Skip to Content

Talamati Bushveld Camp

Discuss the different camps and roads of the Kruger National Park
User avatar
RUMURUTI
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1868
Joined: Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:54 pm
Location: Milano (Italy) - IT ALL STARTED WITH A FOOTSTEP!

Re: Talamati

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:12 pm

Evening bushdad, if you have Google Earth installed you can have a look at Talamati here
24°33'19.41"S - 31°33'22.87"E
It gives you a pretty good idea of the distances from the rest of the world plus layout of the camp.
"You can leave Africa but Africa never leaves you"
LIFE IS MADE OF GOOD AND BAD THINGS, I TAKE THE GOOD AND YOU CAN KEEP THE BAD!!!
Andy Benaglia

User avatar
Meandering Mouse
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
FAC Member (2013)
Posts: 16226
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Location: meandering between senility and menopause

Re: Talamati

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:57 am

It's the first bushcamp I ever stayed in. I was so struck by the family feel of the chalets. Very comfortable, indeed. I am sure that you will enjoy it immensley. It shares so much of the same eco zone as Satara and Orpen in terms of potential drive, that I am sure that you will be familiar with the area.

Gauging from the many trip reports I have been reading, it seems to be a good place for Sable spotting.
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.

User avatar
Obelix
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 222
Joined: Thu Oct 27, 2005 3:54 pm
Location: A little village in Gaul

Re: Talamati

Unread postby Obelix » Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:18 am

As mentioned by other forumites as well, Talamati definitely offers sunset/night drives.
Its a bit more expensive (smaller vehicle), but we've had an excellent experience on the one we went on.

However, although it is mentioned as an activity, I'm not too sure that they do walks from there as well.
I think it has something to do with the number of guides available.
Normally (I think) there's only one guide there.
They therefore need to get more guides from Satara in the case of a walk and I think with the Satara walk being a favourite, this is difficult to achieve.

User avatar
Duke Ellieton
Posts: 4688
Joined: Mon Jun 19, 2006 6:13 pm
Location: Centurion, ZA

Re: Talamati camp

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:13 pm

Hi Mikath,

Talamati is one of the bushveld camps and it is delightful. It is situated between Satara and Orpen gate. It has 2 hides and you havea good cahnce of seeing all the big game from the hide. It is also a good area for seeing cheetah and sable antelope.

User avatar
DuQues
Honorary Virtual Ranger
Honorary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 17941
Joined: Fri Jan 14, 2005 5:42 pm
Location: Red sand, why do I keep thinking of red sand?

Re: Talamati

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:08 pm

Mikath, Talamati is (so far) my favourite bushveld camp.
It's smack in the middle of cat country, with cheetah in the area. There is also a herd of sable to be found, in case you haven't seen them before.

The camp itself is nicely laid out, with plenty space between the fantastic bungalows.
The bungalows are large enough for a couple to live in, with a nice terrace. They are (were?) being upgraded, and the upgraded bungalows are a joy to see.
There are only 11 bungalows, so quiet is almost guaranteed, and due to the fact that there are 2 hides it's likely that you can have one for yourself.

It appears that the original Talamati topic went AWOL, I'll dig through my photos to see what I have.
Arriving currently: The photos from our trip! Overhere! :yaya:

Feel free to use any of these additional letters to correct the spelling of words found in the above post: a-e-t-n-d-i-o-s-m-l-u-y-h-c

User avatar
kesheshe
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 557
Joined: Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:44 am
Location: Pretoria

Re: Photos of Talamati

Unread postby kesheshe » Tue May 11, 2010 1:40 pm

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image
2011 September KTP - 17 days

I am against hotels in KNP

woodlin
Posts: 74
Joined: Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:03 am
Location: Mentally travelling in Kruger

Re: Fridge at Talamati?

Unread postby woodlin » Fri May 14, 2010 11:15 am

Hi there - yes, good size fridge in all the units. We have just been there and it is looking beautiful - long green grass, saw a huge tusker on the plains one afternoon - still to identify and lots of general game. Enjoy! :D
"And there is a silence beneath the trees, the living silence of continuous sound"

bushdad
Posts: 9
Joined: Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:30 pm
Location: Durban, South Africa

Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread postby bushdad » Wed May 26, 2010 4:57 pm

We spent 2 nights (14 & 15 May) at Talamati and thoroughly enjoyed it (Also our first time).
Our only complaint was the fact that we were a little restricted with the drives and ended doing very much as you are planning to do - longish drives.

