Olifants Rest Camp

Olifants Rest Camp

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View from our veranda, unit #19 (BD2U) in the mid-afternoon, April 2018.
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4.0
#15 of 54 campsites in Kruger National Park
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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3.8 of 5 bubbles
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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
BBQ facilities
Convenience store
Gift shop
Fence around pool
Shops
Room features
Private balcony
Kitchenette
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to TGCSA - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
River View
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

Location

Kruger National Park South Africa
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Ngala Airfield
59.8 km
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Phalaborwa Airport
1 Restaurant
within 10 kilometers
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Amadvice wrote a review Feb 2020
Regina, Canada
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
During our week in Kruger we did 3 gov camps. Skukuza (nicest by far also only one with wifi) Satara (great sightings ok cabin) an Olifants. By far the poorest accommodation but great sightings! We stayed in a 2 bed bungalow on the perimeter facing the bush fence. Not really worth the extra coin in my opinion but more secluded if you like that. It was very hot when we arrived so we turned on the ancient ac that actually worked great and laid down for a rest on the 2 very clean twin beds that were pushed together. All of the gov cabins smell musty due to the thatch roof so we had the screen door closed but not locked for some fresh air. We were almost asleep and in walked a giant baboon! He stood beside the bed frozen staring at us and I started to scream like a crazy woman and he took off!! We peaked outside and saw him going from cabin to cabin trying the heavy doors to get in. The screen doors are extremely heavy! They know the fridges are inside the cabins and are after food. Lucky he was probably more afraid of us than we were of him but still scary. All I could think of was planet of the apes. He was about 3 feet tall standing up. Very strange experience. We laugh about it now though. So bungalows are old smelly and dingy. The bathrooms are cleaned but It’s hard to make the old facilities sparkle. Food was limited in the restaurant and not as good as other camps. Did have a delish chicken salad though. No fans or AC in the restaurant and no WIFI. It is beautiful to look out at the river while eating and the store had lots to offer for self catering if that’s your style. The laundry facilities were nice and there was a sweet lady that offered to put our stuff in the dryer and fold it so we could leave. We gave her a nice tip. In a nutshell the beer is cold and snacks are plentiful and well Priced, we were ok with the old cabins as we were there for the wildlife. Only place we saw giant herds of zebra, buffalo and elephants. Loved the early morning bush walk with the rangers! Hippos were pretty close to us! We also saw an elusive leopard on our drive. Depends on what you value.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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395ally wrote a review Mar 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our favourite restcamp as the game viewing is excellent, less busy area, but most of all the views from the camp are superb. Rooms are typical KNP - comfortable and practical without being luxurious. Rooms have all kitchen utensils and crockery/ cutlery necessary and of course a braai (barbaque) facility. Restaurant has great views over the river as well as good food at reasonable prices. Shop has adequate range of food and curios.
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Date of stay: March 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: As it is on a mountain spur rooms on west side (rooms 1 - 24) and east (88 -111) have best views
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Kathy K wrote a review Oct 2021
loomis ca
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Small intimate camp. Frig/Freezer in communal kitchen. Nice ablution blocks. Resident owls live behind the ablution block. Hyaena patrol the fence nightly. Lovely to see. The only downside as a camper, there are some campers I find inconsiderate that take up way more space than their allotted campsite. The man next to us set up extension cords and solar panels inside our site. Never asked. We tripped on the cords frequently. He knew we were inconvenienced but didn’t care. 99% of the South Africans we encountered couldn’t be nicer, but there’s always one.
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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K M wrote a review Jan 2020
San Francisco, California
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We were booked for two nights in a river view rondavel room on the perimeter, supposedly one of the best rooms I could have booked. Check in was slow and service was blase. We were assigned room #21 and it was a hot pile of garbage. According to other reviews, it's one of the older rondavels and it absolutely shows. This place was absolutely trash. It was filled with bugs, the air-con was barely working, we had it on high and the room was still hot, there were droppings on the walls and patio, and the bathroom was frightening. We suffered through one harrowing night, being crawled upon by bugs despite being covered in bug spray and having emptied an entire can of Doom in the room. Disgusting. We wanted to make food, but the outdoor kitchen was COVERED in bugs, dead and alive. Completely uninhabitable. We checked out early, being OK with losing out on a prepaid night and another prepaid game drive. It wasn't worth it at all to stay.

If possible, stay literally ANYWHERE else outside of the park in a private reserve. While this camp is absolutely a budget camp, it is still overpriced for what you get. The only reason we booked within the park was for the convenience for a self-drive, but know that you can easily stay outside of the park and drive in for the day on your own. You will have a much better experience if you do this.

We also took a sunset game drive from Olifants and it was the WORST game drive we went on across 14 drives. (The rest were done at private game reserves.) The truck holds approx 25 people, the visibility is terrible from the seats, the driver/guide spoke like she was reading from a script and clearly didn't care about the welfare of the animals. I was livid for most of the drive because the driver showed no respect toward any of the animals we encountered and didn't keep any of the other passengers in check when they were behaving badly around animals.

