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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 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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: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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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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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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We also had the little rascal when we were there in October, but luckily he waited until we went inside before trying to raid our balcony :doh: , maybe I looked a bit dangerous to it that's why it decided not to confront us while we were outside :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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The Honey badgers there seem to be an ongoing problem and there are many tales of evening visits, even one that assisted with the dish washing! Here

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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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:big_eyes: No wonder those ratels are a problem if guests leave unwashed dishes about :sniper: (Definitely NOT the ratels at fault here!)

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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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You don't have to leave dirty dishes, they will get into anything, the people in the chalet next to ours left a bottle of cooking oil out and the badger got hold of that and emptied it all over the veranda :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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Experienced the Honey badgers raiding our campsite in Satara in September, the bugger got into the cooler box and stole a lekker piece of biltong while we were at the ablutions !!!! happened approx. 9pm


Now that is a critter with good taste. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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Hi Everyone. Thanks for the replies. The Badger(s) didnt visit early again but continued with their midnight raids for the next five nights. I spoke to the camp staff and apparently they have even tried mounting the fence into concrete but the badgers have burrowed right under that too. I imagine thats why they have raw red patches on their backs. I think there is more than one and that the one I ran into early in the evening was perhaps more aggro than the other one. I must emphasise that at no point did we leave food out or dirty dishes either. The lady who cleaned our hut gleamed with maternal pride when I complained about the raider and informed me that he specifically loves cheese and cooking oil. So there you have it :shock:


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