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Dinokeng Game Reserve Self-Drive Route
At last the self-drive route has opened in the Dinokeng Game Reserve. There are currently 100 kms of roads available. We have driven on the route and the animal sightings were amazing. Do not forget to take something to eat and drink when you visit the self-drive route.
You can book your drive at Tamboti Bush Lodge. Come and have a breakfast at Tamboti either before or after the drive.
Price per self drive : R250 per vehicle day one. R130 per vehicle day 2. R90 per vehicle day 3
Are you looking for the best a la carte restaurant north of Pretoria try ours, with panoramic views of the bushveld. While you dine watch the beautiful sunbirds gathering nectar from the tecoma plants or elegant herons fishing in the dam, this is a birdwatchers paradise. From the restaurant you are likely to see crimson breasted shrikes, pied babblers, southern bou-bous and many other sought after bird species and the big bonus, the food is just as amazing. Come for a Saturday breakfast and stay until dinner or bring your Sunday paper and just enjoy the tranquility of a bush veld garden before you tuck into a tummy filling lunch. We also have a very large selection of wines to go with the great cuisine. Try our meals and have something to talk about on the way home.
More about the restaurant on the “RESTAURANT” page.
The Bird Whisperer of Tamboti Bush Lodge
The birdwatching at Tamboti Bush Lodge can be a lot of fun, our current bird whisperer (me) has often been called upon by the bird community for advice and guidance as you can see in the following photos. We have so many different bird species at the lodge it is difficult to know which ones to watch or photograph. My wife Pixie and I are constantly on the lookout for different plants and trees to add to the gardens to attract new species of birds and we are always grateful to birders who can give us advice and guidance. We have just added an aloe garden and we cannot wait to see loads of happy sunbirds in the aloes. At the lodge we 85 different indigenous trees plus an orchard of fruit trees and two dams so this does help to attract different varieties of birds at the lodge. The following have all been sited over the years and we sincerely hope that you can add to this list :-
For real birdwatchers check out our bird-watching page.
Reed Cormorant, Darter, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Great White Egret, Yellowbilled Egret, Cattle Egret, Greenbacked
Heron, Blackcrowned Night Heron, Dwarf Bittern, Hamerkop-Scopus Umbretta, Black Stork, Oopbek/Openbilled Stork, Sacred Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Hadeda Ibis, African Spoonbill, Whitefaced Duck, Egyptian Goose, South African Shelduck,
African Black Duck, Black-shouldered Kite, Martial Eagle, Blackbreasted Snake Eagle, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Gabar Goshawk, Coqui Francolin, Crested Francolin, Swainson’s Francolin, Helmeted Guineafowl, Kurrichane Buttonquail, Redcrested Korhaan, Black Korhaan, Threebanded Plover, Crowned Plover, Blacksmith Plover, Wattled Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Dikkop, Doublebanded Sandgrouse, Feral Pigeon, Rock Pigeon, Redeyed Dove, Cape Turtle Dove,
Laughing Dove, Namaqua Dove, Meyer’s Parat, Grey Lourie, African Cuckoo, Redchested Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo, Striped Cuckoo, Jacobin Cuckoo, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Diederik’s Cuckoo, Burchell’s Coucal, Pearlspotted Owl, Pennantwinged Nightjar, Speckled Mousebird, Whitebacked Mousebird, Redfaced Mousebird, Pied Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher,
Halfcollared Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Pigmy Kingfisher, Woodland Kingfisher, Brownhooded Kingfisher, Striped Kingfisher, Lilacbreasted Roller, Hoopoe, Redbilled Woodhoopoe, Scimitarbilled Woodhoopoe, Grey Hornbill, Redbilled Hornbill, Yellowbilled Hornbill, Blackcollared Barbet, Pied Barbet, Yellowfronted Tinker Barbet, Crested Barbet,
