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Orpen Rest Camp

Kruger National Park, South Africa

A small gate camp on the western boundary of the Kruger Park's central zone, Orpen is a convenient starting point for whatever part of the park you plan to visit. Halfway along the main tarmac route leading eastward to Satara, travellers can turn right on the gravel road to reach the southern camps of Skukuza, Pretoriuskop and Lower Sabie or left to Olifants Camp. Orpen Rest Camp, which has a shop and petrol station, can accommodate has limited capacity. Orpen is a peaceful little camp situated at the Orpen Gate in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Orpen Gate Rest Camp at a glance

  • 6 bed Cottage
  • 2 bed Bungalow Accommodation
  • Air-conditioning
  • Grocery shop
  • Petrol station

Orpen Gate Rest Camp Accommodation
All units are serviced daily and supplied with bedding, towels and soap.

  • 6-bed Guest Cottages with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one en-suite) and fully equipped kitchen.

  • 2-bed Bungalow with air-conditioning, fan, fridge, 2 plate stove, basic cooking utensils and veranda using communal kitchen facilities. There are 12 budget huts and 3 guest cottages. 

  • The kitchen has a two-plate electric stove (without oven), refrigerator / freezer, and sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. The kitchen is located on an open veranda and the cottage is lit by electrical power.

  • All units are serviced daily and supplied with bedding, towels and soap.
    There is also a first-aid centre and a fuel station providing petrol and diesel. A grocery shop can also be found inside the camp.

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Orpen Gate Rest Camp Activities

The surrounding area offers excellent opportunities for game viewing. On the drive from Orpen to Satara herds of Zebra and Wildebeest graze next to the road, while Giraffe, Impala, Warthog and Elephant are common. Turning off from this road to the Timbavati river northwards through pleasant scenery to Olifants camp, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard are likely to be seen. Orpen Camp also offers game drives, game walks, and night drives and from time to time wildlife videos are also shown. The plains around Orpen Camp are open as a result of bush clearing for agricultural purposes before the area was incorporated into the Park and a favourite area for cheetah.

The most picturesque route in the area is along the Timbavati River. The riverbed is an excellent place to find Leopard. Game can also be viewed at the Rabelais Dam. Two birds to look out for on the Olifants River are Whitefronted and Whitecrowned Plover, both of which can be seen in the riverbed. The bridges on the main tarred road and at Balule are the places to look for these species. Search the riparian trees on the Olifants River near Balule for the Pel's Fishing Owl.

Animals to look out for in this area are lion, black-backed jackal, blue wildebeest and cheetah on the open plains. A large variety of game may be sighted at the waterhole just outside the camp.


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