Olifants Rest Camp
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The camp has comfortable accommodation with options that will suit all budgets, allowing anyone to enjoy a few nights in the park.72 x tent or caravan sites with power points.
The most affordable accommodation for guests is one of the two styles of bungalows. Bungalows have showers but you can select one with a bath69 x 3-bed units available
For guests looking for a little more luxury, there is the option of booking a guest house. Olifants has 2 luxury guests houses builtin the perfect location.2 x Guest houses available
Olifants offers some of the most stunning views. Situated comfortably at the top of a hill, the camp looks down on a river of the same name some hundred feet below. The bush below is thick and wildlife can often be spotted from one of the camps various lookout points. This camp has a reputation for beingthe best place to go when you donÃ¢ÂÂt want to do a lot of driving but still want to see the parkÃ¢ÂÂs wildlife. All you need is a good pair of binoculars and a trusty camera
Olifants rest camp is situated just below the halfway mark of the park. The quickest way to get to the camp would be to head to Hoedspruit and then enter through the Phalaborwa Gate
From the very beginning,OlifantsRest Camp has been in touch with the surrounding nature. The buildings are rustic and painted in dark colours which allows them to blend in naturally. Because of this, Olifants is consideredone of the best places to visit if you have a keen interest in botany as well as wildlife
The camp was originally opened on the 3rdof June 1960 by Mr F.H Odendaal, who at that time was the Administrator of the Transvaal. Just 12 years after the camp was formally opened, it just about completely burneddown in a firethat engulfed the main building which included the kitchen, cafeteria, shop and restaurant. It took 16 months to rebuild and the original thatched roof was replaced with a red tiled roof.
Although the camp doesnÃ¢ÂÂt have as much history as other camps in the park, just a short drive from the camp you will find the signature of GR von Weilligh on a Baobab tree. He was one of the original land surveyors in the area and made his mark on the tree in 1891 while in the area.Guests who stay at the camp can choose from a variety of different styles of accommodation. Over the years the camp has changed and evolved in many ways and todayguests can benefit from the modernity added to the camp over the years
When travelling through theSouthern Kruger, you are bound to come across mention of the Great Tuskers. Otherwise known as the Magnificent Seven, the Great Tuskers were the biggest elephants to ever call the Kruger home. What is left of these huge elephants is the tusks, which have since become a major park attraction. Olifants boasts 6 of the 7 great pairs of tusks and these tusks are absolutely priceless in value! The tusks are displayed in the reception area. All 7 of the elephants died in the 1980Ã¢ÂÂs and there are two other elephants growing old safely in the park which will one day also boast massive tusksthat could be added on to the collection
The tusks of the elephant bull growthroughout the life of the animal, so the older the elephant gets, the bigger its tusksgrow. It goes without saying that the 7 famous tuskers of the Kruger also happened to be the oldest the park has seen. Bull elephants with tusks weighing up to 45kgs areactually exceptionally rare in Africa, especially when the poaching of these beautiful creaturesis taken into consideration. Today there are less than 50 bulls that can be considered on par with the KrugerÃ¢ÂÂs great tuskers left in Africa.
Just as with all of the other Kruger Park camps, Olifants has everything you could possibly want. The camp has comfortable accommodation with options that will suit all budgets, allowing anyone to enjoy a few nights in the park. But because Olifants is a much smaller camp when compared to the other rest camps of the Kruger, your options are somewhat limited.Some of the more affordable accommodation options you can look forward to includebungalows and guesthouses.
Part of the appeal of the smaller camp is that because there are so few accommodation options, the camp is a lot quieter and in general offers a more pleasant experience. This is why the camp is the ideal place to stay when you are looking to put your feetup instead of spending your days driving around. It is the perfect place to rejuvenate!
The most affordable accommodation for guests is one of the two styles of bungalows. There are 150 2, 3 or 4-bedunits which are kitted out with en-suite ablution facilities. Most of these bungalows have showers but you can select one with a bath. Each unit has air conditioning to combat the summer heat, and while some of the units have a kitchenette others donÃ¢ÂÂt and guests staying in these bungalows will need touse the communal kitchen. What is truly spectacular about these bungalows is that you can choose one located on the perimeter of the camp, overlooking the river below. Your preference of kitchen and/or the view needs to be specified when booking.
For bigger families, there are 2 bungalows capable of sleeping4people. There are 2 single beds in each bedroom and one en-suite bathroom and one additional bathroom. These are air-conditionedunits and guests will have a lounge/dining area, a large veranda and an outside braai areaat their disposal. Each unit has a beautiful open-airkitchen with cooker plate, fridge/freezer combination, cooking utensils, a sink and crockery and cutlery. As with the other bungalows, you can also select a bungalow with a perimeter view
For guests looking for a little more luxury, there is the option of booking a guest house. Olifants has 2 luxury guests houses builtin the perfect location offering a beautiful view of the river. The guest houses come with lookout decksfrom which to view game. The guest houses have fully equipped kitchens, a number of bedrooms and more than one bathroom. Limited DSTV channels are availableOlifants might be a small camp but it certainly offers some of the best accommodation in the Kruger National Park
All Kruger Park Camps have one thing in common; animals. It sounds sillysince you are in the Kruger and wild animals are everywhere, but all the camps run the risk of having a few unsuspecting visitors. Wildlife can easily sneak into the camp when no one is looking and can become a danger to camp guests.Always watch out for wild animals and should you come across one in the camp, donÃ¢ÂÂt approach it.
While wildlife is one concern that you have to keep in mind, the other concern is insects. And not cute beetles, ladybugs and butterflies. Spiders and scorpions are two insects that youÃ¢ÂÂll find in just about every camp and they are able to leave a nasty reminder of their presence should they bite or sting you. Whenever, wherever, you are in the camp, always have your shoes on and always carry a torch around with you at night.
Spiders, snakes, scorpions and wild animals are all something to keep in mind, and so are mosquitoes. The Kruger National Park is situated deep within a malaria area and it is easy to contract the illness when staying in or visiting the park. Malaria is carried by infected mosquitos and spread through just one bite.All guests to the park shouldtake careful preventative measures to stay safe. This includes paying a visit to your doctor and getting preventative medication. Should you get infected, you might only notice the symptoms weeks later. Some of the symptoms include fever, headaches and body chills. If you think you are ill, get to your doctor as soon as possible.
The gate times are the same for all of the camps in the park and the times will change according to the seasons. Know the gate times in order to properly plan your stayThe gate times for Letaba are as follows:
The best times to spot animals is in the early morning and in the late afternoonwhen the intense heat of the day abates
The camp is situated in a basalt soil area, in ruggedveld. Some of the notable trees youÃ¢ÂÂll see include the Lowveld cluster-leaf, the mopane and the raisin bush. South of the river the vegetation turns from thornveld into mopane. Within the camp,there are plenty of trees and plants to see, some of which are unique to the area and cannot be found elsewhere in the Kruger. The sesame bush near the petrol station, which is the only accessible one in the park, as well as the aloes in the camp, aretwo of the biggest highlights where vegetation is concerned.
The camp is named after one of the animals you will come across the most; the elephant. But while elephant sightings are popular in the region, they are not the only animals you will encounter. Baboons, monkeys, lion and leopard are often seen during safaris and you might even be lucky enough to encounter a Cape clawless otter at one of the camps lookout points