Pretoriuskop

Pretoriuskop entrance gatePretoriuskop entrance gate

Pretoriuskop Camp is situated in the southwestern part of the Kruger National Park and is only 8 kilometres from Numbi Gate, 23 kilometres from the Phabeni Gate and 50 kilometres from Skukuza Rest Camp.

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The camp lies in a hilly region of the Kruger with many picturesque rocky outcrops and granite hills.

The surrounding vegetation is varied with some well developed woodlands, grassland and a large granite dome known as the Shabeni Koppie on the S10.

Sunset from Shabeni Koppie near PretoriuskopSunset from Shabeni Koppie near Pretoriuskop

Pretoriuskop is unique as brilliant red trees adorn the camp, pre-dating the decision to make exclusive use of indigenous plants in laying out rest camp gardens.

As you can see in the photo below, nostalgia prompted an exception to the rule and exotic flowering plants were allowed to stay.

Pretoriuskop camps info board and shop in the backgroundPretoriuskop camps info board and shop in the background

The facilities in camp are; a petrol station.....

Pretoriuskop petrol stationPretoriuskop petrol station

the shop that sells groceries, curios and has a plant nursery on the side...

Pretoriuskop Shop and Curio and nurseryPretoriuskop Shop and nursery

A lovely large rock pool....

Pretoriuskop rock Swimming poolThe large Rock pool

And an open air auditorium.....

Open air auditorium where wildlife movies are sometimes shown.

Food and drink

A Wimpy restaurant that has very nice food, just the service sometimes can be a little slow but all in all it is good.....

Pretoriuskop Sable with the Restaurant and shop in the backgroundSable statue - the start of the in-camp sable walking trail - with the Restaurant and shop in the background
Pretoriuskop wimpy restaurantPretoriuskop wimpy restaurant
Breakfast at Wimpy in Pretoriuskop campBreakfast at Wimpy in Pretoriuskop camp
bacon and eggs at Pretoriuskop Wimpybacon and eggs at Pretoriuskop Wimpy
Lunch at Pretoriuskop WimpyLunch at Pretoriuskop Wimpy
Milkshake at Pretoriuskop WimpyMilkshake at Pretoriuskop Wimpy

Pretoriuskop Camp features prominently in the history of tourism in the Kruger Park, since it was the first rest camp to be opened to visitors. There are some old camp pics in reception.

Old pics of Pretoriuskop campOld pics of Pretoriuskop camp
Old pics of Pretoriuskop rest campOld pics of Pretoriuskop rest camp

A walking trail in camp provides information boards with different points of interest, like the Royal Huts. They are called the Royal Huts as these units were specially built for the British Royal Family when they visited the Kruger Park in 1947...

The Royal Huts found on the walk round PretoriuskopThe Royal Huts found on the walk round Pretoriuskop

Information on the various trees, like this silver cluster-leaf...

The walk round Pretoriuskop campThe walk round Pretoriuskop camp

The Wolhuter hut that dates from 1930 and is one of the few original huts built in the Park to provide tourist accommodation. Though no longer in use, it is being meticulously restored to its original form.

Wolhuters hut information board in PretoriuskopWolhuters hut information board in Pretoriuskop
The Old Wolhuter hut in Pretoriuskop campThe Old Wolhuter hut in Pretoriuskop camp

On our walk round camp during the day and at night, we found a few birds and an owlet ........

Red billed helmetshrikeRed-billed helmetshrike
Purplecrested LouriePurplecrested Lourie
Pearl Spotted OwletPearl Spotted Owlet

Accommodation

Pretoriuskop is the oldest camp in the Kruger and as a result it has the old circular 'rondavels' with some that have been renovated.

The camps accommodation ranges from: 2 guest houses, family cottages, a few different types of bungalows, basic huts and rustic huts, campsite and safari tents.

Pretoriuskop bungalowsPretoriuskop bungalows

Two Guest houses- Pierre Joubert guest house has 4 stand alone chalets with 2 beds in each, the main building has a dining room with bar and large lounge with fireplace.....

Doherty Bryant guest house, has 3 stand along chalets with 2 beds in each.  

Each chalet has a bathroom with either shower or just bath; both guest houses have a fully equipped kitchen with fridge/freezer, microwave oven, stove and a large outdoor braai area.

