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nThambo Tree Camp

nThambo Tree Camp is an eco-friendly, intimate camp that places a large emphasis on enjoying the beautiful views and the abundant wildlife. It is a personal safari experience with friendly staff and warm hospitality. Accommodation is comfortable with a touch of bush luxury.

The activities are conducted by excellent guides and Shangaan trackers in the mornings and evenings. Night drives are also an option for those who want to see the nocturnal wildlife, while optional bush walks can be arranged too.

The Southern Klaserie is home to all the large animals that many people wish to see on safari, including the Big 5, giraffe, hyena and many antelope and bird species. The flexibility of the small camp means that guides can take guests out for special sightings out of usual game drive hours.

 

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

 

1 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
Chalet Full Board + Activities R3 460
Chalet Fully Inclusive R3 830

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FULL BOARD RATE INCLUDES

Rate includes all meals; game walks & drives, teas & coffees.

FULLY INCLUSIVE RATE INCLUDES

Rate includes all meals; local drinks (soft & alcoholic) game walks & drives, teas & coffees.

EXCLUDES

The Klaserie Conservation levy of (2018) R250  (2019) R300 per person per stay (payable direct at camp in cash or credit card), Timbavati Gate fee of R140 per vehicle if self-driving (payable direct at the Timbavati Gate in cash or credit card). Please note that only Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the Camp and the Timbavati Gate.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

No single supplement applies.

CHILDREN RATES

Children 13 and over pay the full adult rate.

CHILDREN POLICY

No children aged 12 and under. Children aged 13 and over pay the full adult price.

CONSERVATION LEVIES

  • The below levies are extra and will be added to your booking invoice.
  • Klaserie Private Nature Reserve Conservation levy: R115 per person per night (for all guests aged 12 and over)
  • Klaserie Private Nature Reserve Bed levy: R300 per person per stay (for all guests)

HONEYMOON SUNDOWNERS
Honeymooners or guests wanting to celebrate a special occasion can book our special Honeymoon Sundowners Experience. Its complimentary for couples celebrating their honeymoon and R500 per couple for those not on honeymoon but wanting to celebrate a special occasion.

NOTES

  • Please note that the fully inclusive rate includes local soft & alcoholic drinks, however this does not include premium international drinks.
  • Rates are quoted in South African Rands.
  • Rates are quoted per person sharing per night.
  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice. Rates include government taxes where applicable.
  • If taxes increase, we reserve the right to increase the rate accordingly.

ROAD TRANSFERS

The below transfers can be booked through nThambo Tree Camp reservations in conjunction with a stay at nThambo Tree Camp. Please note that the road transfers are scheduled to tie in with the flight arrival times into and out of Hoedspruit Airport, as well as the Ashtons road transfer arrival and departure from The Bush Pub. Please note that these are scheduled road transfers and not private road transfers.

Timbavati Gate to nThambo or vice versa: (2018) R300 (2019) R350 per person

Hoedspruit Airport to nThambo or vice versa: (2018)  R350 (2019) R400 per person

From Johannesburg/Pretoria

We recommend driving via Dullstroom. The road to Lydenburg is barely a road anymore and it’s hazardous. The GPS coordinates might take you via this route, but it is not recommended. The route should take you about 6 hours.

1. From Johannesburg/Pretoria Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank / eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12. Drive past eMalahleni and Middleburg (This is actually the main route to Nelspruit and Maputo).

2. After Middleburg, take the R33 Belfast turnoff from the N4 (where the Engen One Stop is), turn left on the R33 and follow signs towards Belfast and Dullstroom. Go through the town of Belfast and then turn right on the R540 road towards Dullstroom.

3. Dullstroom is the halfway mark between JHB and the camp. It’s a scenic place to stop, explore and have lunch. From Dullstroom you will head towards Lydenburg/Mashishing), which is roughly 50 km away.

4. Continue on the R540 but look out for potholes. Once you get to Lydenburg (also referred to as Mashishing) junction, turn left onto the R36 and go through the town centre. The R36 is also called Viljoen street. Carry on straight and turn left on Buhrmann Street.

5. At the Total Garage, turn right onto De Clerq Street, which is also the R36. Continue straight on the R36 which becomes the R527. This road takes you past the town of Ohrigstad, over the Abel Erasmus pass, and through the Strijdom tunnel. It’s about 50 km from Lydenburg to Ohrigstad.

