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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:55 pm 
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Sounds like an extremely successful visit! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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MATTHYS wrote:
So am I, DD :D

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I think the thing that really did it for me was the lack of traffic in that area.

You might find more traffic in that area now, WTM ! :wink:
Thanks, I just added Shimuwini to my wish list :thumbs_up:


A long-standing business colleague and fellow KNP enthusiast has always told me that Shimuwini is his favourite. This year we are going there for 3 nights which is great! Unfortunately I have to wait until September..... :doh: Just re-read most of this thread, and now I really can't wait.

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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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Can't wait to get back to Shim. We'll be staying there for four lovely nights this time. Last time we stayed at bungalow no 2, which is close to the lovely bird hide and the magnificent Jackalberry tree.


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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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Lovely pic :thumbs_up: We stay in nr. 4, also close to the bird hide :)

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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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I have just returned from my second trip to Shimuwini and must say it is my favorite camp by far!
The peace and quiet, even over a long weekend, is priceless and the staff are the friendliest and most helpful I have encountered in the park.

For those that were wondering what flood damage was done, the flood waters apparently did not quite reach up to the huts but it looks like they got very close.
The hide is damaged and not in use and some of the benches on the lawns are missing planks.
Apart from that it all look in good condition.

It seemed to me like there was less game than usual along the river road which could probably be put down to the flood damage.
We saw hyaena and a lone buffalo but little general game.

However, we had incredible sightings on the main road between Shimuwini turn off and half way down to Phalaborwa.
In one day we spotted two leopards, lions mating beside the road and wild dog on the sunset drive!!! Unbelievable especially when the general consensus is that game viewing is poor in the north.

I can also recommend going on a drive with Godfrey.
I have so far done 3 drives with him and he has a ton of extra information which he is willing to share and makes the impression of a kid in a candy shop.
Hard to beat his enthusiasm!

Looking forward to my next visit!


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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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Shimuwini is my favourite bushveld camp. :D

I agree that Godfrey is a wonderful guide and asset to the camp and to KNP. :D We have done two walks with Godfrey and both were so enjoyable and informative. He also took us on a special 'scenic' tour back to camp after our walk which added something special. His quiet yet confident, friendly and humble demeanour are very endearing and put you at ease at once.

On our way back to camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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Yes the low level crossing over the river is amazing. Did it the last time we were there and it was a real treat. I was disappointed that the access road had not been fixed yet this time round. However had we taken that route we would have missed the wild dogs!


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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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Could someone tell me if they have power points in the cottages...to charge laptop/batteries etc?

We are going in August and cant wait..

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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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Dear John

Please note that we do not have power points in our cottages at Shimuwini. However, you can charge your laptop at the reception. Our staff members at the camp will be waiting to assist you.

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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
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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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SEPTEMBER 2014
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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