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Re: Olifants view points

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:09 am

Oh yes, you hit the nail right on the head Crested Val :thumbs_up: Love it!

Sounds like a very optimistic lion, I wonder if he was successful? Brave boy! :lol:

We've been lucky enough to see both lion and leopard in the distance from the look out at Olifants, its such a great vantage point. You need a good pair of binocs though :wink:

I think my favorite part is being able to see so many different species at once. You observe them interacting and going about their business undisturbed from a distance. It really teaches you to adjust to natures time. What do you think?

You have to love the sunrise & sunsets too, unbelievably beautiful!

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Re: Olifants view points

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:40 am

Next time you go to Olifants don't go for the "best river view" bungalows. Have a look at the map. On the right bottom you'll see 107-111. They look towards Olifants Lookout, and in my mind they are the best bungalows. Quiet (away from reception and restaurant) with a stunning view.

Olifants Lookout itself has changed, it is not the 'big parkinglot' in front anymore. Still a Get out spot, but with bushes very close. So keep a weather eye out before you get out of the car.
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Re: Olifants view points

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:53 pm

Thanks for the tip DuQues. I've only stayed in bungalows 9-15 (somehwere there), amazing spot! Next time I'm at Olifants Ill take a walk to bungalows 107 - 111. They look very isolated in the corner, they must be very tough to book. How about the Nshawu guest house on the corner :big_eyes: , that must be the ultimate.

DuQues wrote:Olifants Lookout itself has changed, it is not the 'big parkinglot' in front anymore. Still a Get out spot, but with bushes very close. So keep a weather eye out before you get out of the car.


Couldn't agree more, keep your eyes peeled. You just never know. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Olifants view points

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:18 pm

The view from #106:

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Re: Olifants view points

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:24 pm

What a view!!! It just goes on forever. Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:

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Re: Olifants view points

Unread postby Cape of Storms » Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:30 pm

Oh to add we too love the look out. Last year we stopped there just before heading to camp and guess who came for a drink?

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And then even if you don't see any animals the view will always bring you back!

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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread postby smitherson » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:25 am

Hi Everyone.

I am hoping that somebody can answer some questions I have:

My Father and I are going to be spending 4 nights in Olifants at the end of September. :dance: He first introduced me to KP 46 years ago when I was 2! he has been visiting the park for over 50 years and can you believe it we have never done a morning walk? :hmz: Mainly I think because for many years we had my Mom with us and she was wheelchair bound and it wasn't possible for us to leave her. Anyway so I thought that in September it would be nice if I could take him on a morning walk, which I know he would thoroughly enjoy. My questions are;
- is there an age restriction and if so what is it?
- is the walk very strenuous, does one have to be super fit?
- should we book now or only when we get there?
- what should we take along with us (water, snacks etc)
- is there a question I haven't thought of/
Your help is really appreciated! :gflower:

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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:12 pm

Walks can cover 7 to 8 km over broken terrain that can be hilly.

I always take my own half litre of liquid, but there is a 'rest' time where the guide brings out a fruit juice and some very light snacks.

I think 65 is the number mentioned. If he can manage that and can prove it, at about 70, then I am sure it will be permitted, but check with the camp first.

Age is not the factor, for me, fitness levels are. Of course sturdy shoes are a must.

I have booked when I get inside the park.
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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread postby roaneric » Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:18 pm

roaneric wrote:(I still have to change their type numbers, will do so this afternoon :wink: )
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Just changed it Shivati. I forgot about it, thanks for reminding me.

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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread postby Rooikat » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:32 am

A question about unit 14 that I can't figure out from looking at the pictures on the accommodation photos thread:

Is one able to access the front of the unit from the verandah? Or are you restricted to your stoep? One photo shows the braai next to the bungalow and Leana mentioned earlier in this thread that the braai is "at the back"...

Anyone able to clear this for me, please?
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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:40 pm

Rooikat, you cannot access the bungalow from the front, the veranda is enclosed and quite high off the ground which maximizes the stunning view.
You enter from a door at the back into the kitchen and then onto the veranda.
The 2 bedrooms each lead off from there.
The braai is off to the one side, just below the driveway and does have some view of its own.
We have just stayed in # 14 and can say it was absolutely fantastic. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread postby Rooikat » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:23 pm

Thank you, Elsa, the photos now make more sense!
Relieved that the braai has some view of its own!
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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread postby Stephens.L » Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:19 am

Please note that there are new developments currently taking place at Olifants Rest Camp. This involves

1. Upgrading of tourist units(all units without kitchen to have kitchens)
2. Upgrading of main buildings - reception
3. Upgrading of Conference Hall
4. Day visitor Site & Pool

The camp will continue operating as normal. This is part of our Infrastructure Development Programme to upgrade our ageing facilities.

We would like to apologise for the inconvenience occured as a result of this developments.
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Kruger National Park
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Re: Olifants View

Unread postby Porridge » Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:23 pm

Hi K-4S

Olifants is on a hilltop, and as a result has chalets etc which face in all directions depending on which one you get. The sun rises on the side where the outlook point over the river is, and sets on the entrance gate side of the camp.

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Olifants View

Unread postby Welshboy » Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:28 pm

K-4S,

I can do a bit more than tell you about the sunrise at Olifants, I can actually show you one. This picture was taken on the 30th May this year from our hut, I think it was number 98, in the camp with a cup of coffee oh to be there now! I like this that much that it I use it as my computer desktop image

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The other picture is not quite from the camp it was taken on the sunset drive from the river bridge

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