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Re: OLIFANTS ...... Viewing of Cats !!

Unread postby 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 postby wbevents » Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:03 pm

Just got back from Olifants, currently busy working on units 40 - 51, and new reception area, then day visitors and swimming pool, still going to be a while.

Overall the camp feeling was great ,staff friendly and the m&b setting and set up looks world class!!

Stayed in unit number 9, sitting on your stoep it feels like the only unit in the camp !!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
July 2016 booked !!!

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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

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

Hi Merlin11.


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

Hope you have a wonderful stay.
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Re: FQ4V2 at Olifants

Unread postby 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 postby 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 postby 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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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread postby wbevents » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:24 am

Hi RemiE

Stayed in number 9 during July, very private, if you sit on your stoep you cannot see another bungalow!!!! Still got the old look and feel, had only one "small" problem with toilet not flushing as it should, but was sorted out quick quick.
I think any bungalow with view at Olifants are nice!Enjoy!!
July 2016 booked !!!

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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread postby RosemaryH » Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:30 am

Have a look at the camp map here and here are pictures of no.32 and a bit of 33, which should give you an idea.

Have a great trip tent dweller :thumbs_up:
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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:44 am

TD, we stayed in 32 in Feb, and I do not recall having much of a view. But it was a lovely, newly renovated cottage, and we enjoyed or stay there a great deal. The nightjars were so entertaining as they seemed to fly just in front of the cottage and settle in the trees opposite.

It now has a full kitchen on the verandah 8)

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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread postby Lepardfan » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:32 am

We stayed in 36 once, it had a not too bad view, if I can remember correctly the FQU14V was basically in front of us, but we still had some kind of view of the Olifantss river.

Maybe when it's close to your stay in December, you could maybe try and ask if they can allocate 36 to you.
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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread postby tent dweller » Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:02 pm

:D :D I managed to get a bungalow with a view for 3 days over December 2015, there are only 6 and I think they all have the same view or am I wrong? :doh: Which one should I request? Thanks
PRETORIUSKOP 20 - 21 December 2015
TAMBOTI 22 - 24 December 2015
OLIFANTS 25 - 27 December 2015 (with a view)
LETABA 28 - 31 December 2015
MOPANI 01 - 03 January 2016 (with a view)
PRETORIUSKOP 04 -06 January 2016

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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:40 pm

Have you had a look through INDEX to the best unit numbers and also Accommodation Photos
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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread postby suebfly » Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:07 am

Tentdweller if you mean the ones that face East - BD3U then go for 111 or 110 there are no trees in front that block the view - I posted photos on the ACCOMMODATION PHOTOS thread - you can lie on the bed and watch the river and animals - heaven


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