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Unread postby Freda » Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:32 pm

The hide is between numbers 12 and 13, all the units are facing the river as Snoobab said, I personally like the six bedded units numbers 2 or 9 but they are all nice.
Will check them all again in November :wink:
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Unread postby Fizzpop » Tue Oct 17, 2006 3:41 am

Was a Sirheni twice this past 12 months.

There are 2 hides, at each end of the row of Accom. Chalets.
Look up the link to the camp map at the top of the Camps and Roads thread.
This will give you an idea. No 2 was our choice.

All the units are well positioned, and all face the river/ dam.
In December, one of the times of year we visited, there is plenty of shady trees to sit under.
We also moved our lounge chairs onto the front of the covered patios, as it was so more comfortable "outside", and created a more brilliant atmosphere at "sundowner time.

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Unread postby madach » Fri May 11, 2007 3:16 pm

I stayed at Sirheni last year and liked it a lot.
The accommodation was perfect (better than the accommodating at Biyamiti and Talamati) and the level of service was awesome.
Please remember that there is no electricity in Sirheni.
If you need to charge anything you can drop it of at reception and they'll charge it for you.

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Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 18, 2007 1:48 pm

Sirheni is a real gem - both our visits there were pure magic.

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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread postby eladn » Sun Jun 10, 2007 5:26 pm

Stayed there on the 28th of May at the CO4D (double bedroom) unit.
At noon, we had excellent sighting from the birdhide - an elephant thrashing around, and baboons swing jumping from tree to tree, scared by the elephant.

The area is wooded and very nice, and there are two bird hides facing the dam.

There are a lot of birds around as well, on an afternoon drive I've seen what Johan identified as a juvenile Bateleur eagle.

The two major drawbacks in this camp were:

A. The dam has a big mud area close to it and that means that even in cold late May weather the camp was full of mosquitoes (we were on Malarone the entire KNP trip and used Tabard cream, spirals, citronella candles and so, but even so I was bitten several times after the shower, even though the entire cottage was supposed to be closed).
I found a dead mosquito but it did not look like an Anopheles one.
Anyway, up till now no Malaria :D .

B. The hot water had some problem with it - you first get hot water, then you get a wave of cold water and then it returns to hot water for the rest of the shower - not exactly what you would have expected from such a camp for such a price.
We browsed through the guests-book beforehand and seen a lot of complains about this issue, so it is probably an old one, although previous ones claimed no hot water at all for a 3 days stay, so we certainly got off easily...

All in all, I think this is the best bushveld camp of the three I stayed in (Sirheni, Byiamiti, Talamati).

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Unread postby RosemaryH » Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:54 am

Sirheni is amazing.
Peace and quite is the order of the day.
Another special camp.
When we stay there we always try for no15.
It has a fantastic view.
I don't have any digital photo's of it unfortunately.
Good area.
We have had some awesome sighting there...mostly from the patio of no.15. :D
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Unread postby Freda » Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:10 pm

Sirheni is magic :D
We love #8 no such thing as a bad unit in this camp :D

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Unread postby arks » Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:56 pm

I'm told that some camps will let you charge your batteries at reception.
However, a far better solution is to add a car charger to you camera kit.
These work off the cigarette lighter and you can charge your spare batteries while you drive. 8)
The car charger is quite small, I carry one with me back and forth from the USA. OR you can purchase one after you arrive, but IMO it is invaluable.
There are also power failures ....
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Unread postby Jen » Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:28 pm

Hi

I have booked to stay at Sirheni end of Feb 08. I have booked a unit with a double bed (CO4D) - does anyone know what units fall under that code?
Looks like unit 15 is the one to ask for - is it a large or small unit?
It says on the website there is no electricity - is it possible to charge camera batteries anywhere in the camp?
Are cool-drinks or firewood available for sale at the camp?
Any other suggestions would be most appreciated.


I have answered my own question about Firewood & Cool-drinks (seems available from reception).
From the map looks like unit 15 is a six sleeper. I have a 4 bed booked - would number 2 get your vote?
Arks also suggested I carry a car charger for camera batteries so will look into that.
PLEASE can some regular visitors help with my other queries.
Thanks.

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Unread postby arks » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:42 pm

Jen, I stayed in #5 and liked it very much. It is quite private and has a nice view of the river.
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Unread postby Jen » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:04 am

Cottage Update:- :?
Just thought I would add this to the thread as it might help others with their requests. Cottage type CO4D (double bed) is either unit 3 or 15.
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Unread postby Johann » Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:45 pm

Sirheni:
We stayed in number 12 for 2 nights in September.
We quite liked it.
It is next/near to the hide but people walking past never bothered us.
It had a nice view of the dam/river and you couldn't see any of the other units.
They couldn't see onto your veranda either.
Would take it again if we could.
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Unread postby Jen » Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:26 pm

Just a quick update...

YES there definitely is a resident leopard at Sirheni camp.
Followed him down the road on Wednesday 27th Feb for about 45 minutes.
We left camp at gate opening (5h30) and as we rounded the bend about 150m from camp he was walking down the road.
He scent marked & wandered on and off the road for ages and we were the only car - AWESOME!

We stayed in Unit 15 which is beautiful.
I had a look round camp as it was extremely quiet (only 2 other units occupied) and as previous people have stated I don't think there is a bad unit in the camp - all have a view of the dam.
We will definitely be back.
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Unread postby nightjar » Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:58 pm

Sirheni is a very quiet and shady camp, with good views over its own dam.
Bird life is prolific and their are two hides within camp, one at each end.
There is no shop and the nearest petrol is at Shingwedzi.
Electricity to the fridge and cooker goes off at night (7pm to 7am I think), but lights and fans still work.
The fridges stay pretty cold through the night (plus I think there is a communal freezer at reception).

The whole length of the S56 follows a watercourse and is good for game viewing and birds, although there won't be much water around in July.
We have seen cheetah and elephants at Boyela waterhole and the S53 loop is also worth doing (in April there was water in the Nkulumbeni stream attracting grazers like zebra and wildebeest).
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Re: Does Sirheni have a night drive?

Unread postby zivvy&muffin » Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:06 pm

Sirheni does have a night drive.
I went on it at the end of August and its very good.
For some reason it was not listed in one of the activity lists on this website, but was on another.
Anyway I phoned up and pre-booked .. no problem.


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