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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Camp
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:16 am 
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Heading that way ourselves in October. Nice little camp with very little traffic noise to be heard around the huts, our neighbours and their very loud radio were much more of a problem last time we stayed.
During the night it's wildlife raking about the stoeps that can cause sleep interruptions.
Enjoy!!! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:19 pm 
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Also staying at Orpen again this September. I can’t wait.

It still amazes me how peaceful the camp is given the fact that it is the gateway to central Kruger.

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:04 pm 
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Well our trip to Kruger is done and dusted just cannot wait to return which will probably be in the Winter months.
Many Thanks to the forum members who put my mind at rest regarding the traffic through Orpen.
The camp was an absolute delight and being small, swopping tales about sightings around the braai was so much easier. We also had a visit from the resident Honey Badger which was a great experience as I missed previous viewings at Satara. I am well aware that scavenging is frowned upon however these nocturnal visits sure give one an adrenalin rush.Game viewing was also so much easier around Orpen as once we moved to Satara the vegetation restricted sightings to mere glimpses of game especially the cats.However just being in the bush is an experience that brings great joy to all of us even if it is sans sightings to a large extent. My only source of concern was the benches dedicated to nature lovers as I could not help but notice that a large number of them were born in 1942 which is the year that I ventured forth into the world.
Once again thanks for the reassurances regarding Orpen, a camp that I would not hesitate
to recommend.


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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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There is just something about Orpen - such a beautiful camp :D

Glad you had a wonderful time and enjoyed the area :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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Could not have been better Rosemary, the one thing that puzzles me though is the plaque in Orpen Camp in commemoration of two Orpens.
One passed away in his forties and the other in his early twenties.
I have tried to google the history of the Orpens but all I could find was reference to Eileen and her husband both of whom passed away at a ripe old age.
Can you enlighten me regarding the plaque referred to above.


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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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David Long here is some interesting history on The Orpen Family

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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Hi Rosemaryh , Thanks for pointing me in the right direction and I have read the historical data on the Orpen's, however the plaque at Orpen Camp seems to be dedicated to the next generation of Orpens.
I remember taking a photo of the plaque but I just cannot locate it for love or money.
Any further reading available?


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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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It's not going to be much help now, but at the Rabelais Hut Museum there is a whole feature on the Orpen family on the wall. Unfortunately I can't remember what it said :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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Dave Long wrote:
The camp was an absolute delight and being small, swopping tales about sightings around the braai was so much easier.


I am glad that you have enjoyed your visit to Orpen Rest Camp :D . That little Kruger camp is a firm favourite of many :thumbs_up:

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