Orpen Rest Camp

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The small, well-known camp of Orpen is situated in the central region on the western border of the Kruger National Park and it was named in honour of the Orpen family. Its easy access to surrounding grassland vistas, with grazers accompanying the sweet grass and predators trailing never far behind. Alternatively, guests are free to lounge about the pool

Accommodation

  • Two-bed Bungalows with 2 single beds are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, kitchenettes and air-conditioning.
  • Six-bed Guest Cottage, each with two bedrooms(3 single beds per bedroom), bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen and air-conditioning. An outside veranda serves as a lounge area.

Activities & Facilities

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

Timbavati Picnic Site and Ratel Pan Bird Hide (located about 58km outside the camp) allow guests to actively explore the area and take in some of the indigenous wildlife.

Facilities at the camp include: Information at the reception area, public telephones, post box, shop, laundromat, filling station, basic on-site first-aid assistance, cutlery and plate hampers available for hire at reception area at an additional cost, a day visitor picnic area, communal bathroom and kitchen, cellphone reception.

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Rates & Pricing

Bungalow (BD2)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
2
Rate per extra adult:
0
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
0
ZAR
Guest Cottage (GC6)
Num. people incl in base rate:
4
Max. number of people in the unit:
6
Rate per extra adult:
540
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
270
ZAR

Please note the pricing above excludes the following:

  • Entry/conservation fees (payable on arrival at your destination)
  • Transport, transfers and flights
  • Late arrival transfer fee (if applicable for your destination)
  • Meals, snacks and beverages
  • Safari Game Drives (unless indicated on your itinerary)
  • Baby cot/bed

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What our guests have said about this accommodation

