nThambo Tree Camp sits in the heart of the Southern Klaserie Reserve on the edge of the Kruger.
Since the wooden chalets are set at eye level with the trees, the camp provides a magical feeling of being enveloped by nature. As the camp is unfenced, elephant and buffalo sometimes rest under the stilts on which the chalets are built as they venture through the bush. There is a central lounge and dining area which offer lovely views across to a small waterhole and out across the grassy plains, as well as a small pool and decking area.
A charming, rustic safari lodge that offers good value for money and a wonderfully intimate experience of the bush.
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The treehouse-like chalets have wooden decking for floors, canvas walls and thatched roofs. They are rustic in style but very comfortable, with double or twin beds. Each chalet has an en suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, a shower (there are no baths) and a separate toilet. Each chalet also has a private veranda with views of the distant Drakensberg mountains. Lighting is provided by solar power but there is a socket in each tent for charging phones or cameras. All rooms have standing fans and mosquito nets. Guides escort guests to and from their rooms at night.
The camp is situated in the Klaserie Reserve, one of South Africa’s largest private game reserves which is part of the Greater Kruger, adjoining the Kruger National Park. It is an hour’s drive from the airport at Hoedspruit (Eastgate Airport). nThambo Tree Camp hosts meet guests at the airport and drive them the rest of the way to the camp.
Food and drink
The camp is offered on a full board basis. Food is a wholesome, home-cooked affair and includes traditional South African braaivleis (barbecues). Meals are communal with everyone seated around a large table in the dining room. There is an open air boma (an area where people gather around a fire) which provides a place to relax over an evening drink.
Children aged 12 and older are welcome at nThambo.
The intimate nature of this eco-friendly camp makes it ideal for honeymooners or those who are celebrating their anniversary and who would enjoy a rustic bush experience with some luxurious and personal touches.
Facilities and activities
The daily programme consists of morning and afternoon game drives with an optional walk after breakfast. If you'd prefer a longer walk, nThambo guests can also participate in the Africa on Foot three-hour game walk. Wi-Fi is available in the lounge and bar. There is a splash pool on decking with loungers and umbrellas — elephant occasionally visit the pool too.
Tour ideas in Kruger National Park
Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at nThambo Tree Camp as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.
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Kruger National Park and nearby places
- Timbavati Game Reserve 8 miles away
- Sabi Sands Game Reserve 42 miles away
- Thornybush Reserve 14 miles away
- Kapama Private Game Reserve 14 miles away
- Hazyview 53 miles away
- Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve 33 miles away
- Southern & Central Sectors Kruger National Park 77 miles away
- The Escarpment 53 miles away
- Greater Makalali Game Reserve 39 miles away
- Eswatini 161 miles away