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Unread postby Fanta » Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:58 am

We stayed in tents 9 - 11 in February this year and had a nice view of the dry riverbed. Had the baboons walking past every morning and late afternoon. You can call Orpen camp with your reservation number.

The tents (9 -11) were also close the blocks but my brother (who stayed in no 9) said that people going to bathroom tend smack their car doors closed in the middle of the night. It very peaceful, heard lions and hyaenas. Pitty the "birdhide" view is overgrown with reeds with nothing walking or flying past even! :( Also look out for the bushbucks in the camp and I hear there is a honey badger that stays in the camp aera.

Over all it is great camp. Look out for the black-backed jackals that live on the roads leading to Orpen and Tamboti/Maroela. My brother saw Wilddogs the one morning so I geuss either it was a pack travelling through or that stays in the aera. I wasn't so lucky! 8)
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Unread postby rusky » Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:32 pm

p@m wrote:Hi Stephan and Junita -- the Timbavati is dry.
Sure some-one will post a pic of the tent for you :D


Yep, the river is dry.....but we still had giraffe and impala on the far bank, plus animals at night. Because it is dry there are great sightings near the waterholes - Leeubron, Rabelais, N'semani - just plonk yourself near one with you brekkie, binocs, book and it unfolds for you.
We stayed in tent 22 which was great. These r the ones without ablutions but they r just a stroll away. 18-22 according to me have the best viewing (in the non luxury section which is 31-40)- the bend in the river. I have some good photos of the tent which will be posted in my trip report eventually - see Ruskys Kruger Ramble.
2 pax tents : 2, 4, 8, 9, 12, 14-17, 20, 24,25,27,29
4 pax tents: the rest
Luxury; 2-3 pax 31-40
BTW all this is on the map on the website - do to the map section

We thought Tamboti was the best - quieter. secluded and yet conveniently located.
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Unread postby rusky » Fri Jun 27, 2008 6:53 am

Just some pics of the CTT4 tents
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Unread postby ndloti » Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:12 am

Fantastic camp , more specially so for me , I was treated to my first night bush braai there before the camp was built (towards end of 1995). Where the borehole is now , that is behind the middle ablution block (somewhere around tent 20) was a fenced off pump house with a diesel engine . This was in 1991 , long before bush braais and night drives were offered , and even open safari vehicles were not allowed .
In 1993 I fished and picniced in the pools in the immediate vicinity of Tamboti .
One really felt you were very deep in the wilderness !
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Unread postby Fanta » Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:20 am

Hi Foxy,

27 and 28 is quite nice they are close to the luxury tents but the best view of the river bed. Well that will be my choice next time we go to Tamboti...

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread postby RosemaryH » Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:52 pm

Hi anne catherine, the luxury tents at Tamboti do accomodate 3 people. They have a double bed and a sleeper couch. :)

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Unread postby RosemaryH » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:41 pm

They would be more suited for a couple and a child. :)
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Unread postby rusky » Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:43 am

anne catherine wrote:Thanks RosemaryH ,

So , i will reserve two of them when i will go there :)

a-c we stayed in a 4 person tent (CTT4) in Tam and they would be fine for the 3 of you (4 single beds). You would need to share ablutions and cooking facilities. But each tent has its own braai.
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Re: Tamboti...should we stay there

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Nov 19, 2008 7:44 am

The LST 3 (luxury tents) are equipped with cooking & eating utensils .
The other tents aren't .
Cougar , I have seen most of the basic utensils in Orpen shop , so you should be able to buy them there or at Satara when you get there .
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Re: Tamboti...should we stay there

Unread postby saraf » Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:40 am

HI there HappyDaisy, welcome to the forum. We'll all do our best to ensure you have a great stay.

I suppose the comments re: Tamboti are sarcastic. It's such a great camp (some) people want to keep others away from it so its always available to book.

There are only tents at Tamboti and these are either communal or luxury.
However when I say tent its a kind of misnomer - they are permanent strutures with a wooden frame and canvas walls. Think colonial Africa.
Communal only have a room with beds and a deck area with braai. You share kitchens and ablutions. Luxury ones have a kitchen area (with pots, plates and cutlery) on the deck and private shower and WC. You can check with Orpen if they will rent out a utensils box if you are in the communal tents.

All tents look out onto the river bed, which is usually dry. However there are animals that use the river - we watched an elephant make his way down the bank for 2 hours and listened all day to mating lions on the far bank.

