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Olifants Rest Camp
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

Stayed here for three nights and found it wonderful. The camp is located on a hill overlooking the Olifants river affording beautiful and interesting views.
Had a bungalow (NG2U) which, although not defined as such, had a partial river view. The bungalow itself was very basic and could have been a bit cleaner and with better lighting in the shower, but otherwise, perfect, especially the veranda.
Restaurant too was basic. Shop good.
The best part about Olifants was its ambience. Being relatively small, very quiet and in central Kruger proved it to be a great place to explore the park from.
Would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank RannTel-Aviv
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

We have been to Kruger NP from Australia about six times now. We always rent a vehicle at the local airport outside the park and drive ourselves using rest-camps overnight.

It is superb value. We are keen photographers and always see a plethora of animals: not just glimpses but whole sequences of behaviours and interactions.

Some have said to us (usually by rumour) that Kruger is a "theme park". This is rubbish. Certainly it is managed and rangers work for animals' welfare and against poachers especially of Rhino but the experience is very much observing and photographing animals in the wild.

We have covered the whole park from north to south east to west usually spending about a fortnight each time. Often we find ourselves totally alone with the natural environment and wild animals.

Along the Sabie River, it can become busy and a tad frantic during holidays/peak periods especially with day-trippers.

The rest camps are excellent and top value. No gauzy curtains or bubbly served but comfortable convenient access to this rich location is priceless.

Oliphants rest camp is our favourite with its wide-angle view of the African plains from its escarpment vantage point. We have seen the mighty Oliphants River in full flood and almost dry over the years. The seasons here are marked from dry to wet. Our last trip was in mid-winter with the real dryness yet to hit hard. The foliage was less and the waterholes more important for spotting animals. We prefer summer with its lushness and plentiful young despite the heat and animals being harder to spot midst the grasses and lush foliage.

The sheer variety of animals in Kruger is remarkable although you do need to spot continuously and actively. It's easy to miss animals if you let your attention go slack. As always, luck or chance plays a big role but we have always been lucky in Kruger. Field guides and the Kruger Map/Guide are essential

South Africa has a range of National Parks (we aim to visit the Kgalagadi Trans-Frontier Park in the west soon) but Kruger is a must-see and rewards repeated visits. We in Australia could learn much from the way SANPARKS runs its National Parks especially their approach to rest camps.

Room Tip: For a a party, the lodges on the escarpment are very good value with a view to die for. Some huts have kitchen etc. Others don't.
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

what a great location to stay in the Kruger National Park, stayed in a large 2 bed lodge overlooking the river, very comfortable and clean, with a great outside area to watch the wild life.
we went on a fantastic night drive, theres a mug and bean on site for good food and drinks. had a really good stay and would highly recommend this rest camp.

Room Tip: Pay a bit more for the view, its well worth it
  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank fred T
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Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Our group had 3 chalets. And unfortunately not one was very clean. The smell in the showers and toilets was very bad. The communal kitchen was not cleaned once in the 4 days that we were there. If they expect the visitors to clean it themselves then we must have access to brooms/mops. The new rustic kitchen is an exciting new eating experience.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
Thank Estelle V
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

We had the perimeter bungalow 109 which had a good enough view. The room was good though the air conditioning was not functioning and we had to call for help to fix it. Restaurant is good with friendly staff serving good food with a view. We ate at both restaurants and found Tindlovu to be a bit pricier with a limited menu.

We went on sunset drive and morning walk here. The ranger was not interested in showing anything, just kept driving and when some of us spotted something - either stopped much ahead or made too much noise to drive it away. Also, kept flashing the light on and off on the animal making it difficult to take a picture and often driving it away.

Morning walk was strictly ok but they halted much too long for the snacks even when everyone was ready to continue.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank worldiscoverer
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