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Re: talamati surroundings advise

Unread post by zivvy&muffin » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:14 pm

Was there last week. Two hides, the one nearest the entrance has a waterhole and much of the local game comes to that Waterhole ... we were there one night and saw Sable and hyenas at the waterhole.
Some of the roads around are severely corrugated at present, my parents in a regular sedan had to plan drives very carefully but did manage the s36 route out down to Skukuza; we had an SUV and it was better but still an issue on some sections.
The difficulty now with Talamati in the dry season is that many of the roads go a long long way from water and thus are extremely quiet for animals.

Also beware the Vervets, they have recently learn to punch out the wire meshes meaning you need to fully close windows to kitchen areas before going out (eg. to a Hide). As with all bush-camps a lovely ambience and unique opportunities for sightings ... such as the Sable we had time with :)

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Re: talamati surroundings advise

Unread post by inyanga 1 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:06 pm

Leaping Lizards wrote:We just returned from Talamati. The hide and waterhole is a Gem. It’s a wildlife show everyday between 8am and 11am. Just sit and enjoy watching the animals coming down to you.

On Thursday night we saw 4 of the Big 5 from the hide all within 45 minutes. Of these Buffalo, Elephant and a Leopard were there at the same time. A cackle of Hyenas came down to the waterhole, which we thought scared off the Leopard. But, 2 minutes later a large male leopard walks into the light, sprays and follows in the direction the female ran off in.

Saw another male Leopard on the way to Orpen about 10kms out from Talamati.

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Re: talamati surroundings advise

Unread post by HawkI007 » Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:04 am

Talamati camp is wonderful - you are going to love it, also had superb drives around the camp at last light. It was wonderful sitting in the hides, spent a couple of days there last year and will return there next year.

Highlights for me were:
The resident Hyena that walked around the Hide (gate) every evening and morning that we were there - we would hear him from our unit and then go sit at the hide and wait for him.

From the same hide quite far in the distance there were 5 or 6 Ground hornbill moving around . I dont know if there is such a thing as resident ground hornbill but take your binos and scan the horizon not just the waterhole - I cant recall exactly but there were quite a few raptors as well.

Laughing Squirrels in the trees surrounding the waterhole.

As mentioned in earlier post - be careful of the monkeys, nothing hectic at all but probably the worst I have ever seen at KNP...
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Re: talamati surroundings advise

Unread post by bondm » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:20 pm

Talamati is a great camp, just a pity about the access roads. I last visited several years ago but having a small car decided the roads were too corrugated. I now hire a 4x4 and am revisiting in February next year so looking forward to some great sightings. Sounds like the monkies have taken over from the baboons. We also saw 6 Ground hornbills and heard them calling.
There were quite a few Scops owls in the camp which followed you around when you went to the hide after dark and kept swooping down in front of you to grab insects.
The accommodation is excellent. Have a good trip - I 'm sure you won't be disappointed.
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Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:12 pm

In the Talamati Bushveld Camp there is an accommodation unit (GC6E) that costs more than the other accommodation units for no obvious reason as it is not stated on the accommodation page. Does anyone know whether this particular unit has other features like a view that the other similar units do not have and that is the reason why it is cost more per night? Thank you in advance :thumbs_up:
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Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:19 pm

Usually the E at the end of the code indicates a closed veranda but I don't think so in this case, so it has possibly been upgraded?
If you have a read from Here there is some info re this bungalow.

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Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread post by pamelajane » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:59 pm

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Hi Grantmissy - GC6E has two bedrooms en suite as it burnt down a few years back so was rebuilt with each bedroom having its own bathroom but the stoep is not enclosed. Otherwise it is much the same as the other chalets,just newer :)

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Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Grantmissy » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:12 pm

Pamelajane :gflower: Thank you for posting this photograph and information. It is appreciated. It looks to me as if the cottage is facing the perimeter fence directly 8) and I think that is what makes this cottage different from the others and as you have indicated that it is newer :thumbs_up: Talamati is a great bushveld camp :thumbs_up:
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Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Marblehead » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:40 am

I will be entering Kruger through Orpen, then drive on H7 and H1-3 straight to Orpen Dam and Tshokwane Picnic Site.
Heading back using S34, S36 and S145 to check in at Talamati.

This is in April, so camp gate closes at 18:00.

My question: is it ok to check in right before the gate closes? Say, at 17:30? I assume the reception will be staffed until 18:00?

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Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Marblehead » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:36 am

Meandering Mouse wrote:Marblehead, the staff will be available past gate closing time. While you will have to be at the gates by 18:00hrs, they will be available for admin and any requests. Sometimes people need to buy wood, go on organized drives. It can be a busy time.

Enjoy your stay. :thumbs_up:


Thank you for the info.

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Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread post by at4chho2 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:11 pm

Mungos mungo wrote:Hi Mites,

I read these units have plug points, are they reliable enough to run a car fridge off or do the fridges in the units work well?


Hi Mungos mungo,
we stayed in Talamati in April and found a very well equipped and newly renovated kitchen in our unit. We've spent so far almost 50 nights in Kruger in the majority of the camps and the fridges always were working very well....They also seem to be exchanged on a regular basis, so I think you can rely on them!!

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10. - 11.04.2017 Letaba
12.04.2017 Olifants
13. - 14.04.2017 Orpen
15. - 16.04.2017 Talamati
17. - 19.04.2017 Satara
20. - 22.04.2017 Lower Sabie
23.04.2017 CrocBridge
24. - 25.04.2017 Biyamati
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Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread post by at4chho2 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:20 pm

Mungos mungo wrote:Thanks at4

Great info. By the way did you write a tr for that April trip? Looks a cool itenerary


Hi Mungo,

it was indeed a very cool and nice long itinery, but unfortunately I currently don't have the time to write a tr....and I also don't see the chance to do this in near future :(
10. - 11.04.2017 Letaba
12.04.2017 Olifants
13. - 14.04.2017 Orpen
15. - 16.04.2017 Talamati
17. - 19.04.2017 Satara
20. - 22.04.2017 Lower Sabie
23.04.2017 CrocBridge
24. - 25.04.2017 Biyamati
26. - 28.04.2017 Skukuza

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Cooking

Unread post by Anniegetyourgun » Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:06 pm

Hi we have never been to the SA parks before and have booked to self drive around the Kruger in October. We are in particular booked to stay 2 night at Talamati. Can anyone advise us whether there are brai areas there and whether we have to bring our own cooking utensils and plates/cutlery etc?

Do we need to bring torches please?
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Re: Cooking

Unread post by MATTHYS » Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:45 pm

Welcome to the forums, Ann :D

whether we have to bring our own cooking utensils and plates/cutlery etc?

You don't have to do that for Talamati.
Please read at4chho2's post here :
we stayed in Talamati in April and found a very well equipped and newly renovated kitchen in our unit.


Do we need to bring torches please?

We always take a torch with us :thumbs_up:

Good that you have chosen to self drive 8) Enjoy !
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Re: Cooking

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:45 pm

Hi Ann - welcome to the Forums!

Have a look on your Reservation Confirmation for the code of the unit you have booked. You can then look here for more detail and photos of the unit:

link

Also, have a look here:
Talamati photos

The short answer to your question is there are braai areas; and no, you do not have to bring any untensils etc. Talamati units are well equipped. There is no shop/restaurant in the camp, so you need to plan around that.

You do need torches/headlamps - if you decide to walk to the birdhide after dark, or to aid with your braai after dark.

It is a lovely little camp, and I am sure you are going to be back!
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