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 Post subject: Re: Talamati camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:13 pm 
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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.


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 Post subject: Re: Talamati
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Photos of Talamati
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 Post subject: Re: Fridge at Talamati?
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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

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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp
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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)


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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:24 pm 
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp
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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?

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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp
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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!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: 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.


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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp
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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?
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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp
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Elsa,

please have look onto the map of Talamati - Same it the "lucky" No. 13 in which we stayed in February. Inside it is still relatively newly revamped compared to the other units. BTW where are the 4 bedded units gone? :huh:

Anyway it does have a verdandah but same is not covered but there is a table and 4 chairs outside close to the braai but you also have the possibility to eat inside. From the so called verandah you have a direct view into the bush as the fence is close by -We booked same again for our next year trip already. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp
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No 13 burnt down in 2001 and was refurbished then.

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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp
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Elsa, Unit 4 has a bedroom with a double bed plus 2 single beds in the lounge area. Loads of space and a big bathroom!!

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