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 Post subject: some advise on sleeping olifants camp
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:28 pm 
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I am by now a southern Kruger guru ;) been in lower sabie, skukuza, pretoriuskop, and even satara many many times for sleep over.

I visited olifants once during the morning to see a lion with cups in the distance from the river but never slept in olifants nor drove from olifants early mornings. would you say yes or no to stay there mid oct for a week instead of down south as usual?


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Hi Mars
The answer to your queston is the same one for how long is a piece of string!!!!

Many will say stay in the south, and many will say go for it!!!

In the end the choice is yours. :thumbs_up:

We have stayed at Olifants sereral times and love it.
We have always has a unit with a river view, and can recommend that definitely. :clap: :clap:

It is true that in general, game (especially) cats and dogs, are more prevalent in the south, but the centre and north centre have much to offer.

Whatever you decide I hope you have a wonderful time!!!! :dance:

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Mars, I also enjoy the south, but Olifants does have its special magic.

It really is at the intersection of two very different eco zones. For that reason alone, I tend to enjoy it.

Letaba is a lovely camp to visit and while away some time at the elephant hall, the river view restaurant... and enjoy the great shady trees. The gravel road between Letaba and Olifants offers some stunning views.

Towards the south, you can enjoy many of the best central roads, including the S100 and S39. I think these roads will offer the best sightings in October, as it is often still very dry.

I would also suggest a trip to Sable hide. It will open up a very different Kruger. The road to Phalaborwa is a completely different zone and needs to be experienced for its own sake.

As Val said, the river view bungalows are excellent. If you cannot get one, don't worry, the view is free.

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 Post subject: Re: some advise on sleeping olifants camp
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thank you guys, would really consider it now ;)


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Mars give Olifants a try, there is nothing that beats the view from there, you feel as if you are in another world
We have also been very lucky with sightings around there, seen Lion, leopard and Hyena and of course the normal game

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would you guys make turns on drives one day south one day north etc?


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Mars, the drives south are definitely more productive, but it is worth doing a couple north.

I am not sure how many nights you would be staying, but I would tend to focus more on the south. I would suggest a drive towards Phalaborwa, stopping at Letaba and Sable hide. I once popped in to the Spar and bought a lovely picnic lunch that I had at the Masorini picnic site. Another day could be used going as far north as possible, trying to take in the Capricorn loop if time permits.

The southern roads take in all the central favorites. There are more productive roads south.

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Mars wrote:
would you guys make turns on drives one day south one day north etc?


I think that would be a good idea

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Olifants is definately worth spending a night at. Especially if you can get a perimeter bungalow with a view of the river.

Regarding drives, if you head south, back towards Satara, there tends to be more general game. The herbivores and associated predators.
If you head north, towards Letaba, the general game tends to be a bit more sparse, but the Mopani veld is home to plenty of elephants and there are some big buffalo herds too.

So, imo, worth doing, even if it is for a day or two.


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Hi Mars,

You must give Olifants a try..even if you can't get a river view hut/cottage. The gravel road close to the river up to Letaba has given us fantastic sightings (leopards, lions and lots of ellies), enjoy a breakfast at Letaba
overlooking the river, then head out to Phalaborwa gate (pop into town for a quick food shop) and then spend some time at Sable hide. The hide and the main tar road between the gate and Letaba has always been very good for us. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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We stayed in Olifants on our last trip (mid-Sep) and although we love this camp I would rather stay at Letaba going forward I think. There are a lot more options for drives around than from Olifants - or maybe you could do a couple of days at Olifants and go south and then move to Letaba and do more north.

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