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Re: The Orpen Honey Badger

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:26 am

The HB is a single minded beast. When it puts its mind to something, it is obsessed.

Also, it is equipped with the most amazing digging tools around.

We have seen one in Kgalagadi disappear into a hole it dug in seconds, after earth flew in all directions.

Just keep out of the way and enjoy the sighting!
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Re: The Orpen Honey Badger

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:29 am

Well, I will be sure not to leave any those items or anything else for that matter for Mr Orpen Badger when we are there beginning of March.
Strangely enough we have never to date had a nightly visit from a HB there, Satara or KTP on any of our stays!
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Re: The Orpen Honey Badger

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:34 am

Me neither Elsa.

I feel deprived. :wall:

I also haven't had lions or other predators at an otherwise deserted picnic site.
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Re: The Orpen Honey Badger

Unread postby Hippotragus » Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:31 pm

A few years ago we "encountered" the honey badger/s at Orpen. I heard crashing and banging in the middle of the night and, torch in hand, went to the door of the chalet. I saw up-turned dustbin and a recognisable black and white figure!!

The next morning I saw that it/they had been on the draining board and tried to get into our car fridge that was plugged in next to the sink. Luckily, the fridge was wedged under a cupboard and it didn't move - there were, however, paw prints on it!

We have also seen them at Satara and Tamboti camps in the past. We didn't see any on our most recent trip to Satara and I was wondering if the new dustbins, which can't be turned over, have stopped them coming into the camp so much.
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Re: The Orpen Honey Badger

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:35 pm

JeanniR wrote:Maybe you two should start leaving Mr Honey Badger things outside the bungalow Elsa and BB :tongue:


Don't put illegal thoughts in our heads. :naughty:
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Re: Orpen Rest Camp

Unread postby duncanblizzard » Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:36 am

Does anyone know if there is a grocery store close outside the Orpen gate?

We'll be traveling the R40 to the R531 so not headed toward Hoedspruit.

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Orpen Camp

Unread postby Dave Long » Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:51 am

Hi Guys, Cannot believe that it is seven years since I last posted on the forum.
In any event,seeking advice,I posted a request on Monday which appears to have disappeared ,probably as a result of my lack of practice.
The question I posed was that my wife and I had booked accommodation for a few days at Orpen camp as the road between Orpen and Satara has always fascinated me.All that worries me is the fact that on previous trips the road seemed to be very busy traffic wise,with numerous commercial vehicles taking provisions into the park.
In view of the forgoing is the camp suitable for an elderly couple noise wise
Any assistance would be appreciated.

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Re: Orpen Camp

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:50 am

Hi there Dave

Yes there are delivery trucks now and then, but nothing to be worried about. In our opinion, not really enough to ruin the Kruger experience.

I understand that there is a main road going through the camp, but where the accommodation is, is surprisingly quiet. We were “forced” to stay their once due to circumstances, and have been back to Orpen twice since then and love this little gem of a camp.
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Re: Orpen Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:56 am

I love this camp. If we do not stay in it, always make a point of visiting just to savour its charm. Drives from there are lovely and you can go off onto the gravel roads too.
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Re: Orpen Camp

Unread postby Leanawel » Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:18 am

Not to forget about the little shop - small but very well equipped :thumbs_up:

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Re: Orpen Camp

Unread postby Nina! » Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:26 am

Don't worry, Orpen is a great camp. We stayed there several times and loved it.
You can sit in front of your bungalow and enjoy a drink or eat while watching the animals at the waterhole.
Especially in the evening, it was very romantic to braai while watching the lit waterhole :D
AND: you can even see the waterhole from the swimming pool.
We even had a honey badger visiting at night.
Sometimes, you can hear the vehicles on the road, but it is a "far away noise" and although we love it quiet, that did not disturb us in any way.

Enjoy your stay. :D

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Re: Orpen Camp

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:37 pm

Nina! wrote:Especially in the evening, it was very romantic to braai while watching the lit waterhole
:D :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

David Long we always enjoy staying in Orpen Camp and noise had never been an issue for us. Orpen provides similar peace, tranquility and quiet as the other Kruger Restcamps. What makes Orpen special for us are the benches next to the fence where a person can sit and watch a variety of wildlife close-up. There is a very kind of Kruger atmosphere in the evenings when everyone lit their braaivleis fires and if a person is lucky, hearing the lion(s) and/or hyenas :D . Just take care for the honey badgers they are very fond of kitchen cupboards and fridges and they are very clever :doh:
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Re: Orpen Camp

Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:18 am

Cheetahlady I see your next Kruger trip is is just a few months away :D Enjoy and i hope you have many good sightings :cam: :cam: :cam: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Orpen Camp

Unread postby Dave Long » Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:27 am

Many Thanks to all of you for your input, I was little concerned as I have previously visited Orpen but never stayed there. Always seemed to have far to much of a traffic flow for my liking.
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the KNP many many times over the past 60 years but always feel like a schoolboy on his first date when time to visit draws near.

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Re: Orpen Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:37 am

Know the feeling Dave! We have 3 night to go before we enter the gates this weekend, and my tummy has butterflies, and I am so so excited :dance:
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