We find the roads around the area a little boring after a while so only stay one or two nights. However others have found the H7 to Satara very productive. If you are into history the Rabelais hut nearby is worth a visit.

So yes, you should stay there. :D
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Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:15 pm

Hera you are the tent No 33 (LST3 luxury tent)
a regal..... :dance:

Image the bed

Image on the left, the chair or the third bed

Image the very nice kitchen

Image the view

Image the braai... with a lot of stairs
and a maze of corridors
I return.... tomorrow... :wink:
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Unread postby Gunner » Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:36 pm

Entrance to Tamboti camp

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Re: Tamboti Tent Camp

Unread postby TINY » Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:28 am

Hello OWLET.

Firstly i would like to inform you that i have visited Kruger approximately 150 times in the past 11 years. From the north to the south to the east to the west TAMBOTI is the best :thumbs_up: .
It is one of very few bush camps in kruger, and certainly the best of the lot (my opinion) :whistle: .
The area around Tamboti is extremely rich with lots of game. Large numbers of Zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephants.
Im drooling just picturing the place in my mind.
Great area for Lion, Leopard and Cheetah.

Spent the night of the 10th January 2009. Got the local pride of lions just 60m from Tamboti entrance, Cheetah approx 2km on the H7 towards Satara, large herd of buffalo on the S140 and a mating pair of leopards 1km from the buffalo :dance: .

Picnic: Great drive from Tamboti to MUZANDZENI picnic spot.
Take H7 towards Satara, turn right onto S106 than right onto S140 and drive on till you meet up with the S36. Turn left drive for approx 11 km till you get to MUZANDZENI. Don't forget to stop @ Ximangwaneni dam. approx 2.5 km before Muzandzeni. Great sighting of elephants having a splash.

ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY........ :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Oh by the way if you are staying in a normal Safari tent with comunal facilities then you have to prebook unit no 5,6,OR 7. For great views and very close to the ablution and kitchen block.

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Re: Tamboti Tent Camp

Unread postby cel » Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:30 am

Morning Owlet! :D
You will be going to my favourite camp, so I would love to advise you on MY best route!!only problem with Tamboti is that you are not very close to a veriety of roads, but if you plan your route beforehand, you still get to cover alot of ground! Get out of bed early (think gates open at 4:30/5:00) pack a picnic-basket(some backon and eggs) and snacks,drive on tar road (H7) and turn left (think onS36)to Timbavati-picnic-spot - if you are eager game viewers, it will take you the whole morning to get there! At the picnic spot, they have a gass braai that you can hire for R15, and the guy there even washes if for you afterwards!!! You could then take the S127 untill you get to the H1-4 and return via Satara - remember to check sightings board at Satara if there is a last loop you could take before heading back to Tamboti! This is a lovely circle route that will take you the whole day - and we have never been disappinted..If you enjoy your midday siesta, stay on the H-7,just by followingthe tar road up to the S36 we have seen the big five! Enjoying early morning coffee at bobbejaanskarans (on the H7) is a must!!
You could also do a similar circle route to Talamati - but the dirt road was full of humps when we visited early in January... :(
However, -when it comes to wildlife-wich ever road you decide...you won't be disappointed! :thumbs_up:

You could send a letter of request to Orpen gate - for a specific tent. Number 16 is nice and private :wink: -cant see anyone else, but far from the loo. Numbers 10, 9, and 8 has great views and close to the bathrooms...it helps if you have to run in the darkness... :redface: Remember your flashlight!
The tents have bedding,table,chairs, a big fan,towels and medium sized fridge and freezer - the rest you will have to pack(cutlery ect.) If your'e staying in the luxury tents-you basicly have everything. :dance:
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Re: Tamboti Tent Camp

Unread postby Daggaboy » Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:40 pm

Our little family spent a few days there in May 2008, in tent 40, to say they were fantastic is an understatement! There were often Elephants in the dry river bed in the evening, the buffalo bulls love lying up on the edge of the reeds to the right of the camp during the day and every night we were literally woken up by the lions roaring and often had our 2 year old son joining us in bed at high speed when the male lions roared close by. On the last morning while having coffee and rusks a beautiful MGM Lion crossed the river bed about 70 metres away roaring as he went. You may get different but you wont get better. It is a great camp to relax and absorb your surroundings and it is large enough to go for a great family walk or even a run should you so wish. The road network is limited and i would suggest doing more relaxing and less driving when staying in Tamboti.
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