Sunset on the Orpen entrance roadSunset on the Orpen entrance road

Orpen camp is situated on the western border of the Kruger National Park. It is a small camp that is named after Eileen Orpen who donated her farmland to SANParks.

Sunrise from the H7 in the Orpen areaSunrise from the H7 in the Orpen area

The Orpen entrance gate and filling station used to form part of the camp but was moved about a kilometer away from the camp so as to provide less noise to residents.  

Orpen rest camp reception areaOrpen rest camp reception area

The camp has a small but well stocked shop and small coffee bar next to the shop...the camp does not have a restaurant. 

Orpen rest camp shopOrpen rest camp shop
Inside Orpen rest camp shopInside Orpen rest camp shop
Orpen rest camp's coffee barOrpen rest camp coffee bar


Orpen camp has 12 small bungalows and three family cottages. These were all renovated in 2009 so look really good outside and inside...

Orpen rest camp BungalowsOrpen rest camp Bungalows
Bungalow at Orpen rest campBungalow at Orpen rest camp

Each bungalow has an en suite bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and cover veranda....

Bedroom in Orpen bungalowBedroom in Orpen bungalow
Bungalow kitchen in Orpen rest campBungalow kitchen in Orpen rest camp
veranda looking onto the garden and Orpen camp swimming pool in the backgroundveranda looking onto the garden and Orpen camp swimming pool in the background
Orpen rest camp family bungalowOrpen rest camp's family bungalow


The swimming pool is near the fence, allowing guest to look at game while relaxing round the pool.

View of the Orpen camp swimming poolView of Orpen camp's swimming pool

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Orpen may be a small camp but it has so much, just take a walk round camp with your camera....

Gecko with grasshopper at Orpen campGecko with grasshopper at Orpen camp
Whip tailed Scorpion this macro shot was taken in Orpen campWhip tailed Scorpion this macro shot was taken in Orpen camp
Young monitor lizard found on our veranda in Orpen campYoung monitor lizard found on our veranda in Orpen camp

The waterhole is about 80 meters from the camp and provides some good sightings....

Wild dogs drinking at Orpen camp waterholeWild dogs drinking at Orpen camp waterhole

There are a number of activities on offer at Orpen rest camp: like guided game drives and guided walks. Please ask at reception when you check in.

The area is good for lion, cheetah, wild dogs, honey badger and leopard as the habitat has wide-open plains covered by sweet grass that attracts many browsers and grazers.

The area also lends itself to good landscape photographic opportunities.

Sunset on the Orpen rest camp entrance roadSunset on the Orpen entrance road - the road between the Orpen park gate and the Orpen camp gate.
Leopard near Orpen camp on the H7
Cheetah in tree on the H7Cheetah in tree on the H7
Lions on the H7 Orpen roadLions on the H7 Orpen road

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