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.
- 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