Pierre Joubert Guest House in PretoriuskopPierre Joubert Guest House in Pretoriuskop

the  family cottages have 3 bedrooms, one with a double bed and 2 with 2 singles beds, bathroom with shower, an air con, fully equipped kitchen, a veranda with outdoor braai area....

Pretoriuskop family cottagePretoriuskop family cottage

The 2, 4 or 6 bed bungalows, each with en suite bathroom either with showers or baths, air-conditioning and a fridge, guests can choose between a bungalow with a kitchenette (with hotplate and sink) or communal kitchen facilities. You can hire a fully equipped utensil box (crockery, glasses, cutlery and frying pan) at reception.

Pretoriuskop bungalowsPretoriuskop bungalows
Pretoriuskop bungalowPretoriuskop Bungalow
Pretoriuskop camps new BungalowsPretoriuskop camps new Bungalows

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There are rustic 2, 3, 5 or 6 bed huts, with communal ablution facilities, fan, but no veranda. 

There are no cooking utensils, crockery or cutlery, but a communal kitchen (located nearby) with sink and electric stoves and a cylinder that provides 24 hour boiling water.

Pretoriuskop hutsPretoriuskop huts

Communal Kitchen areaCommunal Kitchen area

braaing at our huts, we like to bring our go-anywhere braai so we can place it were we want to sit for some privacy.....

braaing outside our hut in Pretoriuskopbraaing outside our hut in Pretoriuskop

The other 2, 3, 5 or 6 bed huts have a fridge and air-conditioner. They share communal ablution and kitchen facilities. They have a small veranda.....

Pretoriuskop bungalowsPretoriuskop bungalows

the camping sites have lovely shaded areas, with some perimeter sites, power points, communal ablutions and cooking facilities are available. The kitchen area includes 24 hour boiling water cylinder, electric hotplates and sink for washing up....... 

Pretoriuskop CampsitePretoriuskop Campsite

Safari Tents at Tented Adventures Pretoriuskop- this is a tented site that caters for glamping guests. They have safari tents with 2 single beds or a double bed, with shared ablutions. All your meals are provided and they have two game drives per day...

Tented Adventure Safari TentsTented Adventure Safari Tents

Activities

Pretoriuskop rest camp offers a range of activities: guided game drives, guided walks and bush braais, just ask at reception when you check in.

The area surrounding the camp is good for cheetah, lion,elephant, wild dog, sable and the odd leopard sighting so keep your eyes peeled here!

Elephant with rising sun taken on the S3Elephant with rising sun taken on the S3
Pretoriuskop cheetahs on Flat rock at sunsetPretoriuskop cheetahs on Flat rock at sunset
Cheetah sprinting after some impala on the S3 near PretoriuskopCheetah sprinting after some impala on the S3 near Pretoriuskop
Hyena pups playing at their denHyena pups playing at their den
Two Pretoriuskop Male lions walking in the road image taken on a self driveTwo Male lions walking in the road taken on a self drive near Pretoriuskop
Lion at transport damLion at transport dam
Wild dogs playing in the road in the Pretoriuskop areaWild dogs playing in the road in the Pretoriuskop area
Sable Antelope near PretoriuskopSable Antelope near Pretoriuskop
Pretoriuskop elephantPretoriuskop elephant
Cheetahs on flat rockCheetahs on flat rock

There are a few dams and waterhols near by that produce some good sightings....

two of the big five: Lions and elephant in one picture at transport damtwo of the big five: Lions and elephant in one picture at transport dam
lion and elephant at transport damlion and elephant at transport dam
lion hippo at Transport Damlion hippo at Transport Dam
Hippo chasing Lion at Transport DamHippo chasing Lion at Transport Dam

Don't forget to leave your key in the key box before leaving camp....

Pretoriuskop key boxPretoriuskop key box

This page has been created to allow visitors to post their special stories and pictures for others to see. 

The photographs should be taken in the camp or within the Pretoriuskop surrounds.

Visitors to this page can then comment on, discuss and rate each picture and story.

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Saddle-billed Stork 
We usually see these storks further north but this year we saw a pair at Transport Dam.

Elephant Roadblock 
We were driving around Pretoriuskop and came across this herd of elephants crossing the road. We thought the delay would be a minute or two but we ended …

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