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Olifants to Tamboti

Via Timbavati & Satara
Distance about 100 km.

We left Olifants Camp and experienced the highlight of the few days in the Park. About three kilometres from camp, a bull elephant was enjoying a snack three metres off the road and we were the only car around. Cameras started clicking madly until he lifted his foot over a shrub and moved towards us. I backed up a little to let him cross the road, but he had other ideas! ...

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Posted on 30 May 2008 by Linx



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Olifants to Tamboti Tented Camp

Olifants to Timbavati via Roodewaal 50km The S39 gravel road to the Timbavati Picnic Spot meanders along the Timbavati River through pleasant scenery. Lion, cheetah and leopard are likely to be seen as well as zebra, kudu, giraffe and impalas. Ratel Pan Hide and the Piet Grobler Dam close to the picnic spot provides for waterbirds, hippo and crocodiles.

There are a few relatively tame resident bushbuck at the picnic spot, one of whom flickers her big doe eyes at each table for a bit of fruit. They have learned that they are safe from predators in the vicinity of the picnic spot.

Timbavati to Satara 23km offers open sweetveld plains. Pockets of game may be sighted, impalas, giraffes, kudu and near Satara, elephants and herds of buffalo. Stop for refreshments or a light meal on the cool verandah at the restaurant at Satara.

Satara to Tamboti 46km The drive from Satara to Orpen offers herds of zebra and blue wildebeest grazing next to the road, while giraffe, impala, warthog, buffalo and elephant are common. The Nsemani Dam along the road offers waterbuck and fish eagles. Stretch your legs at the Bobbejaan-krans Lookout Point about halfway between the camps, with a birds' eye view over the Timbavati River.

Tamboti Tented Camp is a small camp on the banks of the Timbavati River, on the western boundary of the Park. It is approximately 2 km east of Orpen and residents must book in at Orpen Camp, so allow for enough time to get back to the Camp before the gates close. It has a boma, which is ideal for small groups of people to gather around the campfire and discuss the sightings of the day. Tamboti offers a bird hide in which to time looking for exclusive raptors. A natural bush feeling is kept inside the camp.

Accommodation consists of budget 2-bed and 4-bed, permanently furnished canvas safari tents on stilts, including a fridge, standing fan inside tent and small veranda and barbeque facilities. Communal ablutions and communal kitchens and washing up facilities are available. there are also semi-luxury 3-bed, permanently furnished canvas safari tents on stilts, fully equipped, with shower, fridge, cooking and braai facilities. It contains 1 double bed and a sleeper couch.

We stayed in a four bed tent. Bedding, towels and complementary soap are provided. No crockery, cutlery or cooking utensils are provided and cooking is undertaken in the communal kitchen or over the coals on the barbeques next to the tent. Boiling water is always available at the kitchen, so a thermos flask is handy.

Activities include game viewing in the river bed along the camp perimeter from the deck of your tent, bird watching and game drives (day or night).

Game Viewing The surrounding area offers excellent opportunities for game viewing. On the drive from Satara to Orpen herds of zebra and wildebeest graze next to the road, while giraffe, impala, warthog, kudu and elephant are common. Orpen and the surrounding area is a good region for general bushveld birds. Look out for Long-crested Eagle on the Timbavati River and Olive Bush Shrike in the camp.

Vegetation Standing in the dry open plains of the central area, it is permeated with the unhurried restfulness so characteristic of the bushveld. In camp, tall acacias and marula trees share the grounds with red bush willows.

Read our first hand experience of this part of the Park at the top left corner of this page.

Tamboti (Orpen) Contact Information:
Tel: +27 (0)13 735 6355
Mobile: 082 8020686 (Emergency/24 hours)