Mopani Rest Camp

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The pervasive Mopani tree found in the Pioneer Dam area of Kruger National Park lends both its aesthetic and its name to this primary rest camp. Thatched buildings with rock-faced walls blend seamlessly into the natural environment, materials used to construct these buildings include rough stone, wood, and thatching grass. Mopani is also great for families. It has a large collection of family cottages available for families of different sizes.


  • Four bed Bungalows have 2 single beds and a bunk bed in an alcove. The bungalow is equipped with one bathroom, a veranda with kitchenette, and an outside braai (barbecue). Two four bed bungalows units are wheelchair accessible
  • Four bed Cottages with 2 single beds and 2 sleeper couches in the lounge. These cottages are equipped with two bathrooms (one en-suite), a veranda with a kitchenette, and an outside braai
  • Six bed Guest Cottages have 3 bedrooms with 2 single beds in each bedroom, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a lounge/dining area, a large veranda and an outside braai(barbecue) area. Some cottages face the water-hole.
  • Xanatseni Guest House comprises of 4 stand-alone bungalows, with a view of the dam. Each unit has a private bathroom and equipped for 2 guests. These are separate from the central kitchen, lounge, dining area and braai facilities. One of the rooms are wheelchair accessible. DSTV with limited channels.


Activities & Facilities

Mopani Rest Camp offers adventure in the form of guided bush walks and safari game drives, all under the supervision of well informed and keen professional field guides. There is also an in-camp trail walk.
Important to note: children under the age of six years old are not permitted on the safari game vehicle and children under the age of twelve years old are restricted from guided bush walks

Other attractions include the Shipandane sleep-over Bird-Hide, the Pioneer Dam Bird Hide, the tropic of Capricorn, and wildlife films screened at reception, during office hours, daily. Recently added to this list is the Sunset Drive-Boma Combo.

Facilities at the camp include:  Information at the reception area, public telephones, post box, restaurant with mini ATM facility, ladies bar, cafeteria, shop, laundromat, filling station, car wash, basic on-site first-aid assistance, a day visitor picnic area, swimming pool and cell phone reception.

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Please note the pricing above excludes the following:

  • Entry/conservation fees (payable on arrival at your destination)
  • Transport, transfers and flights
  • Late arrival transfer fee (if applicable for your destination)
  • Meals, snacks and beverages
  • Safari Game Drives (unless indicated on your itinerary)
  • Baby cot/bed

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What our guests have said about this accommodation

