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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:52 am 
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Paul,

We stayed in no 3 on 31 december 2009 and no 11 early january 2010 but didn't see any vultures or leopard. This is really by far the best bushveld camp in the whole KNP. Well done to the staff!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:11 pm 
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I love Sirheni!
The one thing I wonder about is how hot it will be in December, as there are no airconditioning...
The previous two times we stayed there was magical, but during winter and early spring, so I have no clue as to the temperatures inside the cottages during December.
I know that there are ceiling fans, and that the thatched roofs are very high, which helps...
Can a summer veteran please help?


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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:11 am 
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It gets very hot there during summer.
When we were there during early january it was 38 degrees the one day and just as the ceiling fan gets to the fastest speed the power trips.
Without that fan it's very hot but still very nice.
We got in the car with aircon and drove the very beautiful S56 during that very hot time of day.
I'm sure you will love it.

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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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jamesinthailand wrote:
Is it reasonable to use Sirheni as a base to explore all the way up to Pafuri area for day trips


It works out to be 85km or thereabout to make it to the SAP Post or Crooks Corner from Sirheni.
Taking stops into account, game drive speeds usually average out to 20km per hour.
So the drive from Sirheni to Pafuri about 4 hours.
Say after an hours lunch or so :hmz:
Another 4 hour drive back to Sirheni in total is a nine hour trip :big_eyes:

In June the Sirheni gates open at 6 in the morning and close at 17:30 in the afternoon.
The 9 hour trip would take from the 6 untill 17:00.
So you could do it once.
But it is a bit of a stretch.
Say for instance in the drive back you see a nice leopard sighting, you would not have the chance to stay at the sighting because of time pressures.
But the other opinion is that you HAVE to see the Pafuri area :mrgreen:

So in conclusion it is a push but possible. And perhaps worth it for a day to see the Pafuri region :D

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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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jamesinthailand wrote:
perhaps worth a full day just hanging around and seeing what shows up from the hide/area nearby?


Some people would consider that a good idea :thumbs_up:
Since June is on winter and the animals are sure to come to the waterholes to drink.
Personally, I would go driving because I love to explore the park :thumbs_up:

If you decide to spend a night in Punda Maria, then you can reserve your Northern drives for that last day and while you are staying at Sirheni you could go South to explore the region around Shingwedzi.

Here is the map

The following route is 116km:
All the dirt roads to Shingwedzi and South to Red Rocks, and back to Sirheni on the main road.
So that's south down the s56 (going alongside the main road H1-7 which runs between Shingwedzi and Punda Maria), then a little 4km down the H1-7, then the s55, then a little 3km stretch down the H1-6 (the main road between Shingwedzi and Mopani), then the dirt road s52 towards Red Rocks.
Then back along the H1-6 and perhaps a lunch break stop at Shingwedzi then the H1-7 back until you have to turn off to go home.

That is another long route you could take.
Under 7 hours with the Shingwedzi lunch I would estimate.

Another Southerly route from Sirheni:
Going South down the H1-7 to Shingwedzi, then go down the s50 for a few km to see the Kanniedood dam. Many consider the drive to Kanniedood to be one of the most rewarding drives in the park!
On the way back to Sirheni you could just take dirt roads if you would like to avoid driving down the same roads you have explored earlier.
If you do, the route is 94km. the route including an hour stop is just under six hours.

Just a couple of options in terms of where to drive :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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sound nice :D
:hmz: between Bateleur and Shireni... waiting with you... first time in March for me :wink:


Hi there

Both Camps are great.

From lots of experience at both, I would have to choose Bateleur.

Overall is well laid out, units are well spaced apart, and the whole atmosphere is that of being in the "Bush".
Also it is smaller camp, and lots of quiet roads to drive undisturbed, plus a great hide over a waterhole, which is floodlit. The game viewing is awesome, especially in Winter months...

But Sirheni is a worthy "second"....

I think the Bushveld camp with the least "atmosphere" and badly laid out (you might as well be in Lower Sabie) is Shimuweni... lovely area, but camp is last on my list... sorry.

I am sure you will enjoy whatever you choose, and have a great time.

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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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I'm going to be staying at Sirheni in July and have booked a GC6 Cottage. From looking at the camp map, the only GC6 is #14. Does this mean I'm unable to stay at a GC6D?

If thats the case, anyone ever stay at #14 or perhaps able to share some insight...

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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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Hi 1wnature
The D stands for Double bed. One of the rooms in those units have a double bed. But I don't think it will be an issue if you ask them to be placed in a GC6D. Just phone the camp and request another unit.
I am not sure about the view at no 14. We have stayed in No 2 and it was WONDERFUL. We had the best view on the river! The telephone number there is 013 735 6860.

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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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Hi Everyone! We will be visiting Sirheni for the first time this June and after reading this thread I'm even more excited! :dance: :dance: :dance:

We will be staying in a CO4 cottage - ie number 8, 11 or 13. Is there one of these cottages you would recommend? And if so - who should I contact to ask for a specific number unit?

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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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Hi bushbuddies,
Sirheni is my favourite camp we normally ask for cottage no.7
unrestricted views of the dam,although never stopped at this time of year we have always seen the resident leopard drinking at the dam without having to leave our veranda :D
Have a great trip with plenty of great sightings :thumbs_up:
if you fax the reception at Sirheni with a request for a certain number cottage about a week beforehand they usually try to accommodate.


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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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I was in no 15 (the last one)... magnificent... superb... :dance:
twice a herd of Elephants, one crossed the water just in front of me and the second come from the left side along the fence :D

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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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Bushbuddies wrote:
We will be staying in a CO4 cottage - ie number 8, 11 or 13. Is there one of these cottages you would recommend? And if so - who should I contact to ask for a specific number unit?


No 8 has the best view and privacy. We requested it, but got no 13 instead. No 13 is also nice, the bird hide is right in front of it.

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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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Back from a lovely KNP holiday!
Just to let you all know - Sirheni was lovely and will now be amongst one of my favourite camps! :thumbs_up: It really is true that all the chalets are nice and have views.
In my opinion the first 2-3 chalets (nr 1,2 and 3) had very good views as well as the last one - nr 15.
But it really doesn't matter which one you get - it will be lovely and it's a great camp! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: First time in Sirheni
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We also had the privilege to stay in Sirheni for 1 night last year.
It was also our first stay at any of the bushveld camps.
It was AMAZING!
We did not see any "magnificent" sightings while we were there (although we saw lots of lovely general sightings) - but the atmosphere of this camp was magnificent in its own right.
I can only agree with what Shi said...

Since visiting one Bushveld camp - it has now become my wish to visit all the others as well.
And after trying for many years - we finally got our chance to go and visit Biyamiti later this month! :dance:

Goronto - you need not to prepare anything, or do anything to make the most of Sirheni.
Just go there, relax and absorb nature - it will be a magical experience! :D

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 Post subject: Re: First time in Sirheni
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Last year we stayed two days at Sirheni and as soon as we left we were wondering why we didn't stay there longer.
The bungalows are very nice with great views over the river.
There are also two look-out points that are very nice.
We had the feeling the resident leopard could turn up any second which made it more exciting, no luck though.
During the day we only saw general game in the Sirheni area, may be worthwhile sitting on your veranda looking over the river.
We had booked a night drive which was a good choice and recommend this to every one.
We where the only three people on the drive so it was a private safari :D
We had a male lion scenting for about 15 min, he was just walking in front of the 4x4 and also 2 black backed jackals stalking two common duikers.( nothing happened though.
It was a great night drive.
Sirheni is a great place during day and night, I'm sure you will enjoy your stay.

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