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Unread postby maxbullough » Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:27 pm

Home after a superb trip to the Kruger in early August.
Were lucky to see so many interesting things and had two nights at Tal.
We also saw honey badgers, sable, rhino and elephants there but most amazing for me was seeing three wild dogs run down to the Fairfield waterhole to scatter a herd of sable and try to take a young one.
Absolutely fascinating to see the defense behaviour of these beautiful antelope; strangely a large group of wildebeest ran off at the dogs arrival to come back after about ten minutes in a wide phalanx and chase the dogs off; took a while but was successfully achieved.
My first sighting of dogs -sixth visit to Kruger in ten years. I was elated!

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Unread postby DuQues » Thu Nov 01, 2007 11:21 am

Just back from there...

The camp is absolutely stunning. Units 1 - 4 have been updated with new kitchen and bathrooms and floortiles, making it a little more modern yet keeping the Africa feeling.
The area around Fairfield waterhole has been burned recently and looks like a golf lawn now, giving very good sightings. There are abundant lilies and another unnamed flower growing there.
We saw, aside from general game, some roan and sable, Senegal Lapwing, a breeding herd of elephants and little bee-eaters. Plenty of birds around, and if the baboons come up just aim a long lense at them and they flee.

The roads are in very good condition, only a few spots are currogated, just let out your tires a little bit or speed up, and you'll not notice it.

Just as a hint, in the reservationspage you will only find the sunsetdrive. All other activities are possible though, including walks and bushbraai, just call the manager and he'll arrange it.
They did not get the trophee for best camp for 5 years running now...
Arriving currently: The photos from our trip! Overhere! :yaya:

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Unread postby gwendolen » Fri Nov 30, 2007 2:17 pm

The A team spent two nights in this wonderful bushcamp. We stayed in units 1, 2 & 13.

Unit 1 has a lovely view of the (dry) riverbed. It has two bedrooms with twin beds. One bedroom has a bathroom en suite.

The camp has two (bird)hides, the hide opposite reception gets a lot of action. We saw elephants, impala, waterbuck, a [strike]crocodile[/strike].water monitor & lots of birds. And Woodland Kingfishers. Hundreds of them. Waking me up at 4 am. Every morning. I [strike]hate[/strike] love them.

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Unread postby DuQues » Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:18 pm

Bungalow #11:

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One of the 2 hides:

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Unread postby Obelix » Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:42 pm

We paid a quick two-night visit to Talamati during December 2007.
This was our second visit to this camp.
Herewith just a few general remarks on the camp that might be of interest to future visitors.

Location of Units
We stayed in the “dreaded” unit number 1 this time around.
Yep, the baboons are still sleeping in the trees next to number 1, but we actually thought it was a really nice unit.
Firstly, unit number 1 offers quite a decent view of the riverbed (unlike some of the other units) and is nicely tucked away in the corner of the camp, quite close to the perimeter on both sides.
Despite the fact that it is situated quite close to the reception area, it was still very private in our experience.
Secondly, as far as the baboons are concerned, maybe we were just lucky but they did not give us any trouble and it actually made for quite some fun to see them coming in to sleep at night and going out again early in the morning.
They are apparently still causing trouble though.
According to one of the Sanparks officials the baboons ransacked unit number 8 just the day before we arrived.

We had a nice stroll along the entire perimeter.
IMHO unit 11 (for its privacy) and units 1 and 5 (for its limited view on the riverbed) seems to be the “nicest” from a location perspective.
However, overall I think all the units are basically the same.
They all look great.
None of them offers any clear view of the riverbed from your veranda.
I certainly am not going to bother in future to try and arrange beforehand for a specific unit to be allocated to me in this camp.
We’ll just stick with whatever we get.

Accommodation
We stayed in a two-bedroom guest house.
We did notice some changes (improvements) to the interior furniture since our last visit – especially in the bathrooms.
Generally, our unit was once again well kept and it was an absolute joy to stay there.
However, we did notice that the upholstery of some of the furniture was still in some serious need for replacement.

Service
The manager on duty at the time of our arrival was Patson Makhubele (I think).
Like the last time around, she (and all other Sanparks assistants we dealt with) was very friendly and efficient.

Sightings
Spotting was generally very difficult, given the time of year.
Also, like I mentioned before, it was pouring with rain for most of our stay.
From a birding perspective we did manage to add a few new ones to our short list in the Talamati area, but overall the rain kept them birdies away.
New birding highlights for us in the vicinity of Talamati was the Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Double-banded Sandgrouse, Bennetts Woodpecker, the Red-backed Shrike and lots of Southern Carmine Bee-eaters.

Animal wise, Talamati was good to us again, given the circumstances.
My brother-in-law saw a caracal chasing a small impala on the plains in front of the bird hide at Talamati late on the first evening of our stay.
I didn’t believe him at first, but on our late afternoon drive the next day we saw a caracal trotting over the road just in front of or car just outside Talamati, so I guess I should start believing him now.
We also saw a beautiful male lion the one afternoon just outside the camp (although very far) and two more females with a cub the next morning also just outside the camp (once again very far).
Other than that, we saw plenty of the usual general game (impala, zebra, waterbuck, elephant) on the planes in front of the camp.
Unfortunately no sign of the resident leopard this time around though.

Roads
A lot has been said about the gravel roads around camp.
IMHO the roads around camp were all in a good condition, despite the heavy rainfall at the time.

Overall
We think this is a wonderful bushveld camp and we will definitely be back for more sometime in the future.

