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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:07 am 
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Think 4 would be better, we were there a couple of days ago.
The units are all in a line along the water, but I think 1,2 & 3 are set further back if memory serves me correctly.
I would have been quite happy though with any unit I had there.


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 Post subject: Shimuwini - What happens with electricity at night?
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:55 am 
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Is there electricity at Shimuwini at night or is it switched off? Are there any plug points in bedrooms? Many thanks cause would love to stay at a bushcamp.


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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini - What happens with electricity at night?
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:13 am 
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There is electricity at Shimuwini at night the only plugpoint we saw was for the fridge in the kitchen none in bedrooms it is a lovely camp.


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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini - What happens with electricity at night?
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:54 am 
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They don't really like you plugging things into the fridge point, but the ladies in reception are very happy to let you charge anything and everything in the office during the day.

They're very welcoming and friendly.

The generator charges batteries during the day, which run down over night.
There is generally enough charge in the batteries to run the fans all or most of the night, ditto the lights if you need them.

The fridges work very well given the sporadic use of the generator.
Probably best to leave the fridge plugged in so that when the generator is on it can get its full charge.

Get the maintenance man to show you the tricks re the fridge - there is a plastic container at the bottom with a an overflow pipe that feeds into it.
If the container fills up with water you will need to tip it out so the pipe can 'breathe'.

The electricity system at Shimuwini is a finely balanced little ecosystem all of its own, so get to know its strengths and limitations when you arrive and please don't upset it!


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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:09 pm 
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If i remember correctly the boma is closer to units 8 - 10.
The map shows it however closer to units 11 - 13, but that is incorrect.
I would rather go for unit 14 which is a GC5 cottage.

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 Post subject: Black Mamba at Shimuwini
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Just a word of warning to always keep your eyes open - this mamba was found lying inside the stoep wall at Shimuwini and was captured and released with great difficulty!Fortunately it was still daylight and nobody cornered him by mistake - and I walk around camp in slipslops looking skywards with my binoculars :cam: ImageImage


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 Post subject: Re: Black Mamba at Shimuwini
Unread postPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 8:23 am 
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Amazing!

It's incredible the grip they get from just a few points of contact.

Great photo


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 Post subject: Re: Black Mamba at Shimuwini
Unread postPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 8:27 am 
WOW, what an experience. Look at the strength of that body…lifting itself up like that. 8)
VERY dangerous situation for the staff though :? ….they do not have training to deal with such a dangerous snake, mostly they also do not have the proper equipment to handle a snake …and due to the pressure from tourist they cannot kill it, yet the tourist also want it removed….so thumbs up to the guys who literally put their lives on the line to remove these snakes. :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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We just returned from Kruger and stayed in Shimuwini for 2 nights.
Not a bad choice, if you want to spend much time in camp.
We stayed in number 6 (4 bed) but number 5 and 7 were next to us, and with both good views.
If you want to see our pics just look here


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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:44 pm 
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I have just returned from Kruger and we went up North for the first time.
We spent two nights at Shimuwini and loved the camp.
The chalets are quite close to the fence and there was plenty of water in the river.
The bird hide is great - well worth a visit although in the evening one feels a stimulating frisson of anxiety at the proximity of the ground outside the fence to the wide opening at the side of the bird hide!
Just right for a leopard I thought, but Johan Mdluli the duty manager, assured me that this was very unlikely to happen.

The chalet we were in was spotless and maintained so whilst we were there, the beds were comfortable and the water was hot.
My only criticism is that water leaked from the cistern into the bowl and the H C markings on the taps were invisible so we wasted more water by running the taps to find out which was which (er - just because right is H in the basin, it does not follow that R will be H in the shower . . . .)

The freezer, in a dedicated room by the gate, contains numbered wire baskets and your food goes into the same number basket as your chalet.
The basket was just large enough for meals for two for a fortnight plus our extensive collection of freezer blocks.

Approaching Shimuwini there are two low-level bridges.
At the second we came across a honey badger, rooting around in the river sand, snuffling for grubs.
He was on our left - keep an eye open if you go that way!
There is a lovely 8km drive along the river with lots of loops to the water and a picturesque baobab tree. This road is far more interesting than the 7km alternative.

The staff with whom we came into contact, Busi Shabangu and Johan Mdluli were pleasant, helpful and friendly.
Johan, on hearing that we were moving to Mopani, showed us his wonderful cheetah photos, taken a few days before we arrived, and told us where we would be most likely to find them.
Thanks Johan we found the male juvenile at Bowerskop marking territory early in the morning and the following evening we found the mother and two juveniles in the same place.
She watched whilst they hunted down some impala (unsuccessfully!) then called them back - this is the first time I have heard a mother cheetah calling - what a wonderful sound!

