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Lovely campsites on the border of the rest camp72 x tent or caravan sites with power point available.
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Right where the sugar cane fields meet the rolling savannahs of the Kruger National Park lies the small camp of Malelane. The Crocodile River separates the farming/urban landscape, from the conserved African wildlife. The only camp in the Kruger to be built on the Southern park boundaries, Malelane is a unique place to stay. Guests can look forward to a small, quiet campsite, the perfect place from which to begin any Kruger adventure.
Some of the camp basics that you can expect when you book your stay at Malelane includes:
There are no shops or places to eat in the camp, and there is no reception office. Planning your trip properly is the best way to get the most out of your stay.
Malelane is situated right on the Kruger National Parks southern boundary, a stone’s throw away from the small town after which the camp is named. Malelane Gate the best entry point.
Satellite camps, of which there are four in total, offer guests a different kind of Kruger Park experience. Generally, the accommodation is very rustic, consisting mostly of tented accommodation, and guests have to share certain communal facilities. When staying in a satellite camp, guests will also not have access to a number of conveniences such as shops, places to eat and fuel stations.
With most camps, there is a limited number of buildings and guests are treated to a real rustic stay away from the crowds often found in the bigger camps. Day visitors are not allowed into satellite camps, making the vibe slower and the camp quieter. When planning your stay in any one of these camps, you will have to plan for a proper camping holiday.
Satellite camps very rarely have much history, instead, they are built for the specific purpose of providing guests with a rustic style of Kruger accommodation. This camp, being so close to the Maputo Corridor, is the ideal destination for those travelling in the Southern Kruger. The camp is close to the Southern boundary, and it is situated in a part of the park where there are plenty of animals to see.
Guests staying here can look forward to a few activities including game drives and night drives, however, you need to make sure that you have booked these activities in advance. There is also the option of enjoying an exciting wildlife walk.
No day visitors are permitted to enter the camp, which helps to ensure that the camp stays quiet and that guests enjoy the maximum amount of privacy during their stay here.
For many park visitors, camping is the ultimate African experience. Unlike other campsites in South Africa, the Kruger offers a number of conveniences and safety aspects that you might not come across elsewhere. Malelane offers tented and caravan camping, as well as a select few bungalows, all of which are self-catered.
Malelane, given its location and size, is the ideal place to stay if you are planning to camp your way around the park and you arrive at the Kruger close to closing time. The camp is a mere 3 km away from the closest Kruger gate and it gives guests a private and intimate stay. As a smaller satellite camp, guests won’t be camping too close to one another and the campsite is never overcrowded. In total, the camp can accommodate 19 people.
There are 15 camping sites for tents or caravans and each site has a power point. A maximum of 6 people can stay in a single campsite. Camping guests will need to make use of the communal ablution and cooking facilities.
If camping is not for you, there is always the option of staying in one of the bungalows. There are 4 round units with 4 beds, and 1 bungalow with 3 beds. All beds are single. Each unit has a shower, air- conditioning and guests will have to use the communal kitchens. The units also have their own cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery.
The camp is managed by the reception office at Malelane Gate and guests will need to stop at this gate to check in.
Every stay in the Kruger can be made all the more comfortable when you have as much helpful information at your disposal as possible.
Every guest needs to remember that the Kruger is first and foremost a wildlife nature reserve. Its purpose is to provide animals with a safe habitat in which to live. The park is home to hundreds of different types of animals, insects and reptiles and there is always the possibility, albeit a slight one, that animals might end up coming into the camp. Should this happen, guests should never try to approach the animal, but should rather contact the park officials. You should have a list of contact numbers on the pamphlet you receive at the park gate.
While the thought of encountering a lion or elephant in the camp can be quite scary, there is more of a chance of seeing a spider, scorpion or snake. Any of these can leave a nasty bite, which could even be deadly if you are unlucky. When walking around any camp, you should always have your shoes on, especially at night. You should also bring a flashlight with you.
Malaria, an illness carried by mosquitoes, is another concern for those staying in the Kruger National Park. The Kruger is located right in the middle of a malaria area and it is possible to get infected while staying here, if you don’t take the right precautions. If left untreated, malaria can not only make you feel very ill, but it can be deadly. Using insect repellent as well as having a mosquito net to cover your bed is a must, but to make sure that you are completely protected, it might be best to visit your doctor and get the right preventative medication.
You should also be aware of the climate when visiting. Depending on the time of the year that you visit the park, you can either experience extreme heat or lovely mild weather. The summer months can get quite unbearable, especially when camping. The days generally end with a thunderstorm, and towards the end of summer, flooding in the park is not uncommon. The winter months never get too cold, although for the early mornings and evenings you will need a jacket.
The gate times for each Kruger camp changes from season to season and each camp has the same list of times. Guests need to make sure that they know the opening and closing times for each camp so as to plan their safari properly.
Those staying here are more than likely going to be enjoying self-drive safaris and the earlier you head out in the morning, the better. Catching sight of animals is best done in the early morning or the late afternoon, once the day’s heat has abated.
Being in the Southern Kruger means guests are in for a visual treat. There are all kinds of animals and plant life to see here. Of the plants, guests should keep a lookout for sweet grass, red bush-willow trees and magic guarri trees. Malelane is in a mountain bushveld zone.
When out on a safari, there is a good chance of seeing leopard here. The landscape and trees make this the perfect habitat for them. Wild dog and lion are also quite popular sightings along with giraffe, elephant, kudu, white rhino, warthog, klipspringer and impala.