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Tamboti Satellite Camp
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
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“Africa at its best”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

We spent 3 nights in the more upmarket (meaning you have your own bathroom and cooking facilities) tents. Stunning location. Very peaceful. Have previously stayed in the tents which share ablutions - and enjoyed that too! Was rather cold - to be expected in June! Will definitely be returning... Pay careful heed to the warning about monkeys - they stole my tea bags, in a flash.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Johannesburg
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

A lovely quiet, tented camp on the banks of a dry riverbed. Surprisingly spacious accommodation, and so quiet and peaceful. All your cooking and seating is on the wooden deck overlooking the river. We loved it and would definitely go back there again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Watchet, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2013

The tent was basic but comfortable, we had two single beds (which were quite comfortable) and wardrobe, bed side table and a fan in the room. There was also a fridge and food storage outside in large metal cages (to stop baboons and squirrels stealing the food as they can be cheeky- great idea!). We have a spacious, raised decking outside the door (yes door!) of the tent. This was overlooking a river bed. In the early morning baboons could be seen running too and fro up the riverbed. We also saw bushbuck, jackal and kudu from the decking in the evenings after being on game drives all day (rented car). We had a braai area which we used every night to cook dinner and it was cleaned every morning by cleaners. Also, in the evenings we were visited by a resident genet and honey badgers who liked to check out our dustbin.
There were also communal showers, toilets and cooking areas which were always clean and tidy.
Overall the visit was amazing, you could hear the lions roaring at night and the ground hornbills calling in the mornings as well. It was really relaxing to be there in the bush. Although the camp was basic it was well worth the money. Will definitely be using this camp again.
The only downside was that when we got there we realised we had to hire pots, plates and cutlery, this was cheap though at R50.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2013

on our trip through mpumalanga, we had a 2 night stay in this camp in
side kruger park. the camp very private and tucked away in the bush. the safari tent we had was right on the boundary fence to watch the animals go by.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Aalst, Belgium
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Third time to this camp and the first of 3 camps where we would stay this visit in Kruger. Tamboti is a satelite camp of Orpen, we took the luxury tent (as before) with view on the dry riverbed (in fact we've never seen any water in it during our 3 visits - in different seasons). The tents are great, they're lined up next to each other, so if your neighbours are nature lovers too, you'll hear only all the sounds of nature around you..

We saw already some game during our drive in (through the Kruger gate, which took us about 4,5 hours out of Joburg airport, by Nelspruit), but then again when relaxing on the terrace in the morning, you'll see also, with some luck, game passing by. Birdlife of course is great. During our braai in the evening a hyena came to visit us (there is a fence, so was outside).

The tent itself proves that Kruger can maintain nice accomodations, this camp is small(er) and gives better privacy than the bigger camps. We definitely will come back to this one..

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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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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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
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Property: Tamboti Satellite Camp
Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #105 of 174 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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