The Southern Klaserie is part of the Greater Kruger and shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park. It is here at nThambo Tree Camp that guests can take part in Big 5 game drive safaris.
On a walking safari guests will be led by experienced and professional game rangers through the Klaserie reserve. The area rich in game such as lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra and a variety of other wildlife. In addition to walking safaris, morning game drives and night drives are offered as part of a full spectrum of safari activities.
nThambo Tree Camp has five chalets that sleep two people each. The outdoor lounge and dining area is under thatch, that offers guests beautiful views of the plain and small waterhole in front of the camp, as well as views onto the Drakensberg mountain range in the distance. A traditional boma completes the traditional bush camp safari experience.
Choose nThambo as your safari destination because it is a small and intimate camp offering a personal safari experience, the staff is committed and offer friendly hospitality. Accommodation is comfortable and neat
The camp facilities include a main area which houses a comfortable lounge area under thatch. The dining room has a large table where, as per safari tradition, everyone dines together to enjoy each other's company and share stories of the day's game sightings.
There is also a boma area with camp fire, perfect for warming you up with your coffee before the morning walk, or for enjoying 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, main area is lit with lanterns while plug points in the chalets can be used to charge your camera batteries.
Consisting of private chalets raised on wooden stilts with floor made from wooden decking. Walls are made from canvas tents and the roof is thatched. Verandah overlooking the plains with views of the Drakensberg. Twin/King size beds & en suite bathroom with shower only.
- Excellent guiding and tracking
- Proper walking safaris offered every morning
- Daily afternoon game drives and night drives
- Open 4x4 Toyota Land cruiser
- Off road driving for the special sightings
- Home to all the large animals that many people wish to see on safari including lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, hyena and many antelope and birds
- Part of the Greater Kruger which is over 1 million hectares of unspoilt, pristine wilderness
- The Klaserie is not as famous as the Sabi Sands and Timbavati which means a lot less vehicles and people and you might even encounter a leopard or lion that has never actually seen people or a vehicle!
nThambo Tree Camp is located in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve which 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. 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.
The Klaserie is the least commercially developed of all the Kruger Private Game Reserves and as such offers a truly rustic, remote and pristine wildlife experience. This makes it perfect for private safaris!
The Klaserie is home to an abundance of wildlife, including lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. In addition to the Big Five animals that are regularly sighted include giraffe, zebra, warthog, spotted hyaena, baboon, hippo, impala, kudu, vervet monkey, waterbuck, wildebeest, bushbaby, mongoose, duiker, steenbok, klipspringer, genet and bats. You might also see wild dog, cheetah, honey badger, porcupine, aardvark, aardwolf, civet, caracal and serval. Birds that are regularly seen are vultures, owls, bee-eaters, rollers, eagles, bustards, hornbills, starlings and shrikes
A safari at nThambo Tree Camp includes guided game drives through a wildlife area rich in game and part of the huge wilderness area that is the Greater Kruger. In addition to morning and afternoon/evening game drives, bushwalks are offered after breakfast.
One of the main aims of going on safari is to go on a game drive. 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. No roof allows you 360 degree views, perfect for wonderful photographic and video opportunities. The afternoon game drives generally leave at 4pm and stop for sundowners, and then continue into the night drive on your way back to camp.
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. Expect to see a wide variety of animals not normally seen during the day, including leopards, hyenas, aardvarks, bat-eared fox, porcupines, bush babies, bushbucks, mongoose, genet cats and nocturnal birds like owls and nightjars.
Each Walking Safari begins with a comprehensive demonstration on how to behave when encountering animals. All Walking Safaris are led by qualified rangers who have had intensive specialized training in approaching dangerous game. In addition to allowing you to view the larger mammals on foot, the rangers will give you an insight into the bush that will surprise you. They will explain the animal tracks and what animals passed through during the night, in addition to the sophistication of termite mounds and other interesting facets of the bush that go unnoticed on game drives. The chance to walk amongst wildlife allows you to fully immerse yourself in African smells and sounds. The main aim of a Kruger Walking Safari is to help you appreciate the nature around you, and to provide you with detailed explanations of spoors, vegetation and the ecology in general - an unmatched wildlife experience that you will remember lifelong.
One of the unique advantages of a small safari camp is that the activities can be tailored to your specific needs. For example, if the guides hear lions roaring close to camp at night, they will often knock on your door and ask if you would like to go and find them. In addition, if guests want to only go on game drives this too can be arranged.
However, a typical day at nThambo would be as follows:
09h00 to 10h00
19h00 to 20h00
Coffee and a light breakfast
Depart on morning game drive
Return to camp
Brunch, followed by optional bushwalk
Tea and a light lunch
Depart on afternoon game drive and night drive
Return to camp and drinks at the bar
Drinks, coffee or tea around the camp fire
nThambo Tree Camp is located in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park in South Africa. Guests can catch scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Airport, or Cape Town to Nelspruit Airport. From the airports, road transfers can be arranged and take 30 minutes from Hoedspruit and 3 hours from Nelspruit. Road transfers from Johannesburg to the camp can also be arranged. Guests can self drive from Johannesburg and the drive is approximately 6 hours.
RATES FOR NTHAMBO TREE CAMP
1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016
Full Board + Activities -
R2, 895.00 per person per night
Fully inclusive R3, 195.00 per person per night
FULL BOARD RATE INCLUDES
All meals, game drives & bush walks, teas & coffees.
FULLY INCLUSIVE RATE INCLUDES
All meals, all local drinks (soft & alcoholic) game drives & bush walks, teas & coffees.
The Klaserie Conservation levy of R150 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.
No single supplement applies.
No children aged 12 and under. Children aged 13 and over pay the full adult price.
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.
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.