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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:44 pm 
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Cheers Stephens.L

Thanks ...I will make sure we are prepared :-) and thanks for the reception offer.

John :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:57 am 
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Hi Forumites
We are really looking forward to our stay at Shimuwini - first time for us after many years of visiting the park.
Just some questions though. The accommodation description does not mention a 'fridge though it does say kitchen. Are there 'fridges in the 4 bed units? Do all the units face the river? Any recommendations for a particular unit number?
Really looking forward to our visit here - from there we head for Shingwedzi for a week and then Punda for the same.
Thanks muchly!


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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:13 pm 
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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:

Take care wherever you are.

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4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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I made the same experience as Peregrine Falcon. Once you are in Shimuwini there is no need to do a lot of driving. The atmosphere in the camp is so relaxed and you can see a lot while staying in camp or in the hide. We even saw 3 lions while drinking our morning coffee on the other side of the river :)

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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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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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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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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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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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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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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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Hi Folks
Could someone tell me if there is firewood/charcoal available at Shimuweni and Sirheni Bushveld camps.
Thanks a lot!
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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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I don't think so... normaly there is no restaurant, no shop... only the braai... nude braai
you find only in the big camps, like Shingwedzi and Mopani... the nearest I think...

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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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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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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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Just a quick one... Do the chalets at shimuwini have good ovens to bake? Is the power reliable enough? Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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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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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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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

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07. - 10.11. Talamati
10. - 14.11. Olifants
18. - 19.11. Orpen
19. - 21.11. Mopani
21. - 24.11. Shimuvini
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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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Thanks guys!

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