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“Getting Back to Nature!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tamboti Satellite Camp
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Brussels, Belgium
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37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Getting Back to Nature!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

Our tent was transported from Hemingway’s Africa into modern day Kruger Park. I am not a person that enjoys nature, but the luxury tent made it manageable for me. There is a good sized kitchen, which is fully stocked with pots and utensils. On the side of tent there is a braai area. On our first night we were sitting around the braai cooking dinner and a genet came up to try and share some food. Each morning we enjoyed coffee and rusks for breakfast on the porch.
On the last morning of our stay the riverbed was very busy. I saw more animals out there than on the entire 3 hour morning game drive that I had taken. While we were packing to leave monkeys were using our tent as a jungle gym.
I will definitely stay in Tamboti again. Orpan Gate is an epi-center for animal activity. Almost all of the animals we saw in Kruger were within a 10 km radius of Orpan.
If you want to see animals and get back to nature, definitely stay here!

Room Tip: Definitely book one of the luxury tents with en-suite
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

We camped at Tamboti with friends for four nights.
The facilities are superb.
The braai had to work overtime every night as we passed the evening away delighting about the animals we had seen during our drives.
The tent windows are fitted with screens which you are instructed to leave closed during the day to stop inquisitive animals casing the joint with a view to breaking and entering whilst you are gone.
At night, however, we left the main screens down so that only the transparent mesh was between us and the outside world. The noise of the animals and the wind blowing in the trees will stay with us forever - or until our next visit.

This is the best place we have ever had the pleasure of staying !

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Houston, Texas
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37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

We stayed at Tamboi for two nights....wished we booked for a longer stay! We stayed in the en-suite luxury tent (overlooking the river dry river bed) with a nice deck and braai area. We woke the first night with some honey badgers on the deck!
It is private and really gives you the feeling of living in the bush. We find the tents to be comfortable, even during the second night's storm! We had some visitors like monkeys and squirrels.
We found the shop at Orphen gate to be good and stocked with all the basic requirements that tourist might have.
We wanted a late night drive, but could not take it, as they need at least 4 people to go on a drive. That was a bit dissapointing.
A lovely experience and we will for sure return to this special place!

Room Tip: I prefer the en suite tents!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dubai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

There are two types of tent available. One is with shared ablution facilities and the other has its own en-suite. I have stayed in both and recommend them highly. My choice is the en-suite tent which has a great deck and braai area. Most of the tents overlook the Timbavati river bed.

Location: One of the best. It is situated near Orpen gate which is centrally located and not as busy as the southern section. From Orpen there are many private game farms and rehabilitation centres within easy reach. Moholoholo wildlife rehabilitation centre is a must do. Private game reserves nearby include the Northern Sabi Sands, Timbavati and Kapama. One or two nights in one of their luxury camps will round off a perfect vacation.

Wildlife: The area around Orpen is well known for excellent sightings and simply by driving between Satara and Tamboti you may well get to see Lion, Leopard, Wild Dog, Rhino (black and white), Cheetah, Elephant, Nyala, Sable, Buffalo and a host of other species.

Tamboti is run by SANPARKS and is therefore in serious need of management. Do not expect any kind of service or pristine tents. The communal ablutions are normally kept very clean and the tents are serviced daily. Maintenance is hardly ever done so one may expect certain items to not work properly, broken steps and/or broken decking. Whilst some tents may have been renovated after the recent flooding you may still find certain tents in a state of semi decay, broken window blinds and mould/fungus growing on the canvas. Do not let this put you off. These are easily overlooked due to the location and in general the bedding is comfortable and clean (even if not the best quality).

If you take this tented camp for what it is and do not expect anything super luxurious then it is easy to have a great time.

You will need to shop for groceries outside the park as Kruger shops are notoriously expensive and the quality of meats, veggies etc is not that good. Tamboti is self catering and as such has a decent sized fridge in each tent for your groceries as well as cooking facilities. My suggestion is to buy wood and cook over an open fire in the evenings.

I love Tamboti tented camp and always look forward to going back there.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Naracoorte
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11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

Our second stay in this Sanparks Kruger camp only confirmed our first impression - this is one of the absolute gems of KNP!
With a choice of budget permanent tents (without kitchen or ensuite but with a braai) or luxury tents (including kitchenette, ensuite and braai stand) there is something for everyone. The charm here is the 'wildness' of the camp, the peace, quiet and the views from the tents over the river bed. Wildlife in and around the camp is superb.
Happily, Orpen camp is only a few minutes away, so you can restock provisions, get a cappucino from the coffee cart there and anything else you require.
For those using budget tents never fear the ablutions and camp kitchens are very clean and tidy although if you want the bathroom in the middle of the night it is prudent to get your friend/spouse/partner to accompany you - leopards do on occasion get into the camp!
Highly recommended for at least 3 nights but the longer the better!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Edmonton, Canada
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113 reviews
44 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

We stayed here for two nights in a 4 person tent. Our two boys liked the deck overlooking the (very dry) riverbed. This is a small, rustic camp but provides a hot water dispenser, as well as very clean communal ablutions. There is a newer section with self-catering units and bathrooms, but we couldn't afford these. My only comment is that the camp could really benefit from a central boma area. The tents are nice and private, but it was hard to meet others or chat about the day with other guests as happened at other camps. That said, Tamboti is a jewel - stay if you can!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Durban, South Africa
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28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Tamboti Satellite Camp
Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #104 of 170 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tamboti tented camp is a small camp situated on the banks of the Timbavati River, on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park, approximately 2km east of Orpen Rest Camp. Due to the size and location of this camp, Tamboti is one of the most popular camps in the Park. A great feature is a boma, which makes it ideal for small groups of people to gather around the campfire and relive the animal sightings of the day. For the birding enthusiasts, Tamboti offers a bird hide in which to spend hours looking for that exclusive raptor that has up to now eluded you. The natural bush feeling is kept inside the camp, which has the result of emphasizing guest privacy. ... more   less 

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