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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:43 am 
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Wends, you do realize that you aren't exactly filling my SO with heaps of confidence here? I can't wait to get there, but it will be Jax's first time in Tamboti and she is starting to soil herself :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp
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Last time in Tamboti I made a trip to the ablutions at 01:00. There was no moon and it was pitch black. I must have had the tent furthest from the ablution block but the trip there was uneventful. I can't say the same for the journey on the way back.

Walking back and full of bravado, my headlamp fell upon a pair of eyes looking my way. I did not run. I did not shout, but I made speed walking a new activity.

Needless to say, I ignored the call of nature at 04:30 and this August I have booked a stay in one of the luxury tents.

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp
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Wends, you do realize that you aren't exactly filling my SO with heaps of confidence here? I can't wait to get there, but it will be Jax's first time in Tamboti and she is starting to soil herself :lol: :lol:


Oops, you can buy a porta-loo :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp
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We just spent 8 nights there.

The walk to the loo is no biggie.
Wide roads, and quiet surroundings.

That's if the honey badger lets you off the veranda...

But even that was 5 minutes before he shot off to find fresher dustbins.

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp
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Sounds like you had quite an encounter, Gilbert 8)

Pray, tell us more. :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp
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I woke up at 10 to 4 to the call of nature and the rustling of plastic bags.

I quickly found half the tent awake. Wifey need to go the loo as well, and had been lying in bed listening to the noises outside.

I delegated wifey to go and look.

We found one of the Ratels munching away on our supper leftovers.
Wifey accompanied me as we stood on the verandah looking at the Ratel scavenging away, wondering how we going to get past. He was briefly accompanied by a second Ratel. Apparently the neighbours saw three the night before.

I decided that I had waited enough, and walked down the stairs. The Ratel, turned and stormed the stairs, growling at us. This found me back on the top stair rethinking my strategy, wife peering over my shoulder, doing the wee wee dance. Luckily he left 5 minutes later, and I could accompany wifey to the loo.

He was only there 2 of the 7 nights we where there.

Some nights we even took the rubbish bag with us and dumped it in the recycling bin, as those bins are next to the showers.
He would open our dustbin, look, find it empty, and run off to the next tent. Peace and quiet.............

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp
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When we stayed in tent number 3 last July, the honey badger would come around while we were still sitting around the braai but he/she wouldn't get very close, I think he/she was just checking out things before the next visit which was usually between 4 and 5 am. He/she would lean against the bin and then just give it a big push and then it would come crashing down. Ours was always empty because the dirt was in a plastic bag in our tent and when we went to shower I dumped the dirt in the bins close to the bathrooms/kitchen area.

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp
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Gilbertr14 wrote:
I woke up at 10 to 4 to the call of nature and the rustling of plastic bags.

I quickly found half the tent awake. Wifey need to go the loo as well, and had been lying in bed listening to the noises outside.

I delegated wifey to go and look.

.............

and we all know what honey badgers can do :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp
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Meandering Mouse wrote:
and we all know what honey badgers can do :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


The only time I ever seem to get up is when its cold, that night it was 10 deg, and we left the flap open next to my bed so there was light coming in for our daughter.

Next time I'm sleeping the other side :)

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp
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Sheesh you guys are so lucky. I have lost count of the number of nights I have spent in my beloved Tam, and have yet to see a badger there. :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp
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We would be awoken as every couple of hours the HB would "make his rounds".
Stomp, stomp, stomp up the stairs and across the verandah. Shoulder charge the bin. Make annoyed sound that it is empty. Stomp, stomp, stomp back and then presumably trot off to the next tent.

Repeat a few hours later....

BB - i think you are really unlucky not to have seen a HB at Tambs ! Good reason to return and try again :D


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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp
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You bet Scops :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp
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Here is the offender

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Yes that is him :shock: :shock: :whistle: :whistle:

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