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 Post subject: Re: orpen camp
Unread postPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 1:11 pm 
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The H7 to Satara can be one of the hottest roads in the park.

Wild dog, cheetah and the boring 5 can all be spotted (pun intended) along this road.

There used to be a Senegal Lapwing nest at the Tamboti turn off, where mum cheetah is often seen. I see BBJ, in this area often as well.

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 Post subject: Re: orpen camp
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Anybody have an idea how the gravel road is like between Orpen and Timbavati?
I remember reading just recently that it had been graded and was lovely and smooth again. :D

When we stayed for 3 nights in Orpen last year, we often used to drive the Rabelais Loop, S106 in the late afternoon and then sit at the plains just outside camp till gate closing, there is always something interesting to see there,mainly the plains animals but great all the same.

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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We just spent 4 nights at Maroela, and had some amazing sightings in the area. Within an hour and half one morning we saw Cheetah (with kill), Lion doing their thing, and Leopard (in a tree).

We also saw civet from camp and there's a rhino with a very small calf in the area that we saw on the sunset drive.

We're not good enough birders yet to let you know of any real "specials", but we did see a tawny eagle with a kill on the gravel roads near Talamati.

Enjoy the trip - this is definitely one of our favourite areas of the park so far. Next year a long trip to the North.

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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Stayed at Orpen Rest Camp in June 2009 and was really impressed by the standard of the bungalows. It wasn't our first choice of Camp but in the end was SOOOO glad we got to stay there. Going in June this year but couldnt get into Orpen so staying at Tamboti. Hear it is a lot more secluded with a real bush experience.

As for th badgers, What an experience. After chatting with our neighbours about the days sightings we wish each goodnight and goo spotting for the next day. Not 5 mins later our neighbour started shouting. I heard 'RAT' (my Afrikaans is limited). Then growling. Thought rats don't sound like that :lol:
Turns out it was the Ratel (Badger). Turns out he tried to raid there kitchen whilst they were awake. What an experience to see it close up. He visited us later that night. We had turned our fridge but he still gained access to our coolerbox by giving it a push off the counter. Dont be deterred I would have it happen to us all over again. LOVE ORPEN NOW FOR TAMBOTI.

Note: Would post pics of the badger but am unsure how :hmz: ...please help)


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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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We stayed at Orpen a couple of weeks ago.
Our first time at the camp - hopefully not our last.
We found that our fridge had been raided on the first night - only the eggs and cheese had been taken though. There was meat in there that remained untouched.
We found the egg shells and the empty cheese packet lying under our car.
We decided to turn our fridge on the second night.
About 5 minutes after going to bed I heard a noise on the stoep.
My husband and I dashed out to find the honey badger on the kitchen worktop - he had climbed up by opening the drawers and using them as steps!!!!
I think he got more of a fright than us and ran off into the night.
We stayed on the stoep for a few minutes to check if anything had vanished, and he came strolling back onto the stoep, calm as you like, to see if we had anything else to give-away.
My mum screamed in fright - he didn't come back after that.
What an experience.
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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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We stayed in one of the family cottages last month and they had also put the fridge into one of the bedrooms, a bit inconvenient but I guess until they can figure out how to keep the night-time vagrant out of them, the option of choice.
I would have thought a simple clasp fitted onto the fridge would also work?

We put the bin on top of the one cupboard out on the verandah and never had any trouble.

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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I think that the placement of the fridges in the bedrooms until they can figure out how to outsmart the honey badgers is a good one. Elsa your idea of a clamp on the fridge also sounds workable and neither too difficult nor costly to implement.

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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Taking about rat...
While there during the evening on the 17th of march, round 8tish, somebody shouted
LEOPARD
and there it was, drinking from the WH visible in the floodlight 8)
Only a video snippet, no images

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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Grantmissy wrote:
Bert, I think it was you who also mentioned somewhere on the forum that they now have a nice place where one can drink coffee.


Really, take aways? and food?

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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Wish I had taken more notice of it but yes, it was basically a little deck or area outside to the left of the shop, wooden tables and chairs under umbrellas as I recall and looked as if you could have coffee or perhaps something a bit stronger in the evenings, a bit like a beer garden. 8)
Really not sure if food was on offer as well. :?

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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Grantmissy wrote:
This time we will be staying in one the bigger guest cottages and I would like to ask whether it is worth it to ask for a specific one or do they all have equal/same view of the fence/waterhole?

We stayed in # 14 of the family cottages and it had a good view of the waterhole, I suspect # 15 would as well as that one is right next to the fence.

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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Yes unit 15 will give you a better view on the waterhole because it is right next to the fence. No 14 is again next to 15. So if you can, try to get 15.

Elsa / Bush Baptist: The little table and chairs with umbrella is a small area where people can enjoy the coffee that the camp offers (I think free of charge if you book in) to the guests. I saw the small coffee station there (and cold water) where people were helping themselves. I did not notice that there was anything in the line of a take away or other services. It just seems like a complementary drink they offer.
The chairs and table are right next to the restaurant area and the view from there is unfortunately towards the garage.

Will be there again next week, I will check if that's what I think it is and let you know.


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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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Have a look Here Katja.

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Kamadejo wrote:
WOW, Rosinah already answered and ...... taraaaa we get No 15 as well.ImageImage

I do hope that you and others realise that a request for a specific unit is ONLY a request, whether it can be fulfilled depends on many factors. A unit cannot be left empty for a day or so just so that it will be available on the day you happen to arrive. Most camps try their best to fulfill requests, but it is not always possible. Better to understand this ahead of time than to be disappointed if when you arrive, the desired unit should not be available due to an overlap of bookings.

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 Post subject: Re: Orpen Rest Camp
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I think is more important that a response is received as I agree that it is only a request for a specific number. We were not lucky to get number 15 as per our request but that is not important. The important part I think is the prompt customer feedback that the staff at Orpen provides. It looks like forum members are in general pleased with the good service provided by the Orpen staff. Good for Orpen!

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