Talamati Bushveld Camp
Set deep in the grasslands with stunning views over the landscape from all directions, the Talamati Bushveld Camp is a magnificent place to view the game and unwind well away from the crowds. The camp overlooks the N'waswitsontso River, with the guest cottages giving guests the perfect observation point’s right from the comfort of their front stoeps. The surrounding areas are perfect for game drives with visitors being treated to excellent game viewing opportunities.
Some of the camp basics that you can expect when you book your stay at Talamati includes:
Talamati Bushveld Camp is located about 30 km away from Orpen Gate and the quickest route is to drive to Hoedspruit and then to Orpen. Guests should allow for about 1 and a half hours of driving through the park to get from the gate to the camp.
Not every rustic Kruger experience has to consist of simple tents or basic huts. Bushveld camps treat guests to the option of having a luxury but rustic stay in the park while they are a much quieter and secluded option than you’d find with any of the other Kruger accommodation options. These camps are not for day visitors which is something you have to contend with when staying in one of the parks other camps. Although the camps are smaller, guests won’t have to share any facilities.
There are a number of bush camps situated in secluded areas all throughout the park. Many of the camps have shops although these shops don’t sell perishable items. When staying in any of these camps, you will have to bring your own meat and vegetables with you, as well as anything else you feel will make your stay more comfortable. The upside is that you won’t be carrying around all kinds of bulky camping equipment. Those staying in the Kruger, wanting to have a private or romantic break, will find that the bush camps might just be what they need.
The name “Talamati” means “lots of water”. The irony of the name is that the river bed close by is actually dry. The river bed is made up of clay, which acts like a sponge. The water lies beneath the ground in a large reservoir. This source provides plenty of water to the surrounding vegetation, keeping the plants lush and as such luring all kinds of grazing animals into the valley below. And wherever there are grazing animals in the park, the predators are following close by.
The camp offers some of the best game viewing opportunities, thanks partly to the water source. Animals visit the waterhole throughout the day and night, making sunset the ideal time to sit back with a cold drink and watch the animals come and go. Some of the wildlife known to visit the area include kudu, lion, rhino, elephant, zebra, giraffe and buffalo. But being the Kruger National Park, you never quite know what you might see from one day to the next.
Talamiti is a secluded camp with a limited number of guests.
As one of the small bushcamps, Talamiti guarantees peace and quiet. The camps have only 15 cottages and can accommodate up to 80 guests at a time, with day visitors being denied access. The cottages are well-spaced out amongst a line of trees, giving guests more privacy.
The camp has 10 units with 2 bedrooms and 2 single beds in each room. There are a further 2 bunk beds in the living room. One bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, washbasin and toilet while there is a separate toilet and a complete separate bathroom with a washbasin, shower and bath. These cottages have their own kitchen, with a gas stove, an oven, a sink, fridge, cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery. Guests can dine on their veranda.
The other option is the lone 2 bedroom unit. One of the bedrooms has two single beds plus a bathroom with a shower, washbasin and toilet while the other bedroom has a double bed with an en-suite bathroom with a bath, washbasin and toilet. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan and a double sleeper couch can be found in the lounge. This unit has a kitchen with a gas stove (plus oven), a sink, microwave, cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery and a fridge. This unit does not have a veranda.
Along with the guest cottages, the camp has a further 4 units with 1 bedroom each. This room has two single beds and a cooling ceiling fan. There are also two bench beds in the living room which are also cooled off by a ceiling fan. The unit’s bathroom has a toilet, washbasin and bath and doors leading into the bedroom and the living room. Guests have a kitchen/dining room with a gas stove (without an oven), a fridge, a sink, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. The kitchen and dining room open onto a veranda.
Talamiti is the perfect place for guests in search of the ultimate self-catered bushveld experience.
When planning your trip to the magnificent Kruger National Park, it always helps to have a bit of information to make your stay in the park safer and comfortable.
The Kruger is a place for animals, not a place for humans. What we mean by this is that it is the home of the animals and the animals are allowing us into their territory. Their safety is a priority and they can only remain safe if you follow the rules. The park's animals roam freely and sometimes they can get into camps. Monkeys, in particular, can cause trouble and harm, while there are other animals who can also get into the camp. Whenever you come across an animal, don’t approach it. Instead, alert park officials.
Often, it’s not the animals you have to worry about but rather the insects and smaller reptiles that can prove to be less welcoming.Scorpions, snakes and spiders are all quite common in the park and should you step on one, you might end up with a painful bite or sting.
When walking around any camp, make sure you always wear closed shoes and at night, carry a flashlight with you.
Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that the Kruger National Park is in a malaria zone. Malaria infections can make you very ill and when not treated correctly and in time, the illness can be fatal. Mosquitos carry the illness, and they live mostly in hot, humid areas in the park. Having a mosquito net cover your bed and using insect repellent are two great ways to keep the insects away and if you want to be certain that you don’t fall ill, you can always visit your doctor and get the appropriate preventative medication. Symptoms are only apparent weeks after infection, so if you do become ill, be sure to tell your doctor you’ve been in a malaria zone.
The time of year that you choose to visit is another factor to consider. The summers can be intense, even those living in the park find that some days can be a little too much. By the time midday arrives, the sun is at its hottest and travelling in the park can be almost unbearable. It is also the time of day when animals tend to seek shelter. The winter months are mild to hot, only the evenings and the early mornings can be on the cold side. Keeping this in mind, pack accordingly!
Each camp in the Kruger has the same set of camp times that guests are requested to know and adhere to. The gate times change 3 times a year, according to the seasons, in order to allow guests to go on game drives at the best times.
The gate times for Talamati are as follows:
The best times to go on a self-drive safari will be early in the morning or late in the afternoon, before the day’s heat becomes too intense. Animals shy away from the heat, and if you leave the game drive too late, you’ll see very little.
Guests are in for a treat in terms of what they will get to see while staying within the camp and travelling the nearby roads. Of the plant life, guests should keep a lookout for knob thorn and bushwillow trees in the predominantly hill and valley landscape. Some of the animals which can be seen around the camp include lion, giraffe, elephant, rhino, hyena, and eland as well as all kinds of nocturnal animals visiting the water hole during the night
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