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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Buster34 » Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:39 pm

Hi,

I wonder if someone who has been to Tamboti can help me. My wife and I will be staying in Tamboti for two nights in April. We are from Cape Town and will be flying to Johannesburg where we will hire a car and travel to the Kruger Park. For this reason we will be limited in what we bring with us. We thought we would mainly braai in the evening and get something small to eat the afternoons, but my question is if the communal kitchen has a "quick hot" or kettle / urn so we can make a cup of coffee in the morning?

If someone can help me I will be very thankful.

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:10 pm

Welcome to the forum Buster34.

I am pretty sure all camp kitchens in Kruger have 'instant' boiling water. There are 2 in Tam, one near each end of the standard tents.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:45 pm

Hi Buster34,

And you can get most of the stuff you need from the little shop at Orpen camp just 2 km down the road... just remember the baboons love robbing the tents, so ask around as to how to prevent being robbed of all your food.
We found that most people don't hang around in camp, so after our morning drive we had the camp kitchen to ourselves, and could relax there, make food, and eat right on the steps (especially the little kitchen on the Eastern side of camp -- more sheltered with trees and birds around, and even some shade). Just put your food and eating utensils in the boot, drive to the kitchen where you should have it all to yourself!
Just a few hints:
1. Try flying to Lanseria, where things are much easier, you get out much faster, and sometimes tickets are cheaper.
2. Buy a cheap plastic box or even get an apple box to put your food/utensils in.
3. If you are staying in the basic tents, remember you need your own eating utensils...
4. Most mornings the gate opens about 10 minutes earlier than other camps, so you have a "night drive" all on your own!

I hope to be there next week...
Enjoy your trip and God bless,

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:20 pm

A question about the budget tents at Tamboti.

1. Are towels provided for these or do we need to take our own with?

2. Can you rent utensils at Orpen?
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:11 pm

Towels are definitely supplied.

I am not 100% sure of utensils, best might be to send an e-mail to Orpen and enquire. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:10 pm

GP Towels are provided aswell as soap.

Plastic cutlery is sold in the shops, but I don't know about utensils.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Hippotragus » Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:42 pm

I have had very good luck on the Sweni Road - S126. Having said that, I've also driven it and seen nothing!

From Satara we usually do one trip along S100, stop for a while at N'wanetsi, go along the tar road to the H1-3, turn south for a few kms and then right along the S126 - ending up at Muzandzeni for another leg-stretch. Obviously it is further from Tamboti, but probably doable with an early start.

Another nice drive from Tamboti is to take the S140 from near the Rabelais Hut, past Talamati and wiggle along the S145 to the S36.

I agree the Timbavati River Road S39 can be spectacular - even just the scenery makes it worth doing.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Tue May 27, 2014 3:34 pm

We are visiting Tamboti for the first time on 20-23 June. We'll be staying in a luxury tent (LST3), and I tried to request unit 40. Unfortunately it is already taken... They have now allocated the tent next door, # 39 to us. Does anybody know what it is like and how its view is?
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by arks » Tue May 27, 2014 5:22 pm

#39 isn't quite so nice as #40, but it is definitely my 2nd choice and I'm sure that you'll be happy with it. Enjoy Tamboti! :mrgreen:
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Tue May 27, 2014 8:42 pm

Hi Bushbuddies,

Just go back a little on this forum for advice.

They have a steel "cage" outside each chalet to put your stuff in -- NB the monkeys still put their hands through the bars and eat your avos, fruit etc. quite easily! So even there, it needs to be INSIDE something. The other option is to leave a lot of your food in the trailer/boot.

I usually leave food inside the tent in a cupboard where it is NOT visible from outside, and we make sure the gauze is closed as well...
Enjoy!

I got stung badly by wasps that hide behind the sightings board -- they pop out as soon as you want to put a pin on the board and zap you!

Maye we'll bump into each other there one day!

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Warning about Tambotie camp.

Unread post by Afriphile » Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:33 pm

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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Re: Warning about Tambotie camp.

Unread post by arks » Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:54 pm

JeanniR wrote: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.

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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Tamboti camp

Unread post by lavendula » Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:30 pm

Hi there

I'm going to tamboti and was wondering if there is electricity there? So that I can use my kettle and hairdryer?
Or must I take my codac cooker?

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Re: Tamboti camp

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:38 pm

Warm welcome to the forum lavendula! :clap:

You don't mention what type of accommodation you have booked.
The luxury tents have their kitchens and own bathrooms and the more budget tents which use communal kitchens and bathrooms.
but having said that both types will have electric plug points.
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Re: Tamboti camp

Unread post by Hugh » Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:39 pm

there is electricity so you can have your cuppa and look glam at the same time
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