6. After the tunnel, continue for another 40/50 km until you reach the town of Hoedspruit. There are 4 stops before you reach the railway bridge. After the railway bridge, you turn right on the R40 to Klaserie/White River.

7. Continue along this road until you see the turn off to the left for Eastgate Airport. It’s roughly 7km from town to the airport turn off. Turn left here and after 300m you will go through a control gate and then head directly for the Timbavati Game Reserve Gate. 17km later look out for Bush Pub & Inn on your left and Josmacs Bush Pub on your  right hand side. In front of you now will be the new Timbavati Gate (Enkhulu Gate).

8. Enter at the Timbavati Gate and drive 6.4km, with the fence line on your left hand side. Turn left onto the dirt road when the fence line ends. Drive a further 3.5km on the dirt road with a new fence line on your left hand side. You will come to a 4 way crossing. Turn right at this crossway. Drive a further 2.5km until you see a sign for “Ross” and Africa on Foot and nThambo Tree Camp. Turn left here and drive along the dirt road until you see the sign for Africa on Foot Camp. Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive offroad in any circumstances.

PLEASE NOTE
: On some signposts/maps, Belfast MAY also be referred to eMakhazeni.

From Hazyview

Follow the R40 towards Klaserie & Hoedspruit and about 6 km before you reach Hoedspruit itself, turn right at the signboard towards Eastgate Airport/ Thornybush Reserve/Timbavati Reserve (Argyle Road). After 300m you will go through a control gate and then head directly for the Timbavati Game
Reserve Gate. 17km later look out for Bush Pub & Inn on your left and Josmacs Bush Pub on your right hand side. In front of you now will be the new Timbavati Gate (Nkhulu Gate).

Enter at the Timbavati Gate and drive 6.4km, with the fence line on your left hand side. Turn left onto the dirt road when the fence line ends. Drive a further 3.5km on the dirt road with a new fence line on your left hand side. You will come to a 4 way crossing. Turn right at this crossway. Drive a further
2.5km until you see a sign for “Ross” and Africa on Foot and nThambo Tree Camp. Turn left here and drive along the dirt road until you see the sign for Africa on Foot Camp. Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

FEES PAYABLE DIRECT AT CAMP


Timbavati Reserve vehicle entry fee:
R140.00 per vehicle per entry.
This fee is collected in cash or credit card at the Timbavati Gate on arrival.
Klaserie Conservation levy:
R250.00 per person per stay.
This fee is collected in cash or credit card at the camp.

nThambo Tree Camp is the sister camp to Africa on Foot and offers affordable, luxury accommodation in your choice of five wooden tented cabins on stilts. Located eye-level with the trees, it’s ideally situated to game watch from the comfort of your verandah. The camp is not fenced off and you will hear animals grazing nearby. Don’t be surprised to see elephants drinking from the splash pool in front of camp.
There is an outdoor lounge and dining area, under thatch, that offers guests beautiful views of the plain and small waterhole in front of camp, as well as the Drakensberg mountain range in the distance.
The camp prides itself on being eco-friendly – nThambo uses a grey water system, solar power and has an in-house recycling program.

FACILITIES

  • Splash pool with decking area
  • Small watering hole in front of camp
  • WiFi in lounge area
  • Fully stocked bar
  • Small library area stocked with reading material
  • 5 cabins/tents/rooms on stilts
  • Plug points in chalets and in the main area
  • Mosquito nets in rooms
  • Boma area with campfire
  • Safari dining area overlooking the wilderness
  • Showers only
  • Pedestal fans in each room
  • Credit card facilities
  • Weddings can be arranged upon request
  • Air horns in each room in case of emergency

ACTIVITIES

  • Evening and morning game drives
  • Optional walking safaris offered after breakfast
  • Sundowners in the bush
  • Breakfast in the bush (on request)
  • Bird watching
  • Boma dinners around the fire
  • Traditional South African braaivleis (barbecue) cooked over the open fire.