Carol Holland
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.
Mike Scott
Enjoyed our stay at this friendly quiet camp.
CHRIS DU PLESSIS
Super camp. Accommodation the best.
Zieg Erasmus
Friendly service on arrival. All world class. Keep it up.
Michael Ray
Our first time at Orpen camp and we will return. Had excellent game viewing at their waterhole. Well behaved elephants enchanted us with their grumbling tummies and gentle antics. The water pressure in the showers could do with some improvement, but other than that, well done.
Ansuya Rungasamy
Orpen restcamp is a lovely camp that is quiet and well furnished. During our stay the watering hole just beyond the fence attracted elephant and buffalo every night so that was really nice to see. We had a really excellent sunset drive from Orpen; the guide Thomas was very informative. I would definitely stay here again but the only thing I would mention is that for game driving there is one main tar road to Satara and several smaller dirt roads. It is not at a cross roads so you do end up taking the same road daily, as opposed to easily picking different routes every day
Diane Robertson
Really a lovely camp site - was opposite the watering hole, which was exactly where we wanted to be booked. Thanks Eugene Denis!
CECILIA STRAUSS
Lovely stay - except for hot plate not working! Always a pleasure to visit again...
Marlene Bloem
Baie lekker gewees onthou net om slotte saam te vat. Voel regtig of jy alleen daar kamp
barry pieters
Orpen was great everything works, and nice people at reception.
Marlene Burger
The best stay we had. We loved the smaller camp and the swimming pool. Bungalow comfortable and clean. Friendliest staff in the KNP.
MARCHEL VERHULST
Very nice. Its a little rest camp. In the shop bread and eggs were sold out. The coffee shop was nice and cosy.
Elizabeth Talbot
We really liked this small camp, so peaceful and comfortable.
PAUL MASON
Enjoy this camp very much because of its small size. Friendly Staff and clean rooms.
lenin lubbe
We enjoyed ourselves and have a lot of good things to say about the Orpen Camp. It's a pity that some things impacted negatively on us. 1. We had to work out by trial and error where the hot and on or off positions were on the stove. 2.The shower floor was grimy except for a small spot in the middle. 3. While it is necessary to use a monkey proof system of securing the cupboards we feel that a different system could have been used. We hurt our fingers a few times before we solved the problem of unlatching the doors. 4. Our bedroom entrance faced the entrance of the bedroom of the bungalow next door to us. it would have been better if the bedroom entrance faced the camp fence. Your staff were friendly and helpful.
PETER MCGINLEY
As with Satara you can feel the pride the staff have in this small camp. Extremely well kept and well run. Our bungalow by the perimeter was the stuff of dreams.
NICKY CHAPMAN
Orpen is always neat, staff extremely friendly.
Nicky Dewar
Orpen is a very quiet camp which is perfect.Staff are extremely friendly and shop is well stocked. The traffic on that road is extremely busy, people speed quite a bit down that road.
Shirley Dunkley
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this camp. It was so restful and relaxing being away from the madding crowds.Staff were exceptionally helpful. Only one complaint: the stove control switch was faulty and therefore one was unaware which temperature one was cooking on.
Pieter Bettings
Very nice, well run little camp.Enjoyed the stay, but veeeerrryyy warm.
Greg Bowles
Nice place. Personal and clean. Honey badger ate our food (-:
Greg Bowles
Nice place. Personal and clean. Honey badger ate our food (-:
Danie van Zyl
We found a gem in the Park. A lovely small camp with very good accommodation. The staff were great!!!
Estie van der Watt
While it was a struggle to be ready for our walk at 5am, we soon realized it was the best time of day to be in the Kruger. Our guide was punctual and we soon headed out on the open bakkie to where we'd start our walk. We had barely turned off on one of those "forbidden to the public" gravel roads when we spotted a pride of lions barely 50meters to our right. There were 3 lionesses and several cubs and while photographing and watching them, the male lion approached from the left. The lioness and some of the cubs jumped up and ran to welcome the male. The lioness embraced him and the cubs played around him. This made the 4am start to our day all the worth while!Further along the walk, the guide prevented us from stepping on a small cobra, and the guide was informative and friendly.The breakfast on the rocks in the soon to be flooded river bed was a real treat!I would recommend this walk to all who like to seek a bit (or a lot of) adventure!
Estie van der Watt
While it was a struggle to be ready for our walk at 5am, we soon realized it was the best time of day to be in the Kruger. Our guide was punctual and we soon headed out on the open bakkie to where we'd start our walk. We had barely turned off on one of those "forbidden to the public" gravel roads when we spotted a pride of lions barely 50meters to our right. There were 3 lionesses and several cubs and while photographing and watching them, the male lion approached from the left. The lioness and some of the cubs jumped up and ran to welcome the male. The lioness embraced him and the cubs played around him. This made the 4am start to our day all the worth while!Further along the walk, the guide prevented us from stepping on a small cobra, and the guide was informative and friendly.The breakfast on the rocks in the soon to be flooded river bed was a real treat!I would recommend this walk to all who like to seek a bit (or a lot of) adventure!
W Molloy
will be back
W Molloy
will be back
Eddy van der Werff
Very good
Eddy van der Werff
Very good
Nicky Chapman
Staff are very welcoming, camp in general exceptionally well kept. All facilities above exceptional standard. Definitely should be considered the best rest camp for 2012.
Barabara Crosby
We loved our stay at Orpen and was so hot we could swim in the pool at the same time as looking at the water hole. The bird life was great. The badger was a pest at night stealing our Romany Cream biscuits and various other food, but all added to the lovely trip.
Paul Martin
Our favourite rest camp, best accommodation, friendly staff, absence of restaurant is no loss - actually it's a bonus and keeps Orpen very 'private' for guests at night.
Marion Willis
We had an amazing experience, the 3 hour bush walk, night and morning drives were excellent and our guide was exceptional. The accommodation was comfortable and clean, we will definitely be visiting again.
Dave Pritchard
Great!
MCCABE
Orpen Rest Camp is looking beautiful - we really enjoyed the flood-lit water hole.