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Re: Talamati

Unread postby Mgoddard » Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:29 am

davegrohl wrote:Going to be in Kruger next month ( 8) ) 4 nights Talamati and 2 at LS.
Havent been to Talamati in about 8 years and was wondering if it's still the camp it was.
I remember it being awesome, really quiet with a few great sightinings at the hide (hope its still there).
General game in the area?
I believe that the grasses in that section of the park turn sour in winter and the large game herds move away during these months?


Talamati is still a very special camp...I don't think much has changed..I was there in April.. great sightings..
Leopard and Sable on the S36 the Mondzweni waterhole and the Shimangwneni Dam..
Look out as we were told by the guard at Muzandzeni picnic spot that there are 3 leopards in the area..
2 young ones and a mother.
The S140 from Talamati to Orpen was very badly corrugated :( so I wont give that a try..generally I found the area to be more open that further south...enjoy and have a great time! :D

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Unread postby Roller » Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:35 am

Hi

Spent 2 nights at talamati at the beginning of the week.
Sunset drive is from 16h30 to 19h30 and night drive from 20h00 to 22h00.

On the sunset you'll stop for interesting things, talk t to the guide, stop for sundowners in the bush, and see plenty of animals. We found a side striped jackcal- our guide has been in the park for 16 years and its only his second sighting!

On the night drive you'll mainly be looking for animals, and its REALLY cold!

I'd recommend the sunset, ask for Andre from Orpen to do the drive if you can!

Enjoy

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Unread postby LRedhi » Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:30 pm

My family and I enjoyed a wonderful stay at the Talamati Bush Camp over a few days in the week of 22/06/2009.
The camp has a great hide overlooking a water hole just outside the camp perimeter.
Unfortunately the view of the water hole is significantly obstructed by the growth around it, which if managed reasonably, will provide spectacular viewing both day and night to patrons.

Another serious concern for us was the poor road conditions around the camp, which was the reason for us moving to another camp at the expense of losing accommodation monies paid in advance.
The “corrugations” on the roads are seriously bad.
We did understand though that grading of the roads can only be done when it rains or when the roads have been wet.
We did note that an experiment/project is currently underway to improve the road conditions, albeit for a very short distance.
It would be great if consideration could be given to extending the experiment effort to more of the roads around the camp or wetting the roads with water trucks for grading.

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Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread postby Pumbaa » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:38 pm

I am about to book our next year's stay in Kruger :dance: :dance: :dance:

Did someone already stayed in GC6D the one with no verandah - I guess it must be unit No. 13 at Talamati???

The normal GC6 units with the verandah are known to me and great but according to the pictures under the camp this one is looking very cosy but without verandah :big_eyes:

Thanks for your help here. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread postby leelee » Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:55 pm

Hi Pumbaa,
You are correct, it is Hut 13.
I have stayed there.
The unit's lay-out is totally different from the others.
There are two big bedrooms, both en-suite.
The kitchen area also does not have a dining table and I found it lacks space for all the kitchen goodies visitors bring along.
There is no verandah like the other huts have.
Gravel and a bit of paving was laid in front of the sliding door where a small outside table and chairs are placed.
There are two couch-beds in the kitchen area that accommodates persons 5 and 6 (limited space - and they must make use of bathroom in one of the bedrooms).
If you are more than 4 people I would suggest you try to book another hut.
Hut 13's spacious bedrooms have taken up a lot of the kitchen/entertainment-area space.
Nevertheless, enjoy Talamati!!
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Re: Talamati Bush Camp

Unread postby salamanda » Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:36 pm

We stayed at Talamati in early June of this year.
The road past the camp did not, at the time, strike us as being in a seriously poor condition although parts of the S36 were pretty corrugated.
The camp is lovely - peaceful, very well-run and well-maintained and everywhere is spotless.
Unfortunately the growth round the waterhole has become seriously thick and high since I was last there in 2000 and the view from the hide is much impeded.
However I believe it is policy not to clear any view site.
We also noticed a very ugly screen near the office, obviously vintage, which is there for the purpose of hiding various rubbish containers and so on.
It is torn so it doesn't do its job well, and because it is so incongruous in such an otherwise well-maintained camp, it does draw the eye somewhat.
I would have thought that some kind of split pole or slat fencing would have looked much better and lasted much longer!
Talamati struck me as a well-managed camp which deserves the title of 'Bushcamp of the Year' which it has apparently won for the last five years.

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Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread postby leelee » Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:17 pm

Hi Pumbaa.

There is no awning outside Hut 13 but Talamati is abounding in trees. Thererfore ample shade during the day. I have always seen the visitors to Hut 13 enjoy the evening out - but you may prefer inside with the fans on in Feb. :)
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:18 pm

Here are some pics we took on our visit to Talamati last month. This is a lovely camp, so peaceful and private, with lots of game in the surrounding area.

A real bonus are the two bird hides in the camp, one which overlooks a busy waterhole.

Sunrise over the camp
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The lapa
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The birdhide
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Waterhole outside camp
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Re: Talamati

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:48 pm

Stayed at Talamati in August and must say I found it a fantastic place.
It's composed of 15 units, all very spacious, well furnished and containing all the necessary for cooking and sleeping.
Of all the camps in KNP I found Talamati to be the most spacious and well kept of the lot.
There is only a small reception area with public telephone and cell phone reception can be a problem.
You will have to bring all the necessary, including fire wood, food with you.

There is a lookout close to the entrance and there is always very good game viewing from there.
If you love secluded places then Talamati is the right one for you.
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Re: Talamati

Unread postby Obelix » Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:54 pm

In a nutshell, our favourite bushcamp (and overall camp) in the central and southern region.
Birding wise not that spectacular (for us) but animal wise you couldn't get better.
We saw the big five on various occasions around the camp.
As mentioned, sable are also frequent visitors.


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