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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by onewithnature » Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:46 am

We have also enjoyed tent no. 1. Just remember that it can get pretty dark, especially if the moon is around new moon or it is overcast, and that there is a lot of bush - sometimes close - when you walk to the ablutions, which are relatively far away. In fact, unsure of what might be lurking there in the dead of night, we have sometimes opted to drive to the ablutions.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by mizzbee » Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:06 am

Last time in Tamboti I made a trip to the ablutions at 01:00. There was no moon and it was pitch black. I must have had the tent furthest from the ablution block but the trip there was uneventful. I can't say the same for the journey on the way back.

Walking back and full of bravado, my headlamp fell upon a pair of eyes looking my way. I did not run. I did not shout, but I made speed walking a new activity.

Needless to say, I ignored the call of nature at 04:30 and this August I have booked a stay in one of the luxury tents.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Gilbertr14 » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:50 pm

We just spent 8 nights there.

The walk to the loo is no biggie.
Wide roads, and quiet surroundings.

That's if the honey badger lets you off the veranda...

But even that was 5 minutes before he shot off to find fresher dustbins.

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Gilbertr14 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:14 pm

I woke up at 10 to 4 to the call of nature and the rustling of plastic bags.

I quickly found half the tent awake. Wifey need to go the loo as well, and had been lying in bed listening to the noises outside.

I delegated wifey to go and look.

We found one of the Ratels munching away on our supper leftovers.
Wifey accompanied me as we stood on the verandah looking at the Ratel scavenging away, wondering how we going to get past. He was briefly accompanied by a second Ratel. Apparently the neighbours saw three the night before.

I decided that I had waited enough, and walked down the stairs. The Ratel, turned and stormed the stairs, growling at us. This found me back on the top stair rethinking my strategy, wife peering over my shoulder, doing the wee wee dance. Luckily he left 5 minutes later, and I could accompany wifey to the loo.

He was only there 2 of the 7 nights we where there.

Some nights we even took the rubbish bag with us and dumped it in the recycling bin, as those bins are next to the showers.
He would open our dustbin, look, find it empty, and run off to the next tent. Peace and quiet.............

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by tent dweller » Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:22 am

When we stayed in tent number 3 last July, the honey badger would come around while we were still sitting around the braai but he/she wouldn't get very close, I think he/she was just checking out things before the next visit which was usually between 4 and 5 am. He/she would lean against the bin and then just give it a big push and then it would come crashing down. Ours was always empty because the dirt was in a plastic bag in our tent and when we went to shower I dumped the dirt in the bins close to the bathrooms/kitchen area.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Dup » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:56 pm

KirstyL wrote:Hi guys,

I have a CTT2 tent booked at Tamboti in November. Just wondering if anyone could advise on the best number in terms of views from the tent and proximity to the ablution block. Many thanks!

Our choice is no 24, near ablution block and after the floods a open view to the river. Yes the dogs is one of the 1st things one love to see, but personally , the male pride around the H 7 is one for the bucket list.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Leaping Lizards » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:57 pm

So, will be in Tamboti for the first time.

Its only for 1 night (hopefully about 3 next year) but for now; How cold does it get at night and early morning? We will be there in the first week of September.

we always go in September, and have experience every single kind of weather imaginable, so may, Do the tents offer any insulation at all is probably a better question?
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:51 pm

Hi Leaping Lizards.

Tambotie is on a river bed, so it can be a few degrees colder than elsewhere at night.

I have experienced extreme cold once. I think it was in August. They do supply extra blankets, but if you are sensitive to cold make sure that you have something really warm to put on. I am sensitive to cold, so I tend to be very careful.

Most times I have found a warm jersey enough.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by tent dweller » Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:20 am

Leaping Lizards, we stayed in Tamboti over July 2013, it was cold BUT we used 2 blankets on the bed and we wore warm pyjamas and at night sitting outside I had to wear a jacket as well as a hat because I don't like having cold ears. The tent was chilly but it was insulated against the wind, just be prepared for cold and warm weather
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Re: Tamboti utensils in luxury tents

Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:39 pm

Hi boriskat1. First of all, I'm very envious - you will love Tamboti. It has a very special feel to it.

We have a large bakkie (pick-up), so have lots of room when we go away. We always take lots of extra equipment - just in case. I would recommend that you take sharp steak knives, a cork screw, can opener, oven gloves, torches/head lamps. The basic stuff is usually there - varies from camp to camp.

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:02 pm

mizzbee wrote:I have never been so cold in the Kruger as I was during the long weekend in August. Inside the tent was warm, but it was freezing outside. Staying in Unit 40 somewhat made up for it though. It must have the best view of the river and one really feels at one with nature.

Beware of the HoneyBadger who went swaggering down the dry river bed shortly after 6am. He was unsuccessful in his attempts to raid my trash bin.


We stayed in Tamboti for 3 nights a few weeks ago and we heard lions roaring in the night and all sorts of other things! We heard a baboon at 3am run up the steps to our bin, pull it over and then run away hungry (barking!). We put ALL food into the food recycling unit that is away from the accommodation. It was truly terrifying to walk to the morning game walk meeting place from Unit 40 in pitch darkness at 0530 in the morning, especially as we could still hear lions!
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by mizzbee » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:42 am

Graham_5000 wrote:t was truly terrifying to walk to the morning game walk meeting place from Unit 40 in pitch darkness at 0530 in the morning, especially as we could still hear lions!


I know how you feel . I tried an evening walk around the rear perimeter but gave up halfway when my nerves got the better of me.

If everyone placed their trash in the recycle bins, maybe, just maybe the Honeybadger would look for food elsewhere.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:45 am

Leaping Lizards wrote:Good morning Graham_5000

How are the morning walks conducted from Tamboti? Are they a popular? What were the guides like?

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The walks are conducted by rangers from Orpen. The guides were excellent and full of information. One cannot expect to see lots on foot as animals are spooked by humans; we saw more on our previous walk, but I think we were unfortunate to be with a group of matrics who talked despite being told not to, and had put on so much hair spray and perfume, that the animals would have smelt them 5 miles away! The moral of this story is don't do yourself up for the bush! The walk was still fantastic otherwise though with some nice bird sightings including a Scops owl and a Bateleur eagle.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by onewithnature » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:27 am

Personally, when we enter Kruger, it becomes an exclusive experience to the extent that we do everything not to leave the Park gates (or even look at the outside world if we can help it). To this end, we take as many provisions with us as we can, keeping the meat frozen in a portable freezer and bringing vegetables and fruit in tins. The only thing we regularly buy from the Park shops is bread or rolls and briquettes and firelighters. Oh, and of course a set of braai tongs and a tin opener because, for some reason, it seems traditional to leave those behind. :roll:
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by gwgrant » Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:07 pm

I stayed at Tamboti in October for 4 nights. Had an awesome time. Saw two honey badgers running in the river bed which was awesome. They came into the camp as usual. There was also a genet that hung around tent at night.

The weather was a little unpredictable - got a little windy and chilly.
You may want to consider taking a padlock to keep the metal 'cupboards' locked.
We also never leave the park once we have entered, for the duration of our stay. We take what we can with us and then stock up from the park shops as we go.


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