Orpen Rest Camp
Orpen Rest Camp (Kruger National Park) — this is a smaller camp situated close to the Orpen gate. It is one of the lesser well-known rest camps so it’s perfect for those wanting to avoid the hustle and bustle of the larger, busier rest camps. All the bungalows face onto a watering hole that is illuminated at night. It’s an excellent spot for game viewing, particularly for elephant herds that come down to the dam for an evening drink. Honey badgers, hyena and leopard are often spotted on night drives, as well as the white-tailed mongoose. There is a small shop that sells the basic necessities and there is a nice pool for hot summer days. There is no restaurant at the camp so accommodation is completely self-catering.
Your accommodation at Orpen Rest Camp is a choice of two- or three-bed thatched cottage, but there are also guest cottages offering room for six people. It’s a great option for families or groups of friends. The Orpen game was named in honor of the Orpen family who donated land and boreholes at a time when the Park had only recently opened up to visitors. A white hut in the camp acts as a museum to JH Orpen and his wife, Eileen. It stands in the exact spot where the original gate in the Kruger National Park used to be.