The first rondavels were built in the early 1930s and they reflected the isolated and Spartan conditions in which the
biltong-tough rangers lived: wattle, mud and thatch, with one door and no windows. Over the years they did become more comfortable, but the first modern camp built was Berg-en-Dal, in 1984. If the camp and gardens haven't won an architectural or landscape gardening award, someone
It's one of only six rest camps that has a swimming pool. The buildings are all angular, dark clinker brick and there is also a camp site on the 'far' side. The focus of camp is the Rhino Trail that meanders under spreading riverine trees along a dam. It has resident crocodiles, fish eagles nest above and, depending on the season, is used by many more animals.