Orpen Camp is situated in the very dry open gate plains of the central Kruger National Park - South Africa and doubles as a rest camp and an entrance to the Park. In Orpen Camp tall Acacia and Marula trees provide shade for the accommodation huts, set amongst rock gardens vibrant with aloes and Barberton daisies in the flowering season. Rabelais Dam is 7km (4.3 miles) from the rest camp in Kruger National Park - South Africa.
The Orpen Gate leads you into a peaceful camp that is situated in a flat area with scattered Marula trees and grass plains. Orpen camp is about 100km (62 miles) from Olifants Rest Camp and 140km (87 miles) from Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park - South Africa.
Orpen Gate is only 5 and a half hours drive from Johannesburg. Eastgate airport is situated 68km (42.2 miles) from Orpen Gate. It is served by SA Express with daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flora found in this region include: Round Leafed teak, Buffalothorn, Sycamore Fig, Magic Guarri, Marula and Jackalberry.
Travel routes and times from Johannesburg / Pretoria
Orpen Gate: Head toward Nelspruit on the N4, take the R540 Belfast turn off. At Lydenburg turn left onto the R36 heading north. About 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 Main Rest Camp is right at the gate in Kruger National Park - South Africa.
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The Kruger National Park in South Africa is in a summer rainfall area. Such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often balmy. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.
Standing in the dry open plains of the central area, it is permeated with the unhurried restfulness so characteristic of the bushveld in the Kruger National Park. In camp, tall acacias and marula trees share the grounds with red bush willows, while small rock gardens overgrown with aloes and Barberton daisies separate the huts.