Bennett’s Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, BeardedWoodpecker, European Swallow, Whitethroated Swallow, Greater Striped Swallow, Lesser Striped Swallow, Forktailed Drongo, European Golden Oriole, Blackheaded Oriole, Black Crow, Pied Crow, Southern Black Tit, Arrowmarked Babbler, Blackeyed Bulbul, Kurrichane Thrush, Olive Thrush,
Groundscraper Thrush, Capped Wheatear, Whitethroated Robin, Whitebrowed Robin, Titbabler, European Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Barthroated Opalis, Longbilled Crombec, Tawnyflanked Prinia, Blackchested Prinia, Spotted Flycatcher, Marico Flycatcher, Fiscal Flycatcher, Cape Batis, Chinspot Batis, Fairy Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Cape Wagtail, Fiscal Shrike, Redbacked Shrike, Longtailed Shrike, Southern Boubou, Crimson Boubou, Puffback, Brubru,
Threestreaked Tchagra, Blackcrowned Tchagra Bokmakierie-Telephorus zeylonus, Greyheaded Bush Shrike, Orangebreasted Bush Shrike, White Helmetshrike, Plumcoloured Starling, Burchell’s Glossy Starling, Cape Glossy Starling, Redwinged Starling, Marico Sunbird, Purplebanded Sunbird, Whitebellied Sunbird, Scarletchested Sunbird,
Black Sun-bird, Cape White-eye, Great sparrow, Cape Sparrow, Grey headed sparrow, Scaly feathered Finch, Spottedbacked Weaver, Masked Weaver, Lesser Masked Weaver, Red Bishop, Redbilled Firefinch, Blue Waxbill, Violeteared Waxbill, Common Waxbill, Blackcheeked Waxbill, Bronze Mannikin, Pintailed Whydah, Shafttailed Whydah,
Paradise Whydah, Yellow eyed Canary, Yellow Canary, Golden breasted Bunting, Cape Bunting, Rock Bunting
Bird watching with a difference can be fun at Tamboti Bush Lodge.
Have breakfast in the garden and if I am available ask me to bring a few birds closer for you to photograph or just watch.
Game drives in the Dinokeng Game Reserve where the Big 5 are currently free roaming.
Day game drive R200 pp
Night Game Drive. R275 pp
Please note their is an additional levy of R100 per person if less than 4 persons are booked on a game drive.
See our picnics page .
Many hundreds of people of all ages have caught their first fish at Tamboti Bush Lodge. We have two lovely dams and they are loaded with Barbels, Mozambican tilapia (Kurpers) and Carp. This is a catch and release program, we can supply the rods and dough bait or you can bring along your own rods, if you have access to worms then bring some along. R50 per person per day.
Aaron (5) with his first fish ever, a nice healthy barbel
Aaron’s Grandpa (me) with a nice fat carp from the dam.
Tamboti Boma & Bushveld Braai
We have a lovely boma at the lodge. For groups of 6 or more we will do the braai for you of rump steak, wors, pap tart and salad and finished off with ice cream and chocolate sauce as long as you give us a days warning.
After the braai enjoy a quiet evening at the fireside.
R235 per person
Tamboti Wellness Centre
Order the Tamboti Wellness box containing the full body massage cushion, the infra red foot massager and the electronic pulse foot massager and do it all yourself in the comfort of your own room.
R200 per day
The Micro Computer Massage Cushion This massager can improve your metabolism and blood flow and eliminate fatigue. The massage also has a healing effect on many chronic diseases such as chronic headache, chronic shoulder and elbow inflammation, chronic gastritis, neurasthenia and insomnia.
The infra-red foot massager, a reflexology machine with 12 different functions.
The electronic pulse sole massager will help to take away all of your bodies aches and pains.
Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park *
Approx 20 km from Tamboti is the Mystic monkeys and feathers wild life Park see the biggest collection of monkeys and parrot species in South Africa. Spend a morning with these amazing animals, see the baby chimps, lions or tigers and then visit their moms and dads.
R100 per person.
Micro light Safaris *
See the bushveld from a new perspective. A game tour with a difference. Booking essential and weather permitting
R 450 per person for a half an hour R900 per person for a full hour.
- Please note all activities marked with an * are on adjacent lodges and are paid separately unless part of a package.