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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:12 pm

Walks can cover 7 to 8 km over broken terrain that can be hilly.

I always take my own half litre of liquid, but there is a 'rest' time where the guide brings out a fruit juice and some very light snacks.

I think 65 is the number mentioned. If he can manage that and can prove it, at about 70, then I am sure it will be permitted, but check with the camp first.

Age is not the factor, for me, fitness levels are. Of course sturdy shoes are a must.

I have booked when I get inside the park.
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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread post by roaneric » Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:18 pm

roaneric wrote:(I still have to change their type numbers, will do so this afternoon :wink: )
Enjoy it



Just changed it Shivati. I forgot about it, thanks for reminding me.

The BD3U units are all upgraded with nice kitchens now, so I think you will love them. We did
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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread post by Rooikat » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:32 am

A question about unit 14 that I can't figure out from looking at the pictures on the accommodation photos thread:

Is one able to access the front of the unit from the verandah? Or are you restricted to your stoep? One photo shows the braai next to the bungalow and Leana mentioned earlier in this thread that the braai is "at the back"...

Anyone able to clear this for me, please?
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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:40 pm

Rooikat, you cannot access the bungalow from the front, the veranda is enclosed and quite high off the ground which maximizes the stunning view.
You enter from a door at the back into the kitchen and then onto the veranda.
The 2 bedrooms each lead off from there.
The braai is off to the one side, just below the driveway and does have some view of its own.
We have just stayed in # 14 and can say it was absolutely fantastic. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Olifants View

Unread post by Porridge » Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:23 pm

Hi K-4S

Olifants is on a hilltop, and as a result has chalets etc which face in all directions depending on which one you get. The sun rises on the side where the outlook point over the river is, and sets on the entrance gate side of the camp.

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Olifants View

Unread post by Welshboy » Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:28 pm

K-4S,

I can do a bit more than tell you about the sunrise at Olifants, I can actually show you one. This picture was taken on the 30th May this year from our hut, I think it was number 98, in the camp with a cup of coffee oh to be there now! I like this that much that it I use it as my computer desktop image

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The other picture is not quite from the camp it was taken on the sunset drive from the river bridge

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Re: Olifants View

Unread post by Shutterbug » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:41 am

If you need sunset sunrise at a particular date or time let me know otherwise this is for today.

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Re: Olifants View

Unread post by Shutterbug » Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:50 pm

Yes its a fantastic app, especially if you are a photographer, the app is called LightTrac.

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https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/lighttrac/id392892355?mt=8&ls=1

Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rivolu.lighttrac
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Re: OLIFANTS ...... Viewing of Cats !!

Unread post by mandym » Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:17 pm

As everyone says it is really to do with a lot of luck, driving slowly and being in the right place at the right time to see the cats. I met a guy once you said he just drives around looking for the traffic jams :o( Oh dear.
For me, I drive around on my own and am out from the time the gates open until as close as possible to closing time. I am “that driver” poodling along at about 15 kph to ensure that I don’t miss something and stopping to watch everything.
I now keep a record of every road as I drive down and of every single mammal (and a lot of birds) that I see and I am delighted to say that on every trip to the incredible Kruger Park I have had some amazing sightings.
Here are my cat sightings for my trip last November. The 16th and the 19th count as two of my best days ever in the park.
Good luck Lindsay and have a wonderful trip in January.
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6 Nov NONE
7 Nov NONE
8 Nov S110 tar Viewing rating 2/5 Leopard
9 Nov S110 gravel Viewing rating 1/5 Leopard
9 Nov S4 Viewing rating 5/5 8 Lions kill site
9 Nov H11 Viewing rating 5/5 Leopard walking along road
10 Nov H11 Viewing rating 5/5 Leopard in tree
10 Nov H11 Viewing rating 5/5 Went back later, found leopard again, followed him for 30 mins
10 Nov H1-2 Viewing rating 5/5 15 Wild Dog (not a cat, but!!!)
11 Nov H12 Viewing rating 5/5 Male Lion sitting at side of road
11 Nov H1-3 Viewing rating 1/5 Leopard
12 Nov NONE
13 Nov NONE
14 Nov H1-6 Viewing rating 2/5 5 Lions
15 Nov H9 Viewing rating 5/5 1 Wild Dog chased off by 5 hyena
16 Nov S100 Viewing rating BEYOND BELIEF Mother cheetah teaching her 3 cubs to kill just 2 metres from my car!
16 Nov S100 Viewing rating 2/5 Lion
16 Nov H7 Viewing rating 5/5 More than 16 Lions. Lion kill site
17 Nov H7 Viewing rating 2/5 15 Lions at Nsemani Dam
17 Nov H7 Viewing rating 5/5 8 Lions on the road 3 kms from Orpen Gate
18 Nov NONE
19 Nov S100 Viewing rating 5/5 2 Male Lions walking along the road
19 Nov S100 Viewing rating 5/5 4 Cheetah (same place as 16th)
19 Nov H1-3 Viewing rating 3/5 3 Leopards
20 Nov H4-1 Viewing rating 2/5 Leopard hiding in bush, ambushed baboon
21 Nov H4-2 Viewing rating 1/5 Looked like a serval crossing the road but so fast
21 Nov S130 Viewing rating 5/5 2 Male Lions sitting beside the road
21 Nov H4-2 Viewing rating 3/5 8 Lions kill site
21 Nov S28 Viewing rating 2/5 Lion
21 Nov S130 Viewing rating 4/5 Leopard in tree with kill
22 Nov S25 Viewing rating 5/5 8 Lions just made a kill
22 Nov H11 Viewing rating 3/5 3 Lions

