So many places to choose from! It's difficult to choose a camp in Kruger - there are so many choices! First I would say make a list of what is important to you. For us, that list would include: less people, beautiful natural landscapes readily viewable, clean accomodation, remote but not TOO remote.
Olifants met the criteria! Some people knock it as being too far or lackluster in terms of nearby animals but I thought it was great. It's up on a hill over the Olifants river so you don't have to worry about flooding (which WAS an issue for other nearby camps). It's a bit further north in Kruger so not as many people are up there which is a plus for us. Past Satara the traffic and people significantly decrease which we appreciated.
The hut itself was awesome! We got a perimeter hut (this is a must!) which means it had a view of the river AND the rushing waters of the river soothed us to sleep at night. The huts have air conditioning (modern ones too) which is great, kitchenette with just enough to get you by, great new shower/bathroom etc. The only complaint is that there are few knicks here and there that could be touched up quite easily. Just some more routing maintenance would make this a 4 star accomodation.
We loved sitting on our little patio for dinner or in the morning, watching the river, and relaxing.
As for wildlife - just 1.5 km from the entrance to Olifants we saw a pack of 5 Lions!!! Twice! And they were just walking on the road! And then we saw a small herd of elephants - about 10 of them including a juvenile and a baby who was nursing. All within 1.5 km of where we were sleeping. And the road up to Olifants from Satara has a ton of diversity - crocodiles by the bridge, we saw a rhino, hippos, hyenas, etc. No shortage of animals. (We spent 2 nights here and saw EVERYTHING in that span of time).
We did not eat at the restaurant but opted to bring in our own food. The marketplace at Olifants is a bit smaller than Satara or Skukuza but still has a good variety. if you really want to stock up and have more to choose from I recommend stopping at Skukuza or Satara on your way up to Olifants.
- 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