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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby RondaGreen » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:38 am

Thanks again. Should I be able to pick up a small heater from the Pick n Pay in Hazyview? It doesn't quite seem real yet that I'll actually be n Tamboti in just over six weeks from now, but I have started packing (including plenty of warm clothes, Kruger maps and books on South African wildlife)

Lion cubs at Pretorioskop! I'll certainly be asking about them!
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Unread postby RondaGreen » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:49 am

With baboons and honey badgers around, would it best be best to leave all food that doesn't need a fridge inside the boot of the car? Or could rodents get into it then? I'll have a small Chevrolet or similar from Hertz, and I've had rodents get into cars here in Australia. Inside the car in a sturdy plastic storage box with lid perhaps?

Any tips for walking to the facilities at night? (obviously using a strong torch, checking ground and bushes, and staying alert to all rustlings and other noises). I'm accustomed to watching for snakes when walking in the bush at night in Australia (is a June night too cold for them anyway? It would be for most of ours), not accustomed to coming across honey badgers or warthogs, and wondering what else I could encounter. I'd actually love to see some of the nocturnal creatures - bushbabies, genets etc.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:08 pm

Hi again Ronda! I'm pretty sure you'll be able to get a small fan heater at the Pick n Pay. Especially as it will be winter and they are cheap - sold by most Pick n Pays. When we went to Tamboti we had similar temperatures to Meandering Mouse. We wore beanies, scarves, buffs, gloves, thermal underwear and me and the SO spooned while our little heater blew all night. We were still cold. But yes - we are also cold sensitive, and it does depend on the weather of the days you are there.

As for walking to the ablutions etc at night - it sounds like you are smart enough. Take a torch, look out for creepy crawlers and snakes and things (although I'm also sure they're inactive at those temperatures). You will most likely see the badgers before you walk into them. They are wild, and will probably run away from you once they see you. Just keep your distance, they should keep theirs.

You can keep your goods in a well closed plastic container in your tent too in my opinion. Just not where the monkeys can reach or see it. Or in the boot of the car.

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:29 am

Bushbuddies has given sound advice.

You will probably find that a lot of people are searching the trees with their torches before they retire to bed. It has such a special atmosphere.

Tents 1-4 are the furthest from the ablutions. If you wish, you can request one of the closer tents.
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Unread postby Albert » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:00 am

All good advice.
There are metal "cages" on the stoep of the tents that enclose the fridge as well. Food stored in a plastic container inside those, or in the tent (keep the door closed and latched at all times, baboons and monkeys can be sneaky) will be fine. If you want, invest in a small padlock to lock the "cage" (but not neccessary i.m.h.o).
We stayed in no 2 about 2 weeks ago; no moon, so the walk to the ablutions was interesting (about 200 metres to negotiate).
Our neighbors in no 1 left their belongings in plastic containers on the stoep during the first night there....we were awoken around midnight by the ruckus when the baboons arrived and helped themselves... :evil:
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby kite » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:22 pm

That must have been very scary at that time of night.
I didn't think baboons moved around at night.
I guess a midnight feast was irresistible.

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:24 am

I have also stayed in number 2. It is not for the feint hearted. I think number 8 and number 23 are my favorites. Not too far from the ablutions. This meanderer has utmost respect for Tambotie.
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Unread postby RondaGreen » Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:25 am

Thanks again for the advice! There didn't seem any way of asking for a specific tent on the online booking system. Should I phone them? It will be an international call for me, but it sounds as though it could be well worth it.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:43 am

Rhonda, you can send an e-mail through to Orpen camp and ask for a specific unit.

Camp Addresses also Requesting specific accommodation
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby RondaGreen » Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:08 am

ok, thanks, I'll do that
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Unread postby cheetahlady » Sat May 02, 2015 5:22 am

Rhonda, we emailed then and got a response in a few days. We will be there 13-15 June and then Satara for 16-18 June. Maybe we will see you there.

Only 37 days and about 22 hrs of flying time :tongue:
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat May 02, 2015 5:40 am

cheetahlady wrote:Rhonda, we emailed then and got a response in a few days. We will be there 13-15 June and then Satara for 16-18 June. Maybe we will see you there.

Only 37 days and about 22 hrs of flying time :tongue:


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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby RondaGreen » Sat May 02, 2015 6:44 am

I'll be in Tamboti 6-8 June and Satara 9-10 so unfortunately we won't coincide. By the time you arrive I'll be in Pretoriuskop and then Skukuza for a couple of days before leaving Kruger (I'm sure it will all seem far too short)
I've recently watched quite an entertaining video about what great escape artists honey badgers are: I'll bet they're just as inventive in ways of getting into food supplies!
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun May 03, 2015 6:09 am

Ronda, I think I know which video you are talking about. The fellow's name is Stoffel and he has become quite legend. We actually saw him one year when we visited the rehab center. They are unbelievable intelligent and tenacious.
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