Shimuwini is well worth staying in and it has a unique atmosphere.
One thing we noticed was how quiet and considerate everyone was there, something very welcome after the rather brash south. Enjoy!


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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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I have a reservation for 3 nights in December. I have reserved a GC5 - any suggestions as to which unit I should request. I would prefer a unit that is slighlty more isolated (no close neighbours) :) .
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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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if i remember correctly no 10 is a GC5 cottage. there is a big gap between no 10 and no 11 but no 9 is close. i would go for no 10

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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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Cottage 1 is highly isolated as it faces the bush.
No one will walk pass your cottage as it's at the far east side of the camp.
Its other advantage is that it's much closer to the Bird-Hide where you can go and enjoy the scenery of the river view and animals going down to drink.

If you need a river view cottage, you better go for cottage 14.
It has a wide open view to the river and it's towards the western end of the camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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I would like to say that Shimulwini is special :dance: ...in fact I am dreaming of booking out the whole camp for my 50 birthday weekend :pray: ...still some time away. I always say that Sirheni is special for its remoteness, and Shimulwini is special for its outstanding views and staff. We had one of our best walks ever in KNP with Johan.BTW he has a wicked sense of humour ! I avoided staying there over the years because of my perceived opinion about the lack of game in the area...but it is a great place.
some pic's for Shimulwini:
pic's taken from the camp:
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Pic taken from birdhide:
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:thumbs_up: Shimulwini is outstanding and all credit to Johan and his team for their can do approach :clap: . I would also say it is a great camp for people who don't want to be in the car all the time.
:hmz: Time for another visit I think

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 Post subject: Re: Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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A lovely camp and its 16 odd km private road is a bliss!!

We had some super sightings along the private road.
Hyenas fishing at the first weir, closest to the tar road.
Many other animals joined in on the act here.
Black Stork, Water Monitor and an immature African Fish-Eagle.

Other lovely sightings on the private road included:

Buffalo, Giraffe, loads of Steenbok, nice breeding herd of Elephants, a group of 5 Ground Hornbills, Mosque Swallow, loads of Fiery-necked Nightjar, Square-tailed Nightjar and Bronze-winged Coursers, Verreaux's Eagle-Owl and Spotted Eagle-Owl.
The river is alive with animals and birds.
We got 7 Collared Pratincoles at the river in front of the camp and an immature White-backed Night-Heron also posed for some photos for some members of the BBW right in front of the bird hide.

Lions roared across the river on Saturday morning and evening.

We came across 4 Lions on a Buffalo kill on the Phalaborwa - Letaba road, near Erfplaas waterhole.
We must've missed the kill by about 10 mins.
All 5 vulture species were seen at this sighting.
Unfortunately at this exact same spot a Honeybadger was run over and killed the day before.
So most of the Vultures were already at this site and in business when the Buffalo turned its toes skywards. Of interest sake, the one female was perhaps the biggest Lioness I have seen in the Park.
An unbelievable animal!

The Letaba bridge area just before the Shimuwini off ramp produced at least a dozen Dusky Larks.
Not an easy bird to find in the Park.
We also had Monotonous Larks here and close to the lion kill site as well.

Loved the camp and its ambiance.
Loved the pool as the heat and humidity was almost intolerable!
And a lovely Southern Foam Nest Frog made its appearance at the lapa near the pool as well.

The bird life is incredible in the camp:

Lesser Masked-Weaver
Village Weaver
Lesser Masked Weaver
Black Cuckoo-Shrike
African Green Pigeon
African Cuckoo
Eurasian Hobby hunting over the river at dusk
Red-faced Cisticola
Klaas' Cuckoo
Diederick Cuckoo
White-fronted Bee-eater
Little Swift
Common Swift
Collared Pratincole
Green-backed Heron
White-backed Night-Heron
Water Thick-knee
Fiery-necked Nightjar
Kurrichane Thrush
Willow Warbler
Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike
Grey-headed Bush-Shrike
Woolly-necked Stork
Egyptian Goose
African Grey Hornbill
Pied Kingfisher
Reed Cormorant
Pied Wagtail
Common Waxbill
Blue Waxbill
Spotted Flycatcher
Red-headed Weaver
White-bellied Sunbird
Giant Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher

Lots of Hippos in the river and we also managed to spot a number of Crocs. One individual being a monster of at least a meter high as he climbed out onto a sand bank!

Lovely camp, will definitely visit there again. :D

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