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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by kssager » Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:21 am

Stayed for 3 nights in August at luxury tent #39. Never saw a baboon or honey badger....just a few pesky vervets. Honestly the only animal we saw from our tent besides spurfowl and vervets was a single bushbuck and a genet. Heard plenty of hyenas throughout the night though. I will say that #39 needs the brush cut back along the fence in order to get a better view. We had a single tunnel view straight across the river bed...absolutely no view up/down the river. I did sneak over to #40 before new people arrived, and thought they also needed to trim the bushes looking out over river bed. This is the corner unit (and many say is the best)....but seeing anything along the other fence is tough unless it is right next to it as the vegetation is so thick. I walked the other way, and wish I wrote down which one was the best...it was either 36,37, or 38 from the 5 I looked at (I think 37). I also peeked at the view from a few of the non-luxury tents (communal ablutions) and thought there view was better and more clear. But honestly I am not complaining as we are on drives all day...and by the time we get back, we have very little daylight to see anything anyways.
One thing our ranger did talk about while going out for our sunset drive was the fact that Tamboti is surrounded by a certain type of grass that the animals like (when it is green). It is the real short grass that is along the spur road once you turn off the H7. He was explaining that once the rains come, the animals will migrate here to have their young....and feed on the grass. When we were there in August obviously everything is bone dry, and of no value to the grazers. But I wonder if in fact when the rain comes, and the grass turns green...if the wildlife really do come there for this. And maybe this would be a tip/advantage to stay in Tamboti more in the green season vs the dry season?

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:10 am

Great advice kssager!
and I agree with the guide info re animal movement in the wet season as we have previously stayed, not in Tamboti, but in Orpen in Feb and the plains just before the gate and the turn off to Tamboti are literally alive with animals, so much so that we often would drive out a half hour before gate closing and just park off along side the road and sit and watch the parade.
It was amazing how much and the variety we saw. 8)

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:45 am

leo21 wrote:has any one experienced that there is more Mozzie activity at Tamboti during the day then any where els.

I follow the usual rules with marlaria Tablets and cream during dusk and dawn, but when we arrieved at Tamboti smack bang in the middle of the day i was almost carried away by the amount of mozzie bites i suffered walking from our car to the tent??

:big_eyes: :big_eyes:


Leo, we did have a mozzie "challenge' once. I think it was in October. :hmz: We left the door open and had a home invasion. That is when we found out that Orpen shops do not sell mozzie killers, only repellents.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by leo21 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:31 am

DinkyBird wrote:I suppose the cool shade of the camp is a good place for mozzies to hide day or night :hmz:



makes sence Dinky Bird
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25 Decemeber - [b]Skukuza[/b]
26 December - [b]Pretoriuskop[/b]
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by leo21 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:33 am

kite wrote:Hi leo21,
What month was this?
Was there water in the river bed?
Kite



Kite this was December( i know it is that timeof the year) but i was very suprised by the amount of mozzies during the middle of the day.
i have never been harased by mozzies during the day at any other camp

the River bed was fairly dry with only small running streams
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by leo21 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:41 am

Meandering Mouse wrote:
leo21 wrote:has any one experienced that there is more Mozzie activity at Tamboti during the day then any where els.

I follow the usual rules with marlaria Tablets and cream during dusk and dawn, but when we arrieved at Tamboti smack bang in the middle of the day i was almost carried away by the amount of mozzie bites i suffered walking from our car to the tent??

:big_eyes: :big_eyes:


Leo, we did have a mozzie "challenge' once. I think it was in October. :hmz: We left the door open and had a home invasion. That is when we found out that Orpen shops do not sell mozzie killers, only repellents.



HAHAHA that must ahave been a long night of swatting the air....it was bad i didnt know they were so active during the day... it wont stop me from going again but il be better prepeard next time thats for sure.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Travelstory » Sat Oct 31, 2015 3:58 pm

We had the great pleasure of staying two nights in tent #40 in June 2015. We saw so many things from the deck of our tent. A genet graced us with her presence each evening hanging out in the tree right next to the deck. Impala and elephant regularly came right beside the tent headed for the dry river bed. We saw a leopard run across the dry river bed in a big hurry; I can't even believe we saw him he was running so fast from one side to the other. A honey badger came both nights to see what he could see. AND we saw a black mamba crossing the river bed which we learned from the Kruger FB page lives UNDER tent 40!!! Hmmmmm!

There were baboons and vervets.

Tamboti is a spectacular place!

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Fizzpop » Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:09 am

Hi

I am not sure about this, but I recall reading somewhere that there were going to be upgrades and repairs done at Tamboti camp.

Has this occurred already or still due...? Would the whole camp be closed?

Please can someone help with this, as I do not want to stay there when there are renovations and such on the go...*it would just not be the same :( !!

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Tessa G » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:00 am

Morning Fizzpop,

We stayed there for 7 days during December and from what we could see all the tents around us, including the one we stayed in, #26, were brand new tents. I would be surprised if it has not been rolled out for all the tents. I do not know about the luxury tents though.

As far as the other buildings, ablutions/kitchen etc, I did not see any renovations done on those, but to be honest could not see that anything needed to be done.

Having said that, maybe the best idea would be to phone or e-mail the Orpen Reception and discuss it with them. I will find the numbers and let you know.
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Tessa G » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:06 am

Here you go Fizzpop, you will find all the camps e-mail and phone details on this link:
Scroll down and you will find Tamboti

https://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/c ... mp-tel.php
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:58 am

Hi Fizzpop, I can concur with Tessa that the camp is really spruced up. 8)

Enjoy your time there. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by garethrix » Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:01 pm

Hi Everyone

Firstly, I enjoyed reading everyone'comments on this camp, how I have never stayed here before I do not know as it like the perfect little set up.

I have finally booked a stay at this camp from the 21st to 25th December this year- I cannot wait :o I have one concern though, what is the heat like this time of year? I stayed in Lower Sabie tents in December last year and it was unbearable. I would appreciate everyone's comments?

We have booked the non luxury tents, as the luxury ones were fully booked. I am keen to experience the night life there? I believe Hyenas are frequent as are the occasional lion and leopard calls :)

Look forward to your response.

Gareth

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Horrace » Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:37 pm

Hi Gareth, I have stayed in both camps and like you was in Lower Sabie tents during December. The only advantage you may have at Tamboti is some of the tents may be slightly more shaded. In addition, because of the bathroom set up with the tents at Lower Sabie, one can only roll up one side of the tent flaps. At Tamboti you will be able to roll up both sides for some air flow.

If we are in a heat wave again I'm afraid it's going to much the same. Having said that I've "booked"my tent at Skakuza and will take with my own fan to help.

Tamboti is amazing - ablutions are excellent and game viewing is excellent from your tent!

Its worth it, and if it wasn't for a promise to spend lots of time at lake Panic with my son - would join you...

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by garethrix » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:06 pm

Hi Horrace

Thank you so much for your response, and you have made feel more confident about my booking.

I think I will also take an additional fan with just in case ;)

Good luck with Skakuza and Lake Panic, hope the sightings are plentiful :).

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Re: Tamboti Satellite Camp

Unread post by Horrace » Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:07 pm

My pleasure. Given the heatwave last year I did some research on building very small evaporative cooler using a box fan - hoping it will help this December ...


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