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 Post subject: Re: PAFURI DAY DRIVE FROM SHINGWEDZI? ADVICE PLEASE
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:42 pm 
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We did this day trip from Shingwedzi a couple of weeks ago, leaving at gate opening 06:00 and returned easily before gate close at 18:00. We had a quick leg stretch at Babalala on the way and on the way back and hired a skottel and cooked brunch at Pafuri. If you have your yellow ribbon on I'm sure Frank will come and say hello if he's there.

It was a lovely day trip as I had never been that far north before and the landscape up around Pafuri/Crooks corner was so different from the south and very beautiful. It is a long day, but worth it (maybe keep the kids up the night before so they sleep on the way back! :wink: )

I see where Bushbuddies is coming from in general terms of fewer sitings than in the south on this road, however we got lucky and had the best leopard siting (including kill) of our entire 2 week + trip on this road that morning just north of Babalala....so as always you just never know when you will get lucky!

Have a great trip!


NOw i want to know what happened here with the kill? Did you see it happen and what was killed and any pics?? Shingwedzi has probably produced some of our best leopard sightings but dont think ive seen them north of Babalala

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 Post subject: Re: PAFURI DAY DRIVE FROM SHINGWEDZI? ADVICE PLEASE
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o-dog wrote:

NOw i want to know what happened here with the kill? Did you see it happen and what was killed and any pics?? Shingwedzi has probably produced some of our best leopard sightings but dont think ive seen them north of Babalala

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OK just for you....

It started off a a nice siting of the leopard in a dip at the side of the road with a very small pool of water.

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There was a fallen log across the water suddenly the leopard lept up and ran across the log, got a pic but not a great one as we weren't prepared for the sudden action.

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It disappeared out of sight into some bushes behind the waterhole.
So we waited in hope that it might reappear and give us a second chance. After 10 minutes or so, there was a lot of movement in the bushes.... a few minutes later we were rewarded as the leopard reappeared jumped once again onto the log an ran across with what I now know is a Cane rat in it mouth.

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Made our day and perhaps even our trip!! :D


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 Post subject: Re: PAFURI DAY DRIVE FROM SHINGWEDZI? ADVICE PLEASE
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:26 pm 
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Hey SusieB what a fantastic sighting and so well captured, great pics...thanx for sharing :clap:

I had a feeling it was going to be really interesting...so I am glad I enquired :wink: :D

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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 1:15 pm 
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We always make a point of stopping at Shingwedzi to make breakfast at the day visitors area, it is really well run and the surrounds are really great, lots of bird life and also a real "bush feel"


Did you know that as from dec 2011 the day visitors picnic area was moved to just before the main camp entrance on the right , and there is no longer a view of the river ?
There was excessive congestion around the wht you know as the current / old picnic site , I understand the old one is / will be closed.

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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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Shingwedzi is awesome!! :clap:

Even with some new upgrades it still retains it's old world bush feeling. :dance:
The first time I ever stayed there, I felt I was in Africa proper!! :thumbs_up:

We are staying there in December, and can't wait! :thumbs_up:

Hoping the restaurant wont serve cold toasties though, as last time we were there Nov 2011 they were awful. :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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Hi Michael,
We stayed at Shingwedzi 27 and 28 July 2012. LOVELY CAMP. The story about the Lions is true .... quite vocal :D We saw some of the big named Tuskers in the riverbed in front of the Restaurant and there was a Verreaux's Eagle Owl in front of our hut.

Remember the S50 to the "South" of the camp. Here you visit a dry Kanniedood Dam. There is a beautiful bird hide along the way where we saw Kudu and Nyala at the hide, and further on the BEAUTIFUL Grootvlei Dam with Elephants, Tuskers and there was a large herd of Buffs at the same time. The usual impala, Kudu, Kori birds and a fish Eagle. You then carry on to Tihongonyeni where we nearly always see Roan, Tsessebe, Eland, Kori's, Kittlitz's Plover, named Tuskers.

To the North, you can visit Pafuri loop and Picnic area/ Crooks Corner/ Nyala loop, etc and go back to Shingwedzi before gate closing time.

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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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Hi Ndloti,
Good to hear from you :D There was not much water in front of the hide, but on the right hand side it looks a bit better. Here are a few photos that we took on 28 July 2012:

To the left when you sit in the hide
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Directly in front of the hide
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On the right hand side
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There were not any birds, but it was a windy day and still early. We saw Nyala, Kudu and Impalas around the hide.

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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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Hi Ndloti,
That photos was indeed taken at the Nyawutsi hide. We did not visit the Kanniedood hide this time.

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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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Good morning Bushbuddies,
You can maar go to Shingwedzi. We have been there end of July and saw an abundance of animals. Perhaps we should have written a TR :(

There was a giant eagle owl in the camp , and there were babies as well. We again took nice photos of crested guinea fowl and crowned hornbills. We even found a yellow spotted nicator. What was also nice was the large number of ground hornbills we saw .... there were 9 of them in one of the groups. We found them from Phalaborwe gate up to Pafuri.

Roan, Eland, Tsetse - we found them at Tihongonyeni and Klopperdam. A must is of course is Grootvlei Dam - there was enough water for a large herd of elephants and buffalo to play in the end of July.

Conclution - go and enjoy the North and Shingwedzi :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 6:54 pm 
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Hi Marijke,
Here are photos I took of a EH3 hut in Shingwedzi end of July this year (27 July 2012). I cannot remember the number but it was near a kitchen and ablution block (63?). You have a lovely view of the plain in front of the units - there are trees with lots of birds and small animal life in them. We also had a Owl in the tree in front of our hut. The restaurant look out on the river and the view is excellent. The room is spacious with three beds, a large cupboard and a basin with hot and cold water. You also get a kettle with mugs and coffee and tea inside the Hut. The freezer/fridge on the stoep is fairly large. This is a camp you always wants to go back to!

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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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:redface: Hi Roaneric, sorry for only replying now :wall: I agree with Vvv! EH3 = 60 to 63. :thumbs_up:
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 Post subject: Re: Swimming pool at Shingwedzi Restcamp
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Hi there and welcome!

Have a look Here
Its not # 30 but next door and can maybe give you a idea of what they are like.

and a Video clip

Also if you have a read Shingwedzi Camp you might pick up some info re the swimming pool.

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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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Back from our lovely trip to Shingwedzi! 8) Even though it was extremely dry - had some nice sightings. See my TR for more... :whistle:

Just wanted to know. On the Kanniedood road, South of Shingwedzi, there is this stone underneath a tree there:

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Does anybody know what the story is here? Who Brankey was? :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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There was adiscussion on it recently on this forum ...

Here it is :

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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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1. What are the 5 sleeper cottages 2 singles and 3 beds in loft like? any recommendations here?
2. Has anyone had any luck with the long s50/s106 loop? Not sure if it has a name, is it worth it?
Thanks

My family stayed in one of the 5 bedded bungalows last year and found them to be fine for what they needed, there were 3 beds downstairs and 2 up in the loft.
The ladder up to the loft is quite steep so would not recommend the elderly or not too agile to attempt it, especially coming down in the dark! :wink:
But for the youngsters its fine!

We drove all the way up the S50 called the Dipeni Road, from Mopani Camp, in Feb this year and altho we didn't see a lot of animals, loved the peace and quiet of the road, think we only saw 3 other cars the entire length.
There is a wonderful view site called Shibavantsengela Lookout that gives one an amazing view of miles and miles of the park.
We had a enjoyable time parked up on the Grootvlei dam wall, watching 2 ellies having a bath and play time in the water.
Enjoy.

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