AT A GLANCE

  • Big Five game drives and optional bush walks
  • Accommodation on stilts eye-level with the trees
  • Lion pride sightings
  • Eco-friendly camp
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Affordable luxury Kruger Safari
  • Flexibility in terms of guests’ needs
  • There are only 5 cabins/tents sleeping a maximum of 10 guests
  • The Klaserie is one the least “commercially developed” reserves in the Kruger

A TYPICAL DAY AT nTHAMBO TREE CAMP LOCATION

Each morning begins with a game drive in the Klaserie, followed by breakfast and the option of a bush walk thereafter. Daily schedule is as follows (depending on season):

  • 05h00 – Wake up call followed by coffee and rusks at the lodge
  • 05h30-06h00 – Depart for game drive
  • 08h30-09h00 – Breakfast served at the lodge
  • 10h00 – Depart for bush walk (optional)
  • 14h30 – Lunch is served at the lodge followed by something sweet for high tea
  • 16h00-16h30 – Depart for game drive
  • 20h00 – Dinner is served at the lodge

Weather
The average mean rainfall for the year is 350mm, with most rainfall occurring during mid-summer (November - February). The rainfall generally occurs in the form of thunderstorms where a downpour is experienced, very seldom lasting longer than a few hours.
The mean average maximum temperatures range from 24.5°C in July to 31.5°C in January with the mean monthly minimum occurring in July at a temperature of 8.5°C.

Wildlife

During the dry season the vegetation is sparse and wildlife congregates around watering holes. During the wet season the vegetation is dense and wildlife is more dispersed. Expect to see the Big Five over the course of a 2-3 night stay. There are two resident prides that traverse the Africa on Foot
area – the Ross and Giraffe pride.
In addition to the Big Five animals that are regularly sighted include giraffe, zebra, warthog, spotted hyena, baboon, hippo, impala, kudu, vervet monkey, waterbuck, wildebeest, bushbaby, mongoose, duiker and steenbok. You might also see wild dog, cheetah, honey  badger, porcupine, aardvark, civet, caracal and serval. Birds that are regularly seen are vultures, owls, bee-eaters, rollers, eagles, bustards, hornbills, starlings and shrikes.

Game Drive Vehicles

On game drives you are able to get a lot closer to big game. The animals are generally habituated to the vehicle. This means that they are used to the vehicle approaching them and know that it never causes them harm. This enables to you to get within five to 10 metres of the large animals – and
safely! All game drives are conducted in open 4 x 4 Toyota Land Cruisers or Landrovers.

Malaria
The Klaserie region is a low risk malaria area. It is best to consult your local Doctor for advice.
Generally, the type of medication needed for the Kruger area is Malarone, Doxycycline or Melfloquine. Mosquitos are more prevalent in the wet, warmer season. Mosquito repellent and creams are also great preventative measures.

What to Pack

During the summer months the weather can be hot and sticky. You may want to bring a few outfits.

  •  Comfortable walking shoes
  •  Sun hat, sunglasses and sunblock
  •  Cameras and binoculars
  •  Light, neutral coloured clothing
  •  Bathing suit
  •  Warm jackets essential in winter (May – Oct)
  •  Beanie and gloves – the mornings are cold  during winter

nThambo Tree Camp is located in the heart of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. The reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and is west of the Timbavati, covering 60 000 ha on either side of the Klaserie River. As there are no fences wildlife roams free between the major
reserves that form the Greater Kruger Park, which include the Klaserie, Timbavati, Manyeleti, Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park.

HOW TO GET THERE
Guests have the below options:
1) Self-drive to the camp.
2) Fly from Johannesburg, Durban or Cape  Town to either of Hoedspruit or Nelspruit  Airports and then arrange a road transfer  to the camp through our reservations  office.
3) There is a daily shuttle service from  Pretoria / Johannesburg / OR Tambo that  departs approx 6am and arrives at the  Timbavati Gate at approx 1pm. Return  shuttle also available and both transfers  can be booked through our reservations  office.

And there it is, a glimmer of hope in the darkness. Our Bush Bar is a place where memories are made and moments shared. Under the star spangled night sky, we'll serve you craft gin cocktails, fine wine and traditional South African liqueurs. Our Bush Bar is a surprise treat for special occasions !

nThambo Tree Camp has unique, stilted wooden chalets that are individually placed alongside the lodge at eye-level with the trees.


nThambo Tree Camp has only 5 chalets that sleep 2 people each, which creates an intimate and personal safari experience. The accommodation is unique with bedrooms at eye-level with the trees, offering a different perspective from the private balconies.

There is an outdoor lounge and dining area, under thatch, that offers guests beautiful views of the plain and small waterhole in front of camp, as well as the Drakensberg mountain range in the distance. A pool and deck with sun loungers and umbrellas completes the main area and offers a refreshing spot to relax all year round.

