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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby ndloti » Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:56 am

3 d , yes , the ones visible from the high level bridge are still intact , I cannot vouch for the trees downstream from camp towards the Kanniedood dam where theriver banks are lower , but from the signs it seems to have been a flash flood and not a sustained high speed flood as large trees along the Mphongolo loop seem mostly intact and some of the short river view by ways on this road are closed as they have been partially washed away , the riverbed along the Mphongolo has taken on a new apperance ..
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:42 pm

I drove the Mphongolo Loop just after it reopened (judging by the vehicle tracks I may well have been the first tourist vehicle) and was very pleasantly surprised. The river itself and the riverbanks took a hammering, but the vegetation is largely intact. Some trees right on the river were knocked off their socks, but elsewhere the only reminder of the flood is the debris hanging in trees and bushes, in places at an impressive height.

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby Grasha » Tue May 07, 2013 5:19 am

Hi All
Could someone tell me if the BG2 units at Shingwedzi have a verandah.
Thanks a lot

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby roaneric » Tue May 07, 2013 7:56 am

Hi Grasha

They do have a veranda, but not a closed one. Here you can find some pictures. I will also take more pictures for the accommodation thread in July when we visit.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:54 pm

sarafl wrote:Hello everyone.

Please forgive my question if it is a duplicate (I thought I found the answer before but was unable to find it again)! I am looking to book my first stay in Shingwedzi but I am a bit confused as to the location of bungalows. I looked at the map and I do not see where the BD3 are located. Are these the same as the BD5?

Thanks in advance for your help!


Hi sarafl! I also checked - no sign of any BD3's on the map. many of the maps are outdated. Changes to most of the maps have been noted by roaneric on the "accommodation photos" thread. Unfortunately no changes yet posted about Shingwedzi's map. Maybe you should pm Roaneric or phone the camp. However, I wonder if more changes may not be applied to the map after the floods and repairs... :hmz:
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby GlenD » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:29 pm

Hi All
Does anyone know if Shingwedzi offers bush walks, and if so what has the experience been like, (area walked, sightings etc)
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:21 pm

Hi Glen

They must do. The back up on the walk we did from Mopani about three weeks ago was a guide from Shingwedzi who was working at Mopani until Shingwedzi camp opens again.

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BD2 - Shingwedzi Camp

Unread postby Jen » Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:31 pm

PLEASE HELP...
I am trying to make a reservation for Shingwedzi for 2014.
I am looking at the descriptions of BD2 and it says they no longer have a veranda. I called head office to confirm and they told me that some changes have been made since the floods and that I should call the camp directly.
I have tried to call they but I do not get a reply.

Please can someone help. BD2 used to be in the B circle eg 34 & 35. Do they still have a veranda ?????
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Re: BD2 - Shingwedzi Camp

Unread postby Stephens.L » Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:29 am

Dear Jen

Please note that the BD2 still have verandas. The only change that we are currently implementing is converting BD5 into BD3.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby roaneric » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:30 pm

Hi all

We visited Shingedzi in June and I took a few pictures of the camp. They are still busy with reconstruction, and soon the camp will be fully operational.

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby wheckroodt » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:21 pm

Shingwedzi is back up and running, accommodation neat and clean and looks new. The shop has been beautifully redone. Sorry I did not take a photo of it but its nice.

The trees on the road leading into the camp are all still standing, the hide at kanniedood is nearly rebuilt so let the good times roll.
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Shingwedzi

Unread postby nunu » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:45 am

I have just returned from a long stay in the KNP. Planning to do my trip report a bit later but I have to say this, Shingwedzi was an absolute revelation. I was so amazed because the last time I stayed there it wasnt good. But "WOW" the accomdation was superb, so clean and organised with crisp bedding and gleaming utensils. But the best part was just the whole general presentation of the camp and and attitude of the staff - organised, friendly and a great atmosphere - no other camp came close - wish I had spent the whole time there.

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby squirrel_asc » Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:34 am

tent dweller wrote:
RosemaryH wrote:Have a look here tent dweller Bungalow (BD3) Shingwedzi


RosemaryH, I did look at the above mentioned link before making the booking but are those pictures of the accommodation before or after the flood renovations?

The only difference in the layout after the renovations are that they removed the ladder leading up to the loft. :)

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:22 pm

tent dweller wrote:squirrel_asc, so the loft is not able to be used? :doh: :doh:


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bucky wrote:Hi,

Why the move away from the bd5 units with the lofts ?

It was one of the last semi affordable units for a person with a family to stay in.

I see they note them as having a flip down bed, what exactly is that ?


Dear Bucky

The lofts in the BD5's were changed for several reasons but mainly due to the safety of our guests and staff members. The ladder to the loft and positioning thereof has caused concern for many years and a decision was taken to implement changes. It was then already changed on the reservation system to BD3. The renovations after the floods gave us an opportunity to remove ladders leading to the loft completely.

The units now have three single beds plus a fold-down ( single bed on wheels which can be put down when needed). The kitchen is already equipped for four and additional linen and blackets will be stored in the cupboards of the units.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby Crested Val » Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:26 am

Hi TD
Just back from Shing, and I am delighted to report that it has been restored to it's former glory!!!!

All the units are exactly the same on the outside as they were before the floods, but they have been completely refurbished inside.

As Rosemary has already said, the BD5 units are all now BD3, as they have taken away the stairs.
They have an ensuite shower, loo and basin, and an outside kitchen, equipped much the same as other camps.

"A" circle has the BD3 units, and we stayed in A3 on the first night, and A7 on our last night (both were in a good position) as you look out onto that lovely large circle with the trees, though A3, A4, A5 and A6 are quieter, as it is a no through road. A1 and A2 are for the disabled guests.

Here is a photo of A3, which is semi-detached with A4.

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All the public areas - reception, shop etc have been completely refurbished inside, and look great.

Sadly the causeway out through the back gate is closed, as part of it was washed away, and I don't see any repairs happening as yet. The picnic site is also closed, otherwise all roads are open, as far as I could tell.
Some of the trees along the river were felled by the floods, but many are still standing.

Any other info you need, don't hesitate to ask. :thumbs_up:

Hi Pumbaa
The BD2 units are in "B circle, and they are the ones built in 2009, with the tiled roofs.............not as attractive from the outside as the older ones, but probably nice inside. They all looked fairly well placed, from what I could see, and would be a matter of personal choice.
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