Orpen Restcamp - Kruger National Park| safari.com
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Overview

The small, well known camp of Orpen is popular with visitors making Kruger Park Reservations for its easy access to surrounding grassland vistas, with grazers accompanying the sweet grass, and predators trailing never far behind. Knowledgeable game rangers guide visitors towards guided savannah trails, game-viewing hides, and self-guided flora-walks. Alternatively, guests are free to lounge about the pool.

Recognised for its diversity of habitat and activity, the camp is also superbly hospitable: guests are greeted with chilled champagne and canopes upon arrival.

Accommodation

An inventory of accommodation at Orpen Rest Camp is provided below.

• Available are six two-bed bungalows (with single beds), equipped with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Bathrooms are fitted with showers. Kitchens are open air, and come with cooker tops, fridge/freezer combinations and a full selection of cutlery, crockery and utensils.

• Three six-bed guest cottages are also available, each with two bedrooms and air-conditioning. One bedroom is fitted with an en-suite bathroom, with a separate shower and wash basin available for communal use. All units have attached and equipped kitchenettes, with fridge/freezer combinations, sinks, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. An outside veranda that serves as a lounge area.
Accommodation at Orpen Rest Camp is geared towards guests looking for an authentic, self-catering bushveld experience.

Activities & Facilities

Orpen Camp offers adventure in the form of guided bush walks and game drives, all under the supervision of well informed and keen professional field guides. Important to note is that children under the age of six are not permitted on game drives, and children under the age of twelve are restricted from game walks.

Pre-booked, overnight activities include the Bundu Trail. These trails must be booked up to eleven months in advance to allow the camp sufficient time to coordinate and plan group sizes.

Timbavati Picnic Site, and Ratel Pan Bird Hide (located about fifty-five and fifty-eight kilometers outside the camp respectively) allow guests to actively explore the camp area and take in some of the indigenous wildlife.

Facilities at the camp include activity information at the reception area, public telephones, post box, shops, laundromat, filling station, communal bathrooms, basic on-site first-aid assistance, cutlery and plate hampers available from reception, a day visitor picnic area in the camp, and a swimming pool. Cell phone reception is also fully available.

Important Information

Park officials warn that certain creatures which inhabit the park could prove dangerous if not approached or handled correctly. These may include bats, spiders, snakes, and scorpions.

Orpen Rest Camp has a designated day visitor area with a braai (barbecue) area for day visitors and visitors from other camps. Picnic sites are also available at Muzandzeni and Nhlanguleni southwest of the camp, and Timbavati northeast of the camp. There is a shop (please note, not a restaurant), available to Tamboti and Marula visitors.

The filling station at Orpen only accepts petrol cards (garage cards) and cash fillups.

Wildlife

The drive from Orpen to Satara offers herds of zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, warthog and elephant.

Turning from here to the Timbavati river offers a good chance of spotting lion, cheetah and leopard.

The camp has acacias and marula trees sharing the grounds with red bush willows, and huts are separated by rock gardens flecked with aloe and Barbeton daisies

The area around the camp allows for watchings the nomadic Senegal (Lesser Black-winged) Plover, and, on a few occasions, Montagu's Harrier. White-faced and Comb (Knob-billed) Ducks, Little Grebe (Dabchick) and Lesser Moorhen, African Rail and African Crake, as well as Wooly-necked, Marabou, Open-billed (African Openbill), White and Black storks may all be seen in the camp and surrounding areas. Addtionally, the camp is home to a wealth of raptors, shrikes, nightjars and owls.
Most Recent Sightings - Baboon, Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Warthog, Wildebeest, Zebra

Directions

View our comprehensive maps page to see the full range of printable and interactive maps.

Travel routes and times from central Gauteng are listed below. Travel by road requires entry through one of Kruger National Park's gates.

By Air:

The closest airport to Orpen is Eastgate Airport that is situated in Hoedspruit. The airport is approximately 68 km from Orpen Gate.

