A door seemingly freestanding in the middle of nowhere reveals a downward sloping passageway leading underground and into the new Tamboti Overnight hide. Situated in close proximity to Main Lodge, this perfect spot for a hide was discovered on the confluence of two streams with a natural clearing in a grove of Tamboti trees providing the exact space required to nestle an overnight hide within.
This hide is more spacious than Umgodi but still only houses a maximum of 4 photographers per session. A redesigned layout makes much more efficient use of area at the photographer’s disposal
This allows more freedom of movement for photographers sitting in wait at the one-way window. Bunk beds are equipped with headboards for storage space whilst the significantly larger combination kitchen/dining area houses beautiful wooden furniture including a dinner table alongside the usual amenities including a fridge/freezer, microwave oven and kettle for those steaming mugs of coffee whilst waiting for subjects to approach. As in Umgodi this hide is also equipped with Wi-Fi and VoIP telephone for emergency calls. Dual air-conditioners are essential to control comfort levels, but more importantly humidity, within the hide.
Toilet facilities are available in the hide. Lateral lighting is provided by industry-leading fixtures, providing true-to-life colour without colour casts usually associated with LED lighting and which are easily picked up by digital camera sensors especially when photographing in combination with natural light.
These floodlights illuminate the large open clearing in front of the hide from where anything can appear from the darkness, with a passive infrared beam network keeping a permanent lookout, assisting in alerting hide occupants about approaching subjects and often detecting these long before photographers do.
The hide is East facing, meaning a session starts in the late afternoon hours followed by floodlight illuminated night photography with the early morning sun rising in front of you the next morning.
A pair of electric heaters not only keep the window warm and eliminates fogging during winter but can also create a cosy climate during those wonderfully cool winter’s evenings
Some pointers when photographing from Tamboti hide.