Olifants really is my favourite camp and apart from the far north camps in the park, we've stayed at them all at some time or another.
The bungalows are pretty much the same all over, basic but clean and next time we really will choose a bungalow with a view as I'd forgotten how absolutely stunning Olifants is and in particular the most amazing view.
This time we arrived by the road across the river (S90) and were so lucky to see two male elephants grazing right next to the bridge. Previously on another visit in 2000, this whole area was completely flooded with the river just flowing over the bridge.
The restaurant is much the same as elsewhere (same menu) with the exception of this amazing view. Watching the giraffe's, elephants and baby elephants and hearing the hippos is just so wonderful and we feel so privileged to be there.
The supermarket is good with a fair choice of food including some T bone steak for R40-50 and some reasonable wines.
We also did a nightdrive from Olifants, which out of all the things we had done from Sunrise Drive, Morning Walks and other Nightdrives, sadly this really was the worst. The driver/guide was really not interested and you felt like you didn't want to say you'd seen something because he didn't want to stop.
Maybe Olifants doesn't have quite the variety of animals such as Satara or Lower Sabie but the view and the sunsets more than make up for this lacking. This time though, we saw so many elephants with their little cute babies. We were just so lucky!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guests that visit Olifants will be exposed to an unforgettable window of Africa. The camp is situated a top a hill which towers several hundred feet over the Olifants river. Views from the lookout platforms allow one to see the river below, just as a soaring eagle would survey it, as it hunts from the skies. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Olifants Restcamp Hotel Kruger National Park