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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread postby bushwalker » Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:59 am

Returning to the topic for a second, I've been fortunate enough to spend many weeks at Shingwedzi (early 2007) when the river was very full. For me, that is the best time to be there. The crocs gather along the down-river side of the causeway and snap at anything that happens to be washed along. You can drive on the causeway and stop right beside them - you will never get a closer photo of the inside of a crocs mouth ... just don't lean out the window too much :) I sat in the cafe one afternoon watching literally millions of quelea flying downstream but got out quick when a spitting cobra arrived to see what was on the menu :shock: The only snag is the camp can become very waterlogged when the rain is heavy and you need a canoe to get around.

I've also stayed there during dry times and it doesn't have the same appeal. It's a big camp and, for me, it feels a bit flat when it's quiet. However, I did have a close encounter during one of these quiet times when I was sunbathing in the (lovely) pool one afternoon on my own and opened my eyes to find two baboons sitting by the pool side watching me. There was not one single person in sight and it was pretty scary.
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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread postby wildheart » Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:11 pm

When ever I miss Kruger then it is Shingwedzi that is in my mind. Whether the river flows or not the place just stay magic!

You need to take the S50 the moment that the camp gate open. We saw Giant Eagle Owls every single time that we have staid there! They sit on top of the trees and have long conversations with each other. You can see how their whole body moves up and down - whoo-hoo-ho. Beautiful!

The best way to do that road is by driving a short distance then park and sit until you have spotted 5 moving creatures. You will be surprised how the bush starts coming alive the moment that you stop. (Just be careful of snakes climbing in the car - we almost had a Mozambican spitting cobra on our laps!)

Nyawutsi hide is my favorite hide, we have seen a huge nile monitor there on several occasions and spend over a half an hour with an old elephant bull who had a bath. The atmosphere is out of this world and gives you the true sense of Kruger. The next stop is the Grootvlei dam with breathtaking scenery.

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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread postby GrahamKing » Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:57 pm

I think I have just found the words to perfectly describe Shingwedzi ......... Shingwedzi isn't just another Kruger camp, Shingwedzi is an EXPERIENCE :clap:
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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread postby ndloti » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:22 pm

Wildheart wrote : Nyawutsi hide is my favorite hide, we have seen a huge nile monitor there on several occasions and spend over a half an hour with an old elephant bull who had a bath. The atmosphere is out of this world and gives you the true sense of Kruger. The next stop is the Grootvlei dam with breathtaking scenery.

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In the 4 hours there only one car arrived , what peace I had .
Please to those thinking of Shingwedzi area , it has its disadvantages , it is so far from civilisation , it takes at least 2 hours longer to get there than all other camps , you will hardly see any open safari vehicles or traffic jams , there is relatively little chance of seeing the big 5 , the mopaniveld is so boring that even wildebeest and zebra are thinly distributed ...
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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread postby wildheart » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:31 am

Ndloti - I know what you are trying to do! :whistle:

We saw (in one week) leopard twice and lions three times in the dry river bed - just outside the camp gate. You will have difficulty to find rhino but elephants are everywhere and they are a bit crazy as well. They just LOVE chasing cars. :big_eyes:

Book the morning walk, it is awesome! Our guide took us over the dry Shingwedzi River and we identified a lot of spores in the sand while having snacks. He took us to a mud bath that was created by elephants. It was quite a distance away from the river and it was amazing to see that they could actually find water in the middle of nowhere.

PS: There are no Mopani problems around Shingwedzi. :wink:

But, Shingwedzi is definitely not in every bodies taste, you have to love birds and the smaller things of Kruger otherwise you will be disappointed.

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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:34 pm

Forestgump , I feel overwhelmingly at peace being alone there ... Image
... with 35 elephants under the trees , look carefully ...
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... my lair is invisible to most who arrive and see a car , but no people ...
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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread postby Katja » Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:02 pm

Shingwedzi is one of my favourite camps in Kruger. I love the roads near the camp (great gameviewing!) and the camp's quiet atmosphere. Tshanga is my favourite viewpoint in Kruger - I always go there when I stay at Shingwedzi. :D
When I was there 3 weeks ago, there was a hyaena den near the camp, and I had several sightings of Verreaux' Eagle Owls. (I have seen them there often since my first visit in 2001.) :D

Can't wait to return to Shingwedzi next year... :dance:
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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:25 pm

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The beauty of Shingwedzi area enhanced by the recent good rains ..
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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:58 am

I imagine the Kanniedood road area would be ideal habitat for Pels .
They will probably only be seen on nightdrives as there is too much vehicular traffic in daytime .
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The trees on the northern bank overshadow the water a bit further eastwards from this point , there are probably also other possible locations more to the west when there are large water pools after rain .
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby Katja » Tue Jan 12, 2010 6:37 pm

Kingfisha wrote:Can anyone tell me if the FF4 unit has a braai area outside and has it been renovated? Any photographs someone? :hmz:


Here is a photo I took of the FF4 unit (#29) in 2006.
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When I was in Shingwedzi in November 2009, the outside of the bungalow still looked the same. I don't think it has been renovated.
Btw, the kitchen is inside.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby Dazzle » Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:28 am

Aw wow :P
So lucky. Shingwedzi is just got such a amazing feel. Look out for Roan Antelope and Eland North on the tar towards Punda Marie also at Babala Picnic site first water hole on the way back. Some interesting things on the dirt road to Bateleur. Note especially Leopards and breeding Elephant herds. Red Rocks is spectacular and Silvervis dam always is an interesting stop and WAIT spot. TRUST ME!!!

