I am so excited about this post! You know you want to go to Africa and experience a safari, but how in the heck do you choose which one?! I never realized the limitless safari options until I started planning the trip! Research, research, research, that is what we did….I have no idea how many hours I spent on trip advisor and review boards trying to narrow it down. In the end we chose nThambo Tree Camp in Kruger National Park and I am SO glad that we did! We knew we wanted a camp with minimal guests and that we wanted a picture safari, not a hunting safari!
The actual camp itself is a main lodge and 4 “treehouses” on stilts. The main lodge or common area is where everyone hangs out when they are at the camp. It has a pool, lounge chairs, a living room area with couches, the bar and it is also where you eat. We didn’t have to pull out a wallet or purse during our entire stay. Alcohol is the only thing that isn’t included in your price, but they do have the option of including open bar for an extra fee, which of course we did!! 🙂 nThambo exceeded our expectations! Wonderful home cooked meals served family style at a large table, fun guides that are very knowledgeable and a private treehouse without a fence in sight! The camp offers a very personal experience because with only 4 houses it is never crowded. The treehouse is so fun, comfortable furniture, a bug net and a private bathroom.
Animals came right up to the camp! Mischievous monkeys (careful they will steal your stuff) and warthogs were almost always around. We had a couple interesting encounters! The staff brings you to your treehouse at night when you are ready to turn in, this is for safety reasons, your only protection in your treehouse is a air horn. haha. Anyhow….one night we couldn’t get to our treehouse because of a pack of hyenas was hanging out under it! So we went back to the common area and had a few more drinks (oh darn). Another night during dinner an elephant actually came up and started drinking out of the pool!! Unbelievable!
Every time that we went out we saw tons of animals. We had an elephant trying to charge us and thank goodness the guide stayed perfectly calm and got the old girl calmed down. Seeing the animals in their natural environment is such an amazing experience! Sometimes slightly nerve-wracking, but that’s part of the adventure, we are in their world. They have many different options offered daily, you can participate in all of them or none of them. We were only at the camp for 3 days so I don’t think we passed up one outing! They have morning trips, afternoon trips, walking trips and even night time trips with nothing but spotlights eek! The walking safari and night safari were definitely the scariest for me, but I am so glad that I did them all, we had so much fun!
I have thousands of pictures that were taken during the safari trips. Big animals, small animals and insanely huge spiders in their webs. I can’t load all of my pictures, but below I have included some of my favorites. ENJOY!