A traditional boma area with fire place captures the traditional bush camp safari experience. Open to the sky and surrounded by a wooden kraal, the boma is where the warm evenings are spent sharing stories of the bush.
 
ROOM INFO

  • nThambo Tree Camp has 5 treehouse-style, solar-powered chalets, each sleeping a maximum of 2  guests, ensuring a personal and private safari experience. The chalets are raised on wooden stilts and the floor is made from wooden decking. The walls are canvas and the roof is thatched; completing one of the most unique safari accommodation options in the Kruger.
  • In addition, each chalet has a veranda, which overlooks the endless plains in front of the camp with views of the Drakensberg mountain range in the distance. Each chalet has the option of being made up with a double bed or as a twin share.
  • All chalets are ensuite with a shower and toilet. None of the chalets have baths, only showers. Lighting is provided via solar power and a plug point in each chalet is available for guests to charge their camera batteries.

FEATURES AND FACILITIES

The nThambo Tree Camp facilities include a main area, which houses a comfortable lounge and bar under thatch. The dining room, which has a large table and a wine rack, and is located next to the open-air boma fireplace, perfect for evening drinks around the fire.

In addition guests will experience a traditional South African braaivleis cooked over the open fire. To truly immerse yourself in the rustic bush experience, the main area is lit with lanterns while plug points in the chalets can be used to charge your camera batteries.There is also wifi available in the lounge and bar area.

During the hot summer months guests can relax around the splash pool - don't be surprised if there is a herd of elephants approaching to drink the water!

LOCATION


nThambo Tree Camp location is in a prime wildlife area. The Greater Kruger is a collection of private, unfenced nature reserves situated on the western border of the Kruger National Park. All game moves freely throughout the region, but the reserves in the Greater Kruger are private meaning that the guests get an unbeatable safari experience.

nThambo is about an hour’s drive from the town of Hoedspruit, which is the supply capital of the Greater Kruger. Eastgate airport is the local airport for the camps in the Southern Klaserie, which is about a 40-minute drive from camp.

Guests fly to Eastgate airport from Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban, and are met by their host from nThambo and driven the last distance to camp. This last leg is a drive through a Big 5 area, so keep your eyes peeled for early game-viewing.

GPS co-ordinates:S 24 degrees 17.438" E 031 degrees 13.836"

GETTING THERE


South Africa is a beautiful country to see and a self-drive option is recommended for guests who have the time and interest for a more diverse experience. The drive from Johannesburg takes about 6 hours according to directions that will be provided for you. The roads are good and safe, while the scenery in the Mpumalanga/Limpopo region is spectacular.

Flying from Johannesburg or Cape Town to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport is the quickest and easiest option for getting to nThambo. Hoedspruit receives guests travelling to the Greater Kruger every day. Your host from nThambo will meet you at the airport and drive you through the Timbavati Gate and then into the Klaserie and to nThambo Tree Camp.

Road transfers are another option for guests travelling to nThambo. The Ashton’s Transfer takes guests to the Bush Pub & Grill just outside the Timbavati Gate, which is where nThambo will meet their guests and drive them the last 30 minutes to the camp.

In the mornings and evenings, guests are taken on game drive. The animals are habituated to the vehicle, which means that they are used to the vehicle approaching them and know that it never causes them harm. This enables to you to get within 5 to 10 metres of the larger predators; even while they're feasting on a recent kill.

The night drives allow guests the opportunity to see the nocturnal animals not encountered during the day. Your chances of seeing leopard in particular are a lot higher at night and with a bit of luck you might even encounter the predators such as lion and leopard hunting. During the night drives, your tracker uses a powerful spotlight to search for nocturnal animals.

The waterhole in front of camp attracts a number of species during the day and night, so regular sightings of warthog, baboons, elephants, even lions and leopards in front of camp can be enjoyed.
 
DAILY SCHEDULE
Each morning begins with a game drive in the Klaserie, followed by breakfast and the option of a bush walk thereafter. Daily schedule is as follows (depending on season):

  • 05h00 – Wake up call followed by coffee and rusks at the lodge
  • 05h30-06h00 – Depart for game drive
  • 08h30-09h00 – Breakfast served at the lodge
  • 10h00 – Depart for bush walk (optional)
  • 14h30 – Lunch is served at the lodge followed by something sweet for high tea
  • 16h00-16h30 – Depart for game drive
  • 20h00 – Dinner is served at the lodge

Occasionally, bush dinners are arranged when the weather permits or there is a special event to celebrate, in which case game drive will end at a beautifully made up table, a campfire, and lantern lights where guests will enjoy an al fresco dinner.

