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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread postby alf » Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:50 am

The dam wall is build to the left of cottage no 15 so yes there's more water that side.
Cottage 15 is nice but it looks more over the dam than over the river.
When we were there in early January the dam had plenty of water.
If i remember correctly the staff at Sirheni told me there's water in the dam all year long.
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread postby Daffy » Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:53 pm

We stayed in no 15 last year in May and November.
In may there was plenty of water and a lot off Hippo's, giving wonderful concerts.
November still water, but a good deal less.
Hippo's didn't mind, continuing the singing.
The low water gave us a good view on there movements from the dam to the river and back.
In November rains have come so you'll be alright with the water level in April.

We were unlucky not spotting the resident leopard, but had a great meeting with an other leopard early morning just 3 km outside the gate on the road.
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Re: Sirheni electricity

Unread postby PaulEdge » Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:56 pm

We stayed at Sirheni last year Oct.
There is no electricity in the chalets during the day.
The power kicks in at approx 6pm -there is one power point only behind the fridge)
The fridges are good quality and retain their temperature during the day.
There are communal deep freezes at the gate.
There is limited power at the reception area during the day.
If you need to recharge something, they are happy to help out.
Not too sure what device you need to keep running, but my advice would be to phone the bush camp and find out from them direct.
The staff are very helpful and accommodating.
The camp itself is fabulous!

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Re: Sirheni electricity

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:08 pm

There is a solar charged battery fed system - I have noticed that power can run out in the wee hours of the morning if there has been a high demand .
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread postby alf » Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:50 am

And this is not a repeat from my previous post but after the award of "Bushveld camp of the Year" i must congrat Sirheni once again!!! Well done you really deserve it!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread postby alf » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:01 am

I think they are running a smaller generator during the day that costs less and during the night they switch on the bigger one that gives permanent power that's on all night.
No need for candles.
If i remember correctly there are plugs inside the unit to charge camera or cellphone batteries.
If you can try to book cottage no 3 which is a 4 bed cottage.
There is even a sightings book in this unit that was sponsored by people and everybody can record there sightings in it or just leave a short message.
This is a lovely quiet camp too so to be on your own would make it even more quiet.
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread postby stu » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:08 am

hi,
last time at sirheni 11 months ago now :( you had to charge everything at reception no plugs in the units,no problem though the staff are always more than helpful have a great time at this special camp :mrgreen: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread postby alf » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:28 am

No cellphone reception at all.That is awesome.Yes Stu you are right with the plugs. Now i remember we had to charge everything at Punda Maria.
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread postby enrico » Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:56 pm

Stayed at Sirheni in June.
The lights stay on all night but the fridge goes off at 7pm and comes on again early in the morning,around 6am.Powered by generator.
There is no freezer in the fridges in the chalets,but there are two big communal freezers at the entrance.They have compartments for each chalet.
There are no plugs in the chalets,unless you want to move the fridge.
The reception will charge batteries.

No cell phones,no TV's,no shop.
Just an amazing camp.For me the best in Kruger.
I know everyone has their own preferences,but to me the best chalets are 15 or 16.
I cannot remember the exact numbers but they are the last two high number chalets.
They have the best view over the water and no need to visit the hide.You can see it all from your patio.
Enjoy :mrgreen:
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread postby alf » Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:07 am

Unfortunately only the 6 bed cottages have nice views over the river.
if you can't get # 3 then i would suggest no 11.
It's closer to the hide and a little better view than # 3.
# 13 is a no go.
It's completely behind bushes and further away from the river than the other 2 i mentioned and also all the people going to the hide walks past this cottage.
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread postby Shi » Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:29 pm

I stayed there last month for two days we were in a two bedroom cottage no 1 it was stunning with a spectacular view over the river :thumbs_up: It is closest to the generators but it it did not bother us at all. Sirheni is an absolute gem...everything about this camp is gorgeous and the staff are incredible :thumbs_up:

Here are some pic's of the units, views and hides of Sirheni

Unit no 1
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View from the patio of number 1
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Some of the other units
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The walkway and hide
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This is definitely one of my new favourite camps in Kruger I LOVED it :thumbs_up: Hope you have a wonderful trip AM :dance: :dance:
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread postby PaulEdge » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:40 pm

This is undoubtedly my favourite camp in the park.
Have stayed in both units 15 & 3 - both with special memories.
Leopard at unit 15 & the birding in unit 3 was exceptional.
There is a birdbath in front of the stoep at no. 3.
Fill it up, retire quietly to the stoep, have the camera ready & wait for the avian show to begin - you do not need to leave the bungalow.
Can anyone tell me whether the colony of hooded vultures are still roosting in the trees opposite the river from no 3? (we saw approx 6 -7 vultures early Oct 2009)
Also, any good sightings of the owls in the camp recently?

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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread postby alf » Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:52 am

Paul,

We stayed in no 3 on 31 december 2009 and no 11 early january 2010 but didn't see any vultures or leopard. This is really by far the best bushveld camp in the whole KNP. Well done to the staff!!!!
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread postby Blydeboer » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:11 pm

I love Sirheni!
The one thing I wonder about is how hot it will be in December, as there are no airconditioning...
The previous two times we stayed there was magical, but during winter and early spring, so I have no clue as to the temperatures inside the cottages during December.
I know that there are ceiling fans, and that the thatched roofs are very high, which helps...
Can a summer veteran please help?

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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread postby alf » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:11 am

It gets very hot there during summer.
When we were there during early january it was 38 degrees the one day and just as the ceiling fan gets to the fastest speed the power trips.
Without that fan it's very hot but still very nice.
We got in the car with aircon and drove the very beautiful S56 during that very hot time of day.
I'm sure you will love it.
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