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“One of the best camps in Kruger with stunning views”
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Olifants Rest Camp
Reviewed 28 June 2012

Booked 2 chalets for myself and 3 sons. Drove through the park starting at bottom gate and then via Skukuza, Satara and Olifants. Units were great, watched the springboks play England, enjoyed a braai and the stunning river views. Tarred rd closed due to storm damage so had to go via dirt rd, but the park is busy with repairs. No complaints and well done to management and staff, great turn around. This camp is well worth visiting, but try for a river view unit.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

Well, what can we say…..wooooow. We booked a river view bungalow (BB2V), No. 11 and it did not disappoint. You could spend thousands per night for a room with this outlook elsewhere in the world. Plus we saw hippo, elephant and giraffe from our verandah.

You need to book additional nights here to allow some down time and appreciate the ambience of the overall camp with its mesmerising views.

The camp is situated on a hill top overlooking Olifants river and Kruger park. One night we encountered high winds and thought the roof was going to blow off….lol.

Although the wild life was a little more scarce than in the south region of the park, we had some wonderful sightings, including probably one of our best ever with a male Cheetah climbing onto a stone road marker at the corner of the H9 and S132 and sat there posing for us for about 5 minutes.

Although the wildlife sightings can be less frequent, the scenery here certainly makes up for it.

The shop is well stocked with food and beverages, hardware, clothes, books and giftware.

We didn’t eat in the restaurant as cooking a Braai in the late afternoon is a must here while enjoying the outstanding views and an endless glass of South African wine in hand……what more could you want.

The camp staff were all courteous, friendly and helpful.

SanParks should be commended for the well organised and running of these camps.

For the price and purpose of stay, our personal rating of the overall experience of this camp is a 5 out 5 and a must stay when we return again.

Regards,
Vicki & Rob.

Room Tip: We booked a river view bungalow (BB2V), No. 11 and it did not disappoint.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank thesandmans
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

Stayed at Olifants for 1 night with my boyfriend. Twin beds. Clearly the kruger doesn't cater for couples. Beautiful camp and views and the rondawel we stayed in was nice but the shower was not great. Very little water coming out. Aircon was loud and noisy and kept us up the whole night so we didn't have a pleasant sleep! The kitchen is on the outside which is fine but the fridge is in the inside of he hut in the bedroom. So one has to run in & out to and from the fridge when cooking. Their was a 2 plate stove outside that didn't work at all as I tried cooking rice and veggies but to no avail. The plate warms up but doesn't cook at all! Their cooking utensils was not adequate. 1 thick based black pot (used for cooking stews & curries) and 1 terribly looking frying pan. We paid almost R 1000 a night which I think is very expensive for a self catering unit that doesn't function. Their wasn't even a microwave!. Needless to say we had leftovers of the previous night for dinner. Maybe we just got the worst hut but I would not go there again....

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

After staying in Olifants several times I realise I have not done a review we have always stayed in the Perimeter bungalow with river views which are amazing we have always seen lots of elephants in this area and the night Astronomy Experience was outstanding. The accommodation is not like the private lodges but its not the prices they charge we found it clean and comfortable and the view the best in Kruger.

Room Tip: Perimeter bungalow to get the best River views
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

After we have stayed in the Kruger Nationalpark area two years ago and visited Olifants camp for a short stop on one of our drives we decided that we need to stay at the camp the next time we are in South Africa. The restcamp is located more or less in the middle of the park with Phalaborwa being the closest gate of the Kruger National Park. The camp itself is built on an hill top with an amazing view over the Olifants River below. As per our opinion and experience it offers an ideal location to explore the park but one has to keep in mind that speed limit in the park is 50km/h (40km/h on gravel roads). This means as you have to be in the camp again around sunset (as camp gates are closed at that time) distances that can be travelled in one day are not very far. So if you plan to stay several nights you might want to change location and do additional overnights in another camp so you can enjoy other spots of the park as well.
After the decision was made about 2 years ago we began planning and as we needed at least 2 bedrooms we were planning to book one of the two guest houses which can accomodate 8 guests in 4 bedrooms. Unfortunately although we checked the inventory on a daily basis the two guest houses were booked directly after the inventory was opened. So we needed to change plans and booked two bungalows instead. One of them being a BBD2V with best river view and the other one BG2 near the first one.
Checkin was smooth and easy when we arrived and we got a lot of additional information about the camp, surroundings etc. Both bungalows were okay and clean (you would not expect a luxury room taking in consideration the price) and represented good value for money. Both bungalows were equipped with the same things including a fridge outside the room. The bungalow with best river view had a nice terrace facing the river from where we could enjoy the sunset and watch e.g. elefants crossing the river. This bungalow also inlcuded an open air kitchen on the terrace with all utensils needed to cook your own meals (whereas the other one has no kitchen but one can use the communal kitchen located near the room).
For those planning to cook their own meals there is also a small shop in the camp offering a limited range of goods (better bring your own stuff from outside the park). In addition a restaurant with a stunning view is also available offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Service in the restaurant was okay and the food was eatable (price wise it was okay). Only thing which has to be taken in consideration that the restaurant is opening around 7am. So if you plan to watch sun rise outside the camp or do an early morning game drive you would have to have breakfast after returning to the camp or prepare it yourself.
Last but not least the camp is also offering activities like game drives, bush walks etc which can be booked at the reception.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

From the moment we arrived at Olifants we felt at home. The reception staff are fantastic and go the extra mile to satisfy guests. David and Wilhemina are the stars but the rest of the camp saff are also very pleasant and efficient. If you are a landscape photographer this is the place to get amazing sunrise and sunset photographs plus you can sit all day scanning the plains below and watching the animals coming to the river to drink and be chased by predators!

Room Tip: The river-view bungalows on the western side of the hill are our favorites as you can see the river...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank KrugerToKalahari
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

The view is the thing that makes Olifants stand out. Its spectacular with Elephants walking through the river, hippos lounging in the river. and antelope including Kudu walking on the bank.
We had good service, the main person who stood out to us was Given (waiter), he was smiley and had a great sense of humor! The food like in other rest camps is the same 'Tree Restaurant' chain and lacks in qulaity & variety. A wider range & non-microwaved food would go a long way here.
The rooms were spacious, we were in the family room, and found it very comfortable but a bit simple and we lacked a view, so we spent our time on the main deck..no complaints there!
In the evening when the bats come out, look out for the Bat Hawk who preys primarily on bats as he hunts and usually manages to catch 2 in mid flight! Great show.
Dont forget your camera and your bino's when you visit Olifants, its a must have.
There are lots of acitivities available such as river walks, bush walks, night drive, morning drive, and bike trips.
The view did it for Olifants but otherwise it ranks the same as the other camps.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about 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
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Ranked #83 of 175 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range: £71 - £498 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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