SANParks Orpen Rest Camp | Kruger National Park Self Catering Accommodation
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The Orpen Rest Camp in the world-renowned Kruger National Park is centrally situated on the western border of the Park, about 500 km from Gauteng. Orpen can be accessed via a few different routes namely Orpen and Phalaborwa Gates. The accessed roads are all in good conditions with the main roads all being National roads. The nearest gate is Orpen Gate, which is 500 m from the main camp.
Orpen is a small and beautiful camp that derived its name from the surname of the donor of the land, Eileen Orpen. The scattered trees and wide-open plains covered by sweet grass attract many browsers. This in turn, attracts the eye-catching cheetah, lion and leopard. Well known for its diversity of habitat and wildlife, Orpen offers visitors an excellent opportunity to experience close encounters with elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard in a natural environment. Wild dog, cheetah, zebra and giraffe are also indigenous to this area, a paradise for the wildlife enthusiast.
The Orpen Rest Camp offers a shop, a communal laundromat, filling station, communal kitchens and ablutions, braai facilities, a swimming pool for overnight residents, and a day visitor picnic area.
Activities at Orpen Rest Camp include guided bush walks, and morning, night and day game drives in the company of trained field guides, Timbavati Picnic Site located about 55 km outside the camp, and Ratel Pan Bird Hide located about 58 km outside the camp.
These air-conditioned guest cottages each contain 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Each bedroom contains 3 single beds. The first bathroom contains a bath, a toilet, and washbasin. The second bathroom contains a shower, a toilet, and a washbasin. Outside, there is a covered verandah with a dining table and chairs, and a kitchenette that is equipped with a fridge-freezer, stove and oven, a kettle, utensils, and a sink. Braai facilities are provided.
Each air-conditioned bungalow contains 2 single beds, and a shower en suite with a toilet and washbasin. Outside, there is a covered verandah with a dining table and chairs, and a kitchenette that is equipped with a fridge-freezer, a 2-plate hot-plate, a kettle, utensils, and a sink. Braai facilities are provided.
Local area description
Where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivaled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights, this is real Africa.The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.
This enormous and magnificent park is one of the most popular public-entry game parks in the world. Its density of permanent game is unrivalled with hundreds of different species; 507 birds, 336 trees, 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 49 fish and 34 amphibians.
Few visitors leave South Africa without visiting the Kruger National Park or one of the private reserves along its borders but it is also frequented by locals in their own vehicles, as you can drive yourself around and stay overnight in one of the many public restcamps. There are also a few exclusive private lodges that have been granted concessions within the Kruger National Park.
The far north of the park is the wildest and most difficult area to access and because of this, it has alluring qualities for the real adventurer.
With greater ecological co-operation across African borders, several countries bordering South Africa have agreed to take down some fences, and those between Kruger and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou, have been demolished to create the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This unique political innovation is creating a colossal wilderness area.