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Olifants Rest Camp
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“Great position!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2011

Like the other camp inside Kruger this camp offers confortable bungalows and good service. The very best thing of this place is tre beautiful view.
The camp in on a hill and at the sunset you can see the savannah and a river down the hill tha became yellow, orange and red... Great!
We visit this place in August 2009 and in this period the bush around the hill had colours of the autumn... very strange in the savannah!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2011

We were here for 2 nights in the BDV2 room (Room with a river view). The location of
the room is fantastic. Kruger NP's accommodation overall is amazing ... even more so
since it's a government run place. Highly recommended.
Mammal watching-wise, I would grade Satara as the best, Lower Sabie next & Olifants last (the 3 camps I stayed in)
Birdwatching-wise, all 3 are equally fantastic.

Cons:
Our room had a couple of steps to climb down from where you park the car. If you have a
bit of heavy luggage as we did, it could be slightly bothersome.

Pros:
Really fantastic view.
The kitchen had all the basics in place.
Room was extremely clean.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2011

The Kruger National park is fantastic. It is a huge reserve, larger than Vermont, 50mile wide, and 200 miles long. Within the park are many rest camps (similar to to those we have in Americas National Parks) as well as private luxurious Safari Camps and Reserves that many from the USA book for their African Safari.

Our interests are in the "do-it yourself" kind of Safari not the "Tour group" kind. If you want to know more about how to arrange your own Safari start with http://www.african-safari-journals.com/guide-your-own-safari.html. This on-line book was worth many times the $20 cost!

So, if you want to stay in Luxury Accommodations on your African Safari my review is not for you. Now on to the Olifants rest camp.

Like all the large rest camps in Kruger, this one contains a wide range of accommodations.
There are campsites, trailer sites, simple sleeping accommodations, up to semi-luxury cottages with kitchens. Also in the rest camps are small grocery stores, a restaurant, and various other amenities such as pools, laundry facilities, and the like.

We stayed in one of the perimeter cottages with a kitchen. By perimeter we mean that the location is on the outer edge of the camp next to the electrified fence that keeps out the more dangerous wildlife. No matter what camp you stay in, pay the extra 10% for the perimeter units. You are there for the wildlife, not hordes of people.

We booked a river view cottage that had a spectacular setting on the cliff 200' above the river. The cottage itself was better than most we stayed at in Kruger. The camp had a more intimate feel, and we felt it much smaller than it actually was. Sipping a glass of wine on the veranda at sunset just made the day.

We drove our own car and typically were out viewing animals an average of 10hours/day. The advantages of being in your own car and not on an open tour vehicle are many. As your own driver you can stop anywhere at any time to get the best viewing. You go at your own pace and stay as long as you like if some type of wild life is taking your fancy. You can bring food and drink with you and turn on the air conditioning when necessary. Think Yellowstone,cars, and bears and you get the idea. (in Kruger the car jams are much smaller and often you may be the first one there). By the way, do not forget the birds. There are so many and they can occupy your time between the sightings of the bigger wildlife.

From this camp you could drive to two different river bridges where you are allowed out of your vehicle. These rivers are very wide and always seem to have Hippos and Crocs in them. Lots of elephants wandering about as well.

You are only allowed outside the rest camp from 5am to 6pm. You can only get out of the car at designated places for obvious reasons. You can book a night drive tour at the camp and we do recommend doing at least one of these while you are in the Kruger. You can also book three day hiking Safaris where you are truly out in the wild with just 8 other folks, and two armed tour guides. Check out the South Africa National Park website for all the Kruger has to offer. You can book all your accommodations as well. If you want the better cottages on the perimeter book well in advance. The Kruger is popular.

ust to summarize. The Kruger rest camps like Olifants provide the best value if you are on any kind of budget. We are talking $100/night accommodations, cooking your own food, and driving your own car.

Make sure your rental car is an automatic and has air conditioning. No need for a 4 wheel drive as the roads are quite good in the park.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2011

We found our Olifants bungalow to be quite comfortable. The heating/air conditioning unit worked well and warmed us up quick, even during our unseasonably cold August stay. The place was clean and well lit. The beds were decidedly mediocre, but after a long day (early morning walk and then driving about) it was easy to fall asleep anyway. The views from the restaurant over the river were excellent and the food was perfectly fine for the price.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2011

This place is on top of our list if we do go to SA again. We are a family with 2 teenagers and stayed for 1 night in a family cottage with river view (chalet nr. 14). How awesome to sit in your own outdoor lounge area and see olifantsriver down below. We also joined a night drive on which the ranger took us straight to the lions. We do recommend this camp very much

  • Stayed July 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2011

One thing and one thing only make this "the best camp in Kruger", the view! Book the bungalows with "the best river view" and you will find this an amazing spot. You can see a couple of miles of the Olifants River. In the evening you can watch herds of elephants party in the water. Giraffes, impala, waterbuck, hippos, wildlife all day and at night you can sit on your porch and hear the lions roar in the distance.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2011

We have been here fro 2 nights. Tha camp is big, with all services and very clean. We had a bungalow en suite and was really confortable. The camp also organize very nice safaris and give the opportunity to do barbeque by yourself. I think it's a good alternative to the more expensive private lodge. And the view from the camp, on the river is marvellous

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Olifants Rest Camp

Property: Olifants Rest Camp
Address: 83 km from Phalaborwa Gate | Olifants River, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #83 of 171 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guests that visit Olifants will be exposed to an unforgettable window of Africa. The camp is situated a top a hill which towers several hundred feet over the Olifants river. Views from the lookout platforms allow one to see the river below, just as a soaring eagle would survey it, as it hunts from the skies. ... more   less 
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Olifants Restcamp Hotel Kruger National Park

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