Built in the lee of a rocky kopje overlooking a lake, this camp in the northern section is one of Kruger's biggest. The camp is a landscaped oasis for birds, people, and a few impalas and other grazing animals amid not very attractive surrounding mopane woodlands. If it's hippos you're after, from your veranda feast your eyes on a cavalcade of these giants frolicking in the lake. Constructed of rough stone, wood, and thatch, the camp blends well into the thick vegetation.
Shaded wooden walkways connect the public areas, all of which overlook the lake, and the view from the open-air bar is awesome. The à la carte restaurant (reserve before 6 pm) serves better food than most of the other camps, and the cottages are better equipped and larger than their counterparts elsewhere in Kruger. Ask for accommodations overlooking the lake when you book. Mopani lacks the intimate charm of some of the smaller camps, and the surrounding mopane woodland doesn't attract much game, but it's a really comfortable camp to relax in for a night or two if you're driving the length of the park.
Kruger National Park, South Africa