In the center of Kruger, Olifants has the best setting of all the camps: high atop cliffs on a rocky ridge with panoramic views of the distant hills and the Olifants River below. A lovely thatch-sheltered terrace allows you to sit for hours with binoculars and pick out the animals below. Lions often make kills in the river valley, and elephants, buffalo, giraffes, kudu, and other game come to drink and bathe. Try to book one of the thatch rondavels overlooking the river
for at least two nights (you'll need to book a year in advance) so you can hang out on your veranda and watch Africa's passing show below. It's a charming old camp, graced with wonderful indigenous trees like sycamore figs, mopane, and sausage—so called because of the huge, brown, sausage-shape fruits that weigh down the branches. The only drawback, particularly in the hot summer months, however, is that it has no pool.
Kruger National Park, South Africa