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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 James of the Jungle » Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:53 pm

Thanks for the tip DuQues. I've only stayed in bungalows 9-15 (somehwere there), amazing spot! Next time I'm at Olifants Ill take a walk to bungalows 107 - 111. They look very isolated in the corner, they must be very tough to book. How about the Nshawu guest house on the corner :big_eyes: , that must be the ultimate.

DuQues wrote: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.


Couldn't agree more, keep your eyes peeled. You just never know. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Olifants view points

Unread post by DuQues » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:18 pm

The view from #106:

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Re: Olifants view points

Unread post by James of the Jungle » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:24 pm

What a view!!! It just goes on forever. Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:

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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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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.

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Re: Olifants Rest Camp

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

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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.

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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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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.
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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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