The bush is really thick at the moment with plenty water around, so be prepared to search.
The location is superb, the opportunity of seeing rare sightings really exists (Sable, Side Striped, Wild Dog etc) and the people are amazing.

We did a sunset drive with Meshak (spelling) and saw Serval, AWC, Lion, Elephant, White Faced Owl, Pearl Spotted Owl.

I made a point of visiting the hide every morning before going out in the morning, but unfortunately nothing seen except for a Giant Eagle Owl (Vereaux's)

User avatar
wildflowergirl
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3765
Joined: Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:41 am
Location: dreaming of the bush

Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread postby wildflowergirl » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:24 pm

LionWhisperer wrote:Hi there all.
Are you allowed to use a torch at the Talamati Hide at Night. We have a Game light, which is not as bright, or not as intense as the lights used on the game drives?
Are you allowed to use them from the hides at night?
Will the use of said light effect the game at the waterhole?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.Thanks

We were there in April this year. it is a beautiful camp :D !!! 15 huts. :D !!! be on the lookout for leopard as well :cam: :
We went to sit in the hides in the night ( and early mornings as well) with a torch and no one said we could not use it.... there are Bushbuck as well if you're lucky you can spot them from your house.
You might get me out of the bush, but you won't get the bush out of me, it's deep in my heart

User avatar
Bush Baptist
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 9959
Award: Funniest/Best Forumite Name (2013)
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:38 pm
Location: In the shadow of Table Mountain

Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:45 am

By all means, use a torch/light at hides. Just try not to shine it directly into the eyes of nocturnal animals, thereby blinding them.
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".

User avatar
Shi
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2726
Joined: Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:29 pm
Location: Nomad in my mind

Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread postby Shi » Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:45 pm

I will be staying at Talamati for the first time in November in a C04 bungalow.
Which of these units do you think has the best view of the river bed?
Shi
"I have a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Lebombo mountains"


2010 KNP
Nov 13-14 Lower Sabie, 15-18 Satara, 19-22 Skukuza,22-27 Biyamiti
Dec 24-27 Biyamiti, 28-29 Orpen, 30-31 Skukuza
Thought for the day
TR March 2010

User avatar
wildflowergirl
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3765
Joined: Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:41 am
Location: dreaming of the bush

Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread postby wildflowergirl » Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:59 pm

Sorry to burst your bubble, but none of them. you can walk along the fence ( inside the camp) and see the riverbed (which i think only runs in summermonths....?? ) You will nonetheless enjoy your stay. It is a beautiful place!!!!
You might get me out of the bush, but you won't get the bush out of me, it's deep in my heart

LionWhisperer

Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread postby LionWhisperer » Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:35 pm

We love this camp.

Its a 5 to 10 second walk to the fence from nearly every bungalow.
From there we have seen Large male Kudus, Waterbuck and Elephants.
Also Warthog, Baboons and vervet monkeys.

Some special memories are having breakfast outside, with a Vervet monkey sitting on a branch about 2 meters away.
Then there was having coffee on the stoep, with a large herd of elephants about 15 meters away, just on the other side of the earlier mentioned fence.

There is more action from the Talamati hide than any other.
Spent hours there last week watching the bush wake up.
I have pictures of Baboons, Impala, Zebra, Wildebeest and Giraffe all in one shot, with the plains around the camp full of game.

Sounds like years of game viewing and visiting, no, we only been to Talamati 3 times.

Only negative :( This year the road leading to Talamati was in a terrible condition, the worst I have ever experienced anywhere in the park. :x
We deflated tyres and drove 20kms an hour and it was still a very uncomfortable drive.

The night Drive, or sunset drive from Talamati will be brilliant.

User avatar
Elsa
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 13586
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:31 pm
Location: Ballito, KZN North Coast, South Africa

Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:54 pm

I notice the one unit type GC6D is advertised as having no verandah.

Are these one of the newly revamped ones and how much do you lose by not having the verandah, in other words is there still some area where one can sit outdoors, especially if the weather is not good?
Thanks
Where ever you go, go with all your Heart.

Please add your vote in the Website Community Choice Award

User avatar
RUMURUTI
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1868
Joined: Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:54 pm
Location: Milano (Italy) - IT ALL STARTED WITH A FOOTSTEP!

Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:56 pm

Elsa, we stayed in number 4 and it still had the verandah. We had a chance of looking at number three and five and these had them too.
Unless works have been proceeding in the last year things should be the same.
"You can leave Africa but Africa never leaves you"
LIFE IS MADE OF GOOD AND BAD THINGS, I TAKE THE GOOD AND YOU CAN KEEP THE BAD!!!
Andy Benaglia


Return to “KNP Camps & Roads”