FABULOUS VIEW & ACTIVITIES
Visitors to the main Olifants Restcamp enjoy an unforgettable window over Africa. The camp is atop a hill towering several hundred feet over a huge bend in the river. Many people are attracted by the innovative activities that this camp has put together.
Lookout platforms afford a wonderful vista over perennial waters below. Soaring Bateleurs scan the area for prey. It is not unusual to see herds of elephants (for whom the camp is named in Afrikaans) and multiple pods of hippo. Don’t forget your binoculars.
The Olifants area hosts classic larger game. Elephant are common. Lion and leopard are regularly seen on drives. Wild dogs are a possible sighting here. Cape clawless otters have been seen from the nearby lookout.
Just south of the river is the transition zone between thornveld and the mopane-tree belt. These different regimes characterise the south and the north of the Kruger respectively.
Olifants is one of a few camps offering Backpacking Trails. Unlike Wilderness Trails, you carry all that you need for the 4-day, 3-night, 42km hike with you. This includes tents, food, water, and swimming trunks for dips in the river.
The only mountain bike trails in the Kruger are here at Olifants. They resemble guided walks in that their principal focus is on interpreting nature (wildlife sightings and interesting tracks).
Olifants offers unique stargazing evenings, where a presentation on the southern hemisphere skies and African star lore is followed by night-sky viewing through a large telescope. Evening/ night drives take you to a remote site on the river bank where the equipment awaits.
In addition to a large shop and petrol station, there is a swimming pool, and a cafeteria with a viewing deck, good food and wonderful cakes. Baboon and vervet monkeys inhabit camp, as do fruit bats and thick-tailed bush babies.
RANGE OF ACCOMMODATION
Olifants has a wide range of accommodation, offering 2, 3 or 4 bed units, equipped with ablutions (most with showers, but some with baths). All have air-conditioning. Some units have kitchenettes while others have communal kitchens.
Numbered rondavels are located on the perimeter edge which has a wonderful vista of the river below. The magic numbers to try for are 1-17, 86/7 and 105-111, which have the best views from their patios.
Nshawu and Lebombo Sponsored Guest Houses occupy prime cliff positions with wonderful views. Fully equipped with four 2-bed bedrooms (ask for doubles), they offer en-suite bathrooms, kitchens, lounges, dining rooms, several lookout decks, and televisions.