the smallest and most basic of the Kruger National
Park's restcamps and with only 6 quaint huts
and 15 camping sites! If you want to experience
a semblance of what the park was like in the
70's then this is it! Without shops or restaurants,
the camp is ideal for persons seeking solitude.
is situated on the southern bank of the Olifants
River, approximately 11 km from Olifants Restcamp
and 87 km from Phalaborwa Gate.
should report at Olifants at
least half an hour before the gates close. Day visitors
are not permitted.
small camp comprises six rustic three-bed huts
with communal ablution facilities. The huts have
no windows, only a 20cm gauze covered gap between
the top of the wall and the thatch. See Services
/ Facilities below.
camping sites for tents and caravans are also available
with decent communal ablution facilities. A communal
kitchen with scullery and gas stoves is available.
Limited space is available in a communal freezer.
Olifants area plays host to most of the parks
classic larger game. As the name of the camp suggests,
elephant are common in the area. Baboon and Vervet
Monkey both inhabit the camp as do fruit bats and thick-tailed
bush babies at night. Lion and leopard are regularly
seen on game drives. Cape Clawless Otter has been seen
from the Olifants lookout point on the gravel road
See mammal checklist
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 Pels 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.
Olifants is situated in rugged veld on rhyolite / basalt soil. Lowveld cluster-leaf,
Raisin Bush and Mopane are all prominent in the area. Just south of the
river is the transition zone between thornveld and the mopane belt. Visitors
can thus have the enriching experience of game viewing in both ecozones.
the camp itself there is a plethora of trees and plants,
some that are scarce elsewhere in the park. A variety
of aloe species are a real highlight. Next to the filling
station there is a Sesame Bush. This is probably the
only accessible place in the park where it can be seen.
early spring the Sjambok Pod (yellow flowers) and Weeping
Boerboon (red flowers) are both in bloom so the veld
is a contrast of colour. Also look out for tree euphorbia.