The bungalow was basic but surfice for what we needed - clean and secure. The camp shops are well stocked with almost everything - although as you would expect a little more expensive for some items (stop at a Pick and Pay on the way into Kruger). We had a bangalow with a view of the river which was, for sunrise and sunset, amazing.
My first visit to Kruger and it's a huge Park. We did an afternoon walk and the night drive - both I'd recommend. The guy (I think his name was John - I'm crap at remembering names) was brilliant - he led both trips we did. Dennis was on the afternoon walk. Knowledge and spotting of animals on these tours was worth the money - some animals we wouldn't not have seen otherwise. John (?) was excellent - answered questions and was very enthusiastic to ensure we had a great experience. So I highly recommend the escorted "extra" trips you can do - especially from Olifants with John. I suspect we might of had a different tour leader to some of the other reviewers on here (hence the reason for trying to remember his name).
The only minor disappopintment is the restaurnat - it is in an amazing setting. The staff are wonderful. The menu ... is very, very basic (and, as pointed out by other reviewers, the same in every camp site). That said, the breakfast we had a Letaba one morning, was brilliant and I wondered if their evening menu was different from the other camps. Satara, Lower Sabie and Crocadile Bridge - were the same as Olifants. While I didn't go to Kruger for the food - it would have added that "memorable moment" of having an amazing meal under the clear night sky in Africa listening to the wild life around the camp and watching the fire flies moving around the bushes (they were amazing - first time I've seen them as well - like little solar lights darting in the bushes). That said, the food is okay and edible - just not as "special" as you might like.
Olifants have started to update some of the bugalows (the ones right down on the rivier - sliding doors instead of the stable doors - sink and cooking area outside - and fridge inside (out of the way of smart baboons). Kruger should start to think about updating the bungalows which I suspect haven't been touched since they were built. The other minor point is there is no wifi or internet. From a security point of view re pouchers I can understand - but maybe it's time to bring the camps upto the 21st centuary standard.
- 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