MCCABE
Orpen Rest Camp is looking beautiful - we really enjoyed the flood-lit water hole.
Laetitia Le Roux
We enjoyed our trip thoroughly and everyone we spoke to was just as fortunate as us with their animal sightings. Saw elephant and leopard at the drinking hole from the veranda of the Orpen chalet. The chalets were clean and equipped. The living space of the Orpen chalets face towards each other - the Park should consider adding screens for some privacy.
Ms Yvonne Steenkamp
Just what we needed to bed down in for the night. Right priced but rustic, which is nice too. Had a south african homely feel about it
Nicky Chapman
Orpen camp is a beautiful camp, the only issue i have with the camp is the Honey badger.. You are unable to sit and enjoy the evening in fear of the honey badger attacking you. He is a nuisance to say the least..
James Ward
We had great time in Kruger national park.
M Mcmillan
Left our camera on the vehicle and we were exceptionally impressed with the assistance of the staff at reception in particular, SAM, the game driver who recovered it for us and called to advise after we had left the camp. A VERY BIG THANK YOU. YOU ARE A STAR.
Barry Friedman
Badger problem makes it uncomfortable as all provisions must be stored inside leaving the room very cluttered, additional inside cupboards are suggested, towels and loo paper of poor quality.
Gail Hardman
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!
Zelda Matthee
Orpen camp was great overall! Will definitely go back.
Gail Hardman
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!
TIM SPOTSWOOD
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.
Des Taylor
Lovely bungalows. Could not see the dam as the bush was too thick. Very nice
Oliver Wills
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.
Eve Smith
The bungalows could really benefit from having 2 comfortable armchairs outside. The dining chairs are really uncomfortable to sit on for a lengthy period of relaxing time...eg reading..
Irene Hoffman
Our stay in Kruger and being in nature was enjoyable and a privilage, as always. However the following did occur that I want to bring to your attention:We took the sunset drive on Saturday 14/03/09. We suggest that the guide are either better trained or inform guests more comprehensively. Two guide, one for driving and one for talking & spot lights will be an improvement. A lot of the equipment on the truck was also faulty. No keys were provide for my unit in Orpen (No. 4). I queried this as we did bring along some valuable possessions - who will take responsibility if they disappear?
Irene Hoffman
Our stay in Kruger and being in nature was enjoyable and a privilage, as always. However the following did occur that I want to bring to your attention:We took the sunset drive on Saturday 14/03/09. We suggest that the guide are either better trained or inform guests more comprehensively. Two guide, one for driving and one for talking & spot lights will be an improvement. A lot of the equipment on the truck was also faulty. No keys were provide for my unit in Orpen (No. 4). I queried this as we did bring along some valuable possessions - who will take responsibility if they disappear?
Prof P de Witt
Had a relaxing evening.Though than the shop closing at the time of the gate and not half an hour later i have no other comments.
Prof P de Witt
Had a relaxing evening.Though than the shop closing at the time of the gate and not half an hour later i have no other comments.
Carel Loubser
Orpen has been nicely renovated. Interesting birdlife and some night visitors with long stripes tails. Genets?
Helen Bagnall
The camp and the chalet were very clean and well maintained. The staff are friendly, especially those that worked in the shop. They cleaned the braai daily and had left some pieces of wood to help start the braai, which I thought was a very nice touch.We stayed in unit # 7 and they just need to look at fixing the sliding net door as it is difficult to close and the net has some holes in it.With the resident badger visiting (they do warn you about it)they need to provide a bin that he cannot pull over it or some place to lock the bin up. Overall we had a lovely time and look forward to our next visit.
van Heerden
Thankyou, we enjoyed our 3 x night stay. Please just warn visitors about the badgers. we didnt sleep 1st night, they overturned the bin and stole our rusks, cookies and boxed salads. Also one was very aggressive. Otherwise a lovely camp, neat, showers could do with some att. Lovely swimming pool.
van Heerden
Thankyou, we enjoyed our 3 x night stay. Please just warn visitors about the badgers. we didnt sleep 1st night, they overturned the bin and stole our rusks, cookies and boxed salads. Also one was very aggressive. Otherwise a lovely camp, neat, showers could do with some att. Lovely swimming pool.
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Nov 26, 2022
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Oct 21, 2022
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Nov 18, 2022
Cape Town miracle
I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, Safari.com. I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from Safari.com responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, Safari.com will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
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Nov 12, 2022
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Sep 5, 2022
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Sep 5, 2022
For a second time I booked a safari in…
For a second time I booked a safari in South Africa by Safari.com and had the great pleasure to be assisted and followed by Dolan Sequera. I have to say I really appreciate his way to communicate with me by phone and/or WhatsApp/mail, I always got a very quick answer to my questions with solutions and or suggestions which solved the doubts/problems I had. A really very very knowledged and professional person I will surely suggest to friends of my or who ever is plannig to visit South Africa! Thank you very much Dolan
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IT
Aug 31, 2022
I've recently interacted with Dolan and…
I've recently interacted with Dolan and hands down he's been the best travel agent that I've every worked with. He was a wealth of experience and knowledge which shows volumes. He took into consideration my budget and my individual needs to tailor make a package with recommendations for my preference,he knows Kruger and Greater Kruger like the back of his hands and I will wholeheartedly recommended his services. He is truly an asset to his institution.
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ZA
Apr 21, 2022
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