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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:45 am

Leaping Lizards wrote:Good morning Graham_5000

How are the morning walks conducted from Tamboti? Are they a popular? What were the guides like?

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The walks are conducted by rangers from Orpen. The guides were excellent and full of information. One cannot expect to see lots on foot as animals are spooked by humans; we saw more on our previous walk, but I think we were unfortunate to be with a group of matrics who talked despite being told not to, and had put on so much hair spray and perfume, that the animals would have smelt them 5 miles away! The moral of this story is don't do yourself up for the bush! The walk was still fantastic otherwise though with some nice bird sightings including a Scops owl and a Bateleur eagle.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:27 am

Personally, when we enter Kruger, it becomes an exclusive experience to the extent that we do everything not to leave the Park gates (or even look at the outside world if we can help it). To this end, we take as many provisions with us as we can, keeping the meat frozen in a portable freezer and bringing vegetables and fruit in tins. The only thing we regularly buy from the Park shops is bread or rolls and briquettes and firelighters. Oh, and of course a set of braai tongs and a tin opener because, for some reason, it seems traditional to leave those behind. :roll:
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby gwgrant » Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:07 pm

I stayed at Tamboti in October for 4 nights. Had an awesome time. Saw two honey badgers running in the river bed which was awesome. They came into the camp as usual. There was also a genet that hung around tent at night.

The weather was a little unpredictable - got a little windy and chilly.
You may want to consider taking a padlock to keep the metal 'cupboards' locked.
We also never leave the park once we have entered, for the duration of our stay. We take what we can with us and then stock up from the park shops as we go.

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Straight line winds in Timboti 2 nights ago

Unread postby Travelstory » Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:23 pm

Wow. If you wondered if your safe in a tent in Timboti in a storm let me say yes! Michael and I were there two nights ago November 17th when at about 23:30 a storm blew through that had to include sustained winds of about 70 k's. It was crazy. We felt the extreme wind attempt to lift our great fixed tent to no avail. For at least an hour the winds persisted. Safe we were. The temperature lowered to a great sleeping level and all was well. Anyone else out these experience this???

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Buster34 » Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:39 pm

Hi,

I wonder if someone who has been to Tamboti can help me. My wife and I will be staying in Tamboti for two nights in April. We are from Cape Town and will be flying to Johannesburg where we will hire a car and travel to the Kruger Park. For this reason we will be limited in what we bring with us. We thought we would mainly braai in the evening and get something small to eat the afternoons, but my question is if the communal kitchen has a "quick hot" or kettle / urn so we can make a cup of coffee in the morning?

If someone can help me I will be very thankful.

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:10 pm

Welcome to the forum Buster34.

I am pretty sure all camp kitchens in Kruger have 'instant' boiling water. There are 2 in Tam, one near each end of the standard tents.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:45 pm

Hi Buster34,

And you can get most of the stuff you need from the little shop at Orpen camp just 2 km down the road... just remember the baboons love robbing the tents, so ask around as to how to prevent being robbed of all your food.
We found that most people don't hang around in camp, so after our morning drive we had the camp kitchen to ourselves, and could relax there, make food, and eat right on the steps (especially the little kitchen on the Eastern side of camp -- more sheltered with trees and birds around, and even some shade). Just put your food and eating utensils in the boot, drive to the kitchen where you should have it all to yourself!
Just a few hints:
1. Try flying to Lanseria, where things are much easier, you get out much faster, and sometimes tickets are cheaper.
2. Buy a cheap plastic box or even get an apple box to put your food/utensils in.
3. If you are staying in the basic tents, remember you need your own eating utensils...
4. Most mornings the gate opens about 10 minutes earlier than other camps, so you have a "night drive" all on your own!

I hope to be there next week...
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:20 pm

A question about the budget tents at Tamboti.

1. Are towels provided for these or do we need to take our own with?

2. Can you rent utensils at Orpen?

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:11 pm

Towels are definitely supplied.

I am not 100% sure of utensils, best might be to send an e-mail to Orpen and enquire. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:10 pm

GP Towels are provided aswell as soap.

Plastic cutlery is sold in the shops, but I don't know about utensils.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Porridge » Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:49 am

Utensils are provided, but they're pretty basic. Buy a sharp knife on the way in, as well as a can opener and wine bottle opener if you're going to imbibe some nectar of the vine. Other than that, what is supplied should be more than adequate.

A word to the wise. When they say close your tent flaps when you're not at your tent, do it. The vervets are amazingly destructive in a very short space of time, and are extremely accomplished tent invaders.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby tent dweller » Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:33 pm

After 3 emails and 2 telephone calls requesting a specific tent , I was told that my requests have not been received as yet, so we have been allocated tent number 21 :whistle: :whistle: , I know it is on the bend (from looking at the camp map) what I would like to know is: is it on "stilts" or close to the ground?
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby mizzbee » Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:07 pm

As far as I can remember it is not too far from the ablutions. I haven't a clue whether it is on stilts or not. I think most of the tents have a few steps to climb. Some worse than others.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Hippotragus » Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:42 pm

I have had very good luck on the Sweni Road - S126. Having said that, I've also driven it and seen nothing!

From Satara we usually do one trip along S100, stop for a while at N'wanetsi, go along the tar road to the H1-3, turn south for a few kms and then right along the S126 - ending up at Muzandzeni for another leg-stretch. Obviously it is further from Tamboti, but probably doable with an early start.

Another nice drive from Tamboti is to take the S140 from near the Rabelais Hut, past Talamati and wiggle along the S145 to the S36.

I agree the Timbavati River Road S39 can be spectacular - even just the scenery makes it worth doing.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Tue May 27, 2014 3:34 pm

We are visiting Tamboti for the first time on 20-23 June. We'll be staying in a luxury tent (LST3), and I tried to request unit 40. Unfortunately it is already taken... They have now allocated the tent next door, # 39 to us. Does anybody know what it is like and how its view is?
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