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Crocodile Bridge Restcamp

Crocodile Bridge Restcamp
Location & Contact Details
Address: Kruger National Park
Mpumalanga
Contact : Reservations
Local Tel : 012 428 9111
INT Tel : +27-12 428 9111
Local Fax : 012 343 0905
INT Fax : +27-12 343 0905
Cell : 082 233 9111

Renowned for its dense and varied population of lion prides, Crocodile Bridge is tucked into the Southeastern corner of the Kruger National Park, and shares the northern bank of its name sake, Crocodile River. The area exhibits genuine San rock art, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the history and culture of Crocodile Bridge.

Historically, 18th century European explorers ventured inland in search of gold from Monomotapa. Constructed along with the Sabie Reserve (a forerunner of the Kruger National Park) in the late 19th century, Crocodile Bridge was originally a ranger post. Once part of the Selati railway line to Skukuza, the bridge stands firm to this day, despite severe damage sustained in the 2000 flooding of the are.

Accommodation

  • Crocodile Bridge accommodates up to eighteen tent or caravan sites, with a maximum of six people to a site, and electricity points and rotating braai (barbecue) grids are provided. Ablution facilities are communal, and cooking facilities include twenty four hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities.
     
  • Eight two-bed permanent furnished canvas tents are available, one being wheelchair accessible. Each tent comes with a shower, a fridge, a standing fan inside tent and small veranda. Communal ablution facilities and kitchens are available.
     
  • Twenty air conditioned two/three bed units are also available, all with en-suite bathrooms (showers, no baths). Kitchenettes have hotplates and sinks. Two units are fully wheelchair accessible.
    Accommodation at Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp is well suited to guests looking for a self-catering bushveld experience.

Activities and Facilities
Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp offers adventure in the form of guided bush walks and game drives, all under the supervision of well informed and keen professional field guides. Important to note is that children under the age of six are not permitted on game drives, and children under the age of twelve are restricted from game walks.

The Lebombo Eco-Trail is a pre-booked, overnight activity, and must be booked up to eleven months in advance to allow the camp sufficient time to coordinate and plan group sizes.

Facilities include at the camp include activity information at the reception area, public telephones, a post box, grocery and take-away food shop, Laundromat, filling station, communal kitchens and bathrooms, basic on-site first-aid assistance, a day visitor picnic area in the camp.

Cell phone reception is also fully available. Cutlery and plate hampers are available at reception.

Important Info and Warnings
Park officials warn that certain creatures which inhabit the park could prove dangerous if not approached or handled correctly. These may include bats, spiders, snakes, and scorpions.

Located near an entrance gate to the Kruger National Park is the Crocodile Bridge Camp designated picnic area. It serves as a popular breakfast venue for arriving visitors, and hosts farewell meals for those departing

Wildlife and Vegetation
Crocodile Bridge provides opportunities to view a wide variety of indigenous wildlife, including the Big 5. Both rhino species are regulars to the camp, as well as giraffe, zebra and several antelope species, usually seen within a short distance of the camp gate. Lion, leopard and cheetah are all regularly recorded, while hyenas patrol the camp fence every night.

Notable birdlife for this area are the Pink-throated Twinspot, Blackbellied Starlings, and Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird. The rest camp sees heavy bird activity, with the river causeway being a good sight for spotting water birds.

The camp is located in knob thorn/marula savannah on basalt soil, with the round-leafed teak being prominent in the area. A west-lying zone of delagoa thorn thicket on ecca shale soil plays host to the prevalent delagoa thorn and the magic guarri.
Most Recent Sightings - Elephant, Giraffe, Buffalo, Rhino, Baboon, Hippopotamus, Warthog

Directions
Travel routes and times from central Gauteng

By Air:

The closest airport to Crocodile Bridge is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), situated between Nelspruit and White River (approximately 25 km from Nelspruit and about 120 km from Crocodile Bridge Gate).

There are daily scheduled flights between KMIA and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, with less frequent flights from Cape Town and Durban International Airports respectively.

By Road:

Crocodile Bridge Gate

Take the N4 to Nelspruit.
Head through Nelspruit to Malelane and on to Komatipoort (about 110 km).
Then turn left onto the R571 just after Komatipoort and head on to the gate. Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate.
Crocodile Bridge camp is right at the gate.

GPS: -25.3584 (latitude), 31.8923 (longitude)
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