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 Post subject: Warning about Tambotie camp.
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:33 pm 
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We have just returned from a superb Kruger trip,but would like to give a warning about animals,especially Honey badgers at Tambotie camp.
We have stayed there before,and were warned at Orpen check in,but did not expect what we encountered.
While out in the afternoon,an animal,probably a vervet or baboon,got into our friends tent and stole food and caused quite a mess.
We traced the break in to a piece of canvas which although repaired,had been forced open again.We placed the fire extinguisher against this area and laughed it off.
Before going to bed that night we washed up,put all waste in the big metal bins,stored everything else in the fridge,inside the tent,and went to sleep.
About midnight I heard Mr H B come to our tent and check things out,but finding nothing he moved on.
10 mins later all he'll broke loose next door. He had forced his way in to the tent and opened the fridge door,the noise and fridge light waking my friend.Shouting ,banging and finding no meat convinced him to leave by the same route,only to return later in the night to find his access blocked by the microwave oven.
This was obviously reported at Orpen,which brought a smile and shrug of the shoulders.
Sadly the problems are escalating and I fear an injury could happen especially if the animal finds food and thinks you are trying to take it off them,not to mention the shock of waking up with an HB in the tent with you.
This was tent 38.


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 Post subject: Re: Warning about Tambotie camp.
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Thanks for sharing your recent experience. Know that we have to be vigilant and lock everything up but the thought that Mr HB will actually break into the tent is pretty scary. Do I understand correctly that it was through the damaged tent wall of #38 and you were spared because there was no port of entry in your tent?

Will be there in Sept in #39 and hoping for a great and safe experience


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 Post subject: Re: Warning about Tambotie camp.
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Afriphile, I am pleased that you had a good holiday, other than the pesky Mr B.

He does seem to have become a lot bolder. Maybe winter has left him with fewer food sources as well.

I would suggest that you fill in our experience on the feedback form. I agree, these are tricky little devils and probably don't mix well with humans, particularly children. His access to food is just too easy.

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 Post subject: Re: Warning about Tambotie camp.
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Hi,Tusk.
Yes,we were spared the break in (tent 37) although their was plenty of evidence of repairs to canvas and gauze.
This could have been caused by the flood damage and animals have exploited the weaknesses.
The cleaner advised us to turn the fridge door against the wall and close down all flaps over the gauze,when we went out,so animal break ins are obviously common.
2 years ago,at Tambotie,we had a very bold HB,who tried to get into our tent during the night,but failed.He took no notice of me shouting and banging and only left when he failed to find a way in.
Vervets and baboons are also very bold now and will grab food from kitchen area even if you are present.


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Thanks for the warning, Afriphile. I will be staying several nights at Tamboti in November and will hope that the situation has improved before then. :pray:


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Going to Tamboti in September! Had 3 HBs on my last visit!


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Thanks again for sharing your experience. Will be taking your advice and hopefully not have any scary experience.

Good to know about the baboons and vervets feeling so comfortable about joining you on the deck and helping themselves.


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We had our own little night time experience with 2 HB's wanting to join us on the patio at number 40 at the end of July, which was scary. The baboons and vervets also showed little respect towards us and others in the camp. Definitely a place to be on your toes :) Love it!

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We will be there next year March/April. Hopefully things have been sorted out by then. Not looking forward to nocturnal visitors. Have heard them often when staying at Maroela but never had a close encounter.


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 Post subject: Re: Warning about Tambotie camp.
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Bring on the HB's, we'll be there 7th/8th September and really hope they pay us a visit.

2 years ago they visited us in tent number 40 at 3 o'clock in the morning, what an experience.This is why we go to KNP isn't it?

Take care wherever you are.

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Totally agree PF - cant wait for our visit in November. That is the whole reason we stay at Tamboti. Best to stay in cottages if this incredible experience is a scary prospect


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 Post subject: Re: Warning about Tambotie camp.
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suebfly wrote:
Totally agree PF - cant wait for our visit in November. That is the whole reason we stay at Tamboti. Best to stay in cottages if this incredible experience is a scary prospect


With due respect,we also go to Kruger(and Tamboti) for a wilderness experience but a HB who has lost all fear of humans,and is in your tent in the middle of the night is downright scary.If or when it happens to you I hope you still feel it is "an incredible experience".


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I can understand that this could be regarded as an incredible experience and one of those special Kruger moments/memories :D but can also see that this could be a very scary experience, Afriphile and I appreciate you warning us about these nocturnal visits :gflower:

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I think it would be very scary for me if a HB came into my tent :big_eyes:

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Afriphile wrote:
We have just returned from a superb Kruger trip,but would like to give a warning about animals,especially Honey badgers at Tambotie camp.
We have stayed there before,and were warned at Orpen check in,but did not expect what we encountered.
While out in the afternoon,an animal,probably a vervet or baboon,got into our friends tent and stole food and caused quite a mess.
We traced the break in to a piece of canvas which although repaired,had been forced open again.We placed the fire extinguisher against this area and laughed it off.
Before going to bed that night we washed up,put all waste in the big metal bins,stored everything else in the fridge,inside the tent,and went to sleep.
About midnight I heard Mr H B come to our tent and check things out,but finding nothing he moved on.
10 mins later all he'll broke loose next door. He had forced his way in to the tent and opened the fridge door,the noise and fridge light waking my friend.Shouting ,banging and finding no meat convinced him to leave by the same route,only to return later in the night to find his access blocked by the microwave oven.
This was obviously reported at Orpen,which brought a smile and shrug of the shoulders.
Sadly the problems are escalating and I fear an injury could happen especially if the animal finds food and thinks you are trying to take it off them,not to mention the shock of waking up with an HB in the tent with you.
This was tent 38.


What an experience Afriphile :shock:

We stayed in tent number 38 this past weekend and we had no problems with Honey Badgers. :thumbs_up:

There were also no unrepaired tears in the canvas, so the staff must have fixed the place were the HB entered your friend's tent.

Afriphile wrote:
With due respect,we also go to Kruger(and Tamboti) for a wilderness experience but a HB who has lost all fear of humans,and is in your tent in the middle of the night is downright scary.If or when it happens to you I hope you still feel it is "an incredible experience".


Whilst we were packing up on Sunday morning (around 05:30) the two Badgers came running towards our tent, the moment they spotted us they turned around and fled. So I would not say that they have lost all fear of humans. This was also their only visit to our tent during our stay.

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