FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Game Drives

Up to 10 people – if the vehicle is configured for 10 people.  If the vehicle only has 8 seats – then only 8 people are allowed on the vehicle.

Members are ultimately responsible for the compliance with regulations and should make sure their guests are aware of them as well.

[Conduct a radio check before going out on a drive]

  1. The driver of the first vehicle at a sighting takes control of the sighting and should call the sighting on the radio.
  2. It is desirable that not more than four vehicles be at a sighting. While no rules are established to govern this behaviour, sensible management of numbers should be left at the discretion of the control vehicle.
  3. Permission to enter the sighting should be requested when approaching the sighting.
  4. Except in unique circumstances such as a safety risk, or when the number of vehicles are already at a maximum at the sighting, permission should not be refused. The person controlling the sighting may advise the route to be taken and the position to stop in.
  5. If the person controlling the sighting refuses an approach to a sighting, the requesting vehicle should stay out of sight until invited to join.
  6. Vehicles should not be parked in, and a clear escape route must always be available to all vehicles.
  7. When vehicles are standing by to join a sighting, vehicles at the sighting should depart after a reasonable time (say 15 – 20 minutes) to allow others to enjoy the sighting.
  8. Do not leave the engine running at a sighting.
  9. Noise should be kept to a minimum and conversation should be in whispers. Radio volume should be turned down.
  10. When the controlling vehicle wishes to depart, the driver of another vehicle at the sighting should be requested to take over control.
  11. Research suggests that viewing game from a distance of 30m to 50m generally does not influence the normal behaviour of wild game. Consequently, animals, particularly potentially dangerous game, should not be approached to within 30m.

Members are encouraged to use spotlights responsibly with recognition of risk of blinding to animals.  Filtered /red infra-red lights are encouraged at sightings.

There are a few areas on the reserve where the road passes close to houses and spot lights at night can easily be shone onto houses. There are notices at the spots where you are required to turn off spot-lights. Please respect the notices and the privacy of the people in the units.

Cooking of meals is allowed using a gas braai / skottel at a view point. No open fires / braais are allowed.

Cooking / braaing is NOT allowed at hides linked to dams, such as Wildebeest or Kudu or Ndlovu,  nor within 250 meters of any waterhole or dam. The exception is  Rhino hide on Olifants River within the area enclosed by the lathe fence – on the concrete slab.  

The Traversing agreement stipulates that traversing in either direction is not permitted over the Easter period in each year, the exact dates to be agreed by the respective directors and notified to their members. The directors of either North or South may, on not less than 7 days’ notice, notify the other directors that traversing on their game reserve is prohibited during other peak periods, in addition to the Easter period, not exceeding 21 days in any one calendar year.

During peak seasons – restricted access (to the north or South) is allowed for up to six (6) game vehicles at any one time. Members are required to reserve access in advance (on a first come first serve basis) at the office, and to radio to the office at time of crossing the causeway. 

The traversing agreement between the two reserves does specify a curfew and this was in place and enforced for a while. However, the boards of the two reserves agreed to waive without prejudice the restriction, at first as a trial and after that on an on-going basis. This arrangement can be reversed at any time by either Board. In other words, a “gentleman’s” agreement between the two reserves is currently in place.

The Use Agreement stipulates the times for use of radios is between 07h00 to 19h00.  Every night, on both sides of the river, management sleep with a radio that is switched on in case of emergencies. Common decency therefore dictates that after about 20h30 members no longer call in sightings, as management do need to get some sleep. However, in case of emergency, please do use the radio as that is exactly one of the reasons management sleep with the radio on; the safety of members.

Facilities

All members of ONGR and ORGR are invited to use the ONGR Clubhouse facilities.

Members are reminded that the Clubhouse is used at your own risk. Parents are advised to ensure that children do not walk across the rim / overflow wall of the swimming pool at any time.

While the clubhouse is in the “open air” – please refrain from smoking within the building structure to facilitate an enjoyable experience for all members and guests.

Members are requested to ensure all rubbish is removed on departure and to leave tables and chairs in a neat manner – as you would like to find them on your next visit.

Remember not to leave edibles in the game viewer when stopping at the clubhouse or office as monkeys and baboons are likely to be attracted and may cause damage to your property. 

All members of ORGR and ONGR are allowed to use the ORGR clubhouse, this was initiated under a trial from 1 March 2019. This does not apply at times during restricted access.

Collecting wood from the veld for a braai is not allowed. Wood is available at the office shop.

Please ensure the braai fire (at the clubhouse and your unit) is properly dowsed with water when leaving the braai area.

 We encourage members to separate glass and tins from normal refuse. Refuse is taken to Phalaborwa for recycling. Please note that the dustbins on the outside of the refuse area are for ash only. Members are encouraged to reduce the amount of plastic utilised and disposed.

Legal

Yes, C-class shareholders have full voting rights on Olifants North matters.

There is no restriction on occupancy days. In cases where a unit is shared with other registered users, the users must reach agreement regarding occupancy allocation themselves.

Projects

The Balule Outreach Trust is funded by ONGR and ORGR and is involved in some very worthwhile community projects.

e.g. Sigagule Children’s Centre is under the auspices of South African Medical Expeditions (SAME).  A new classroom was furnished at the centre and an environmentally friendly toilet block comprising three toilets and one urinal was built.

The Trust is helping finance three bursary students at the Southern Cross School – one grade 11 and two grade 10 students.

Website, contributions and social media

For gallery uploads the photos must be at least 640 by 480 pixles or higher  as they will be formatted to a suitable file size and resolution.

If the image is to be used elsewhere in the site, then the original unedited image is preferred.

Please send all photos to Joe by email to warden@ongr.co.za

Please send all contributions and comments to Joe by email to warden@ongr.co.za

There is an Olifants Game Sightings “What’s App” group. This group is for purposes of sharing sightings for those members on the reserve and at home. Membership is currently limited to registered Users