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Unread postby Nico » Sat Jun 03, 2006 8:15 pm

Thanks bushmad
1.Yes, the fence is just behind the cottage but you can see often animals like hyena and ellie's.
2. It is an absolutely quiet part of the camp and you have a lot of space for yourselves.
3. I thought it was renovated but Yvonne told me that it wasn't but the cottage is in a good condition.

I am sure that you will have a great time on that great place in Shingwedzi. :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby bert » Sun Jun 04, 2006 5:32 pm

Between Shingwedzi camp and the highwater bridge.


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Unread postby Yvonne B. » Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:53 pm

Nico and I go to Shingwedzi twice a year for at least five days, and to us it is our second home.
It is the old atmosphere of the Kruger.
The camp has always been tidy and staff is very friendly.
Accommodation is good.
You better take in enough fresh stuff, because the shop is often very poor stocked.
The drive to Pafuri area will be a long one, but very rewarding mostly.
It will take you (if you don't drive 50 km all the time) at least 3 hours.
Also because you have a very good chance on lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, ellies and a lot of birds.
Pafuri area is MAGIC, don't forget to do the Nyala Drive, very often there is a lot of Nyala.
Another great drive is going to Babalala over the main road (last part is famous for cheetah) and drive back over the Mphongolo Loop.
Beautiful trees, great scenery and game is there either a lot, or not at all.
Just try again.
We are always very lucky on Red Rocks loop (first entry).
There is quite some leopard over there, and we had caracal a few times.
Also a lot of buffalo and ellies.
I am making the trip report of our last trip (july/august 2007) and the first part is about the far north (Nico and yvonne's Leopard trip) about Mopani/Bateleur/Punda Maria and Pafuri/Shingwedzi, and if you have a map you can see where about we had all the sightings.

I am sure you will have a great trip.
The mopani bushes are very thick, so is the grass, but not very high.
You will learn to spot animals after a little while. It is just another way of spotting.
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Unread postby christo » Fri Dec 22, 2006 3:04 pm

The S 50 down to Kanniedood dam provides many a good ele sighting. It is also prime leopard habitat. Seen lion in the confluence loop, in the river bed just North of Shing, at Mashagadzi waterhole, on the tar road that link Shing with the main road etc.

The link road just before camps close usualy provides a lot. Must be one of the best areas to spot baboon behaviour.
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Fri Dec 22, 2006 7:40 pm

seapit1 wrote:Can anyone suggest where the best spots for viewing leopard, cheetah and wildog are around Shingwedzi :?: [I'm going back again in June\July 07] :lol:

Hey Seapit1,

Leopard that will definetly have to be the S50/Kanniedood area, Wild Dog & Cheetah are really rare here, so their best spot near Shingwedzi would have to be the Babalala Picnic Spot loop, or go further north on the S99 or Klopperfontein.

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Unread postby Wild@Heart » Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:44 pm

TXDrifter wrote:Can some one tell me what type of bungalow to request at Shingwedzi for bungalow number 28 or 29. For example it is a BD2, BD2D,etc.?

Thanks. I'm trying to get together a reservation request for this summer. :D

Hi TXDrifter ..

Are you looking for a bungalow or Guest Cottage? Reason I'm asking is that the Shingwedzi Camp has advise me now that Bungalow 28 is BD2D but 29 is a guest cottage (FQ6).

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Unread postby DuQues » Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:52 pm

I camped more or less between the first ablutionblock and the kitchenblock. There is a clump of trees there, and a large palm just across, keeping you mostly out of the wind. Not near the fence though.

The staff there is wonderfully helpful setting up the tent. :lol:
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby cathyb » Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:33 pm

Last weekend took on eof those spur of the moment, mental health breaks - like if we don't get to Kruger now, we won't survive breaks :) - and the only accommodation we could get was Shingwedzi. What a wonderful weekend :D .

We haven't stayed in Shingwedzi for ages as a result of an elephant phobia that we have developed but we had a wonderful time (and did not see a single elephant on the Kanniedood road which made all the difference!). The new bungalows are wonderful - so spacious and love the big verandah and paved area by the braai. It was also amazzingly quiet for a full camp for 2 of the 3 nights - we won't say anything about the third night!

We spent hours in some of the loops off the Kanniedood road without seeing a single soul -how precious. Highlight of the trip was probably the barn owl that we saw flying around the camp one afternoon, obviously having been disturbed from its roost (a lifer for us) - and the impala lilies in flower in the camp.

We're glad we were forced to have re-claimed Shingwedzi!!

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:27 pm

The road from Shing to Kanniedood hide is a well known big 5 road, with rhino the scarcest here!
The riverine forest has some majestic old trees. Look up into them and you might see leopard and even a python!
The red rocks road is also quite productive, and RR are quite spectacular.
Find the 'back gate' and use it, although there is often activity on the road between the main road and camp.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Nov 23, 2008 10:51 pm

In February I was in No 28, (DB2D) just in front of the fence... and very near the Estern gate

Image bungalow no 28

Image the fence, at the bottom right exit Est

Image view from the kitchen

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby alicep » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:57 am

This photo was taken from the high water bridge outside Shingwedzi on 30 December 2008

Next day, same spot

Low water bridge near the back gate

Rain in camp

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby ndloti » Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:46 pm

alf wrote:I was there beginning of January and if i can remember correctly only the BD2 units in circle A have been renovated but a lot of people complained that the new units don't cool down in the summer months because they have the new tiled roof.

As far as I can recall the BD2 units allways had tiled roofs .
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby Rooikat » Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:09 am

Circle the bungalows look inwards...into the circle? Or do the units 17-26 have a view over the road towards the fence?
I am trying to figure out which unit I should request in Shingwedzi....don't have a clue....(we booked a BD5).
Can anyone help?

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