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Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:35 am 
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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!

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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:43 pm 
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Just got back from KNP, we stayed at Talamati Aug 7th for 3 nights the S145 was very poor condition ie very corrugated however while there they were re grading the S36 north and south of the S145 so hopefully they will continue on the other roads. The only no entries were as shown on map Hoyo Hoyo, Imbali, and Talamati.

We saw a herd (sorry if wrong wording) of 18 sable 2 k's from camp. 3 lionesses at the camp water hole as well as Rhino there, also saw several pairs of hyena within a few k's of camp.

It was our 1st time in KNP I can see the appeal with Talamati but i felt it a bit too remote

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 Post subject: Talamati Bush Camp
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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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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:38 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp
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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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 Post subject: Re: Talamati Bush Camp
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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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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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I have just returned from Kruger and we were told that the road past Talamati was not at all bad. We decided to drive past and have a look see. The road is absolutely fine so don't let that be a deterent any longer.

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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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Waterhole outside camp
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 Post subject: Re: Talamati
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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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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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Just had look at the services at Talamati and they do have bush walks and game drives. If have a look, on the left!, under activities and facilities -Talamati you'll find all their services.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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