Where to find Kyleu Bush Camp
Kyleu Bush Camp is situated in the Dinokeng big 5 game reserve just north of Pretoria, Gauteng, to be exact, 43km from the Zambezi offramp on the N1.
Kyleu Bush Camp was established by Sherri and Devon Symon and is one of only a handful campsites that offer you a true bush experience with stands without any fencing. You can choose between one of the five exclusive bush camps further away from the river each with its own private ablution, or the 4 river stands without any facilities (no ablution/no water/no electricity/no braai facilities/no boma).
It is because of this, that Pieter and I decided to visit Kyleu from 20 to 24 March 2019. Knowing that the 21st of March was a public holiday in South Africa, we both put in leave for the 22nd and made this a well-deserved looooong weekend.
When making the reservation we asked for one of the river stands and was allocated campsite no 1 next to the river stream that runs through the area. Camping cost was R 110 per person per night.
Upon arrival at Kyleu we were greeted at the gate by a lady that spoke very little English, but her friendliness and super great smile, made up for that. We were ticked off on the guest list and given instructions how to get to our campsite.
Later that afternoon, we received a porta potty – which you can hire from Kyleu. Everyday our potty was collected by the staff and returned a few minutes later spotless clean. Kyleu provides you with a tent that you can put up around your porta potty if you don’t have any of your own – it is more private that way (if you know what I mean).
The first night was very quiet and we could listen to the jackal cries all around us. The sunsets are sublime and a real treat as well.
Kyleu has been operational for more than a year now. The reason Pieter and I wanted to come and check out the site, was merely because curiosity got the better of us. On the Bush Lapa Facebook page, someone posted photos of the lion in Dinokeng charging a Wildebeest, caught and killed it right in front of them – at stand nr 1, OUR STAND!
This immediately attracked out attention as we had lion encounters of our own in Mabuasehube (Botswana), but that was some time back. We hoped that we could see and experience this again.
You can order firewood beforehand and get these upon arrival. We are sticker junkies and were super impressed when Devon on email informed us that we can buy stickers from them as well.
Our campsite had a fire drum where we could make fire – but we never used it. It was too HOT in Dinokeng, and we did not really venture into making proper food. I can just imagine how this would work in winter though – bliss! The fire drums get cleaned every day.
At first we thought that we might hear our neighbors at the stand next to us, but that was not the case. You do however hear music and noise after sunset and later on during the night from the villages adjacent to the park, but this quiets down later on and did not bother us while sleeping. Talk about sleeping … yeah, we caught up on that, A LOT!On our first morning we got greeted by a herd of Zebra who came very close to our camping site. A real treat.
Later on two giraffes made their way to the water, as well as a jackal and an ostrich. We had Zebra in our area daily.
Campsite nr 1 has a lovely tree that made for great shelter during the day. It also kept our tent super cool. The campsite is big, and three families can easily camp on the same site. Kyleu has abundant trees and bush veld that surrounds the area.
Sherri came to introduce herself on the 2nd day, which we appreciated. The owners seem very interested in ensuring that you really do have a good time whilst you are there.
You are not allowed to drive around in the game reserve on your own without a self-drive permit. You can pre-book self-drive permits with Kyleu. The cost is R 250 for 1 day or R 380 for 2 days. The alternative is to book a game drive with the Kyleu Game Vehicle at R 175 per person for plus minus 2.5 hours.
Will we go again? For sure! This jewel makes for a super easy weekend breakaway where you get to enjoy the sunsets while listening to the soothing sounds of the abundant birdlife.
Well done Kyleu! All worth it.
Hi Pieter and Gerida. You guys are having an amazing adventure. If you have a list of camping must haves please could you let me have a copy. We are new campets. Thanks. Arthur and Sandy
Hi Arthur and Sandy. It is hard to list camping must have. It all depends on personal your personal preferences and what places you want to visit. Also whether you prefer to bushcamp or do you want to camp at places with proper ablution facilities. If you have any specific questions I would gladly answer that to the best of my ability. Trust to hear from you soon. Pieter and Gerida.
Just the knowing that you are in an unfenced game roaming area, made our stay so much more adventurous. Subconsciously you are aware of the real outdoors and automatically set your senses to a new awareness of your surroundings.
Audibly-, visionary-, smelling and touch are some of the senses that we have experienced in a way that normally been taken for granted.
Our highlight of the weekend was when the rangers rushed to our site near the river, that the lions where on their way!
We were preparing brunch at that stage and had to attend to our meal with great anticipation for the cats to pass in front of our site.
We never saw them, but something special!..so close to our rushed life in the city.
Very good job writing them in this blog article