This was my first return to Kruger in 14 years. I have undertaken contract work in Southern Africa for twenty five years and my wife has so much wanted to go out on safari. So we went! Flew into Jo'Burg and drove, unlikely to do it again, forgot I was getting old. The trip is fine, 420 kilometres, stop at Milly's for eats - see other review, call at Woolworths in Nielsprut for essentials and then onwards with sixty kls to go and the road dug up for twenty kilometres. Took two hours to get to the gate, arrived two minutes late, but thankfully, having rung ahead, they allowed us to go in. In the dark did not have much of an impression, torch in suitcase - stupid me. Shop well stocked, reception great in and out in minutes. Found the accommodation with no problem and in. Clean, clean bathroom, kitchen utensils OK but an odd assortment. However, having been before, I made sure we had what was essential. So, the following morning we had a look around. Berg en Dal is the most recently built camp in the Kruger. The cottages are brick built and unlike much of the rest camps in the Kruger are not round. The kitchen's are inside and the Braai is outside. As we came to Braai for the first part of the trip, we did not use the restaurant, so cannot really comment - Kruger is updating its restaurant outlets, Mugg and Bean are brilliant - see other reviews. The camp is 15kls from Melanane gate. There is a major population of game in the south, including lots of Rhino. The Big Five are there plus Wild Dogs and the usual predators - Jackal and Hyena. This is a good place to start a trip, but please remember this is Africa, it is a National Park - probably the best in the world - and you are a welcomed visitor. It is not Five Star accommodation supported by Michelin Starred Food that is the deal, remember that, and you will enjoy - this from someone who has slept in the open air under a mosquito net in the bush in Southern Zimbabwe - so actually, for me Kruger accommodation is splendid. So two nights in Berg en Dal and then onto Letaba - see review.
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