We first visited Kruger in 1998 thus it had been 15 years sine our last visit. The upkeep of the park has deteriorated, the food has just about reached rock bottom, however there have been significant increases in the estimated population of some of the animals. This in spite of the fact that poachers continue to enter the park and kill animals. This is an area that the government is keen on and we saw several rangers on their way to areas to check on poachers. There are also rewards posted throughout the park for apprehensions.
The cabins at Olifant are about the same as we found at the other park locations were we went or stayed. Upkeep is not all that good and some things did not work very well. For example the air conditioning struggles in many of the cabins and proceed only minimal air conditioning. Towels are about worn out and need to be replaced. I don't think we had a single cabin where there wasn't a leaking water faucet, pipe or commode. In several of the cabins the windows would not close as the catches were broken or just completely missing.
Go to the park with a feeling that you are camping and don't expect modern consciences and you will be just fine. Check in is sometimes a challenge as the clerks are real bureaucrats and want every line and box checked and they take their very slow time to check in each customer even though one has previously prepaid.
The real excitement though is in the animal sightings and around Olifant we saw it all from a Leopard kill to Lions and Hyenas sleeping in the road.This camp does not have near the traffic issues that one will encounter in the south and north of this camp the traffic is even better. Many of the day safaris come in at one of the south entrances and don't go a great distance as they must leave the park by closing time. Thus traffic is always an issue.
- Also Known As:
- Olifants Restcamp Hotel Kruger National Park