The journey from Johannesburg to Orphen Gate in the Kruger National Park is a comfortable 5-6 hour drive along some beautiful landscape and spectacular scenery. Orpen Rest Camp is situated centrally on the western border of the Kruger National Park and provides access to a number of fantastic safari lodges.
When to go
The best time to visit the Kruger is during the dry cooler winter months - May to September.
Game-viewing includes Lion, Black-backed Jackal, Blue Wildebeest, White-backed Vulture, Lesser Black-winged Plover.
This region of Kruger has an abundance of high quality safari lodges and excellent gameviewing.
Visitors have the option of doing a self-drive safari using the National Park Camps or driving to Hoedspruit (or similar) and being met by the safari camp vehicle for a private guided safari.
· Leave Johannesburg on the N12 heading East
· Merge onto the N4 (toll Road)
· Take the R33 off ramp towards Belfast and then the R540 heading north to Lydenburg
· At Lydenburg, take the R36 towards Hoedspruit
· About 10km from Hoedspruit look out for the R531 towards Orphen Gate
· The distance from Johannesburg to Orphen Gate is approximately 480km with a drive time of between 5-6 hours
Orpen Rest Camp is situated centrally on the western border of the Kruger National Park. It is a small camp that derived its name from the surname of the donor of the land, Eileen Orpen. The scattered trees and wide-open plains covered by sweet grass attract many browsers. This in turn, attracts the eye-catching cheetah, lion and leopard. Well known for its diversity of habitat and wildlife, Orpen offers visitors an excellent opportunity to experience close encounters with elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard in a natural environment. Wild dog, cheetah, zebra and giraffe are also indigenous to this area, a paradise for the wildlife enthusiast.
This area is an ideal central point to enter the Kruger National Park. The same route can be used to get to the Timbavati Game Reserve, Kapama Game Reserve or Thornybush Game Reserve. See detailed map of the Kruger National Park
for a comprehensive list of safari camps and lodges.
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