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Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:13 pm

Hi Grasha,nice choice of camps.
Shimuwini is a great camp and all units have fridges and all have views of the river.
Rooms closest to the bird hide have a restricted view because of a large tree,under this tree is the only place you can get a signal for your mobile phone.
Last time we were there we had room 6 which was great although I think any room in Shimuwini is fine.
We had a surprise on one of our short drives as we came across 2 lions walking on the road about 4k from camp.We also had mating Dusky Bellied Water Snakes in the bush outside the hide.
We never do long drives from here keeping only to the loop road to and from the camp,we treat our time here as a rest period and have been known to do an early morning and late evening drive and spend the rest of the day in camp watching whatever turns up.I once spent 9 hours in the hide just watching the world go by.

Enjoy your trip with many good sightings,I'm only slightly :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
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Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:07 pm

Grasha wrote:The accommodation description does not mention a 'fridge though it does say kitchen.
Are there 'fridges in the 4 bed units?
The bungalows do have a fridge but no freezer, any frozen food needs to be taken to the gate house where there is a large freezer with numbered baskets in which you put your frozen food.
Also charging of cell phones, camera batteries etc must be taken to the office where they will charge them for you.
Enjoy your stay in this special little camp. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp

Unread postby Hazyview Charlie » Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:35 pm

Can anyone tell me if Shine the duiker is still hanging around the camp? I can’t see any mention of him/her after 2009 in this thread, after promising my wife that he would be around camp when we stay here for 2 nights in Jan 2014. If Wikipedia is correct, I see that duiker can live up to 15 years in the wild, and 26 years in captivity, so we’re crossing our fingers that he has survived the floods and other dangers that Kruger has thrown his way over the years, ready to greet our arrival.
We’re really looking forward to our trip, we have never stayed at Shimuwini before, but it seems to have a really nice atmosphere judging from the comments of the forumites.

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Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:53 pm

Yes, can confirm Shine is well and still living in Shimuwini!
She came to visit a good few times while were there last month and she even allowed us to stroke her, very special. :D
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Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp

Unread postby Grasha » Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:18 am

Hi Folks
Could someone tell me if there is firewood/charcoal available at Shimuweni and Sirheni Bushveld camps.
Thanks a lot!
Cheers

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Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp

Unread postby john n poppy » Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:00 pm

Hi grasha,

We were at shimuwini a few weeks ago and I thought they had fire wood for sale but I could be wrong.

The place has a fantastic view of the river, we had a herd of ellis feeding metres away along the fence with a tiny baby...awesome.

Plus 2 brown headed kingfishers were quite willing to pose for photos, fish eagles and saddle billed storks flew over and our friends bumped into 2 lionesses metres from the gate early one morning.

Have a great time. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:55 pm

gotaloveit, if you have a look Here you will see some nice pics of # 11 and also # 10 bungalow
Both with nice ovens.
There are no power plug points in the units but one can take cameras etc to the office where they will happily charge them for you.
I also seem to recall that the power was switched off during the day but on again in time for making evening meals etc.
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Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp

Unread postby squirrel81 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:04 pm

gotaloveit wrote:Just a quick one... Do the chalets at shimuwini have good ovens to bake? Is the power reliable enough? Thanks


Dear Gotaloveit,

in Shimuvini the 2 bedroom cottages do have a gas stove and gas oven. I used the oven and can say that they are powerfull enough for all I did prepare. But I had to add a few minutes.

Have a wunderfull time in Shimuvini
greetings, Brigitte
Next trip 2014
25.10. - 28.10. Biyamiti
28.10. - 01.11. Lower Sabie
05. - 07.11. Skukuza
07. - 10.11. Talamati
10. - 14.11. Olifants
18. - 19.11. Orpen
19. - 21.11. Mopani
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Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp

Unread postby umtali1 » Wed May 07, 2014 4:50 pm

You do need to take all your supplies with you as there is no shop at Shimuwini. There is a communal freezer at the gate by reception. Electricity is supplied by generator and so is not reliable but we have never had any problems. Best to get phones charged up at reception.

Shimuwini is a fab. a camp, very quiet and overlooking the river. We've always been well entertained by visitors to the river. Have your torches handy.
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Shine at Shimuwini

Unread postby pamelajane » Wed May 28, 2014 11:17 am

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Shine still going strong at the age of 22 (according to the staff at Shimuwini) :shock:
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Re: Shine at Shimuwini

Unread postby leervis » Thu May 29, 2014 6:36 am

She was introduced into the camp by Brenda and Frank when they were managing Shimuwini and her name for at least the first 10 years of her life was Bokkie.

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Re: Shine at Shimuwini

Unread postby shivati » Thu May 29, 2014 5:42 pm

Here some more pics of Shine - from early April 2014. She was doing very well indeed! And Shimuwini was just great!! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp

Unread postby kite » Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:24 pm

We were at Shimuwini for 3 days about a week ago.
The scenery from the camp is magic with the large pools of water attracting hippo, buffalo, waterbuck, kudu and a herd of elephant munching on reeds near the hide. A Goliath heron was present in the water most of the time.
Kingfishers and babblers and others were in the large trees around the cottages.
Drives out were quiet compared with our experiences elsewhere in the park, but we did follow a group of ground hornbills for a while and came across klipspringers on the rocks near the magnificent baobab trees.
There are great views to the river from the loops on river road and we did see a herd of impala being chased by baboons on the far bank!
There are very large fridges in the units but they do not run all the time! They seem to keep cold enough even though they are off at night.
The deep freezers at the gate have large baskets with the cottage numbers on them so that works quite well.
There seem to be a group of tilers or renovators working on 2 cottages and staying in one of them but there was no noise that we heard.
I guess it was intrusive in that they seemed to be moving up and down in front of the cottages quite often, but work needs to be done!
The 2000 flood line is marked near the roof of some cottages.
It is hard to imagine that much water flowing through the camp which is a very special peaceful place in Kruger.

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Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp

Unread postby umtali1 » Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:45 am

Shimuwini is one of our favourite bush camps. Just so quiet and peaceful. We love the remoteness of it. Despite that the accommodation is as good as any bush camp.

Just great to wander down to the river and observe at close quarters.

I am reminded of one of Kobie Kruger's books when talking about Shimuwini as it's relatively close to Mahlengeni :mrgreen:
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Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp

Unread postby penolva » Sat Jan 17, 2015 7:37 pm

ImageIMG_4144-1_edited-1 by Charliecornwall, on Flickr

Here is Shine in September 2014 if I can get a photograph of her here.


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