Mopani rest camps entrance gateMopani rest camp entrance gate
Sunset over Pioneer dam taken in Mopani campSunset over Pioneer dam taken in Mopani camp

Mopani camp is situated on the banks of the Pioneer Dam and is named after the mopane veld that surrounds the camp.

Mopani camp view from dam wallMopani camp view from dam wall
Mopani rest camps reception areaMopani rest camp reception area

Mopani Camp facilities and amenities include a restaurant, shop, petrol station, swimming pool, bar, laundry, a viewing deck, walking trail within the camp and a designated day visitor area just behind the petrol station, where visitors can braai (barbecue). 

Inside Mopani shopInside Mopani shop
Mopani rest camp swimming poolMopani rest camp swimming pool

Food and drinks

If you don't want to braai or self cater then you can enjoy a meal in the Restaurant or on the Fish Eagle terace.

Mopani rest camps deckMopani rest camp deck
Mopani camps restaurant areaMopani camp's restaurant area
Mopani camps beautiful view over Pioneer dam from the viewing deckMopani camp's beautiful view over Pioneer dam from the viewing deck


Front view of Mopani bungalow

Mopani rest camp has 4 types of accommodation; Xaxanetsi Guesthouse, 3 bedroom family bungalows, two bedroom bungalows and the smaller single bedroom bungalows, each have en bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen area with cutlery, crocker, cooking utensils, linen, air-con, electricity, fridge-freezer and braai facilities.

Mopani bungalow view of the Pioneer DamMopani bungalow view of the Pioneer Dam

Most of the bungalows are private; some have views of the dam while others have been built among the natural vegetation...

Mopani rest camp BungalowMopani rest camp Bungalow
Braaing at our Mopani bungalowBraaing at our Mopani bungalow
Mopani bungalow interiorMopani bungalow interior
Mopani rest camps guesthouse lapa areaMopani rest camp's guesthouse lapa area


In autumn the butterfly-shaped leaves change to striking hues before falling off in September and October. We found these leave on our walk round camp.

Autumn Mopane leavesAutumn Mopane leaves

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Mario standing next to the Impala lily bush in Mopani campMario standing next to the Impala lily

Take a walk round the camp and get some macros of the Mopane worms, moths, flowers and other little critters, during the day and also at night...

Mopani rest camps walking trailWalking trail in Mopani camp
Mopane moth taken in campMopane moth taken in camp
Mopane worm taken at Mopani campMopane worm taken at Mopani camp
Impala lily taken at Mopani campImpala lily taken at Mopani camp
A frog at our Mopani bungalowA frog at our Mopani bungalow

Mopani camp's night visitor the GenetMopani camp night visitor - the silent Genet

There are a number of activities on offer at Mopani rest camp: like guided game drives, guided walks and bush braais. Please ask at reception when you check in.

The Mopane Shrub, Red Bushwillow Trees and Sweet Grass, provide rich grazing for Impala, Warthog, Elephant and Buffalo. 

The game sightings in this area have improved over the years; we have had some good sightings such as lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and cheetah!

If you are patient, drive slow and go on your game drive when the animals are most active (cooler hours of the day) you will find them!

Mopan lion seen near campLovely male lion seen near Mopani camp
Leopard cub near Mopani campLeopard cub near Mopani camp
Elephant in the Mopani areaElephant in the Mopani area
A pair of Klipspringers relaxingA pair of Klipspringers relaxing
Cheetah in the Mopane veldCheetah in the Mopani veld
Mopani Buffalo near campBuffalo near Mopani camp
Baobab on Bowkerkop near MopaniBaobab tree on Bowkerkop near Mopani

The Mopani area is rich in the rare sightings....

Tsessebe round Mopani rest campTsessebe round Mopani rest camp

Ore was the male Rhino the rangers introduced to the Mopani area some years back. 

Ore the male Rhino near Mopani campOre the male Rhino trying to mate with a dead hippo near Mopani camp
Side-striped Jackal on the S50 near Mopani campSide striped Jackal on the S50 near Mopani camp
Fish Eagle on Buffalo carcassFish Eagle on Buffalo carcass near Mopani Camp
Roan found in the MopaniRoan found in the Mopani veld

The Shipandani and Pioneer dam bird-hides are close to the camp and are good places to sit and wait for the animals.

Shipandani overnight hide - photographed from the bridge.

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