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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 2:06 pm 
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I visited Orpen in January this year. It was, once again, impeccable.
The staff were friendly, the camp was clean, the pool was clean, the staff were efficient and everything was in perfect order. The H7 was the place to be at the time, we had some amazing sightings: lion, cheetah, leopard, several wild dog sightings, jackal and so much more. We also got frequent visits from the local Honey Badger:

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Ten out of ten service! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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I definately want to stay at Orpen in the near future!! And go cheetah and wild dog searching on the H7 near Orpen. Seen AWC on the H7 by the satara side. 100m from the H1-3 :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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I have a booking for 2 nights in Orpen in July a BD2. Can anyone recommend which one has the best view of the watering hole.
TIA


I would say number 12 is the best. The rest of the bungalows has trees in front of them. These pictures Here are of family bungalow 13, right next to 12 .

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Camp
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Hi Bush hugger

Orpen is a great little camp, small and quiet.

If you are planning to go over Easter you better make sure there is space as the Park is quite full over that time.

There are two accomodation types, some two bed units and I think three six sleeper cottages. For a family of three you would probably need a six sleeper as they mention on the accomodation description for the two bed units that no extra persons are allowed. (maybe if you ask them nice enough :tongue: )

Another alternative to Orpen is Tamboti tented camp about 2 km from Orpen. There are two and four sleeper permanent safari tents, some with private bathrooms.

JHBG to Orpen is about 5 1/2 hours travelling. I would suggest via R540 Dullstroom/Lydenburg then R36 via Ohrigstad over Abel Erasmus pass. The R36 from the N4 is a disaster (when I travelled that way in May 2012 and I doubt its been fixed since). There are some potholes the way I suggest but its manageable.

Enjoy your time in the Park :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Shop facilities at Orpen
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roscoltman,

Orpen has one of the smaller shops in the park, but has everything you'll need. Plenty of wood, ice, snacks, the usual tinned foods, bread & milk and fresh produce. They also have a limited curio section.

I think you should be fine with regards what you'll need. Just not sure on the quality of meat supplied. If you're not happy with the quality of frozen food, you can always shoot into Klasserie/Hoedspruit.

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 Post subject: Re: Shop facilities at Orpen
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Guzz is on the money. :thumbs_up:

The Orpen shop has a little of a lot of things.

Be versatile, because somebody might have just taken the rolls and you might have to take the bread. Fresh veggies come and go, and the tinned option might have to do.

Meat - well it is locally produced and might not look the same as home, but we have never had to chuck it away.

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 Post subject: Re: Shop facilities at Orpen
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If you are going to be in maroela a few days bring in your own meat..the camp has a huge communal freezer that works quite well We often use the orpen shop and have found the supplies quite OK .. just nothing fancy . Meat is fine just only has a small selection. Bring vegies and fruit that have a long shelf life like Oranges, apples .. butternut squashes and potatoes . Have a great time

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 Post subject: Re: Shop facilities at Orpen
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:D Orpen shop always impresses me - from my favourite mayonaise to yogurt. Bread and breadrolls twice a week (maybe more at this stage), some fruit like bananas on a regular basis.

Always take our own meat - cannot comment on that.

Enjoy :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Shop facilities at Orpen
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Hi
We were paritcularly impressed by the orpen shop in July 2012. It is small but well stocked.

In particular, we were surprised by the large number of books and curios available (given the size of the shop) and did all of our curio shopping these last year despite staying at Satara.

Also, there is one of those coffee machines so you can order all sorts of delicious coffees. (its outside the shop)

Lastly, the chap behind the till was especially friendly and helpful!!! So service was outstanding.

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 Post subject: Re: Shop facilities at Orpen
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Spot on! :thumbs_up: Orpen is my favourite camp shop for all those reasons! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Shop facilities at Orpen
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I agree Terri-Lee, we stopped there and found it to be a lovely little shop and as you say the staff were so friendly.
I had to laugh, when we were there it was the day after the Blue Bulls rugby team had won a match, and the one guy, a staff member of the shop, had Blue Bulls music playing and was singing blue bulls don't eat off the floor, Afrikaans ,( die Blou bulle eet nie van die vloer af nie ) :D :D :D was very amusing.

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 Post subject: Re: Shop facilities at Orpen
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My fav shop
(And thinking of it, my fav camp as well)
And always something of everything
And service with a smile and time for a chat :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Shop facilities at Orpen
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I can only agree, The Orpen shop is one of the Best! :thumbs_up: I stayed at orpen in Feb this year and then again in April and the staff remembered me :wink: Service with a smile Well Done :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Shop facilities at Orpen
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Agree that Orpen shop is great with very helpful staff! Once in Kruger on our first trip, we found that the electrical converters that we had purchased here in the US were not the correct type.

Orpen had everything we needed! Less expensive and better quality than what we bought here in the US!


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 Post subject: The Orpen Honey Badger
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I'm staying at Orpen at the moment and we were minding our own business last night when the camp's infamous honey badger arrived and literally chased us off our verandah and went for our food. He snarled and growled and ran at us and we decided to retreat rather than risk an engagement with the rascal. He reappeared several times and spent the next two hours doing the same at every bungalow. He was really aggressive and I'm just wondering has anybody else had a similar experience with this animal. It was only 7 pm in the evening and I'm wondering whether this is going to happen every night :roll:


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