What a dump, a complete waste of money, and a poorly run camp.
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Date of stay: December 2019
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Room 21 is trash
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Vicki wrote a review Feb 2022
Durban, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just spent 3 nights at this great rest camp. We booked one of the view chalets ( BBDV2 ) on San Parks site and we loved every aspect of our stay. We had a problem with our sliding door and within 10 minutes the maintenance attendant had fixed the problem .

We found all the staff to be very friendly and our unit was clean and comfortable so please do not be put off by those people who write negative reviews . Kruger Park needs support after the COVID lockdowns and it is truly a camp with a view you will find hard to beat in any game lodge private or otherwise.
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Date of stay: February 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Best to choose one of the units with a view of the magnificent OLIFANTS river
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Luis C wrote a review Oct 2021
Madrid, Spain
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked 5 nights (in July 20) in different locations of Kruger park. Due to COVID-19 (our booking were done long before the pandemia begun), travels were cancelled, as we all know. We have been contacting Sunparks for refunding these nights (approximately once per month) since then, but up to now (one and a half year later) we have not received any refund yet. They change the contact person (and e-mail address) for refundings from time to time, and ask repeatedly to fill/submitt the same forms again and again. In the last months, they even not answer at all. We are very disappointed with Sunparks, they don't seem like formal people. Of course, we will not book anything with them again in the future.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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BoardingPass825766 wrote a review Jun 2022
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked into an Olifants bungalow and were very disappointing. There was no attached kitchen or view. Please note, when doing laundry you must have ZAR coins and exact change to operate the machines. Just skip booking here and just visit on your way to Letaba.
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Date of stay: April 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Skip booking here and go to Letaba
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Beverley M wrote a review Feb 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We noticed on arrival that this camp had been voted Camp of the Year for 2019 so we were very optimistic. Having checked in we found our two huts and unpacked. At this point we discovered that the air conditioning was not working in either hut. We reported this to reception who sent maintenance staff. They spent some time tinkering with the units but admitted that they were not going to be able to repair them that evening. As a consequence we were moved to alternative and inferior accommodation with the assurance that we would receive a refund. The accommodation we were given was originally intended for two sleeping but in both huts there were three beds and the fridge/freezer was place inside a wardrobe and stuck out into the room. We had a less than comfortable night and the following morning we woke to cold water showers. At this point we asked to be moved on to another camp rather than spend a second night in such poor accommodation. This was organised for us and we moved on a day early to Mopani where, thankfully, our experience was much better. How Olifants managed to achieve the accolade of Best Camp we cannot imagine and we shall certainly not be returning.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Robert C wrote a review Mar 2020
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The accomadation was lacking a microwave and the lead from the kettle was not long enough to reach the floor "there was no shelf to put it on" so we had to use one of the verandah chairs to place it on. We had dinner at the resturant but because the menu is the same at all camps it does get rather boring.
The view was superb overlooking the river but beware of the monkeys they are very aggressive and even tried to snatch a container out of my wifes hands as we were loading up to go.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Jacqui W wrote a review Nov 2021
Pretoria, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous position and views high up looking down over the Oliphants River. Facilities neat, clean and comfortable. A very well run and well maintained camp. A lovely restaurant with beautiful views. Game drive vehicle in desperate need of a service or the driver needs to improve his driving skills😳The game truck didn't appear to have a second or third gear. Awesome owl spotting in the camp at night.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Craig O asked a question Sept 2018
Durban, South Africa
What is the cost per person per night
Answer from schliek
Goes, The Netherlands
A bungalow at the rim, costs 100/120 euro's a day. Other bungalows are cheaper regards schliek
Answer from Peter Meijer
The Hague, The Netherlands
The infrastructure in this part of RSA is quite developed and focused on the tourist industry. Make an inquiry whilst your booking your accommodation and I trust you will be directed to the right means of transport.
KentishBoy_11 asked a question Jul 2018
Maidstone, United Kingdom
Does Oliphant’s have a pool?
Answer from Dusanka
Johannesburg, South Africa
It does.
Cazvw wrote a tip Feb 2024
Hoedspruit, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you pack you swimming costumes. It is very hot at Olifants and they have a lovely swimming pool to cool off."
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dixiepeach wrote a tip Oct 2023
Kansas City, Missouri
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay in lower number huts (21 or lower) for best river views."
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schliek wrote a tip Sept 2023
Goes, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"19,20,21,22,23,24 have no view"
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Kloffusjohn wrote a tip Nov 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Watch out for the Baboons as love stealing your food etc."
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234beatrice wrote a tip Nov 2022
George, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is a satellite campsite so you need to check in, either at Olufants or Satara"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Olifants Rest Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Olifants Rest Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Olifants Rest Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Olifants Rest Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Olifants Rest Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Olifants Rest Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Olifants Rest Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
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