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“Luxury "camping"” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tamboti Satellite Camp
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Hamilton, NZ
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Luxury "camping"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

Our large group stayed in several of the luxury permanent 'tents' - I view these structures more as cabins. They are raised off the ground on posts, stairs leading to a decking area with table and chairs. The washing up/cooking area is outside - I found preparing food and cleaning up after quite nice, as you didn't just have a view of the nature, you were sort of in it. There's a braai/BBQ at the foot of the stairs, and just the right amount of lighting all around.

Inside there was a very comfortable double bed, microwave, fridge, shelving, a clean flush toilet, nice hot shower with good pressure and a vanity with sink and mirror. Hardwood floors with canvas walls and a thatched roof. Screens on the all the doors and windows. A couple of the places had squirrels 'break in' during the day and eat into some food, but you are warned to secure your food. The cheaper 'tents' have cages on their outdoor storage cupboards, which would be good in the luxury ones too, in case of 'break ins.'

You also have to be careful not to leave anything outside at night, especially in the bins, as the baboons will come and make a huge mess. There are big metal bins near each site, which the animals can't get in to. The 'tents' were cleaned and made up when we were out each day - generally good, but our cleaner took to emptying our inside bin to the outside bin on the deck, and it's not too nice to come back from a long day of animal watching to find your used 'lady items' strewn across the deck and path.

Our sites were right against the park fence near a dry river bed, and we were treated to some great animal moments as we prepared and ate dinner each night - buck, buffalo, elephants, hyena. There was even a honey badger dashing around under our tents!

A wonderful place, I would love to return and spend more time there. Relaxing and quiet.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank z0mbean
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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

We loved this little camp. Nice vegetation/trees between the tents. Very well designed to give you maximum privacy. Good clean bathrooms, even a nice large bathtub in the women's bathroom. Good cooking facilities. There is no restaurant or shops or drinking water here so you have to bring your own.

The tents were very comfortable and had a nice porch with views of the now dry river. Lots of birds around the tent. In the morning saw a large baboon that apparently visits frequently. To avoid the monkeys stealing your food, each tent has an area on the porch with a locker for food and the refrigerator is also behind a locked area.

The tents have electricity.

Slept very well and had a nice dinner and breakfast that we cooked ourselves.

Staff was very friendly.

Would definitely return to this camp.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Sarracenia
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Pretoria, South Africa
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

The camp is very peaceful and the fixed tents allow you to hear the most amazing animal and bird sounds! The ablution and kitchen facilities are very clean and it was a pleasure using them. The tents are in a very good condition and the camp is well maintained. The staff in the camp were a very friendly and helpful.

We would surely recommend this for anyone that would like to experience camping in the KNP without the hassle of taking all your camping gear along.

Tamboti is also situated perfectly for spotting the big five and we had the pleasure of accomplishing this twice during our 4-day stay.

We would surely return to Tamboti and hopefully it will be in the near future.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank tiaandewit
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Belgium
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102 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

Just back from Tamboti tented camp.It was an amazing experience.At night you hear the roaring lions,hyenas,...around the camp.
Every night we've been visited by a couple of honey badgers.
Did a sunset drive from 16h30 until 19h30...had the whole safari vehicle only for the 2 of us.
Bought our "braai" meat before entering the park.In the luxury tents all utensils where available for doing a bbq.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank PeterenDavy
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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57 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

The most rugged and spartan of the 3 tented camps reviewed this month by Character Stays, Tamboti Tented Camp is the real deal in terms of an African safari experience. The authentic canvas tents have 8 lovely large windows and a wooden door onto a private deck overlooking a riverbed. There are no bathrooms at the tent, but the forested walk to spotless and spacious communal bathrooms make up for this lack. Twin beds, electricity, a fan, a fridge and glossy wooden floors elevate this stay well above grovelling in the ground. There is an outdoor table and chairs and each tent has its own braai area.

Tamboti Tented Camp is situated near the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park. It is a productive game area, with the highly recommended Big 5 tarred road to Satara Camp.

Accommodation experience:
This is as authentic as one gets in terms of a tented safari experience and I play my part well. I arrive wearing an oversized sun hat and three-quarter length shorts, carrying an old leather duffle bag and my camera as rifle. We drink gin and tonics on the deck in the evening, watching elephants pull down trees on the opposite bank of the river. A Genet cat jumps onto our deck with eerie stillness.

By now we have been in the Kruger National Park for almost two weeks, and we consider ourselves specialists. No longer content with the Big 5 or calm sits in hides overlooking water holes, we are on the hunt for the most elusive finds. We have chosen the Orpen area specifically to seek out the rare wild dog, as this region has the highest concentration of the mere 200 wild dog in the Park.

We set out as the gate opens each morning, where open plains shrouded in morning mist set the scene for our hunt. We soon become distracted by four Ground Hornbills perched in a dead tree, performing a haunting dawn lament. This display is followed by a deep red African sunrise and a hovering Kingfisher perfectly catches the morning sun before diving down to a splashy breakfast.

Finally on the last day, as we have almost forgotten our mission, we chance upon them – a pack of 14 wild dog, running synchronised along the road in the golden light. We follow them for several kilometres, watching their antics and interactions. It is a beautiful privilege and a treasured memory. Once again the Park has not failed to deliver on its gentle surprises, calming and inspiring the mind and feeding the soul.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Berenice M
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Maputo
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

We have visited many camps in Kruger Park but Tamboti is special …
The two of us stayed in a safari tent LST3 right at the end of the camp. Our tent was facing the river and no other tents/people in sight as if we were alone on earth, very quiet, very exclusive. The tent’s construction is very clever, with the support structure on the outside, the actual tent is completely closed and insect-save. It has a wide terrace on the river, good double bed, plenty of cupboards and pleasant bathroom. We booked Tamboti again for September. Game viewing in this area is a bit limited, we didn’t really see much but still … amazing place.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank waterbear
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

My fourth stay - have stayed in the tents without facilities, as well as the ones with. Have always enjoyed the stay. Stayed this time in a very secluded tent with facilities. It was perfect. The tents are simply furnished, but clean. Animal proof waste bins and "caged" storage areas have been installed to assist with the monkey problem. Our tent was well maintained and clean. We had a beautiful view over the dry river bed. It was hard to believe that it had been a raging flood in January this year. Spent hours sitting on the deck, soaking up the tranquility and enjoying the bush sounds. At night, the starry sky was breathtaking. The game driving routes were a bit limited, as the main road to Satara is still closed, owing to flood damage. This has turned the normally peaceful, gravel Rabelais loop road into the major thoroughfare, making it less than ideal for tranquil game viewing and making it difficult to access game viewing areas nearer to Satara. Hopefully that will be resolved soon.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Elejames
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Additional Information about Tamboti Satellite Camp

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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