Tambuti Lodge actually lies in the Black Rhino Private Reserve, a small private reserve on the north-west border of the Pilanesberg reserve – however there are no fences between the 2 pieces of land and the lodge’s vehicles are able to traverse both properties, including on non-public roads within the main park.
There are just five luxury suites at Tambuti so you’re guaranteed a very personal welcome and great service at this most intimate of bush camps. The suites here manage to perfectly fuse the earthy background colour palette and building materials with loads of contemporary décor touches, fabrics and accent colours to really lift the rooms’ aesthetic appeal way above the norm – the result is rooms that are classy and elegant yet bang-up-to-date!
The suites are surrounded by striking tamboti trees and you can relax on your private viewing deck with a good book whilst enjoying views into the surrounding bush. All of the suites are large and spacious with quality bedding and linen and feature beautifully appointed luxury en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers as well as twin vanities.
The five suites are comprised of two pool view suites (named Hippo and Zebra) as well as two bush view suites (Lion and Elephant) – then there’s a gorgeous honeymoon suite (called Rhino) which adds a jacuzzi on your private deck which overlooks the tamboti trees.
Each suite has the traditional thatched roof and combines this with modern finishes and contemporary décor, complete with stunning black and white photography and throw cushions in different vibrant accent colours. The space has been used well too, incorporating large glass doors which fold away to open up the room onto your private deck (as if these large rooms needed any more space!)
The suites might be great, but the whole experience is then backed up by the superb personal service and hospitality offered by the Tambuti team (you’ll probably even get a greeting from Hibou, the lodge’s hand-reared spotted eagle owl!)
When it comes to dining experiences at Tambuti, the lodge tries to keep things fresh and varied – one night you might be dining by candlelight on the deck next to the swimming pool, the next you’ll be enjoying a braai around the fire in the boma under the stars; if you fancy something especially romantic you could end having an intimate set-up on your own private deck!
The game viewing doesn’t disappoint either. The area around the lodge is characterized by a huge number of tamboti trees which results in regular sightings of the shy and scarce black rhino. These trees also play host to an incredibly wide variety of bird species thus making the area a birding paradise.
The reserve is positioned between the dry Kalahari and the wetter Lowveld so you get a mix of game, tree and bird species that would never be found cohabiting in another area. Because of this the species here are incredibly varied and unique from other reserves within Southern Africa – in fact it’s home to over 354 different animal species native to Southern Africa, including the Big Five, the endangered wild dog and other rarer species such as Roan, Tsessebe and Sable antelope. The private lounge area of the Tambuti suite You’ll also likely have the pleasure of seeing buffalo on regular occasions as they often take shelter in these more remote areas that are not accessible to public visitors in the park.