Kruger National Park – Pretoriuskop
About the Birding
Camp specials around the pool area include Brown-headed Parrot, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Black-backed Puffback, Green Twinspot, Red-headed Weaver, Blue Waxbill and Arrow-marked Babbler. Woodland Kingfisher and Violet-backed Starling are conspicuous summer visitors that breed in and around the camp.
In the camp look for African Green Pigeon, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Retz’s Helmet-shrike, Green-capped Eremomela, Brown-headed Parrot, Cutthroat Finch, Redheaded Weaver and several sunbird species. Black Cuckoo (summer) and Gorgeous Bush Shrike can be heard calling from the dense bush surrounding the camp.
About the Birding Site
Pretoriuskop is found on the higher lying ground in the part of the park that receives the most rainfall. Some 3,500 million years ago, molten rock forced its way through the earth’s crust and solidified to form the spectacular granite outcrops where Pretoriuskop Rest Camp is now nestled in the south-western corner of Kruger. The impressive granite dome known as “Shabeni Hill” is not far from the camp.
Other Related Information
The southern camps can be accessed through the gates at Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Numbi, Phabeni and Paul Kruger. The closest access gate to Pretoriuskop is Numbi Gate and the closest town is the town of Hazyview.