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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

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...
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

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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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

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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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

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.

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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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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:43 am

Rhonda, you can send an e-mail through to Orpen camp and ask for a specific unit.

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Unread post by chirinda » Wed May 06, 2015 9:34 pm

RondaGreen, take your hot water bottle, you will use it every night, not just at Tamboti.

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu May 07, 2015 5:27 am

There are extra blankets supplied. I found that I really needed them. If you are alone, you can use three blankets. I also slept with my woolen cap on and thermal underwear and bed socks.

As I stated in an earlier post, I did hit an exeptionaly cold night and it was minus six degrees after sunrise.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Fri May 08, 2015 7:44 pm

leo please have a read Here and also Index to best unit #'s
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Gilbertr14 » Wed May 13, 2015 10:05 am

leo21 wrote:Hi Guys and Girls

Can you please just help

we have booked for December holiday. how do i request i spesific tent, who do i email ect.???

also does anyone hav suggestion as to a tent with a nice view (CTT2), Can you also please supply picturesif at all possible.

we have been there before but had too book a lower budget this time your help is appreciated :o :o :o


no 22 is awesome for a view, its the one we always request before the time.
we there in Dec as well.

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Wed May 13, 2015 11:09 am

Leo, you can either call or send an e-mail to the camp, in Tamboti's case its to Orpen camp.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by leo21 » Tue May 19, 2015 4:50 pm

has anyone ever stayed in tent no 9???


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