Activities at Orpen Rest Camp

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The abundance of wildlife on the open plains makes this area ideal for game viewing on Kruger National Park safaris.

Just outside the fence of Orpen Camp a small water hole, provides excellent game viewing at just about any time of day for Kruger National Park safaris. Impala and Baboon frequently forage around the stony area, but often in the evenings Elephant arrive to drown their thirsts.

Please Note: If you must walk around at night do not do so without a torch.

Orpen Wildlife

The surrounding area offers excellent opportunities for game viewing on Kruger National Park safaris. 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. 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.

Camp bird-life in Olifants, like all camps is busy. Red-winged Starlings are particularly prominent. Trumpeter Hornbills and Pied Barbet are regularly seen in camp, and when the many aloe plants in camp are in flower, they act as a magnet for sunbirds. Rufous-bellied Heron has been recorded on the Olifants River.

5 Things to Seek

  • Lion
  • Black-backed Jackal
  • Blue Wildebeest
  • White-backed Vulture
  • Lesser Black-winged Plover

These activities can only be booked in conjunction with confirmed accommodation bookings.

Booking Orpen Rest Camp

Kruger National Park - South African Safari