it is very difficult to see. To help tourists with this, the staff place a notice board under the tree in which he is sitting for that day.

From the Picnic Site, go back a little distance and turn left into the H2-2, the Old Voortrekker Road, which was the road that was travelled so often by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and the dog which he made famous with his book "Jock of the Bushveld".

The H2-2 is a very productive road sometimes, so keep your eyes peeled for animals like lions, cheetah, wild dogs and all the other usual animals before getting back to the camp to enjoy a good rest, a campfire, a peaceful time around the fire with your meal before turning in for a good night's sleep in the bush..


In order to help people to get to know the Kruger Park better, we wrote a book containing large pictures, short descriptions, GPS Coordinates and travel times of more than 300 waypoints like camps, picnic spots, waterholes, dams, viewpoints and other interesting points along all of the public roads of the Kruger Park

The book is written in the form of a 20-day tour, taking the reader on a virtual tour through the park, giving the reader a rare graphical oversight over the park. Use the many GPS Coordinates to enjoy a pre-visit to the different places on Google Earth to make your virtual tour even more fun!

Although it is possible to follow the routes in 20 days, few people have the time available to travel all the routes described in the book, therefore it will be a good idea to download the book and do the virtual tour and then, after that experience, to design your visit to the Park as well as the trips and places you want to see and experience. more"