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Shingwedzi re-opens some of its facilities to tourists

Unread postby Lesego » Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:47 am

SHINGWEDZI RE-OPENS SOME OF ITS FACILITIES TO TOURISTS

The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s Shingwedzi Rest Camp will re-open some of its facilities to tourists tomorrow, 14 June 2013; after it was temporarily closed in January due to floods that saw the whole Rest Camp under water.

“The Park experienced heavy rains at the beginning of each year with most of our infrastructure such as tourist roads, bridges, picnic spots and bush camps badly affected; however this year we were completely devastated when the whole of Shingwedzi submerged,” said the KNP’s General Manager: Communications & Marketing, William Mabasa.

Although no human life was lost in the Park due to the floods, staff members and tourists at Shingwedzi lost all their belongings, had to pick up the pieces and move on. The repair process, to hopefully restore the Camp’s essence of the bush and rustic feel is on course.

The facilities and services at Shingwedzi which will be open to tourists for now are: the Reception, Temporary Tuck shop, Filling Station, Camping Site and units found at B circle that will gradually be reopened before 30 June 2013.

The following facilities are still closed:
Day Visitors areas (new and old site), bird Hide at Kanniedood dam (to open by the end of August 2013), swimming pool (to open by the end of August 2013), restaurant (to open in September 2013), A Circle units (to open by the end of August 2013). The S50 road alongside the Shingwedzi River via Kanniedood dam and Dipeni outpost will open on 20 June 2013.

There will be a special welcome for guests checking-in at Shingwedzi tomorrow; and to book or find out availability of accommodation, please call the central reservations on 012 428 9111.
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Shingwedzi Rest Camp under water in January 2013

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Re: Shingwedzi re-opens some of its facilities to tourists

Unread postby umtali1 » Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:58 am

Big congrats. to all the staff for getting Shingwedzi partially up and running with the rest being completed later. You 'guys' must have worked really hard. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :D :D :clap: :clap:
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Very pleased as we will be staying there later in the year.

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Unread postby saraf » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:48 am

Congratulations to all involved in getting the camp in some sort of order. Wonderful news that it will be opening, if only partially, again.
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Unread postby Crested Val » Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:30 pm

Oh at is sweet music to my ears!!!!! :dance:

Well done SANparks. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Hoping to stay there in January 2014, as it is our favourite camp by far!!!! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby okie » Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:31 pm

Congratulations and a big thank you to all involved in getting things back on track at our favourite camp :clap:
We are so looking forward to be there again in September 2013 :dance:
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Unread postby GlenD » Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:53 pm

BIG round of applause to SANParks and the Shingwedzi staff.
I will see you in September ...... yeeehaaaaaaa!!!

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Unread postby MarkusF » Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:25 pm

Thanks for the update, Lesego.

Thanks to everyone working hard to get the camp operational again. :clap:

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Unread postby gmlsmit » Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:53 pm

Good news about a very special place, thanks!
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Unread postby boje1212 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:35 am

What a fantastic piece of news! A big well done to SanParks and management for getting the camp back together. :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby Stephens.L » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:10 am

wilmaw wrote:Laundry is usually not top of my list when thinking of Kruger, but is the facility (in camping area - machines) up & running yet? Our stay at Shingwedzi will fall in the middle of our week-long visit (can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!! ) and would need to do washing by then... don't feel like handwashing :-(


Hi, Wilmaw

You do not have to be worried about handwashing our laundry machines are up and running. Hope you enjoy your stay in the park.
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Unread postby Stephens.L » Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:33 am

shrew wrote:Hi all
This is great news. I am doing the Mphongolo back pack trail next week and I know while the damage was being repaired the trail departed from Mopani, does anyone know where I must report for the trail? Shingwedzi or Mopani.

Can't wait !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hi! Shrew

Please note that the departure point for Mpongolo Trails is still at Mopani. As from 7 July 2013 the departure point will be back to Shingwedzi.
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Shingwedzi

Unread postby Bosprediker » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:58 pm

Hi Forum Family!
Can anyone please advise the current situation in/around Shingwedzi?
I'm considering a booking for December... I know some of the roads are closed and Kanniedood hide inaccessible temporarily.
Will the roads situation change before December?
What about Kanniedood loop?
Has the camp retained it's atmosphere after the floods? Is the restaurant & swimming pool open?
Anyone been there recently?
Any new Pictures?
Look forward to hearing from you :D

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Unread postby Stephens.L » Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:56 am

Please note that the departure point for Mpongolo Trails is now back at Shingwedzi camp after it was moved to Mopani camp due to floods.
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Re: Shingwedzi Camping Area

Unread postby southerngal4eveh » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:47 pm

MufasaLen wrote:Hello All,

I intend spending two weeks caravanning at Shingwedzi during July/August. I have read and am pleased to note that the camp is rapidly returning to a state of normality after the devastating floods. Has anybody camped/caravanned there since the camping area reopened and able to offer advice on the following:

* Is the peacefulness and serenity of the camp affected by noise from contractors effecting repairs?
We heard NOTHING during the evening/night. During the day, you are out and about on the roads so you won't even notice it. I have to give a huge "thumbs up" to the staff of Shingwedzi. They were so cheerful and helpful. :clap: :clap: :clap:
* Are both ablution facilities up and running?
The abolution facilities were up and running in the "B-Circle." The "A-Circle" is still being renovated. The facilities were the cleanest of any of the other camps.
* Is the Laundromat functional?
The laundromat was functional on the "B-Circle".
* Are all the camping power points functional?
All power points were up and running on the B-Side.
* Is the tap water safe to drink, or should one take bought purified water?
We bought water at all of the camps. Just to be on the safe side. :lol:

DEFINITELY GO TO SHINGWEDZI!!!! I think the A-Cirlce is up in a month or so.

Many thanks!


Hi. We spent one night in Shingwedzi last week. We had a fabulous time! We had spent the night before (30 June) at the Maroela camp but I have to admit, I preferred Shingwedzi.

They only had B-circle open but all power points to the caravans were up and running.

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Re: Shingwedzi re-opens some of its facilities to tourists

Unread postby Stephens.L » Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:13 pm

Pictures of Shingwedzi during and after floods

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