Escolastica da Graca Justino Soares
Very good house. The house was cleaned every day very well. The house keeping are very polite and educated. Good public relations.
Ezra Khosa
The trip was well spent and accommodation was nice, we didn't feel the heat of Mopani, We enjoyed it.
Louise Kingston
We really enjoyed Mopani, The staff were very friendly. Will definitely stay at Mopani again.
Billy Cochrane
It was 41.5 degrees when we arrived, and climbed to 43 degrees at 7pm. The camp is well set out, with a spectacular view of the water from the bar deck. The heat obviously affected all the game, but we saw elephant and buffalo.
Hardus Wolvaardt
Thorough enjoyed our time in the Kruger as well as staying at Mopani rest camp, would definitely recommend it to any future travelers!!!
Andile Manyana
My family and I had a excellent holiday break, with a 5 star treatment, the staff and the place, everything was top class. I really recommend this camp and can't wait to start planning another trip there.
Joost Veldman
Spent 3 nights in an bungalow with river view with the greatest pleasure. Good trips to make in the area. Loved it!
Kaspar Paur
Great infrastructure, wonderful place!
We really enjoyed our stay. It was quite exiting and still wish to be there next time.
Mirjam Van Otterlo Verberk
Liked it, loved it, slept great. Beautiful sunset from the bar. A nice and clean place!
Cynthia Eloff
Very happy with accommodation. Very pleased to discover that the Kruger shops in the camps now have a range of products for sale so that it is not necessary to do pre-arrival shop
It was our first return to the park in about 12 years. I was pleasantly surprised with the friendliness of staff,the accommodation was superb and the shops well stocked and very reasonable priced. must be yet again one of the best holidays I have experienced in my life. well done to all!!!
We really enjoyed our stay at Mopani. It felt like a real holiday with pioneer dam overlooking our chalet and clean and neat apartmentThe kids loved the safe atmosphere and the pool was very welcoming at the end of a long day.We saw lots of lion, 60cm water monitor lizard and a metre long rock monitor lizardOverall, even though it was far from everything. It was a very enjoyable stay.And I won't hesitate to go back again.
we had such an awesome experience from Mopani especially Emmanuel.
Nicky Chapman
Mopani has very friendly staff and the rooms are always clean. View was perfect.
Th best kept secret of the KNP.
Chisani Madadzhe
We had the best trip ever, the kids loved the pool and game drives. Going back very soon a we still want to see a lion.
Dit was ons 'n baie stil kamp en aangenaam skoon en netjies.
MR KLAW MO150907
Lovely and elegant house.
Marc van Niekerk
Always have been a favourite camp of mine. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Even the maintenance guys greets politely. Upkeep is done well. Nice swimming pool!
Enjoyed the stay, no problems.
Rejoice Mashau
We enjoyed the stay, definitely we would like to come back again. I really loved the view. I will recommend the place to the others..
Roland van Leeuwen
We had a very good trip with no issues and good sightings.
tarynne lucas
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Andrew Else
We stayed for 2 days and found Mopani accommodation to be excellent.The meals at the restaurant were great however the service was rather slow.
The down side is: the camp is a little bit far for the center and not many animals around. However, the most friendly helpful staff and really clean nice environment around the camp!
Ross Smith
Mopani is a smaller camp in the northern part of the park. Saw Lion, Cheetah and Hyena plus elephant, hippo, crocs plus all the bucks especially kudu, eland and water buck and luckily silver backed jackals. The camp was clean and quiet with great service.
Louise van Wyk
The park is in an excellent condition and the animals look good. Mopani camp is fantastic.
Gerhard Swart
Wonderful accommodations. Great camp, friendly staff and lots to do and see. A beautiful place to stay and a camp I would love to visit again and again...
Walter Hammel
Very friendly and helpful staff. Beautifully situated. restaurant has wonderful sunset views.
Such a nice camp. Staff very friendly.
Antony Sguazzin
Cottage was spacious but poorly equipped with kitchen utensils. No real complaints - had a great time.
Claire Watson
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, from smooth and easy booking process to the super clean and well equipped chalets. We will be back.
Excellent swimming pool facility. Excellent bush veld atmosphere.
Clint Sprong
Fantastic time. Camp was spotless. The service was great. Thanks.
Dave Lucas
Great accommodation with facilities making the stay comfortable. The staff were both professional and friendly. I would be sure to want to stay at Mopani again in the future.
Thank you for a perfect experience. The setting, the camp layout and the great staff all contributed equally to this lovely experience. Thanks and see you again. Brazer Family.
clara costa
Although furnishings a bit dated very clean and very comfortable - a true bush experience in perfect surroundings!! service excellent!
We had an excellent time in Kruger . Service great and camps well run. Our favorite was Olifants with the view in to the river.
ALda waddell
Thank you. All was good, clean and neat.
Diane Robertson
had a lovely view! (no 49). Will stay longer at this chalet next time!
Noeline Bonner
Blissful! Stunning as always.
Sasidhar G
Accommodation provided is absolute value for money and I would definitely recommend people to opt this tour.
Sandra de Kock
Beautiful cottage with view over the river. The cottage was spacious and clean, but the entrance was somewhat far from the parking bay, which required quite an effort to carry in the luggage and food.
Norris Fisher
Staff were friendly and helpful. Restcamp was clean, neat and comfortable.
Very happy to stay at Mopani. Great accommodation and fantastic swimming pool, very welcome after a long game drive. Restaurant very good food, service and of course spectacular view.
Vutlhari Phumulani
