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Unread postby lisa » Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:23 pm

We were there in November of 2003. The first two days we were there, it was so dry that the Olifants "river" was nothing but a series of pools and puddles with huge herds of ellies wandering from one to the next, and hippos very crowded into some of the larger pools. The second night we were there it poured all night, and on our third morning we awoke to a raging river! We could not believe our eyes, it was so transformed! I think the dates we were there were November 26, 27, 28 of 2003.
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Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:56 am

christo wrote:I might need to change my mindset and enjoy the sound of water as well, and not only expect bushbabies, scops owls etc.


Christo, we have visited Olifants in all seasons. You do always hear the river, but if there are lions or hyenas close to camp, down at the river, you do still hear them, even if the river is full. I have to admit that you do not hear the owls at night, but on the other hand, you also do not hear your noisy neighbours. :wink:

@Bushbabies …Might not hear them, but once had one that came to sit on the edge of our veranda while we were eating. :shock: It was very strange….. he looked at us a few seconds, almost as though he was in shock to find us on the veranda, and quickly disappear again.

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Unread postby Freda » Sat Jan 13, 2007 7:35 pm

If I remember correctly the NG2U is at the bottom and has a bush view, too low down to see the river.
NG2V are higher up and have a river view.
Hope this makes sense.

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Unread postby Perks. » Tue May 29, 2007 2:49 pm

We had a BG3E, bungalow number 28, one row back from the riverview. The view from our patio...
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... and a minute's walk up to the viewpoint at the shop / restaurant. The bungalow to the right with the tape around it, was burnt out. It was unit 4.

Even from the riverview units, you'd need some dedication, and a good pair of binocs to see anything down below, so in my estimation, riverview is a tad overrated. I'd rather save the accommodation money for extra time in the park, and do my viewing from the car. But that's just me, tight as two coats of paint with my wallet! :D
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Unread postby Kingfisha » Wed May 30, 2007 4:26 pm

The best view is from Nshawu Guest house, so if you are 2 families (it sleeps 8), it is a must to stay there. The guesthouse sits on the cliff and you can see both sides of the river valley.
We stayed in Lebombo last year, also special but the view from Nshawu looked much nicer.
This is also where we had an encounter with some vervet monkeys.
We found a few in our kitchen of the guest house enjoying the fruit we brought from Limpopo.
Unfortunately one was trapped as the screen was closed.
To our astonishment the vervet decided to go straight through the screen!!! :shock:
I was standing outside and the vervet decided to challenge me.
Fortunately my husband came to the rescue. (Did you know that monkeys will always try and challenge a woman, but they know very well to stay clear from men?
Have seen it often.)
You can imagine the hysteria!
And a whole lot of people (standing at the view point) looked on while this show went on.

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Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:36 pm

Elsavs wrote:My family and I, will be staying at Olifants for the first time. I was so luck to get a river view bungelow. I will turn 40 there and I am so exciting! Can't wait to stay there. I hope my dreams of seeing animals from my bungelow, down below isn't to far fetched?? :D

Olifants has always has been my favourite camp.
It is situated on top of a hill towering several hundred metres over Olifants river.
Your river view bungalow will present you with an unforgettable window of Africa.
The sightseeing views from the lookout platforms, below the restaurant, are absolutely stunning.
The camp is warm and welcoming and is indeed the perfect place to celebrate your 40th birthday. :D
From your bungalow you will definitely spot hippos, crocodiles, impalas, kudus, elephants and an abundance of birdlife such as storks and eagles and if you're lucky you might even witness the occasional Lion kill. (What a birthday present ! :mrgreen: )
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Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:19 pm

There are breakfast and bush braais, river and bush walks, and mountain bike trails.
Last October we did an afternoon walk from Olifants, but the rangers took us to the nearby Letaba river bed.

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Unread postby Kingfisha » Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:22 am

You must take a few trips with your vehicle to the Olifants bridge (on the way to Balule) for early morning coffee and cooldrinks in your car.
Take the tar road down the mountain as if going to Letaba.
When you get to the bottom, turn left on the gravel road to Balule (can't remember the road no).
On the Olifants low water bridge you can sit there for a while and just appreciate the birdlife, the sound of the river and the atmosphere.
We have seen wonderful birds there.
Pied, malachite and Giant kingfishers, a black crake, many swallows and fish eagles. ENJOY!

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Unread postby Wild-doc » Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:23 am

Hi Lourenco
The units with the best riverview is as far as i can remember no's 1-14
View downstream from no 3
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Can't seem to find the photo taken upstream but will post it as soon as i find it.

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Unread postby francoisd » Fri Jul 27, 2007 9:18 am

Looking at the camp map units 1-9 seems to be the ones closest to the fence/river. We have a Best River View Bungalow (BBD2V) booked for our next trip and it will be nice to be sure which of the units are the BBD2V units.

Can someone of SANParks maybe confirm.
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Unread postby Wild-doc » Fri Jul 27, 2007 9:41 am

If you can ask for no 9, imo the best view from there. 1-9 are the best views but you still have a view further up the no's

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Unread postby Freda » Fri Jul 27, 2007 5:45 pm

MM and I were in #11 last Friday, also a nice unit with a lovely view, #9 definately has the best view but it was already booked. #13 is also nice but the braai is behind the unit.
Have a great trip, francoisd!

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Unread postby francoisd » Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:00 pm

Thanks to Phuti Namethe at Olifants we got bungalow no 9. It definitely has the widest view of all the bungalows in the camp but the braai was placed at an awkward spot that had me climbing over the veranda wall, walking on a ledge to it. Not very safe.

As it was VERY windy in Olifants I later moved the braai to behind the bungalow.

They were also busy digging a trench all the way fro unit 24 to the manhole in front of no 9. Fortunately for us they were still busy in front of no 10. Renovation work is also being done to unit 5.

Other units in the camp with good views of the western part of the river is 94, 95 and 106 but they are facing directly into the direction the wind came from when we were there.
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Which bungalow ?

Unread postby bushwalker » Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:26 pm

Everyone has different opinions on which of the river-view bungalows at Olifants are best. Number 9 is often considered best but I have to disagree with this. Having lived inside the park for 6 uninterrupted months I have to say that bungalow 10 (and 11) is superior. Number 9 looks great ... until you sit down outside it and then you notice the safety fence slightly obscures the wonderful view. Yes, you do see up and down the river better than at hut 10, but the open view from 10 is just unbeatable. Just my opinion though !

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Unread postby Jumbo » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:13 am

bushwalker wrote:Jumbo - how was Nshawu ?


Beyond words :D …so here are a few pix….but even with photos you cannot really capture how amazing this place is.

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Zebra on the “braai deck”

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