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“Wonderful rustic camp” 5 of 5 stars
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Durban, South Africa
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“Wonderful rustic camp”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

We spent two nights in this camp very near Orpen Gate and will definitely go again. The tents sleep 4 people although I would not like to share with 4 adults! Would be very cramped. When booking also book box of cutlery etc otherwise bring your own. Don't forget a torch. The communal ablutions were very clean and there was hot water available. Each night we were woken by honey badgers or a civet and genet which was very exciting. The camp over looks a river which was dry while we were there but must be amazing when full. Game viewing around the camp was exciting, with great sightings in including elephants, buffalo and leopard. If you like camping but not all the hard work of setting up camp, then this is the place to go.

Room Tip: Ask for tents 1 to 6 which are close to the ablutions, take a torch, own cutlery otherwise book a bo...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg
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15 hotel reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

We have stayed at Tamboti several times over the last 15 years and it continues each time to be a wonderful experience.

This time we stayed for one night in 2 x 4 sleeper tents. Tamboti is a few kilometres from the main Orpen camp which is where you just check in, the staff in Orpne are very helpful and night drives will pick you up inside Tamboti if you wnat to go. This tented camp has no facilities such as a restaurant , petrol or shop so you stock up at Orpen before driving on to the camp. Each tent has 2 -4 beds ( bedding and towels supplied), a fridge, fan , braai, outside table and chairs. Pots cutlery etc you need to bring with or hire from Orpen. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are communal and reasonably close to all the ternts. Most of the tents face the premiter fence which is along a dry riverbed.

Well kept and clean camp where you can sit out on your deck and listen to the animals throughout the night. We saw a black backed jackal, a civet and an african wild cat from our deck. Be careful to keep things closed as the baboons raid the camp on a regular basis overturning dustbins and being a regular nuisance.

Plenty of cats lion and cheetah in this area along with elephant and buffalo. Well worth a stay!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kempton Park, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

My husband and I are regular visitors to the Kruger National Park, normally camping and spending a minimum of 2 weeks at a time.
We decided to breakaway from Johannesburg for a long weekend so decided to rather book serviced accommodation for 4 nights than pack all the camping gear and pitch a tent– it was also mid winter.
We decided on the Tambotie tented camp as it is small and situated near the Orpen gate and rest camp.

On arrival at the Orpen Rest Camp – where one has to book in – we were greeted by very professional and friendly staff, who were willing to answer all our questions and explain the various activities offered.
There is also a lot of information of the notice board outside the reception area as well as lists of what animals / birds had been seen on the various bush drives / walks.
Once booked in, we proceeded to the camp which is a short distance away.

The tent we were allocated – after having booked on the South African National Parks website – consisted of a safari style tent put up on a wooden platform which was raised. There was a balcony in the front with a table and two chairs and also a braai (barbeque) facility for use. The tent looked out over the river. Inside the tent there were two singe beds, a large fridge / freezer combined, fan, cupboard with extra blankets and pillows, and an electrical light and power plug.
Both bedding and towels are provided and both were clean and the bed nicely made up. It was a good thing there were extra blankets and we definitely needed them.

There are communal bathroom facilities including a full disabled bathroom – the bathrooms were always spotlessly clean and tidy. There are power points in the bathrooms for hairdryers.
The communal kitchen facilities consist of washing up basins (with hot water), stove plates and a urn with hot water available 24 hours. The kitchen area was also very clean and tidy.

We booked a sunset bush drive priced at R 190 per person for 3 hours. We were picked up at our camp and we were very fortunate as we were the only two persons on the drive with the guide. Our guide was excellent and was very knowledgeable, and had a special interest in birds – overall a great guy. We had fantastic sightings, including a pride of Lion, a pack of Afican Wild Dogs on a hunt to name a few.

Tambotie tented camp is definitely a camp that I would return to in the future for its beautiful setting and peacefulness – I would however prefer to visit in a warmer time of the year as it was very cold at night.

Just one thing – there is a resident African Honey Badger in the camp who patrols at night to see what’s in the dustbins, so don’t get alarmed if you hear strange noises in the middle of the night. There are also Vervet Monkeys in the camp and they will grab items of food if left unattended.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012 via mobile

We are seasoned Kruger visitors and this is another wonderful camp. Basic by design but clean and neat, nice clean tents separated from neighbors, good wildlife area. A well kept secret ! Can highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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York, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

My hubby and I are no strangers to safaris and having started on safari in kenya we're used to paying big bucks for our accommodation. The decision to stay in SANPARKs accommodation in South Africa was mainly to save some money - but it is one of the best decisions we have ever made. Our stay in Tamboti tented camp was the highlight of our recent trip. It stood up to accommodation that we've paid 3-4 times more for p.p per night! We opted for a luxury tent and did not regret the decision at all. The tent itself is perfect - a raised veranda with kitchen, perfect for daytime and nocturnal wildlife spotting. The tent was much larger and more comfortable than expected too - with it's own ample sized bathroom with shower, and a full size fridge freezer. What's more - the tent we were in had a Honeybadger set undearneath and so they came to visit us (and ransack our bins) every night we were there. I loved it so much that I have been compelled to write a full and comprehensive review about it on my own website at http://www.tarajiblue.com/2012/03/a-review-of-tamboti-tented-camp-kruger-national-park-south-africa/

You simply MUST stay here if your itinerary permits it.

Room Tip: Number 39 has the honeybadger set underneath it :)
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

We stayed two nights at Tamboti, and really enjoyed the experience. Check in at Orpen Camp was very professional. It's a smaller camp than normal, so there more privacy. I think there were about 40 safari tents in the camp. You are certainly in the middle of the wilderness here, but there is an electric fence outside each tent that keeps out most animals. The shared bathrooms aren't too far away, and were clean and well maintained. The shared kitchens had three 2 burner hot plates that worked fine for cooking (most people use the braais). It's a rustic camp and you really feel close to nature here. Saw some interesting sightings near the camp, and the surrounding area is great for wildlife viewing too. Not as many people here as in the south part of Kruger.

The tent itself is fairly small, but there is a good size dresser and also a full sized fridge in there, and a small fan (the tents would be quite hot in the summer, but we were fine in the Fall). The two single beds in the tent were comfortable, and had good quality linens. They have 10 tents with en suites, which would be nice, but they weren't available when we booked. The tent is on an elevated deck, with a nice wooden patio where you can eat your meals, have a sundowner and look for wildlife outside the fence. The tented camp experience is different than staying in bungalows in other camps, and well worth a try for the mildly adventurous!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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76 reviews 76 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2011

We stayed for two nights at this camp. The location is perfect and have a real bush like feel to it, however the Kruger Park can do alot more to upgrade the place. The beds are of poor quality and the bathrooms are not always clean.

Room Tip: If you want an bush experience this is the place.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
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Ranked #97 of 144 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Number of rooms: 15

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