We enjoyed the stay at the mopani rest camp and we are hoping to come back. There's nothing bad which we have found about the camp. We also enjoyed the night drive at the park.
It is so wonderful to be in Kruger National Park. The service of high standard.
R Janse Van Rensburg
Very nice, every thing clean and comfortable. A bus full of people arrived and started singing for the rest of the afternoon(only negative comment).
janette maribeng
Very nice. We have really enjoyed visiting this place
Pitso Masooa
Excellent hospitality from staff and cleaners, true value for money. will certainly call again soon!!
Mike Sander
Excellent accommodation, very well appointed and comfortable, Beautiful view. Staff were helpful, pleasant and well trained. The restaurant was attractive and the meal we enjoyed was very well prepared and presented.
Kerry Davidson
Would return here! More animals than we were told to expect, including two leopards, a bunch of tsessebe and Roan antelope. Highly recommended!
Usha Athimakula
Mopani rest camp with lake view is one of the best places to stay inside Kruger park. beautiful lake views with animals coming for water in the morning. one can watch crocodiles in the lake. beautiful birds too can be found. its neat, well equipped and comfortable.
Michael Martin
Beautiful setting and lovely dam in front of restaurant.
Liliana Ivan
Very clean park; lots of animals at the water holes around it; good restaurant.
Colleen Hampton
We were given a bungalow/cottage overlooking the river which was so lovely and scenic. The bird life around this cottage was wonderful as we had a baobab tree right next to the veranda. The cottage itself was clean and tidy and there were all the appliance you need for cooking. We really enjoyed our stay even though it was only for one night. We would differently stay there again.
bernard goldman
One of the best camps we have been to.
Menno Hensen
Nice camp, lodge was situated very well. although the accommodation was clean (but little bit old), maintenance could be improved; e.g the bathroom became moldy.
Nice place to stay. Good house, clean. The manager was very helpful by solving a holiday problem.
melanie Jong
We only stayed in Mopani for 1 night. The camp was good, house was ok. It was nice and clean, the shower was nice and hot. The a-la-carte restaurant food is really good! We didn't see a lot of animals driving up to this camp.
Noeline Bonner
We enjoyed our stay in Kruger park immensely! Hooked for life! Loved all the camps we overstayed. Can't wait for next time.
Amy du Plessis
Thank you we had a lovely stay.
Marius Venter
Nicole Kok
very well maintained! Lovely
Willie Johannes De Witt
Baie goeie waarde goeie kamp vriendelike personeel.
Vladimir Mihajlovic
It is a well looked after Rest Camp, with courteous staff. Very pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.
Ansie Kilian
What a lovely guest house and the view was extraordinary!! Everything was just out of the book.
Mopanie is 'n rustige kamp het baie lekker gebly sal weer gaan.
What a nice experience!
Anasuya Pal
The stay was a good one: comfortable accommodation, clean and functional. The bunk bed was reversed so climbing on to the top bunk was hindered.......but on the whole good.
Ansie Prinsloo
Being our last camp to stay over it was a bit sad to leave. This was also the only camp that did not allow us to book in before 14h00 but the nice restaurant made up for the two hours wait. We will definitely go back again to the Kruger.
Food is not up to standard - dissappointing and really embarassing if you take foreigners into account. Air conditioning in my room was not working properly. Ladies bar is pleasant and well furnished. Lounge is an impersonal and unpleasant space.
Mariaan Terblanche
Dankie Mopanie julle het n pragtige kamp die huise is baie netjies kry nog die bosgevoel met die oop kombuis.Die restorant het puik kos die ander kampe kan daar gaan leer kos maak als is smaaklik en vars.Sien uit na die volgende besoek
Good view from the chalet
JMW le Roux
Only one night, but privacy of the guest cottage and immediate surroundings is very enjoyable.As in other camps, staff are very helpful and friendly and cottage neat and clean.
Alison Burden
The park is very different in summer to our normal winter visits. It is more peaceful and we enjoyed the park at a quieter pace. Our chalet was secluded and very quiet. The staff were great, everything worked in the chalet which was clean and tidy. We did not want to go home. Will try to visit again in August. Thanks Kruger, stay the way you are.
Riaan henning
The view was absolutely beautiful, looking as the sun set over the dam, hippos playing in front of us! Entertaining us with there snorts and little ears! Thank you
Very nice clean accomodation and food actually available in a restaurant. Thank goodness we spent two nights in this camp and only one in the other three camps with no restuarants.
Michael Luke
Great Camp...with the best views ever!
Paul Nienaber
Overall, good service. Nice atmoshere in the camp.
Rene Rossouw
Our stay was great. Mopani camp is well run. The Restuarant jut needs to jack up the service. Waiter battled to understand us and did not know what was on the menu.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip after our booking agent Tanya Lomas went out of her way to secure the camp we wanted. The bush was lovely, the roads are well maintained, the game is in spectacular condition - the only blight during our trip was the sorry state of the camp restaurants. Satara's restaurant used to be the highlight of our trip and we were sadly dissapointed at the state it is in. The restaurant at Letaba was out of stock of Castle and Coca-cola and could not accept a bank card. The Train restaurant at Skukuza is now being run by a foreigner (? - how is that possible?) and his people skills leave much to be desired. The prices at this restaurant are also totally over the top - once does expect to pay a premium but his proces are just ludicrous. However the restaurant and service at Mopani Camp was EXCELLENT! Take note though that the kitchens in the guest-cottages are only stocked with the bare minimum of crockery and I would suggest that if you are planning on braaing or cooking any casseroles, you should take your own pyrex dishes along.
