Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Location of Crocodile Bridge Gate and Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Crocodile Bridge Gate and Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp can easily be reached from Mozambique, Malelane, Nelspruit, and Johannesburg, etc.
The Lebombo Border control (RSA) – Komatipoort, via the R571 it will take you 31 minutes and 17.1 km.
From Malelane, it will take you 41 minutes and 51.7 km via the N4 Toll road.
Nelspruit is 1 h 27 min – 113 km to Crocodile Bridge via N4.
From Johannesburg, it will take you approximately 4 h 55 minutes – 452 km – via N12 and N4.

Why is it called Crocodile Bridge?

Crocodile Bridge Gate (one of the 9 entrance gates to Kruger National Park) is situated along the southern border of Kruger National Park. Just a stone’s throw away, from the gate, will you find Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp. Both the gate and the rest camp got its name from being so close to the Crocodile River.
As soon as you enter the Crocodile Bridge gate, you will drive over a water bridge, crossing the Crocodile River that leads directly to Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp.

History of Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

During the 18th century, European explorers were lured inland by legends of the fabulous gold riches of Monomotapa. They came into conflict with the local inhabitants, whose traditional way of life was threatened by these unknown visitors from across the sea.
Francois de Cuiper of the Dutch East India Company led the first expedition to the area from the Cape in 1725. His party was attacked by local inhabitants in the Gomondwane bush (just north of Crocodile Bridge), and forced to retreat to Delagoa Bay.
When the Sabie Reserve (a forerunner of the Kruger National Park) was proclaimed in the late 19th century, Crocodile Bridge was one of the first 4 ranger posts. The bridge across the Crocodile River, visible from the rest camp, once formed part of the Selati railway line that wound its way through the Park to Skukuza. Construction of the bridge started in 1894 and was completed just before the end of the 19th century. The bridge continues despite being damaged in severe floods during February 2000.

Brief information about the Crocodile River

The Crocodile River flows through the Mpumalanga province of South Africa and is one of the few major rivers that provide water to animals as well as the surrounding areas. The Crocodile River, which has its origin at Dullstroom, flows through the Nelspruit industrial area, supports the Lowveld agricultural area, and continues through the Kruger National Park en route to Mozambique.
The Crocodile River drains a catchment of about 10 400 km2, with a total main-stem length of approximately 320 km. It forms the southern boundary of Kruger National Park and is the largest tributary of the Komati River. The Crocodile River catchment is located within the Inkomati Catchment Water Management Area, the first water management area in the country to be declared under South Africa’s new National Water Act, Act No. 36 of 1998.

Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp Facilities

  • NO RESTAURANT

  • NO SWIMMING POOL

  • NO ATM FACILITY AVAILABLE

  • Park Shop (not too big but sells the necessity as well as groceries)

  • A very small Coffee Shop (not always open and sells limited items)

  • Petrol/Gas Station

  • Information at Reception

  • Cellphone Reception available most of the time

  • Laundromat

  • Communal kitchen areas & ablutions facilities

  • Day Visitor picnic area

Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp Facilities

  • NO RESTAURANT

  • NO SWIMMING POOL

  • NO ATM FACILITY AVAILABLE

  • Park Shop (not too big but sells the necessity as well as groceries)

  • A very small Coffee Shop (not always open and sells limited items)

  • Petrol/Gas Station

  • Information at Reception

  • Cellphone Reception available most of the time

  • Laundromat

  • Communal kitchen areas & ablutions facilities

  • Day Visitor picnic area

About the Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

The camp is situated in the Southeastern corner of the Kruger National Park, on the northern bank of the Crocodile River. Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp offers various accommodation options ranging from disabled-friendly accommodation to safari tents, bungalows as well as a camping site for tents and caravans, each with its own basic BBQ/braai stand. The stand is placed outside or within the allocated campsite stand. You will have to bring your firewood or charcoal.
The camp has a great perimeter line with a large section of the campsite facing towards the perimeter. The rest camp itself is large enough not to be too crowded. Ablution and communal kitchen facilities are strategically placed for easy access and steady flow to avoid overcrowding during peak times.
Walking in Crocodile Bride Rest Camp, you will notice beautiful Marula trees together with other indigenous vegetation.

Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp Accommodation

Camping – Campsites, tents and Caravans

Crocodile Bridge camp has a plus-minus 18 camping stands, all equipped with a power point and rotating braai/BBQ grids. When camping, you will make use of the communal ablutions and cooking facilities that are available. There is also boiling water available 24 hours, electric hotplates, and washing up facilities. Maximum 6 persons are allowed per camping site.

Safari Tents

There are approximately 8 permanent & furnished ripstop canvas tents in the rest camp, each tent equipped with 2 single beds. One of these safari tents is accessible by wheelchair. The safari tents have a fridge, a standing fan inside the tent, and a small veranda. You will need to make use of communal ablutions and communal kitchen facilities. Content Goes Here

Bungalows

There are 20 units in camp with either 2 or 3 single beds each, equipped with en-suite bathrooms (showers, no baths) and air-conditioning. Kitchenettes have hotplates and sinks. Two units are fully accessible for people using wheelchairs.

More information about Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

What animals can I expect to find in the Crocodile Bridge area?

  • Lion

  • Giraffe

  • Spotted Hyena

  • Zebra

  • Blue Wildebeest

  • Rhino

  • Cheetah

  • Hippos

  • Crocodiles

Elevation

Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp is situated 168 m (551 feet) above sea level.

Climate 

The climate in Crocodile Bridge is referred to as a local steppe climate. There is little rainfall throughout the year. The climate here is classified as BSh by the Köppen-Geiger system. The average annual temperature is 22.8°C (73.0°F). The annual rainfall is 618 mm (24.3 inches).

Day visitor’s area at Crocodile Bridge

At Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp, you will find a designated Day Visitor Picnic Area. The day visitor’s area is in the rest camp and is an ideal spot for breakfast for arriving visitors and farewell meals for departing visitors.

Vegetation within the camp

The camp is situated in knob thorn/marula savannah on basalt soils. Other prominent trees include the round-leafed teak. The grass is sweet and this attracts many grazing species. Immediately west is a zone of Delagoa thorn thicket on ecca shale soil. The trees you can find in this area include the Delagoa thorn and the magic guarri. The grass is still sweet, but shorter. To the east of the camp is the Lebombo mountain range, where the vegetation differs again.

Birding

Crocodile Bridge area is visited by the Twinspot, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird (Golden-rumped Tinker Barbet), and the Black-bellied Starlings have also been spotted in this region. You can even find waterbirds at the causeway at the Crocodile River low water bridge as you enter the gate.

Must visit places around Crocodile Bridge

1. Visit Duke’s Water Hole

Along the S137 you will find the Duke’s Water Hole, named after the legendary Tom Duke. He was Lower Sabie’s head ranger for 2 decades (1903 to 1923).
Duke’s water hole has water almost year-round and attracts much wildlife.

2. Hippo Pools Bushman Paintings

The southern part of the Kruger National Park near Crocodile Bridge has a rich history that can be traced back centuries. Not too far from Crocodile Bride Rest Camp, you can visit Hippo pools that feature San (Bushmen) paintings painted on the sandstone. These paintings are proof of the existence and the remnants of the San People who once lived and hunted in this area.

3. Lower Sabie Rest Camp

Lower Sabie is one of many great rest camps in Kruger National Park. But what makes this camp special is the fact that it overlooks the breathtaking Sabie River. Lower Sabie Rest Camp is approximately 32 km from Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp. Make sure you visit Lower Sabie when you are in the Crocodile Bridge area of Kruger National Park.