We only discovered Talamati bush camp five years ago following a recommendation from a family member and ever since it has been the first camp we book and then fit the rest of the holiday around it. Boy oh boy, what we had been missing!
Nestling among the trees on the edge of open grassland, bordered by a river bed, and with its attendant baboon troop and monkeys, it just has this most wonderful true bush veldt charm. We really feel in a world of our own and never want to leave. It is so peaceful and yet has so much happening around and about.
Then there is the superb waterhole just outside the perimeter fence which provides the onlooker with sightings almost all day long… and well into the night. You don’t have to leave the camp to find any game. It’s all on the doorstep and can be viewed from the hide close to the gate.
Herd of sable leaving the waterhole
Zebra having a scrap
This yellow-billed kite on his dinner
In a previous nugget we mentioned elephants at Talamati and how they all dip their trunks into the tanks. Excuse the bum shot but it never fails to amuse us. On the left hand side there’s a concrete cover to the water pipe which gets used as a stepping stone by the smaller ones. Also it shows how intelligent the ellies are to realise that there is a source of water within reach.
On the way to the camp one day, we glimpsed this lovely sable bull with his attendant oxpeckers and impala in the background.
We enjoyed a very fruitful sunset drive, ably delivered by Ras, in which we saw a huge herd of buffalo, giraffe, impala, kudu, rhino, duiker, elephant and this night shot of steenbok
A nightjar flew up from almost underneath the vehicle but it disappeared before we could snap it. That was a first for me.
So, when you think you can go to bed, there is that compulsion to visit the floodlit waterhole. So an early night ends up as a late one. You walk back to your chalet by torch light and the chance to be amazed by the night sky.
In this photo you can see some elephants at the tank by the waterhole.
We introduced my South African family to Talamati on this occasion. They were amazed to find how heavenly it is and just couldn’t believe that so many animals and birds are there. They were so excited at seeing sable for the first time. Talamati is now near the top of their bucket list!
When asked at the end of a previous trip which was his favourite camp, the convert to Africa in our family party replied, ‘Talamati’. He had Berg-en-dal, Letaba, Shingwedzi and Shimuwini to choose from. That says it all…….
We finish our Talamati nugget with a video of our experiences from the hide which we hope will portray some of the reasons as to why we love the camp so much.