Named after a nearby hill under which Voortrekker Willem Pretorius, of Carl
Trichardt's 1848 expedition to Delagoa Bay, is buried, Pretoriuskop camp is one
of the oldest in the park and provides guests with a sense of nostalgia as they
surround themselves with this vestige of the area's past.
One such example are the striking red trees, pre-dating the camp's decision to exclusively use indigenous plants in the park, thus highlighting the camp's unique character.
Activities and Facilities
Pretoriuskop 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.
Pre-booked, overnight activities include excursions down the Napi Wilderness Trail. Trails like this must be booked up to eleven months in advance to allow the camp sufficient time to coordinate and plan group sizes.
Other activities include the Sable Trail camp walk, and the Madlabantu 4x4 Adventure Trail, which is a weather sensitive activity.
Facilities at the camp include activity information at the reception area, public telephones, a post box, restaurant, cafeteria, shops, a laundromat, filling station, communal kitchens and bathrooms, basic on-site first-aid assistance, cutlery and plate hampers available from reception, limited-channel-access DSTV televisions in the guest houses, a day visitor picnic area in the camp, and a swimming pool. Cell phone reception is also fully available.
Wildlife and Vegetation
Pretoriuskop offers guests an opportunity for a first hand encounter with small herds of sable, eland and Lichtenstein's hartebeest, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, as well as rock hyrax, klipspringer, oribi and red duiker in the numerous surrounding outcrops. The Mestel Dam hosts hippopotamus, while the Shitlhave Dam often produces reedbuck. The area also boasts regular sightings of wild dog and cheetah, as well as spotted hyena and leopard.
The most dominant tree in the camp is the silver cluster-leaf, while many other fine examples of Natal mahogany, marula and sycamore fig can be found.
In way of birds, the camp is home to Green-capped Eremomela, Brown-headed Parrot, Cutthroat Finch, Redheaded Weaver, several sunbird species, Black Cuckoo (summer) and Gorgeous Bush Shrike, as well as Pennant-winged Nightjar, Black-bellied Bustard (Korhaan) and Red-collared Widow.
Most Recent Sightings - Baboon, Elephant, Giraffe, Impala, Kudu, Wildebeest, Zebra