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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby Ollie » Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:44 pm

Hi Mites, Can any one tell me if the Shingwedzi picnic spot has been re-opend?

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby Snoobab » Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:06 am

The picnic spot in the camp and well as the one just outside the gate are both open, I was there two days ago so can confirm.

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby watershed » Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:18 pm

It's nice to hear good things about Shingwedzi because it is a first for us this year. We usually don't stay further than Letaba, just take day trips up north. Although we stayed in Mopani in October.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby linray » Thu Jan 08, 2015 2:41 pm

We stayed here in December for 3 nights (camping) and WOW it was amazing everything was clean and tidy. Ate at the restaurant food is really brilliant and tasty and to sit and chill looking at the view is so peaceful. Shop is well stocked and in general a wonderful campsite cannot wait to go back.Although it was December is was actually reasonably quiet which was great. First time to the KNP and planning our next trip cant wait.

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby saraf » Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:30 pm

I must admit that the view from Shing restaurant is one of my favourites (the other being Letaba) and Shingwedzi is close to being my favourite camp. So glad you enjoyed your stay linray, and that you'll be back for more.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby cathyb » Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:15 pm

In the past couple of months, circumstances have allowed us to rediscover our beloved Shingwedzi. For a variety of reasons, we have not been able to visit the park as often as we would have liked to and, when we did, for some reason we tended to focus more on camps in the central areas. However, in the past 5 months, we have been able to take two more or less last minute escapes with little option other than Shingwedzi. And aren't we glad - Shings is back at the top of our list (as long as the pesky elephants along the Kanniedood Loop behave at least).

On both occasions the camp was impeccable - clean and tidy. The staff are always friendly and efficient; our cleaners were superb! We also noticed upskilling of staff - our cleaner was being trained for Reception - wonderful!! The general ambience is peaceful and quiet and we could happily spend long periods in the camp to just chill and restore our bodies and souls without any disturbance,

In particular, I would like to commend the hospitality manager, Christa van Elling. Before our arrival for our stay from the 20th Dec, we received an e mail welcoming us and asking if there was anything she could do to assist us. We duly requested a particular bungalow - which we happily settled into on our arrival. On our last day, arriving back from our late morning drive, we were assailed by an increasingly powerful smell that undoubtedly indicated the demise of poor some creature in our bungalow. Within minutes of reporting it to Reception, the first rescuers arrived. Eventually a team of about 4 people, under the careful management of Christa, did everything possible to try and find the poor deceased - the bungalow was turned upside down, with even the aircon being opened - but to no avail. After carefully cleaning up, the team left and Christa organised an alternative bungalow, the only empty one available in the camp, for us to use as ours was increasingly unpleasant. She even offered the assistance of staff to move our stuff to the new bungalow (we declined as we choose to braai etc outside our existing bungalow and only sleep in the alternative accommodation). After we left, Christa e mailed us to keep us updated and to inform us that, even after a thorough inspection of the thatch, the culprit could not be found and that the bungalow had to be closed for 3 days before it again became useable (hope you had some more no-shows Christa!). We were extremely grateful for such meticulous and personal service. :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:

We are holding thumbs that Shingwedzi will see us again very soon :D

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby Tessa G » Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:00 pm

We have also had a wonderful experience at Shingwedzi, with wonderful, pleasant staff and a spotless camp. The cutlery, crockery and equipment provided in the kitchen area was excellent and in fact the best we had in the park. We love the area and have so many fond memories of holidays there.

We had an incident on New Years eve, where a group of guests had taken 3 bunglows and the level of noise increased and increased over a period of time, until suddenly a little golf cart with SANParks staff arrived and went over to the bungalows in question. They spent some time talking to them and we never had any more issues with noise, although the filth, cans etc, that were just left lying around and not put into the bins, was a real pity. The staff would have had a tiresome job for new years day, tidying up after these people. Thank you Shingwedzi for handling the problem so quickly and efficiently.

We are planning another trip to Kruger in December and Shingwedzi is definitely on our list.

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby RosemaryH » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:22 am

I am also holding thumbs that you are able to visit Shingwedzi soon again :D

Thanks for the positive feedback cathyb and Tessa G. I will pass your comments on. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby MKoch » Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:54 pm

Hi everyone.

We stayed at Shingwedzi for a quick 4 day trip. I just want to thank the staff, they were excellent. Everyone of them, from the staff at reception, to the shop, to the staff raking up leaves. Friendly, helpful service as always.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:59 pm

Thanks for the feedback, we will pass your comments along to the staff. :thumbs_up:
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