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Olifants Rest Camp, Kruger National Park

The stunning view from the Olifants Rest Camp in the Kruger National ParkThe Olifants Rest Camp in the central section of the Kruger National Park is one of the smallest, but most popular campsites in the entire park. Situated on a cliff’s edge that overlooks the southern plains of the Lowveld section of the park, this campsite occupies the most scenic location of any in the park.

The confluence of the Olifants and Letaba rivers is near to the campsite, which makes for some great game-viewing and birding opportunities. Game viewing is also enjoyed from the deck at the campsite, which overlooks the Olifants River. From here, you can see lots of animals drinking down at the river, the most exciting of which are probably the large numbers of crocodile and hippo. Elephants are know to frequent the banks of the Olifants River, and they are a game-viewing highlight from the camp as well.

Don’t miss the guided mountain biking trail, river walk (and many other guided walks) and astronomy drive that are available to residents of the camp.

Some of the best game-viewing in all of the park is known to occur in this region, and visitors often record sightings of all the Big-Five during their stay at the camp. The Olifants River loop is one of the most popular drives in the park, and starts about 2km East of the camp on the S92. Bookings and info

Getting there: from Gauteng, take the N1 toll-road to Polokwane (Pietersburg). 40 km before Polokwane turn right onto the R71 and head for Tzaneen. After Tzaneen, head towards Phalaborwa and the gate. Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip to the gate. Olifants Rest Camp is 83 km away from the gate. Allow about 3 hours for the drive to the camp.

More info on the area of Lowveld More info on the Mpumalanga area