Themba Zwane
Exellent customer service.
Did not enjoy our stay. Family cottage that was given was under water, We gladly moved to another unit, but was told we had to move on our last day.. We are there to rest not to be moved around.. So we left our last day and lost a night. Dont think i will be back there in a hurry. Restaurant cannot cope with big volumes of people. The whole experience was not what i had in the previous times we were there.
Ngwako Machethe
We enjoyed staying in this camp, the problem was abt the guest cottage, it was too many for us cause it was two, wereas we were just six adults and two children
Letaba was very neat and very friendly staff
Risimati Reckson Sithole
It is such a breath taking experience to venture into Kruger National Park. The reception is warm and you are treated to the royal style
Lauren Murraylauren murrayL
Hi guys, our stay at Kruger was freakin' brilliant, thank you!!! Mopani was the best. we were fortunate to see so much and the park is in really good condition. thank you for an invaluable experience! will definitely be back soon, very soon!!!
Rumani Patrick
No TV's in the rooms, hidden costs like everyday gate fee and game drive.
Sydney Theko
My family and I had a nice time in Mopani rest Camp. The guest cottage was lekker and the receiption was good too. The only thing that did not impress us is the single beds in all the rooms - That was not ayoba! I mean how do you expect a couple to sleep in there?Game drive also disappointed us because we saw small things like rats, bets, camelion, etc. We saw all the big animals when we were driving around on our own. My expectation to pay these huge amounts for a game drive would be that it is guaranteed that you are going to see at least 3 of the Big 5.
John Mcginn
This was the camp we saw the least in
Kate Stubbs
This was the first time my family had ever stayed at Mopani. We loved the camp and its facilities. Loved the privacy of our hut, loved the fact that our kids had bunk beds in a separate area and that the unit could sleep 4. Our bungalow was spotless and perfect. The privacy of the surrounding bush was also fun. All in all, Mopani is now one of my favourite camps.Only suggestion would be to somehow provide more viewing areas of the beautiful dam. Thanks for everything though. Can't wait to return.RegardsKate
I and my family had a wonderfull stay at Mopani camp. I am plaaning to book for 3 or 4 days next year.We were very much impressed. Keep it up Sanparks
I and my family had a wonderfull stay at Mopani camp. I am plaaning to book for 3 or 4 days next year.We were very much impressed. Keep it up Sanparks
Gail Henry
Mopani camp has beautiful surroundings, but customer service can improve. The maintenance in chalets & cleanliness can be a lot better. The restaurant was good but stock in the shops could be more efficient. Pool area was brilliant. Otherwise a very nice camp but could be exceptional with a few improvements. Replace toilet seats etc.
Juan Weidemann
The Mopani rest camp was amazing and a lot of fun, the camp and its accommodation was 100% and we enjoyed it a lot thanks.The only problem we have is that the menu of all the camps are the same and we think that it can be changed.
Mike Usher
Number 52 is the best chalet in Mopani,period!
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May 26, 2024
Great great service!
It’s my 1st time going to Africa and I didn’t even know where to start. Thanks to (Jayson and Catherin), I simply have not had to worry about anything. Their service and help has gone beyond any travel agent I’ve ever experienced. Any doubt I have, they were responsive, quick and efficient. And always so so nice.
joao roseta
May 26, 2024
Dorothy was absolutely amazing my dates…
Dorothy was absolutely amazing my dates on my Safari change a couple of times and she was more than accommodating making everything work for me with no stress. The resort she picked for me is absolutely amazing and I cannot wait to stay there. I’m also staying 3 nights in Cape Town and she took care of my hotel and of all my connecting flights . Was a big relief and spoke to her on the phone a couple of times. Very sweet highly recommend if you want a stress free vacation
Maria Mattaliano
May 24, 2024
Fast, Friendly, and Reliable Service
My travel advisor Mel was amazing. She was timely in her response, non judgemental about my budget, ans very helpful in figuring out potential safaris to fit my desires. She was super friendly and knowledgeable, and never once made me feel like I was out of my league.
Valerie Caswell
May 23, 2024
My experience was excellent as Pascal…
My experience was excellent as Pascal responded to all my questions in a timely manner and provided all the details I required to make a decision.
Stephen Turner
May 23, 2024
Shann was excellent
Shann was extremely responsive and worked around the clock to help us with our trip. She was extremely flexible throughout our trip when we needed to make changes. Overall, it was excellent service.
May 23, 2024
Shann is a Star!
Dealing with Shann was an absolute pleasure. Responses were quick, & options were tailored to our needs correctly.
Sean Geiser
May 23, 2024
Thanks Heleen
Thanks Heleen, great service!
Viv du Plessis
May 23, 2024
Great service from Jayson at
Jayson and his team have worked hard to help us put together a safari package that would hit all the points on our wish list. After weeks of work, when we came with some changes to the itinerary, he worked it in and added time in a location we hadn't considered, but we think is worth the time. They provided lot's of useful information and respond quickly to our frequent questions. Though we will not be taking our trip for a few weeks yet, we are excited and looking forward to having a once in a lifetime experience!
Bob McCook
May 22, 2024
Thanks to Dolan for making this last minute booking such a success. We stayed in Kapama River Lodge recently
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