Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 3 of 4
 [ 47 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:15 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed May 03, 2006 10:22 am
Posts: 94
Location: gauteng
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.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:55 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Posts: 10580
Location: meandering between senility and menopause
FAC Member (2013)
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.

_________________
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:42 am 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:11 pm
Posts: 1602
Location: Back on earth.....
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:

_________________
Can't wait for the day to peek in Kruger again


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:27 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:45 pm
Posts: 4953
Location: southern gauteng
Orpen .

_________________
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.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:26 am 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger

Joined: Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:55 am
Posts: 2312
Location: Centurion
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.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:01 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:38 pm
Posts: 966
Location: Port Elizabeth
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

_________________
2009
Punda Maria Sept 27,28
Bateleur Sept 29,30 (free award)
Tamboti Oct 1,2,3,4
Biyamiti Oct 5,6,7,8

FGASA Local Area Guide

Nikon D700 FX, Nikkor 24-70 G f2.8, Nikkor 70-200VR f2.8, Nikkor 200-400 VR f4, Nikon 1.4 & 1.7 Convertors


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:42 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:20 pm
Posts: 469
Why would you wanne stay in camp if there is so much to discover outside? :hmz:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:11 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:46 pm
Posts: 13
Location: Pretoria
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?

_________________
2008: Nov 7,8,9: Orpen
2009: Jul 4,5: Satara; 6,7,8 : Sirheni; 9,10,11 Letaba


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:01 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:20 pm
Posts: 41
Location: Pretoria
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:

Enjoy your stay! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

_________________
Louis
I love a Quickie!
Quickie = brandname of my wheelchair.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:18 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:54 am
Posts: 80
Location: Back in the city of Golden mine dumps!
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!

_________________
A bird in the hand should be in the Bush!! ;)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:39 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:24 am
Posts: 17
Location: Queenstown
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


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:10 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:46 pm
Posts: 13
Location: Pretoria
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!!!

_________________
2008: Nov 7,8,9: Orpen
2009: Jul 4,5: Satara; 6,7,8 : Sirheni; 9,10,11 Letaba


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:51 am 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:45 pm
Posts: 4953
Location: southern gauteng
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.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:55 am 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:41 pm
Posts: 17925
Location: Johannesburg - where they cut down trees and name streets after them.
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!

_________________
Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Orpen or Croc Bridge?
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:35 am 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:45 pm
Posts: 4953
Location: southern gauteng
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.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 47 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by Jurie van Vuuren at 12:26:03 Submitted by Trudie at 17:40:30 Submitted by Trudie at 16:36:57 Submitted by grannyb at 17:57:00