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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:50 pm

Sounds amazing wbevents! :thumbs_up:

Have you had a look at the new GoPro video clips done by Lourens from Olifants camp. :D
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FQ4V2 at Olifants

Unread post by Merlin11 » Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:34 pm

Hi, just spent sometime sending off emails to request specific accommodation when we come in September. From the camp map I think I can only see 1 FQ4V2 cottage at Olifants, number 14, does anyone know if this is correct. Daft me requesting a specific cottage if there is only 1 :lol:

Have used the thread labelled Best Unit Numbers a lot, really helpful and must have had lots of effort gone into it, thank you :thumbs_up:

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Re: FQ4V2 at Olifants

Unread post by Lepardfan » Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:55 am

Hi Merlin11.


As far as I know number 14 is the only one. :thumbs_up:

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Re: FQ4V2 at Olifants

Unread post by suebfly » Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:11 am

FQ4U1 - no 18 has the same view but only one bathroom which is not so great. I think that no 14 is the most popular cottage in the whole of Olifants and very hard to get. We usually take 2 x BD2V - unfortunately a lot more expensive but for me that view is priceless and I will give up something else to have that view. I don't know how many you are but the BD3U are super - recently refurbished and really nice if there are 3 who are prepared to share. It faces east so does not have the usual river view but the view is still stunning and the cottage is extremely comfortable, I have put photos of those on the ACCOMMODATION PHOTO site

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Re: FQ4V2 at Olifants

Unread post by carocat » Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:11 am

Hi.
Just stayed 4 nights in No 14. It is the only one. beautiful view. Ideal as two bedrooms and two bathrooms on either side of the dining area. The kitchen could certainly do with a bit of better thought . No work table. I would take a camping table if I got it again to cut and chop. enjoy, but if you there in winter, it is unprotected and can be chilly. We moved the dining table back a bit to eat as it was rather fresh . A few extra blankets always work
Olifants such a great camp.

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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread post by RemiE » Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:10 am

Hi Guys

SO and myself are heading to Olifants Camp in February 2015 for a week and we are even more happy because we eventually managed to book a BBD2V bungalow for the entire Olifants Camp stay before we're of to the next camp. :dance:

I firstly would like to thank everybody that contributed information and advice on BBD2V Units 9 - 13. It was of countless help……… :gflower:
I now know that Unit 9 has the best view……through a fence, 10, 11 seems to have unobstructed views, 12 and 13 shares a tree in the view but the braai for 13 is to the back of the unit. This made me realise that it doesn’t matter what unit we then get allocated, they all seems perfectly stunning in their own special way :mrgreen:

Only two questions remain
Privacy wise, which unit is the better option and does anyone know if Units 9,10,11,12 and 13 were recently renovated/upgraded with new tiles, glass shower door, new sinks and bic’s? Or is it still the charming old bungalow look of yesteryear? :hmz:
(I know a few units (example 108) have been upgraded late November 2010)

Any advice/information will be appreciated :gflower:
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