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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni in September/October?
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:08 pm 
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Hi Annaluisa,

This year we spent some time in Sirheni in may and beginning october. There was plenty of water, also in october. I agree with Stu.

It's sure one of our favourite places to stay in Kruger. We stayed in nr. 15 ( the last one on the corner ). Excellent view and very quiet.

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14-04-2010 --01-05-2010 LS and Satare and Shimuwini. Can't wait.

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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:19 am 
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Wow is all I can say about this little camp.
Visited this camp recently for the first time and surely i will be back.
Had unit no 3 and 11 on my 2 visits during my 19 day roller coaster ride through KNP.
Thank you so much for the people who sponsored the visitors book in unit 3, I can't remember your names but what a wonderful idea.
In this book every visitor to unit 3 can make comments about the unit, cleaning lady or even sightings from the patio.
It's so interesting to read all these comments.
I wish every bushcamp can put a visitors book in every unit.

Also well done to the staff at Sirheni!!! :clap: .
You are doing a great job.
The staff from Shimuwini can learn so much from you.
We didn't see any animals from our patio but a resident leopard was spotted across the river an our before our arrival.

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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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I was trying to establish from this tread if there is still water in the Sirheni waterhole around end March? For 2009 there was no postings in that time period.

We are in Sirheni for 3 nights in the beginning of April (cannot wait :dance: ) and just wondered if there will still be some water.
Is there more water on the one side of the camp than the other ie on no.15 bungalow side or no 1 bungalow side?
Hope someone can help?


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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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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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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:53 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni electricity
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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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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni electricity
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:08 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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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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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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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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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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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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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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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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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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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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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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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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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
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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

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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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 Post subject: Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:40 pm 
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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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