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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:39 pm

judik wrote:Anybody know the best bungalow numbers for a BD2U?
We had # 19, 2 years ago and was quite happy with it as it gave one a view into the bush and yet still some river view.

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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread post by roaneric » Mon May 16, 2011 8:09 pm

Hi forumites

We've been to Olifants in October 2010 and were very happy to see (for the first time in 3 years) that they are finished building. IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL!!!

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Still looks the same

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Reception

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View of the shop

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New Restaurant

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Bar of the Restaurant

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New Upper deck / restaurant deck

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View from upper deck

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View from lower deck


We plan to visit Olifants in August this year and booked number 18. After searching for hours I could not find photos from forumites of unit 18. So if anyone has photos of this particular bungalow or view from the bungalow, please share with us. I would apreciate it. (I started a topic "accommodation photo's" HERE so feel free to post pictures there)
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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread post by DuQues » Tue May 17, 2011 11:19 am

Found it!

Here is real relaxing at #18:

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Re: F4Qu1 Olifants number 18

Unread post by roaneric » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:29 pm

BerkiSA wrote:Hi,

Does the unit 18 F4Qu1 at Olifants camp have 1 or 2 bathrooms? Has the unit got a nice view?

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Hi BerkiSA

We've been there in August and there is only 1 bathroom. In the middle of the bungalow with the 2 bedrooms next to it. :thumbs_up:
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Re: FQ4V2 No. 14 Olifants

Unread post by roaneric » Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:38 pm

Hi Fozzis

The kitchen is on the veranda. It is not closed. :wink: Have fun. It's great to stay in one of those units.
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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread post by roaneric » Thu May 03, 2012 1:14 pm

GlenD wrote:Its been alomst two decades since I last visited Olifants, can anyone please advise if there are day visitor facilities in this camp and where about they are.
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Yes there is a day visitors area as I remember correctly. When you enter the camp it's on your left hand side. We've never used the facilities there, we always go to the viewing deck and sit there.
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Re: Olifants BBD2V Unit 13

Unread post by gmlsmit » Mon May 14, 2012 5:28 pm

Unit 13 at Olifants is excellent, we have stayed in it twice and enjoyed every moment.
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Re: Olifants BBD2V Unit 13

Unread post by DuQues » Wed May 16, 2012 3:42 pm

If 13 is not available, BG3U (107-111) units are more than excellent as well, with 109 as the one you should prefer.
Those units look the other way, towards Olifants lookout, and are far away from the restaurant and reception, nice and quiet.

I am always amazed at the fact that those are overlooked. ;)
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Olifants view points

Unread post by James of the Jungle » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:58 am

How spectacular are the view points in and around Olifants rest camp :thumbs_up:

Not only are the views from the camp itself stunning but the N'wamanzi lookout and the H1-5 bridge over Olifants river also offer some breathtaking scenery and sightings.

Its always nice to get out the car and stretch your legs after a long days driving. These view point allow you to do just this while offering some unbelievable game viewing in the process. You also get the added bonus of the smells and sounds that come with being in the open bush :dance:

Large rivers like The Olifants are the life blood of KNP and there is generally lots of activity in and around the river (depending on what time of the year you are there). Take some time to scan the massive river bank with a pair of binoculars and you are sure to be rewarded.

We have enjoyed some quality sightings from these view points over the years, share some of your experiences from these beautiful parts of KNP? :think: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Olifants view points

Unread post by Crested Val » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:17 am

Is this what you meant?

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Olifants Lookout.

We once saw a huge male lion stalking a hippo that was walking along the river bank!!
Sadly that was before I joined the forums and took up photography.

They both just kept walking till they were out of sight.............not sure if the lion was actually intending to attack, or if they were just going the same way!!! :dance:
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Re: Olifants view points

Unread post by Grantmissy » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:02 am

James of the Jungle the view from the N’wamanzi lookout is great and a very special place to us :) . It is almost as if there is an overwhelming positive presence or something good which is difficult to describe. We have seen elephants, hippo’s, Waterbuck, Impala and Primates over time from that lookout. Birdlife is also :thumbs_up: Nice photo Crested Val.
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Re: Olifants view points

Unread post by James of the Jungle » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:09 am

Oh yes, you hit the nail right on the head Crested Val :thumbs_up: Love it!

Sounds like a very optimistic lion, I wonder if he was successful? Brave boy! :lol:

We've been lucky enough to see both lion and leopard in the distance from the look out at Olifants, its such a great vantage point. You need a good pair of binocs though :wink:

I think my favorite part is being able to see so many different species at once. You observe them interacting and going about their business undisturbed from a distance. It really teaches you to adjust to natures time. What do you think?

You have to love the sunrise & sunsets too, unbelievably beautiful!

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Re: Olifants view points

Unread post by DuQues » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:40 am

Next time you go to Olifants don't go for the "best river view" bungalows. Have a look at the map. On the right bottom you'll see 107-111. They look towards Olifants Lookout, and in my mind they are the best bungalows. Quiet (away from reception and restaurant) with a stunning view.

Olifants Lookout itself has changed, it is not the 'big parkinglot' in front anymore. Still a Get out spot, but with bushes very close. So keep a weather eye out before you get out of the car.
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Re: Olifants view points

Unread post by Cape of Storms » Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:30 pm

Oh to add we too love the look out. Last year we stopped there just before heading to camp and guess who came for a drink?

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And then even if you don't see any animals the view will always bring you back!

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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

Unread post by smitherson » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:25 am

Hi Everyone.

I am hoping that somebody can answer some questions I have:

My Father and I are going to be spending 4 nights in Olifants at the end of September. :dance: He first introduced me to KP 46 years ago when I was 2! he has been visiting the park for over 50 years and can you believe it we have never done a morning walk? :hmz: Mainly I think because for many years we had my Mom with us and she was wheelchair bound and it wasn't possible for us to leave her. Anyway so I thought that in September it would be nice if I could take him on a morning walk, which I know he would thoroughly enjoy. My questions are;
- is there an age restriction and if so what is it?
- is the walk very strenuous, does one have to be super fit?
- should we book now or only when we get there?
- what should we take along with us (water, snacks etc)
- is there a question I haven't thought of/
Your help is really appreciated! :gflower:


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