By Road - Orpen Gate:

• Head toward Nelspruit on the N4 and take the R540 Belfast turn off.
• At Lydenburg turn left onto the R36 heading north.
• 30 km before Hoedspruit turn right onto the R531 and head to the gate. Allow between 4 to 5 hours for the trip to the gate.
• Orpen camp is right at the gate.
GPS: -24.4747 (latitude), 31.3910 (longitude)

Recommended game drives from this camp:

1. From Orpen Gate to Satara, travel along the H7, turning right onto the S106 and then right again on the S140, which leads past Talamati Bushveld Camp (becoming the S145). A right turn at the T-junction, into the S36 will take you past a picnic spot and back to the Orpen-Satara Road (H7), onto which you can turn right to get to Satara, or left to get back to Orpen.

2. From Orpen, take the S39 from the H7, which runs along the Timbavati river. Follow the road until reaching a four-way stop, where you can take the S40 right, down to the Girivana and Nsemani waterholes, before meeting up with the H7 between Orpen and Satara again.

Reviews


will be back

W Molloy

Orpen camp was great overall! Will definitely go back.

Zelda Matthee

Enjoy this camp very much because of its small size. Friendly Staff and clean rooms.

PAUL MASON

We also saw Jackal near the campsite. It was a very good stay although we were there only for a night. Staff very helpful and kind.

TIM SPOTSWOOD

Lovely bungalows. Could not see the dam as the bush was too thick. Very nice

Des Taylor

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Orpen Rest Camp. Our game drive was excellent seeing elephant, hyena, porcupine, bushbaby and a leopard being chased by a pair of jackal! We traveled to Lower Sabie and Crocodile Bridge and had awesome game viewing. We found facilities well maintained. We will be back for longer next time!

Gail Hardman

The honey badgers are a big issue in the Orpen camp. These animals can be dangerous.

Oliver Wills

The honey badgers are a big issue in the Orpen camp. These animals can be dangerous.

Oliver Wills

We found this camp to be well-maintained, clean with friendly staff. Great for an over-night or short stay. Good location with active water-hole. Shop had everything one requires. Good braai facility and aircon worked perfectly! Would return.

Carol Holland

Enjoyed our stay at this friendly quiet camp.

Mike Scott

The small, well known camp of Orpen is popular with visitors making Kruger Park Reservations for its easy access to surrounding grassland vistas, with grazers accompanying the sweet grass, and predators trailing never far behind. Knowledgeable game rangers guide visitors towards guided savannah trails, game-viewing hides, and self-guided flora-walks. Alternatively, guests are free to lounge about the pool.

Recognised for its diversity of habitat and activity, the camp is also superbly hospitable: guests are greeted with chilled champagne and canopes upon arrival.

An inventory of accommodation at Orpen Rest Camp is provided below.

• Available are six two-bed bungalows (with single beds), equipped with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Bathrooms are fitted with showers. Kitchens are open air, and come with cooker tops, fridge/freezer combinations and a full selection of cutlery, crockery and utensils.

• Three six-bed guest cottages are also available, each with two bedrooms and air-conditioning. One bedroom is fitted with an en-suite bathroom, with a separate shower and wash basin available for communal use. All units have attached and equipped kitchenettes, with fridge/freezer combinations, sinks, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. An outside veranda that serves as a lounge area.
Accommodation at Orpen Rest Camp is geared towards guests looking for an authentic, self-catering bushveld experience.

Orpen Camp offers adventure in the form of guided bush walks and game drives, all under the supervision of well informed and keen professional field guides. Important to note is that children under the age of six are not permitted on game drives, and children under the age of twelve are restricted from game walks.

Pre-booked, overnight activities include the Bundu Trail. These trails must be booked up to eleven months in advance to allow the camp sufficient time to coordinate and plan group sizes.

Timbavati Picnic Site, and Ratel Pan Bird Hide (located about fifty-five and fifty-eight kilometers outside the camp respectively) allow guests to actively explore the camp area and take in some of the indigenous wildlife.

Facilities at the camp include activity information at the reception area, public telephones, post box, shops, laundromat, filling station, communal bathrooms, basic on-site first-aid assistance, cutlery and plate hampers available from reception, a day visitor picnic area in the camp, and a swimming pool. Cell phone reception is also fully available.

Park officials warn that certain creatures which inhabit the park could prove dangerous if not approached or handled correctly. These may include bats, spiders, snakes, and scorpions.

