nThambo Tree Camp

Kruger National Park

nThambo Tree Camp
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As a tailor-made tour operator, we often have to get creative when designing your perfect itinerary.

For example, your travel consultant might add this property to your itinerary if:

Location is a significant factor
It offers a unique feature that will enhance your experience
This is a last-minute booking and room availability is limited
Cost is a factor and you'd rather splash out on another part of your trip
This is a newly opened or refurbished property that we have not inspected yet

When designing your custom itinerary we have much to consider not least of which is the value proposition of every product and service included in your quote. In all cases we strive to give you the best experience possible within your budget so please feel free to ask your travel consultant to share their reasons for including this property in your itinerary.

We're talking west of the Timbavati and 60,000 whopping hectares either side of the Klaserie River. Wildlife sure can roam here. And roam it does. And frankly, animals don't care if they're in Klaserie, Timbavati, Manyeleti, Sabi Sands or the Kruger National Park. They don't even know that this whole caboodle is the Greater Kruger Park. But we do... Wilkommen.

The unfenced borders means wildlife can be in and around camp at any time. So much so that guides will escort you to and from your rooms at night. And there's an air horn in your room in case of emergency... eek. Wild. Watch out for trunks too. If you're in the splash pool. Herds do occasionally wander over for a drink from the pool.

There are beautiful views of the plain and a small waterhole in front of camp. Those mountains in the distance? The mighty Drakensberg.

There are five chalets which sleep two. Showers only and pedestal fans in each room.

All are positioned on stilts at eye level with the trees. You can think like a monkey or a bird and game watch all day. The waterhole in front of camp attracts a number of species day and night; warthog, baboon, elephant, even lion and leopard can be spotted in front of camp.

Facilities

Splash pool with decking area; small watering hole in front of camp; WiFi in lounge area; fully stocked bar; small library area; boma area with campfire; dining area overlooking the wilderness

Activities

Evening and morning game drives are the business here. After breakfast you can go on a walking safari too if you fancy it. Night drives are an option and of course, of course, you may have a sundowner in the bush. Breakfast in the bush is available if you ask for it. And there’s lots of opportunities for bird watching and boma dinners around the fire.

The guides are at the top of their game. Wow, that’s horrific. Pretend you didn’t read that bit. But seriously the Shangaan trackers know their stuff.

And the animals are used to - and unfazed by - the open 4x4 vehicles so you can get within 5 to 10 metres of the larger predators; even while they're munching up a recent kill. If you can stomach it. The night drives allow you to see the nocturnal animals. Funny that. But your chances of seeing leopard in particular are a lot higher at night. They like to hunt undetected under cover of darkness. But they can fall foul of a full moon. You can imagine their muttering after a hunting fail. Blast. Who put that moon there? I mean seriously. I was THIS close...

The lions are famous in the Klaserie and their pride has been followed for years. In addition to the Big Five animals you may see giraffe, zebra, spotted hyena, baboon, hippo, crocodile, impala, kudu, vervet monkey, wildebeest, cheetah, aardvark and serval.

The camp is frequently visited by a pair of honey badgers. Ferocious little darlings feared by most big mammals because of their fearless attitude and tendency to aim for the groin in an attack. Ouch.

Birds that are regularly seen are owl, bee-eater, roller, eagle, bustard, hornbill, starling and shrike. Superb raptors soar the skies, perch in trees and survey the land. And the Klaserie has some of the best viewing of white-backed vultures because it’s a primary breeding area for them.

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