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Unread postby Johann » Tue May 10, 2005 2:25 pm

Stayed there last year in September over a weekend. Some company get-together.
Very nice little camp. You are just far enough away from the other tents to almost feel all alone in the bush.
Hyenas at the fence every night. On the Friday night people saw a leopard in the riverbed. The Sunday night, after we had left :cry: a pride of lions brought down a buffalo in the riverbed, right in front of one of the tents.
General area very nice, road leading to camp not bad. Only 1-2km long and frequented by zebra, wildebeest, elephants.
One elephant actually stood guard in front of the gate on the Friday, had to be careful when using the gate. :)
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Unread postby wendyp » Sun Jun 05, 2005 3:07 pm

Last June we stayed in number 40.
It is right at the end, so very private.
At 2 in the morning we had a huge ellie eating right next to the tent.
I told him not to wake me the next night so lo and behold he arrived at 5 in the afternoon while we were at the car.
He came towards us and lifted his trunk to "smell" us.
I ran back to the tent 'cause I was scared he would decide to stay there the whole night.
My husband waited at the car and slowly walked back when he walked away.
Luckily he got inside before Oom Ellie came right next to the tent to finish off the bush he was eating the night before.
He was there for about and hour and when he had had enough, he just stopped eating and moved off so silently that if we had told anybody there had been a huge ellie there, they would not have believed us!

Also, we had a giant eagle owl "hooting" the whole night.
The next morning before we left camp he came swooping over from the opposite side of the river to our side. It was fantastic.

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Unread postby Bushmad » Sat Jun 11, 2005 1:05 pm

I have stayed at Tamboti twice before, its beautiful!
Tents 30-40 are the Luxury Safari Tents (we have only stayed in these).
They are almost like tree houses and yes, they are en-suite, in fact their bathrooms are the nicest in the park.

The only thing that I must warn you about is that staying in the Tents is very weather dependent.
Whilst the Park enjoys great weather most of the time, the tents can be very uncomfortable in heavy wind, and on very cold nights.
Last year, we had three great nights there, the weather was amazing until the last night, a cold front had blown across the country from the Cape (not unusual in winter) and had reached the park during the night. It was FREEZING (in South African terms )
Don't worry too much about weather though, I would imagine that early September would be ideal.

ALL the tents have amazing views, so the differences are minor, 39 and 40 are a bit nicer because they are right at the end and each one has a huge tree very close by.
40 is probably the best because its in the corner and therefore the bush is not only in front but also to the right.
The camp itself is very low impact and its easy to forget that you are actually in a camp.
I love walking around there because it feels like you're walking int the bush but without the danger aspect.

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Unread postby Foxy » Wed Aug 31, 2005 7:58 pm

Haven't been there for sometime, but we used to ask for 21 and 22 (for 8 of us).
Have a wonderful time there, it is lovely and "wild" compared the the other camps. :)

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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Thu Sep 15, 2005 8:06 am

Krokodile wrote:Can you get a night drive or any other activities from Tamboti? The list SANParks sent us doesn't mention Tamboti, although most of the other bushveld camps have activities :?:


Yes they do have and can be booked through Orpen. The drives for instance consist of people from Orpen, Maroela and Tamboti, so they leave at Orpen (bit earlier) and then they go and pick up everyone from Maroela and Tamboti.
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Unread postby Freda » Wed Nov 02, 2005 6:09 am

I've stayed there many times but never found a hide :shock:
There is a hide at Maroela, the camp site, just along the road.
I also have never seen a camp layout map, just been given a key and the tents are well numbered and signposted :)
Number 40 is magic.

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Unread postby gwendolen » Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:04 am

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Jan 20, 2007 9:55 am

There are 2 types of tents in Tamboti,
firstly the budget type for 2 or 4 occupants.
These have beds with bedding, hand and bath towels each, fridge, electric points and a fan and are serviced daily.
Outside there is a braai (barbecue).
You use the communal (clean) ablutions and kitchens which have electric hotplates and washing up facilities, and boiling water on tap.
You have to take your own utensils, cutlery and crockery

I have never stayed in the up market ones, which have own ablutions, kitchen and are fully equipped for eating.

Each unit looks down onto the Timbavati riverbed which is usually dry.

It is great value for money and the H7 to Satara often ranks with the best in the park for sightings.
I saw the big 5 plus cheetah and wild dog in the road in a combination of my last 2 trips.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Jan 21, 2007 9:04 am

Like I said, the more pricey tents, like no 40 have their own loo, kitchen, cutlery etc.
Orpen is 3 km away and has a swimming pool, petrol station, shop where you can buy braai wood, but if you are already in the park I would suggest you pick up your purchases at another camp, then you know you have it.

BTW, those who have stayed in no 40 rave about it.
It is in the corner, so you pick up more travellers along the fences.
Watch out for the resident honey badger and African wild cat at night and whatever you do, don't confront the badger.
They are more ferocious than Peter Schmeichel!!
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Unread postby arks » Sun Jan 21, 2007 6:53 pm

There are actually 10, #31-40.
Number 40 is at the very end, with fence along both the front (river) and the side, so most feel this is the prime+ location.
However, #39 is also very nice, and from pix it looks like #38 is also great.
Indeed, I expect you won't go wrong with any of them.
You need to call or email Orpen to put in your request.
Whichever tent you get, I think you already know that Tamboti is utter heaven! :mrgreen:
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:57 pm

There is a path on the inside of the fence which can be walked & at night with a powerful torch.
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Unread postby robertson » Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:35 am

Out of my own experience i have stayed at Tamboti many times, and find that each tent bring's us a diffrent experience and feeling.

Our best tent is number 2 or 22.

Enjoy it cause we always do.

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Unread postby robertson » Fri Mar 16, 2007 9:45 am

This is Number 2

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Unread postby Aquilla » Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:17 pm

A few years ago i decided to spend my last night here. When i arrived the river was bone dry. I had a braai and went to sleep.

I awoke early the following morning to the sound of running water snakeing its way towards the sea over the dry and dusty riverbed. What made it even more special was that the weather was 100% clear. It must have rained a fair amount inland on the escarpment.It began as a trickle and ended up a strong torrent.

A magnificent moment that filled all my senses.... it will never be forgotten......

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Unread postby saraf » Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:16 pm

Finally got round to posting some pics of our tent at Tamboti.

We had no 36 - one of the luxury ones. The views aren't too bad but you only really get one view of the river bed because of the trees. However you do get very good views of the hornbills!

So this is no. 36

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This is the view looking east towards No 40 (no idea if it's up stream or downstream)

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The view the other way was totally blocked by trees and bushes. A bit frustrating on the viewing side but brilliant for keeping the feeling of isolation from the other tents.

The resident family:

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And another view of the riverbed:

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I must say that having a shower and looking up to see the sky is quite an amazing experience, although the floor does get a bit slippery when it rains.

Do watch out for the little critters. We left out an unopened bag of rice one night and the next day it had been kindly ventilated for us. Vegetable curry doesn't taste quite right with pasta instead of rice!

And be very careful of the baboons - on our last morning we came back to do a final check and found one raiding the dustbin. Luckily he was more scared of us than we were of him and scarpered.


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