Orpen Rest Camp has a designated day visitor area with a braai (barbecue) area for day visitors and visitors from other camps. Picnic sites are also available at Muzandzeni and Nhlanguleni southwest of the camp, and Timbavati northeast of the camp. There is a shop (please note, not a restaurant), available to Tamboti and Marula visitors.

The filling station at Orpen only accepts petrol cards (garage cards) and cash fillups.

The drive from Orpen to Satara offers herds of zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, warthog and elephant.

Turning from here to the Timbavati river offers a good chance of spotting lion, cheetah and leopard.

The camp has acacias and marula trees sharing the grounds with red bush willows, and huts are separated by rock gardens flecked with aloe and Barbeton daisies

The area around the camp allows for watchings the nomadic Senegal (Lesser Black-winged) Plover, and, on a few occasions, Montagu's Harrier. White-faced and Comb (Knob-billed) Ducks, Little Grebe (Dabchick) and Lesser Moorhen, African Rail and African Crake, as well as Wooly-necked, Marabou, Open-billed (African Openbill), White and Black storks may all be seen in the camp and surrounding areas. Addtionally, the camp is home to a wealth of raptors, shrikes, nightjars and owls.
Most Recent Sightings - Baboon, Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Warthog, Wildebeest, Zebra

View our comprehensive maps page to see the full range of printable and interactive maps.

Travel routes and times from central Gauteng are listed below. Travel by road requires entry through one of Kruger National Park's gates.

By Air:

The closest airport to Orpen is Eastgate Airport that is situated in Hoedspruit. The airport is approximately 68 km from Orpen Gate.

By Road - Orpen Gate:

• Head toward Nelspruit on the N4 and take the R540 Belfast turn off.
• At Lydenburg turn left onto the R36 heading north.
• 30 km before Hoedspruit turn right onto the R531 and head to the gate. Allow between 4 to 5 hours for the trip to the gate.
• Orpen camp is right at the gate.
GPS: -24.4747 (latitude), 31.3910 (longitude)

Recommended game drives from this camp:

1. From Orpen Gate to Satara, travel along the H7, turning right onto the S106 and then right again on the S140, which leads past Talamati Bushveld Camp (becoming the S145). A right turn at the T-junction, into the S36 will take you past a picnic spot and back to the Orpen-Satara Road (H7), onto which you can turn right to get to Satara, or left to get back to Orpen.

2. From Orpen, take the S39 from the H7, which runs along the Timbavati river. Follow the road until reaching a four-way stop, where you can take the S40 right, down to the Girivana and Nsemani waterholes, before meeting up with the H7 between Orpen and Satara again.

will be back

W Molloy

Orpen camp was great overall! Will definitely go back.

Zelda Matthee

Enjoy this camp very much because of its small size. Friendly Staff and clean rooms.

PAUL MASON

We also saw Jackal near the campsite. It was a very good stay although we were there only for a night. Staff very helpful and kind.

TIM SPOTSWOOD

Lovely bungalows. Could not see the dam as the bush was too thick. Very nice

Des Taylor

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Orpen Rest Camp. Our game drive was excellent seeing elephant, hyena, porcupine, bushbaby and a leopard being chased by a pair of jackal! We traveled to Lower Sabie and Crocodile Bridge and had awesome game viewing. We found facilities well maintained. We will be back for longer next time!

Gail Hardman

The honey badgers are a big issue in the Orpen camp. These animals can be dangerous.

Oliver Wills

The honey badgers are a big issue in the Orpen camp. These animals can be dangerous.

Oliver Wills

We found this camp to be well-maintained, clean with friendly staff. Great for an over-night or short stay. Good location with active water-hole. Shop had everything one requires. Good braai facility and aircon worked perfectly! Would return.

Carol Holland

Enjoyed our stay at this friendly quiet camp.

Mike Scott

Accommodation options

Bungalow (BD2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
20 Mar 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 105 - - 2 people
From $ 105

For 2 people

- 1 bedroom with 2 single beds - Aircon - Fridge - Hotplate - No additional persons allowed - No Smoking - Sink - Utensils - Wc and shower 

Guest Cottage (GC6)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
12 Dec 2018 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 191 $ 33 $ 16 6 people
From $ 191

For 4 people

- 2 bedrooms, each with 3 single beds - Aircon - Kitchen - No restaurant facilities available in this camp - No Smoking - Wc and bath - Wc and shower