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby Perks. » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:00 pm

Shingwedzi is a beautiful camp, with friendly staff. Not a blade of grass in sight, but the trees in the two rings of bungalows are marvelous.

The pool has been acid-washed (or cleaned somehow), that it is a major plus over all the other stained pools in KNP, nicely done, and brilliant on a 36-degC day.

It is now my second favourite camp (after beloved Lower Sabie), yet ironically, we are unlikely to venture back soon, due to distance and dearth of game.

Even the ver(min)vets don't bother anyone... mefinks there aren't enough tommy-tourists around to feed them and kick-start the problem.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby gmlsmit » Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:31 pm

Shingwedzi is the Tsonga name for the place "where the sound of metal objects rubbing against each other" rings.

It is place where I have very fond memories of dating back to October 1970, when we met Ben and Quarta Pretorius.

It is place of many Elephants and beautifull birds, a place where the roaring of Lions keeps one awake at night. It is near to where we found 27 Roan Antelope, where the Nyala daintily graze along the river and look upon one with peace in their shiny eyes, where the Impala fawns will be frollicking very soon.

It is the place where the Crocodiles will await their catch at the low water bridge, where you may find two Saddle Bill Storks wallowing in the pools and maybe some White Storks as well.

You will hear the call of AFRICA from the Fish Eagles, you will hear the call of the Kingfishers.

Early morning you will be awakened by the Francolin and the Guinea Fowls, you will breath in the fresh air of AFRICA and you will savour the taste of your early cup of coffee.

Maybe the Leopard will still watch from where perched in the cool of the huge branch of the Sycamore on the opposite side of the river, and possibly wonder what all those inquisitive humans are staring at.

The Buffalo will come and slake their thirst in the cool waters . . ..

Shingwedzi has the shop where the three girls used to sniffle around and then ask Mrs Milne to please keep the item as they are just quickly going to beg for an increased allowance.

Shingwedzi has the restaurant where our in the Jordaan family used to enjoy a buffalo burger and a milk shake in the cool of the fresh smelling thatch. Shingwedzi is the place where ou Jan and myself used to recall our younger days while sipping an ice cold beer mug, filled with a double Bells and soda and cold precious ice, while watching the flames turn to a purple glow.

Shingwedzi is the place where one can be occupied for hours just watching the Yellow Billed Hornbills and the restless Squirrels who may later out of sheer exhaustion just plonk down and stretch out on the cool of the verandah.

Shingwedzi is the place where we for so many years celebrated Christmas, all of us Oupa Dirk (Dear Old Dad), Ouma Sue, Lanette myself and the three girls and later some hangers on of the male sex who became sons in law. Hopefully Elsabe, Alistair, Nicholas and little Danika will also in the future open their Christmas gifts there after Oupa Gerhard had read from Luke 2 from the Great Book, as he had done so many times before.

Shingwedzi is the place where I also imagine hearing the sound of metal object rubbing together.

Shingwedzi is just a wonderful place to be; maybe hot in summer but so rewarding. Oh yes I almost forgot, maybe - just maybe you will also see the White Rhino we found in September 2010 about 2.5 km to the east of the place I mentioned above, along the cool river.

Just go and enjoy this wonderful place and when you also hear the sound of the metal objects, place it in your memory file and when at home and have some leasure time - open the file and it is guaranteed you will start planning your next visit.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:47 am

gmlsmit wrote:Shingwedzi is just a wonderful place to be; maybe hot in summer but so rewarding. Oh yes I almost forgot, maybe - just maybe you will also see the White Rhino we found in September 2010 about 2.5 km to the east of the place I mentioned above, along the cool river.


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GML Smit - you may recall that near to the above place the lions roared one night - was it the same night the rhino appeared - and the day you left my friend who arrived to join me for the last night saw them from Kanniedood dam road - they were on the opposite river bank and very close to the "fever tree forest" ....
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread postby pnm » Thu Dec 02, 2010 5:01 pm

I have got some of my best birding pictures inside Shingwedzi - go to the bushy area just south of the filling station on the road to the swimming pool.
There is a bench there in the bush.
Sit on it and wait. I got numerous species within a few minutes of sitting still, including some really close up shots where the birds came to me rather than the other way round.
Also very good are the thickets one finds on the caravan camp.
I have got lots of birds there including my best ever shot of a Puffback.
Look out for the woodpeckers (I find them by listening and then following the noise).
I take about two hours to do a slow walk of the camp and get marvelous pictures of birds (and squirrels, mice, etc).
They are very habituated to movement of people and as long as one moves slowly the birds just go on doing birdy things.
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