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Crocodile Bridge, Kruger National Park: Camp Review

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Crocodile Bridge Camp

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Where is it? On the banks of the Crocodile River, at the Kruger Park’s southeasternmost tip, right next to South Africa’s border with Mocambique. (Discounting Komatipoort, the next stop on the N4 after Crocodile Bridge is Mocambique’s town of Ressano Garcia.)

How large is it? Croc Bridge is smallish – somehow it feels a bit bigger than it actually is, probably because it doubles as one of the Park’s main entrance gates.

What price range? Low-to-medium. The camp has accommodation ranging from campsites to basic bungalows.

What kind of facilities does it provide? Accommodation, night drives, bush walks, cafeteria, shop, petrol station.

Official website (map, pictures of the accommodation, booking, etc.): Crocodile Bridge.

Camp notes: Croc Bridge has some of the best game viewing in all of Kruger – the park’s southern plains and southeastern hills are crawling with animals. That said, for my tastes it’s a bit too close to the outside world, being right on the park fence – so close, in fact, that you often see the sugar cane plantations just outside the park as you drive around. First choice for accommodation in this area is the close-by Biyamiti bush camp, which gives a much better sense of seclusion in wildlife. On the other hand, Croc Bridge offers something that many other camps don’t: “safari tents”, permanent canvas tents that sleep like bungalows but feel like the bush!

What you might see getting and staying there: Crocodiles, certainly! Plus their hated enemies, hippos. (Head to the nearby Hippo Pool for significant croc and hippo action.) You’ll also likely see big cats – lion or leopard – and big ruminants – elephant, rhino and buffalo. The more alert reader will have just noticed that I’ve listed the Big Five. Croc Bridge affords perhaps the best change of bagging them all in one day – especially if you get up early and then go on a night drive!