Skukuza to Olifants Camp
Skukuza to Tshokwane 40km The vegetation on this strip consists of mixed woodlands. Look out for elephant, buffalo and various species of plainsgame. At Tshowane relax with your picnic basket under the trees while watching the antics of the glossy starlings. A cafeteria serves refreshments and breakfast or brunch cooked over the coals at very reasonable prices.
Tshokwane to Satara 50km offers mixed woodlands which change to open sweetveld plains closer to Satara. Pockets of game may be sighted, impalas, giraffes, kudu and near Satara, herds of buffalo.
Satara/N'wanetsi Loop 35km This loop is well worth the while and offers waterbuck, kudu, giraffe, impala, lilac-breasted rollers and bee-eaters along the way. The lookout provides a magnificent view over the veld and hills towards Mozambique. There is a small tuck shop offering cooldrinks and there are gas barbeques for the use of visitors.
Satara to Olifants 50km Game is sparsely dotted along this stretch but look out for lion, rhino, buffalo and elephant.
Day 2: Olifants Camp to Letaba & Surrounds About 60km The road to Letaba offers views over the Olifants River with pods of hippo (getting pinker as the day rolls on) and crocodiles lazing in the sun on the river bank. Breeding herds of elephant, klipspringer, zebra, impala and blue wildebeest, or an elusive leopard may be sighted. At Letaba be sure to visit the Elephant Museum. The Balule Loop around Olifants Camp will provide sightings of elephant and if lucky, lion, spotted hyaenas and white-backed, vultures.
Olifants Camp is situated on top of a hill which towers over the Olifants River. The views from the lookout platforms allow one to see the river below, just as an eagle would see it from the sky.
Accommodation at Olifants, includes bungalows with communal kitchens, bungalows with kitchenettes, luxury riverside or perimeter bungalows, and guest houses. There is no caravanning or camping.
We decided to take two bungalows (BG2), each with one bedroom with 2 single beds (bedding, towels and complementary soap is provided), en-suite bathroom with toilet and shower and air-conditioning. There is a fridge on the verandah and barbeque facilities next to the bungalow. No crockery, cutlery or cooking utensils are provided and cooking is undertaken in the communal kitchen. Boiling water is always available at the kitchen, so a thermos flask is handy.
Activities include game viewing in the camp, bird watching, game drives (day or night), river walks and game walks.
Game Viewing The Olifants area is host to most of the larger game in the Park. As the name of the camp suggests, elephant are common in the area. Baboon and vervet monkey both inhabit the camp and it is advisable to turn your fridge to face the wall as suggested by the camp personnel. Fruit bats and thick-tailed bush babies may be seen at night. Lion, leopard and spotted hyaena are regularly seen on game drives. Hippo and crocodile abound in the river.
Vegetation Olifants is situated in rugged veld on rhyolite / basalt soil. Lowveld cluster-leaf, raisin bush and mopane are all found in the area. Just south of the river is the transition zone between thornveld and the mopane belt.
A variety of aloe species are seen. Next to the fuel station in the camp there is a sesame bush. The sjambok pod (yellow flowers) and weeping boerboon (red flowers) both bloom in early spring. Also look out for tree euphorbia.
Read our first hand experience of this part of the Park at the top left corner of this page.
Olifants Contact Information:
Tel: +27 (0)13 735 6606/7
Mobile: 082 888 6563 (Emergency/24 hours)