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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by GinaandChris » Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:06 pm

Tamboti was and still is our most beloved camp in the park!
Well maintained, peaceful, calm, and always good for the unexpected!...
For sure the honey badger introduced itself already.

This year we stayed there for two nights from the 6th of March.
The first night we got visit by two cute genets.
The second eve an elephant walked along the dry river bed,
and in the morning a hyena just out of the fence infront of our tent.

So, the best advice, a must to stay!!!

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Tessa G » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:11 pm

Welcome to the Forums GinaandChris.

This camp is our absolute favourite, although each of the camps in Kruger has its own 'personaility'.

This year December we will be spending 21 nights in the park and 7 of those will be at Tamboti, as you will see from our itinerary below.
We just love it and find it the best camp for chilling as well as game spotting and during December 2014/January 2015 we had a real bumper time with all the fantastic game during the 4 days we were at Tamboti,

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Unread post by Albert » Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:44 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:
leo21 wrote:just kidding LOVLEY PLACE :P :clap: :thumbs_up:


Oh yeah!

Have you walked to the ablution block on a dark night and heard rustling in the bush?

Have you shone the torch into peering eyes at night.

Did you know that 3 of the big 5 have been found in camp?

Have you seen the other lesser predators there?

Think again.....


Last November I made the walk to the ablution block at 3 a.m, moonless night. No torch. Still get shivers up the spine just thinking about that.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Lepardfan » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:14 pm

We just love Tamboti, of course it is not for the faint hearted....

When I'm in Tamboti I always try to imagine what it was like for the pioneers of Kruger, like Hamilton and his staff, to stay in the African bush, without any fences.

Tamboti is n special gem and to be honest when we stay there, we always go to the loo in pairs. My SO and kids always ask me but why should we do that? Then I say that should there be a Predator, I just trip you, so that I can have the upperhand to get away from it. Lol
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Unread post by isinkwe » Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:47 pm

roaneric wrote:Did you know that 3 of the big 5 have been found in camp?


When we stayed at Tamboti , morecat went to the bathroom and walked down the wrong path on her way back to our tent :slap: Walked up onto the deck and discovered a man laying naked on the deck reading a book , He casually said to her "Good Afternoon" :shock:
He was apparently not part of the big five Image
I hate it when the voices in my head go silent.......I never know what they are planning. :roll:

So when is old enough to know better supposed to kick in ?

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Unread post by onewithnature » Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:21 am

Yes, a super camp. The options for roads are somewhat limited, but for me the beauty of the area and the everchanging ecozones make up for it. Sometimes it is quiet, but when the game is out, you will be saturated with sightings. :D
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:08 am

Hello there RondaGreen.

Firstly, let me wish you a life affirming experience.

I am going to start by admitting that I am sensitive to cold.

I have been on many night drives, sundowner drives and early morning drives when going to the wilderness camps. I have learned to respect the rules of changing temperatures.

The temperatures drop very suddenly in June. A warm balmy day does not mean a pleasant night on an open vehicle.

Keep your extremities as warm as possible. Warm gloves, scarf, good head covering, and I wear thermal socks and underwear. I also layer my clothing. A polar neck helps, the best jacket you have and possibly something to cover your nose.

My coldest night was in Tambotie. My car thermometer registered minus six. That was once the sun had risen.

I love the camp, I would never not go there, regardless of the extremes. Just be prepared and you will have marvelous memories.
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Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:11 pm

Hi Rondagreen

If you are going into the Drakensberg, I am sure you will have enough warm clothing for Tamboti... sometimes it is actually not too cold in July, even pleasant when the cold fronts haven't arrived from the Cape.
We simply take along a SMALL heater (R139 from any supermarket) and switch it on in the tent for an hour before going to bed. Usually keeps things OK till about 3 am. Go for a leak and leave it on till you are back (walking in camp at night is GREAT, but scary).
My wife gets cold very easily, and she hasn't complained since I started doing this...
Hope you have a wonderful time!
When at Pretoriuskop, ask at reception where the 3 leopard cubs were seen last... should be quite big by now.
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Unread post by Leanawel » Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:45 pm

:D Friedrich - that SMALL heater is just a MUST for any tent, Tamboti or Lower Sabie. I never go without mine and it keeps everyone in a good mood - especially early morning wake up time :D

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Unread post by kite » Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:00 pm

Is it a small fan type heater , not the red hot bar heater that you use?

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Unread post by RondaGreen » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:49 am

With baboons and honey badgers around, would it best be best to leave all food that doesn't need a fridge inside the boot of the car? Or could rodents get into it then? I'll have a small Chevrolet or similar from Hertz, and I've had rodents get into cars here in Australia. Inside the car in a sturdy plastic storage box with lid perhaps?

Any tips for walking to the facilities at night? (obviously using a strong torch, checking ground and bushes, and staying alert to all rustlings and other noises). I'm accustomed to watching for snakes when walking in the bush at night in Australia (is a June night too cold for them anyway? It would be for most of ours), not accustomed to coming across honey badgers or warthogs, and wondering what else I could encounter. I'd actually love to see some of the nocturnal creatures - bushbabies, genets etc.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:08 pm

Hi again Ronda! I'm pretty sure you'll be able to get a small fan heater at the Pick n Pay. Especially as it will be winter and they are cheap - sold by most Pick n Pays. When we went to Tamboti we had similar temperatures to Meandering Mouse. We wore beanies, scarves, buffs, gloves, thermal underwear and me and the SO spooned while our little heater blew all night. We were still cold. But yes - we are also cold sensitive, and it does depend on the weather of the days you are there.

As for walking to the ablutions etc at night - it sounds like you are smart enough. Take a torch, look out for creepy crawlers and snakes and things (although I'm also sure they're inactive at those temperatures). You will most likely see the badgers before you walk into them. They are wild, and will probably run away from you once they see you. Just keep your distance, they should keep theirs.

You can keep your goods in a well closed plastic container in your tent too in my opinion. Just not where the monkeys can reach or see it. Or in the boot of the car.

I'm sure you are so excited - and you should be - it is probably going to be awesome!
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:29 am

Bushbuddies has given sound advice.

You will probably find that a lot of people are searching the trees with their torches before they retire to bed. It has such a special atmosphere.

Tents 1-4 are the furthest from the ablutions. If you wish, you can request one of the closer tents.
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Unread post by Albert » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:00 am

All good advice.
There are metal "cages" on the stoep of the tents that enclose the fridge as well. Food stored in a plastic container inside those, or in the tent (keep the door closed and latched at all times, baboons and monkeys can be sneaky) will be fine. If you want, invest in a small padlock to lock the "cage" (but not neccessary i.m.h.o).
We stayed in no 2 about 2 weeks ago; no moon, so the walk to the ablutions was interesting (about 200 metres to negotiate).
Our neighbors in no 1 left their belongings in plastic containers on the stoep during the first night there....we were awoken around midnight by the ruckus when the baboons arrived and helped themselves... :evil:
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:24 am

I have also stayed in number 2. It is not for the feint hearted. I think number 8 and number 23 are my favorites. Not too far from the ablutions. This meanderer has utmost respect for Tambotie.
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