Yes, you can camp wild in the Kruger National Park! Join the SANParks Honorary Rangers at one of their rustic bush camps for the chance to experience nature in a whole new way.

How would you like to explore the Kruger National Park on foot? How about pitching your tent in an unfenced campsite? If this sounds like the type of adventure you long for, Kruger’s rustic bush camps are just the ticket.

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Camp wild in the Kruger National Park with the SANParks Honorary Rangers. Pictures by Mems Carim

The SANParks Honorary Rangers organise these self-catering camps on select dates between March and November. They set up camp in an unfenced wilderness area and offer six guided walks during the stay. Guests pitch their own tents and look after their food and beverage requirements. It’s a wild experience that will appeal to self-sufficient travellers as you even have to take your own water. The camp has no running water, just a shower cubicle and an enviro loo.

Each camp is sold in its entirety to a group of eight people for the duration of the stay (three nights). The initiative is a fund-raising project of the SANParks Honorary Rangers and proceeds from the camps fund conservation and counter-poaching projects.

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Wake up in the heart of the bush when you stay at one of the rustic bush camps.

In 2016, these camps will run from Thursday afternoons to Sunday mornings. Take a look at the available dates. During certain dates, SANParks is offering discounts of 20–40% on accommodation at Mopani and Tsendze (the closest camps) for the night before and after the rustic camp.

The best part is the guided wilderness walks. We got up early and had coffee and rusks, then set off before daybreak in the company of the two field guides. – Ronell Woude

Visit the SANParks Honorary Rangers’ website for bookings and more information.