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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby Mars » Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:15 am

I would say Orpen.
have been in both the camps and Orpen just have that extra special feeling to it.
And I think the accommodation at Orpen is a little bit better than at Croc.
Nothing against croc/b, had my best ever leopard sighting there close to the gate but I think I miss Orpen more than Crocodile Bridge.

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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:55 pm

Orpen,
really good accommodation,
swimming pool,
Webcam,

Croc Bridge
small intimate camp
friendly shop with eating possibilities.
good night time fence with meandering possibilities.
river
cute little animals eating the lawn...
a lovely chill area under the trees.
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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby G@mespotter » Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:42 am

Roller wrote::? Wow guys, your making this decision harder and harder!
If you had to stay in camp all day, and couldn't drive around, which camp would you choose out of the two?


OK...lemme add some confusing weight here :twisted:

First I wanted to advise Croc Bridge, as there are has more 'driving options' and permanent water sources .....IMHO......BUT its good you mentioned that you "stay in camp all day, and couldn't drive around, which camp would you choose out of the two?" - Because Orpen Camp is IDEAL for this purpose.
To just sit there on your veranda, enjoy the waterhole from the 'heights' of Orpen. Or even from the small pool :lol:
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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby ndloti » Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:27 pm

Orpen .
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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby naomi c » Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:26 am

Hi Roller!
If you want to feel that you are "in the bush" then Orpen is where you want to go.
Also if you are considering spending a lot of time in camp, Orpen is ideally suited for that.
Both are entrance gates and I have nothing against Croc Bridge, but in your case I have to agree with Ndloti - Orpen is the obvious choice.

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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby Peter Betts » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:01 am

Agree Orpen is the place but Croc Bridge is my favorite main camp in the South by miles..Biyamiti being the best place to stay in the deep south
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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby wildheart » Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:42 pm

Why would you wanne stay in camp if there is so much to discover outside? :hmz:

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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby Roller » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:11 pm

But, made my booking today, 3 nights in Orpen in November!!! :dance:
( but I forgot bookings opened today for September 2009, so was quite a mission to get through!)

Both camps seemed really nice, but picked Orpen, I don't know why really, just felt like Orpen. And I think the guest cottage will work better for three adults, and cheaper than to bungalows. (Oh, and webcam has some awesome hi lights!)

CB will be on my list for my next mini Kruger break :D

Do you think I should ask for a specific cottage?
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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby Quickie » Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:01 pm

Hi Roller,

Good choice. Try to get the last guest cottage, closest to the fence and waterhole. Just be on the lookout for the honey badger raiding kitchens and fridges during the night, but I think the guest cottage's kitchen is inside and not on the veranda like the bungalows. You can enjoy a peaceful day on the veranda, waiting for the animals coming to the waterhole. We saw 4 cheetahs at the turn-off to Tamboti & Maroela in November 2007! :dance:

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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby Bush Andy » Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:18 pm

Good suggestions by everyone!
It's one of the harder questions to answer as both IMHO are two of the best 'Old Kruger' camps in the park.

Orpen

Has The best 'camp' waterhole in whole park... Have seen all the big five there with the xception of Leopard and have heard a lion kill happening no further than 100m from the camp gate!

It has a nice new pool and should not be to busy... I find that the summer months are almost devoid of people because of the heat so you should be able to relax in the pool overlooking the waterhole.

Our family has seen more lion along the H7 than any other road in the park, along with cheetah and wild dog.

It's definitely in my top 5 camps so maybe I'm a little biased.

Croc Bridge

In terms of game viewing it rivals anywhere in park... hyena's every night along fence, lions, leopards, Duke, wild dog and Black Rhino (which we saw on the S130 while staying at Croc Bridge in Dec last year)... happen to see 3 cheetah along the S130 on same day too... so you can't go to wrong with Croc Bridge.

I would try both as suggested before... Staying at Croc Bridge for two nights and Orpen for one night. Would also suggest a night drive at Croc bridge... always rewarding!
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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby mariusc » Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:39 pm

Roller

I know you've decided already. I just want to add something. We camped in Croc bridge last week and it was a nice experience. The atmosphere for me is made by the night sounds. Although the hyenas were very noisy and nice to listen to, there were unfortunately also dogs barking, cocks crowing, trucks on the N4, and what sounded like water turbines in the river all night long. It takes away the bush experience. I hear enough dogs barking during the year. Then again, the night before we arrived an elephant apparently demolished a little tree next to the fence. So its a mix of bush and civilisation.
I wouldn't stay only in croc bridge. One need to at least mix true bush camps and main camps. Anyway, enjoy your visit

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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby Roller » Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:10 pm

Thanx Mariusc.

I feel the same as you, I don't want any reminders whatsoever of the outside world. Dogs barking etc, though not major, would take away the magic of the park for me I think.

I still will give CB a go some day, the area is fantastic for game as everyone has mentioned, and the one time I strolled through the camp it seemed really pleasant.

But for now, I'm very excited about my first stay at Orpen!!!
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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:51 am

I heard the best lion roaring I have ever heard at Orpen and Moroela .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby JenB » Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:55 am

ndloti wrote:I heard the best lion roaring I have ever heard at Orpen and Moroela .

Yes! :D
And saw the best lion! He stood right next to my window and gave me that "I dare you to make the wrong move" stare!
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Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:35 am

One moonless night at Moroela I heard a lion / elephant interaction . We heard low grunting from lions that had been in the area for a few days . Later on there was allmighty elephant trumpeting that echoed around the bends in the Timbavati river bed followed by the sound of footsteps in the sand from briskly trotting lions fleeing ahead of the persuing elephants .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.


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