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At Orpen Gate, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This camp is a good place to start in the Kruger Park. Close to the Orpen Gate, you will be able to see a lot of animals from there ( Impalas, elephants, girafes, zebra, baboon, hyenas, jackal ). The accomodation is correct and clean (outdoor full equiped kitchen, barbecue). Warning : the honey badger is not a legend, he has... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We spent one night in a Bungalow during the July School holidays, on our way to Mopani Restcamp. The accommodation was clean, not exactly 5 star, but more than adequate for our needs. You need a clean bed, a clean bathroom and a braai - that's it. The shop was well stocked. Our night drive was amazing. The outside kitchen... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The lighted watering hole is amazing. Everything and everyone camp up in the morning and the evenings all we did was just have to sit back and relax. Cabins were SUPER clean, and staff was amazing. We did a morning drive which was excellent. No real food services available but the store was well stocked. Gas attendant was very grumpy...... More

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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

First visit to Kruger. Arrived late well after sunset following flight delays. Had phoned ahead to check still OK to arrive in dark. Met at Orpen gate and told to make way to main gate. We believed we were not yet in main park so were amazed when a Hippo appeared at the side of the road within 2 mins... More

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29 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We love going on Safari and this was the first time we did a self-drive safari around the Kruger. It was fantastic. The camp isnt luxurious but very well kept and the accommodation is more than adequate. The freedom these camps give you in terms of driving the Kruger at your own pace cant be beaten. We loved having this... More

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Small pleasant rest camp with water hole visible from the accommodation. Well stocked shop. Staff very helpful and friendly. Self-catering equipment adequate but we discovered that the microwave oven did not work. We were given a replacement within an hour, but were taken aback when a staff member wanted it back the next morning to place it back in the... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

First time at Orpen, having stayed at most other KNP camps previously I chose this one just so we could arrive late from Joburg en route to subsequent nights at Talamati bush camp. We had one of the larger family units; old style National Parksaccommodation, won't win any design prizes, but spacious, everything clean and functional, and a very nice... More

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Somerset West, South Africa
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219 hotel reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Orpen was probably my favorite camp – mainly because it is small and quiet with good viewing of wildlife both inside the camp and outside the fence. There are only about 20 units or so, no restaurant, but a well-stocked shop is available on site. The units are set around a shaded courtyard, looking out onto the waterhole just outside... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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27 hotel reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This was our first ever visit to Kruger National Park and we knew we were in for a treat the moment we entered the park at Orpen Gate and found ourselves among a herd of Buffalo. We had arrived late (you can arrive after the gate closing time if you pre-arrange and pay an additional fee), so it was already... More

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76 reviews 76 reviews
49 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Small and quiet camp (15 bungalows) with a pool. Accommodation was good although outdoor kitchen needed locking up due to monkeys and honey badgers. The water hole by the camp was lit at night but didn't attract much game when we were there. Tip – good for first/last night if need to be near the gate.

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Address: At Orpen Gate, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park

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