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.
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