Tamboti Rest Camp
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Lovely campsites on the border of the rest camp72 x tent or caravan sites with power point available.
Cozy huts for a maximum of 3 people – Favorite amongst locals69 x 3-bed units available
Spacious family units for up to 6 people – Best Value for money23 x 6 bed units available
Perfect option for the traveller looking for luxury including breathtaking views.2 x Guest houses available
The tented satellite camp of Tamboti sits neatly on the banks of the beautiful Timbavati River. A camp filled with Tamboti trees, after which it has been christened, Tamboti is a bird watchers paradise and without a doubt one of the Kruger’s most popular satellite camps. Visitors will be staying in an area of the park which has become well known for its wildlife populations while also having a reputation for absolute peace and quiet.
Some of the camp basics that you can expect when you book your stay at Tamboti includes:
There is no shop or restaurant in the camp, and there is no reception area. When planning a trip here, make sure you bring everything you need.
Tamboti is situated on the Kruger National Park’s western border, about 2km east of Orpen Rest Camp and Orpen Gate.
Dotted all throughout the Kruger National Park are satellite camps which provide guests with a different style of accommodation and a unique way to see the park. Satellite camps are categorised as such because they are generally close to other camps. These camps lack the conveniences of shops, fuel stations and places to eat.
The main theme that every camp of this kind enjoys is a tremendously rustic, communal appeal. Each camp has very few buildings and there is, of course, a limited variety of accommodation options to choose from. With many of the satellite camps, you will have to bring along your tent while other camps have tents already set up. When planning on staying at this type of camp, you have to be certain that you have brought along everything you need in order to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Tamboti is a spectacular satellite camp. Kitted out with big, comfortable safari tents, those staying here are in for an absolutely relaxed stay and some fabulous animal sightings. The tents look down onto the dry Timbavati River bed below. The area is dotted with Tamboti trees, the leaves of which are unpalatable for most grazing plant eaters. Kudu and Black Rhino, however, rather like the taste of the leaves and can be spotted close to the camp. Porcupines feast on the bark at night, so bring a flashlight to spot these nocturnal creatures.
The camp is not as big as the general rest camps, and it’s not a stop off for day park visitors. This means guests can take in the peaceful solitude and relax without disruptions when staying here. It also means that you have to plan your trip extra carefully, as you won’t have a shop nearby should you need something after the gates have closed for the day. The area around the camp also makes for superb wildlife spotting. You can spend your entire stay at the Kruger exploring the roads surrounding Tamboti and see all kinds of animals.
Tamboti is the perfect destination for guests wanting a rustic camping experience, without having to pack the camping equipment.
Although it is one of the parks smaller camps, Tamboti has some of the best, rustic accommodation in the Kruger. Guests sleep in safari tents, up on stilts and these tents are serviced daily. All of the units are self-catering.
Guests looking to book their Kruger Park accommodation at Tamboti have the option of either the budget canvas tents or the semi-luxury tents. The tents are spaced quite apart from each other, giving guests extra privacy during their stay. The smaller size of the camp also means that it is never overcrowded.
Of the budget canvas tents, there are 15 tents with 2 beds each and 15 tents with 4 beds. Each tent has its own private veranda, some of which offer riverbed views, a standing fan, and a fridge. Guests staying in these tents will have access to communal ablution facilities as well as a communal kitchen.
The semi-luxury tents have 3 bed units and there are 10 of these available. Each unit has a double bed and a sleeper couch. Those choosing these tents will have their own showers and cooking facilities, as well as a fan and fridge.
As a satellite camp, Tamboti has no reception area. Instead, guests will need to book through and check in at Orpen Rest Camp. Those wanting to stay here can look forward to an authentic bushveld experience that will stay with them forever.
Wherever you choose to stay in the Kruger, you can always make your stay more extraordinary and comfortable when you have some helpful information at hand.
To begin with, keep in mind that even when you are tucked away in a camp, wildlife is always close by. The Kruger is home to a huge, diverse animal population with literally hundreds of species of animals, birds and insects making their homes here. And as with any game reserve in South Africa, there is always the possibility of having an animal stroll into a camp. Should you see an animal in the camp, alert the park officials (you’ll have all of their contact details on the leaflet you are given when entering the park) and under no circumstances should you approach the animal.
It’s not always the bigger animals you should be wary of when staying in the camp. The park’s snakes, spiders and scorpions find their way into camps far easier than animals, and in many ways, they can be more dangerous, or at the very least, they can leave a nasty bite. When in the camp, always keep your shoes on and your eyes on the lookout, and if walking around at night, have a flashlight.
Insects and animals aside, there is something else you need to prepare for when in the Kruger and that is Malaria. Carried by the mosquito and found throughout the Kruger, all year round, Malaria can be a deadly illness if it is left untreated. The best thing you can do is try to prevent getting infected. Using insect repellent and having a mosquito net cover your bed at night is a good start, but to ensure that you don’t end up with Malaria, visit your doctor and get the right preventative medication.
Finally, you need to have some information about the intense Kruger climate. Summers are hot and humid, while the end of summer is characterised by heavy rain and sometimes flooding. Summers spent camping in the park can be uncomfortable, due to the lack of air-conditioning. This is something to keep in mind. The winters are never truly cold, but rather mild although the early mornings, evenings and night can be quite cool. Be sure to pack the right clothing and even when visiting during summer, a light jacket wouldn’t go amiss.
All throughout the Kruger Park, the camp gate times remain the same. Getting locked out is a real possibility so it is important to always make sure that you are aware of the gate times. This information is also handy when planning early morning and late afternoon safaris.
Many guests prefer to head out on a game drive early in the morning before the sun heats up the day and forces animals into hiding, and then enjoying another game drive in the late afternoon.
There is a magnificent array of flora and fauna to be seen close to Tamboti. The dry open plains are dotted with gentle bushveld and within the camp, there are numerous acacia trees, marula trees, red bush willows, along with aloes and Barberton daises, which grow between rocks within the camp.
When travelling, guests can look forward to seeing giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and elephant. On the road that takes you to Olifants Rest Camp, further up the Timbavati River, guests can spot cheetah, lion and leopard.