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Unread post by glynsay » Mon Jul 11, 2005 11:10 am

We just returned from our annual pilgrimage of a week at Swadini in the Blyderiver Canyon.
As per normal, we took a day out to visit Kruger.
We entered via Orpen gate and headed up the route next to the Timbavati River.
We decided to go look at Balule and Olifants, which I have heard much about on this forum.
Balule was lovely, but Olifants took my breath away.

As you walk down to the observation deck, your eyes get bigger and bigger.
Man, this place is awesome.
If I were staying there, I would be routed to the campsite.
I would wake up and stay at that deck from dawn to dusk. Day in day out.
Now I see what you folks are talking about.

I love those pictures you get where there are two exact pictures, however, there are 10 or so slight changes you need to spot.
Well, Olifants is similar but in a different way. I
It was a case of sitting and looking at what could be found.
Hippos, over there, Crocs over here.
One there with a baby.
What about the water buck in the reeds to the left and all those impala over on the right.
Also, constantly scanning the underbrush on the far side looking for any predator, or hoping to see a Leopard crossing the riverbed in the distance on the right.
What about the birds the highlight being the European bee eater (I think it was).
Colours you cannot believe if someone were to tell you.

Please excuse my enthusiasm.
I simply fell in love with the place.
On the way out where you turn left to head to Satara, there is another outlook place where you have a similar commanding view of the river.
Well, again I could head there with my cooler box and camp master chairs and set up possie for the day.

Bottom line, I am already scheming in my head when I will get there. Hopefully the forumites can help. I am a camper, which Olifants does not cater for, apart from Balule.

Question: - do any other camps in the area have much the same view.
On the map, Letaba also has a river running past it, but is it like Lower Sabie river or like Olifants.
We were not allowed into Balule, so we could not see the view.
Does it also overlook the river like Olifants?

Thanks for your help.

Glynn and Lindsay

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Unread post by Bushmad » Thu Dec 08, 2005 2:36 pm

Olifants is one of, if not my favourite main camp.

I love the view, the relaxed atmosphere (never seen ques at the gate in the morning) and the game viewing is good too, the camp is also really well managed.

Katja, I think the units are numbers 8,9,10,11,12 I am not sure if it is 8-12 or 9-13 but definitely 9-12. I always used to request one of these, but now that they have a separate booking code it is confirmed from the start. Hein Grobler, the outstanding camp manager, told us that these units would be refurbished before being re-classified.

I absolutely love dawn at that camp, the colours in the east, the light beginning to reflect on the water and the call of the resident Fish Eagles that nest in a large Fever Tree down below...heaven. The sunsets are magnificent too.
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Unread post by Jumbo » Tue Mar 14, 2006 2:41 pm

I don’t have a photo of #13. It also has a stunning view. Just one thing that “bothers” us about #13 – the braai is behind the unit.
#9 is amazing. If you sit on your veranda, nobody can see you and you cannot see the other units – you feel as though you are alone and you have a 180-degree view!
Trust me, this is the best one.
Will look through my photos (have hordes taken at #9 during several visits) – will post some under the Olifants thread.

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Unread post by Katja » Tue Mar 14, 2006 3:08 pm

^I suppose that means that #9 is in the "units with best river view" category? (BBD2V)
I have booked a bungalow in that category for my stay in May. 8)
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Unread post by arks » Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:48 am

View from the stoep:
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Unread post by Jakkalsbessie » Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:19 pm

arks wrote:Anyone else got pix from #13? :lol:

Hi arks,

When you asked this on Tuesday Bosnimf was staying in Olifants so i asked her to take a pic of no 13 for you :lol:

Here is the view:


According to her a very nice hut, great view and also sort of secluded which she liked.
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Unread post by Jumbo » Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:09 am

More Olifants photos. Strange, I only now realize that we never take photos of the camp or our units. Normally take a photo of each other in the camp – and unfortunately also not always the best quality :? {So Bert, please forgive, SO is in the photo again. :D }

Unit # 9 – surrounded by views



My father-in-law on the lawn in front of units # 10 & 11



Unread post by Jumbo » Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:39 pm

Some more photos of the river view units at Olifants

From the left, you see # 9 (is a BBD2V), and then # 8 & # 7 (BD2V).
A piece of # 10 (BBD2V) is visible at the back, between # 8 and # 7.


We, for the first time, stayed in # 1 (BD2V). This unit pleasantly surprised me. Apart from the fact that it has beautifully been revamped :clap: the unit also has a great view. I thought the fact that it is right next to the restaurant, will make it noisy. But the sound from the river drowns all the other noise. The unit is also actually quite private: there is a screen between you and the restaurant, and your veranda faces away from the neighbouring unit.



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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Jun 11, 2006 8:30 pm

The highwater bridge over Olifants.
It was very, very misty the day we left the Park. Right from Balule down to Satara where it started to burn up. Only the second time I have seen such mist in the Park.

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Unread post by arks » Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:33 am

Isn't that just a great little spot? 8) I think it's off the S44, but it just might be a bit further along, on the S93, between Olifants and Letaba.

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Unread post by DuQues » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:08 am

Some telephotowork, from Olifants camp, on the deck, looking towards the S92.
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Unread post by christo » Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:36 pm

Seems I am the only one looking at Olifants from a different perspective.

Although the camp and view is stunning, I miss the intimacy of being closer to animals on the other side of the fence (the river is so far below) and the only sound I hear at night (I usually go in summer) is the river.

Has anybody heard other nightsounds in summer when the river is flowing strong?
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Unread post by lisa » Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:23 pm

We were there in November of 2003. The first two days we were there, it was so dry that the Olifants "river" was nothing but a series of pools and puddles with huge herds of ellies wandering from one to the next, and hippos very crowded into some of the larger pools. The second night we were there it poured all night, and on our third morning we awoke to a raging river! We could not believe our eyes, it was so transformed! I think the dates we were there were November 26, 27, 28 of 2003.


Unread post by Jumbo » Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:56 am

christo wrote:I might need to change my mindset and enjoy the sound of water as well, and not only expect bushbabies, scops owls etc.

Christo, we have visited Olifants in all seasons. You do always hear the river, but if there are lions or hyenas close to camp, down at the river, you do still hear them, even if the river is full. I have to admit that you do not hear the owls at night, but on the other hand, you also do not hear your noisy neighbours. :wink:

@Bushbabies …Might not hear them, but once had one that came to sit on the edge of our veranda while we were eating. :shock: It was very strange….. he looked at us a few seconds, almost as though he was in shock to find us on the veranda, and quickly disappear again.

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Unread post by Perks. » Tue May 29, 2007 2:49 pm

We had a BG3E, bungalow number 28, one row back from the riverview. The view from our patio...
... and a minute's walk up to the viewpoint at the shop / restaurant. The bungalow to the right with the tape around it, was burnt out. It was unit 4.

Even from the riverview units, you'd need some dedication, and a good pair of binocs to see anything down below, so in my estimation, riverview is a tad overrated. I'd rather save the accommodation money for extra time in the park, and do my viewing from the car. But that's just me, tight as two coats of paint with my wallet! :D
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