WHEN TO GO
The general rule with Kruger safaris is that the best game viewing happens during the winter months. The bush is drier and game is more visible without thick greenery to hide behind.

The summer rainfall that occurs from November to April fills the waterholes and the riverbeds, so the animals spread out much more and become more difficult to see. The temperature in winter is warm, while the evenings and mornings can get quite chilly, but this is more pleasant than the scorching heat of summer, which makes winter a better time to visit the Southern Klaserie.

For those who love birding and beautiful, lush landscapes, summer is the time to go. It is also a lot quieter in summer in terms of crowds so the experience could be even more exclusive

WHAT TO PACK
During the summer months the weather can be hot and sticky, while early morning game drives and night drives can be chilly, so you may want to bring a few things for every occasion.

Some of the essentials for a trip on safari in South Africa are mentioned below:

Comfortable, closed walking shoes; sun block in the form of SPF lotion and a hat; some neutral-coloured clothing for when you are out on safari; light, airy clothing for midday heat; a bathing costume; scarves and warm jackets for the winters (May to October); any camera or recording equipment; and a pair of binoculars.

WHAT TO EXPECT
The treehouse-style accommodation at nThambo Tree Camp is unique and exceptional, overlooking a waterhole and nicely spaced from each other. Guests can expect a personalised and private safari experience with peace and quiet and comfortable accommodation.

The Southern Klaserie boasts a plethora of interesting birdlife and is a haven for birdwatchers. In addition to game drives, bushwalks and night drives are offered allowing guests to participate in a full spectrum of safari activities. 


Dining at nThambo is enjoyed around the dinner table with the wide canvas walls open to the reserve if the weather is warm, or cosily drawn from the evening chill. The setup is intimate and the guides are a part of the whole experience, acting as your hosts and guides and story-tellers.

Sharing unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, the Klaserie enjoys the free-roaming movement of the Big 5 species. Legendary lion prides have made history in this area of the Greater Kruger.


PREDATORS
Africa's most superb predators are found in the Klaserie and are frequently seen by guests on game drive. Knowing that there are all of Africa's most successful predators around nThambo, and knowing that it is unfenced, the feeling of being in the wild is ever-present.

Leopard and lion, Africa's biggest cats, prowl the bushveld and their calls can be heard in the night when you are falling asleep. The lions are famous in the Klaserie and their pride has been followed for years. Other fantastic predators found here are the spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, side-striped jackal, caracal, crocodile, cheetah, serval, and African wild dog, to name but a few.

The camp is frequently visited by a pair of honey badgers, which is an exciting and eventful occasion. These are ferocious little creatures that are feared by most other big mammals in the wild because of their fearless attitude and tendancy to aim for the groin in an attack!

MAMMALS
The Klaserie  Private Nature Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. The reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and is west of the Timbavati, covering 60 000 ha on either side of the Klaserie River. This means there is a diversity of habitats and, as a result, there is a species diversity to be enjoyed.

As there are no fences and wildlife roams free between the major reserves that form the Greater Kruger Park, which include the Klaserie, Timbavati, Manyeleti, Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park. Just as is always the case on safari, you can never predict what you are going to see, but with such a variety of wildlife species, game drives at nThambo are rich in sightings.

Mammals on can expect to see in the area are aplenty: elephant, rhino, buffalo, impala, kudu, zebra, giraffe, steenbok, duiker, mongoose, baboon, vervet monkey, hippo, warthog, and many others.

BIRDLIFE
The birdlife in the Klaserie is a stunning mix of migrant and resident species. Commonly seen (and heard) birds at nThambo are magpie shrike, lilac-breasted roller, yellow-billed hornbill, glossy starling, white-crowned shrike, blue waxbill, fork-tailed drongo, and francolin.

Some of the most superb raptor species are often seen soaring the skies and perching in trees surveying the land. Brown snake eagle, bateleur, martial eagle, African harrier hawk, African hawk eagle, dark chanting goshawk, black-chested snake eagle, Wahlberg’s eagle, and tawny eagle.

The Klaserie has some of the best viewing of white-backed vultures because it is a primary breeding area for these endangered birds. Circling carcasses in the Southern Klaserie, guests can also expect to see lappet-faced, white-faced vultures, and hooded vultures.

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