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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Leaping Lizards » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:57 pm

So, will be in Tamboti for the first time.

Its only for 1 night (hopefully about 3 next year) but for now; How cold does it get at night and early morning? We will be there in the first week of September.

we always go in September, and have experience every single kind of weather imaginable, so may, Do the tents offer any insulation at all is probably a better question?
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:51 pm

Hi Leaping Lizards.

Tambotie is on a river bed, so it can be a few degrees colder than elsewhere at night.

I have experienced extreme cold once. I think it was in August. They do supply extra blankets, but if you are sensitive to cold make sure that you have something really warm to put on. I am sensitive to cold, so I tend to be very careful.

Most times I have found a warm jersey enough.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by tent dweller » Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:20 am

Leaping Lizards, we stayed in Tamboti over July 2013, it was cold BUT we used 2 blankets on the bed and we wore warm pyjamas and at night sitting outside I had to wear a jacket as well as a hat because I don't like having cold ears. The tent was chilly but it was insulated against the wind, just be prepared for cold and warm weather
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Re: Tamboti utensils in luxury tents

Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:39 pm

Hi boriskat1. First of all, I'm very envious - you will love Tamboti. It has a very special feel to it.

We have a large bakkie (pick-up), so have lots of room when we go away. We always take lots of extra equipment - just in case. I would recommend that you take sharp steak knives, a cork screw, can opener, oven gloves, torches/head lamps. The basic stuff is usually there - varies from camp to camp.

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:02 pm

mizzbee wrote:I have never been so cold in the Kruger as I was during the long weekend in August. Inside the tent was warm, but it was freezing outside. Staying in Unit 40 somewhat made up for it though. It must have the best view of the river and one really feels at one with nature.

Beware of the HoneyBadger who went swaggering down the dry river bed shortly after 6am. He was unsuccessful in his attempts to raid my trash bin.


We stayed in Tamboti for 3 nights a few weeks ago and we heard lions roaring in the night and all sorts of other things! We heard a baboon at 3am run up the steps to our bin, pull it over and then run away hungry (barking!). We put ALL food into the food recycling unit that is away from the accommodation. It was truly terrifying to walk to the morning game walk meeting place from Unit 40 in pitch darkness at 0530 in the morning, especially as we could still hear lions!

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by mizzbee » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:42 am

Graham_5000 wrote:t was truly terrifying to walk to the morning game walk meeting place from Unit 40 in pitch darkness at 0530 in the morning, especially as we could still hear lions!


I know how you feel . I tried an evening walk around the rear perimeter but gave up halfway when my nerves got the better of me.

If everyone placed their trash in the recycle bins, maybe, just maybe the Honeybadger would look for food elsewhere.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:45 am

Leaping Lizards wrote:Good morning Graham_5000

How are the morning walks conducted from Tamboti? Are they a popular? What were the guides like?

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The walks are conducted by rangers from Orpen. The guides were excellent and full of information. One cannot expect to see lots on foot as animals are spooked by humans; we saw more on our previous walk, but I think we were unfortunate to be with a group of matrics who talked despite being told not to, and had put on so much hair spray and perfume, that the animals would have smelt them 5 miles away! The moral of this story is don't do yourself up for the bush! The walk was still fantastic otherwise though with some nice bird sightings including a Scops owl and a Bateleur eagle.

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by gwgrant » Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:07 pm

I stayed at Tamboti in October for 4 nights. Had an awesome time. Saw two honey badgers running in the river bed which was awesome. They came into the camp as usual. There was also a genet that hung around tent at night.

The weather was a little unpredictable - got a little windy and chilly.
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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 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...
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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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