The camp is situated in a basalt soil area, in ruggedveld. Some of the notable trees you’ll see include the Lowveld cluster-leaf, the mopane and the raisin bush. South of the river the vegetation turns from thornveld into mopane. Within the camp,there are plenty of trees and plants to see, some of which are unique to the area and cannot be found elsewhere in the Kruger. The sesame bush near the petrol station, which is the only accessible one in the park, as well as the aloes in the camp, aretwo of the biggest highlights where vegetation is concerned.
The camp is named after one of the animals you will come across the most; the elephant. But while elephant sightings are popular in the region, they are not the only animals you will encounter. Baboons, monkeys, lion and leopard are often seen during safaris and you might even be lucky enough to encounter a Cape clawless otter at one of the camps lookout points
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Anyone planning their trip to the Kruger National Park needs to have some helpful information at hand in order to make their planning and their stay more comfortable.
When visiting the Kruger, you are entering the territories of thousands of animals, birds, insects and reptiles. Visiting a wildlife habitat, where animals roam freely, means you have to keep an eye out at all times, even when safely in a camp. Animals have been known to get into camps, generally accidentally rather than on purpose, and although it is rare it can be quite frightening. When encountering an animal, it’s best to not approach it. Rather contact the relevant camp officials whose information you will find on your Kruger entry brochure.
Sometimes it’s the park’s other critters and creatures that you have to be wary of. Snakes, spiders and scorpions are found in camps far more often than the park's animals and should you step on one or accidentally touch one, the bite or sting they inflict can be painful. When walking around the camp, especially at night, you need to make sure that you have your shoes on and a flashlight at hand. This is one way to avoid contact with these creatures.
Wherever you stay in the Kruger, malaria is prevalent and can make you very sick if you get infected. The illness is carried by mosquitoes, but not all mosquitoes, and it is most commonly found in hot, humid areas. When in the park, you need to make sure that you have a net over your bed and that you use an insect repellent. The best precaution you can take is to make an appointment with your doctor and get the right preventative medication. Symptoms of malaria infection will only appear weeks after you have been bitten.
When planning, taking the time of year into consideration is a must. The Kruger experiences some intense summers while the winter months are generally mild but never really cold. By noon in summer, the temperatures skyrocket and travelling in the park can get quite uncomfortable. If you are staying in the park during this time of the year, you’ll want to have air-conditioning or something else to keep you cooled off. And just because you are visiting in the winter doesn’t mean you are immune to the African heat. Winter days can get pretty hot, while the nights and mornings can be quite cold. Be sure to pack accordingly!