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Re: Warning about Tambotie camp.

Unread post by DASSIEDELIGHT » Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:05 pm

We stayed at Tamboti 7th/8th September and received a quick visit from HB first night. If it/they came the second night we didn't hear them. Shame we didn't actually see them this time. We also did not have trouble from either baboons or vervets but then we always put all our food inside the tent.

We had tent no 34 (an LST3) which we know some 'mites complain about. It does have a large tree blocking the view of the river one way but a clear view the other. We liked having the tree there as we had lots of birdie visits and the dappled shade was welcome as it was very hot. Also there is even a toaster and microwave in the room!

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Swimming pool at Orphen

Unread post by taryncmurray » Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:14 am

We are staying at Tamboti for 3 nights in Nov. Are Tamboti guests allowed to use the pool at Orphen?

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IS Tamboti suitable for children

Unread post by taryncmurray » Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:26 am

Spending 3 nights at Lower Sabie, 3 at Letaba and 3 at Tamboti (with an early exit on last morning). with our 1 year old and 3 year old in early Nov. Any thoughts on the suitability of Tamboti for small children?

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Re: Swimming pool at Orphen

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:45 am

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Re: IS Tamboti suitable for children

Unread post by Lepardfan » Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:55 am

This is quite a tough decision to make.

IMHO I would rather go for a camp like Satara, when small kids are involved, there is just far more that you can do with them. It is not a no go here for Tamboti, but the bush is quite dense and of course you would have to constantly keep your eye on you children(not that you won't do this at any other camp).

The other part is of course, how much time will you be spending in the camp itself? If you are people who drive around most of the day, although I think it might be quite difficult with small children, and basically only using the camps accommodation I would opt for Tamboti.

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Re: IS Tamboti suitable for children

Unread post by Porridge » Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:29 am

Hi taryncmurray, and a very warm welcome to the forum :)

As Lepardfan says, this is a difficult one and I can only answer it as someone who has been there often. This is also purely my personal opinion, as Tamboti is one of my favourite 3 destinations to stay in the Park.

There is nothing there for little ones to do (thinking specifically of the 3 year old). I would not let the toddler run around the camp at any time, and this is not for any fuddy-duddy reason either. There are resident snakes, monitors, honey badgers etc inside the camp, not to mention the baboons and vervet monkeys who come and go as they please all of whom can be a serious threat to a little one. The camp consists of very thick bush and all manner of things can and do live in it.

Orpen is 4 kilometres away which has a pool, and even though there are honey badgers there too, the camp is more conducive to little ones. Considering Satara as an alternative would be an even better option.

Whatever you decide to do, I know you're going to have a fantastic time and it's wonderful that your bambinos are experiencing the Kruger at such a young age. They're going to love you for it :)
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Re: IS Tamboti suitable for children

Unread post by cheetahlady » Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:55 pm

Hi Taryncmurray

We will be staying at Tamboti for the first time next year, but our son is a teenager, so no worries about running around.

We did stay at Orpen when he was about 2 years old. We had one of the family cottages. The benefit is that there is space, both inside (in case of rain) and outside, for kids to play and run around. Orpen has a waterhole just outside the fence and can be seen from most of the bungalows.

Looking at the Tamboti tents, there is not as much space, and I don't think that there is anywhere for kids to play.

Either way, I am sure you will enjoy whichever camp you choose.
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Re: IS Tamboti suitable for children

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:53 pm

A very warm welcome Taryncmurray. :gflower:

I am going to agree with the other mites.

I love going to Tambotie, but it is dangerous for young children. The thick riverine bush hides too many creepy, crawly, sliding, biting creatures.

Satara is a very child friendly camp. It also has great roads to explore. I found that I had to drive lots of short routes when my children were small, rather than the usual day long meandering. It is possible to do that from Satara, but not Tambotie. The choice of roads from Tambotie is much more limited.

If you want an early exit, the last night would be fine, but three might be rather taxing.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Slow Mo » Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:34 pm

Recently spent a cracking two nights at Tamboti, really was a great experience and I'd recommend it to anyone. Saw Mr Honeybadger doing his round and checking who was and wasnt in residence, also had a Genet whose green eyes were often seen looking towards our tent. In the afternoons, we had a very active group of mongoose who seemed to have lots to do around ours and our neighbours tents. The evenings were the best though, on our first night, I was left outside alone quietly reading, and was lucky enough to have a couple of visitors. The first was the genet, that climbed the steps onto our verandah, and then paused for a good 10 seconds when it realised I was still there. The second was a honeybadger whose head appeared above the top step, I told him he was too early and he quite kindly went back on his way. Later that night around 3.30am the crashing and banging began, and I was lucky enough to catch the below of the two rascals as they made their getaway.

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Night two was much calmer, although once again the Genets eyes could be seen glowing in the bushes nearby. However just before bedtime, I unfortunately caught sight of the backend of a snake making its way into the gaps between the tent canvas! As a man scared of snakes it meant for quite a restless night in the tent, with the torch flashing on and off at various intervals just to check we didnt have an unwanted visitor making its way to the bed.

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Travelstory » Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:35 pm

Stayed at this lovely camp November 2013 - river bed was dry. Coming back June 2015. I know there is no certain answer but is there more likely to have water in the river then?
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:59 pm

Really difficult to say, of course it will depend on how much and whether there has been late rains but I somehow doubt you will see much water in the river.
It tends to rise quickly and then fall again just as fast.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by duncanblizzard » Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:30 am

Can Tamboti guests do Sunset Drives with Orpen?

If so, any thoughts on how good they tend to be on average (and I know any given night can be good or bad)?

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by alf » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:47 am

Yes tamboti guests can do sunset drives with orpen. They will pick you up at the 1st ablution block in camp
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Tessa G » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:54 am

Duncanblizzard, Tamboti is in a very good game viewing area and you can see everything from leopard to impala on a sunset drive, but as with game viewing during the day, it is always 'the right place at the right time.'

We had amazing sightings around Tamboti and on the H7 and Rabelais Rd during our recent visit. H7 has become my new favourite drive :D
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Tessa G » Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:51 pm

catman wrote:
The one big issue I had is the monkeys. They are now getting out of hand. We locked our tent closed all windows. Alas they tore open the windows got into the tent and ate a couple of hundreds of rands worth of food. It is unfortunately time Parks Board does something about this growing plague which also has affected picnic spots as well. They really need to be relocated somewhere else. I feel I should be able to site on patio and leave whatever I want there without having to worry about monkeys that will come and steal whatever they can.

But one bad day in Kruger beats a good day anyone else. Cant wait to book next trip.


Hi Catman, we must have been at Tamboti around the same time. We were in No.21, non luxury.

A suggestion that may help you for further trips that worked a treat for us...

All fridge stuff obviously went in fridge and then we bolted the cage closed. The rest of our groceries were kept in a deep plastic 'ammo box', with the lid securely in place. That was put on one of the shelves in the other side of the cage, with cage door shut and we then put a cable tie around the bolt when we went out, or at night. We had no trouble at all.

As far as Mr Honey Badger went, all our recyclable and non-recyclable items were put in the respective bins at the kitchens and we only had one night when he came crashing and banging and that was the night we forgot to take the refuse up.

I think we also need to remember that the wild is the wild and we are on their turf. The problems have arisen because we humans have gone and fed them in the first place, but I can imagine how irritating it must have been for you. :slap: :slap:


As far as hyenas go Leo21, we did have 2 pass our tent in the river bed at dusk one evening, but not seen again and not on the road. There were lots of leopard/lion/wild dog and jackal sightings, so yes maybe they feel the competition is a bit tight. :lol:
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