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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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Here's some photo's of our shingwetzi accommodation. We stayed in number 31...

The back of our cottage A31
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Number 31 on the left and 32 on the right
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 Post subject: Re: Camping at Shingwedzi
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This camp site has a few trees but is not as many as letaba. they also dont book you into a specific site. So I'm afraid you have to take whats available but its best to get there early when the other folk are leaving and you might be lucky

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 Post subject: Re: Camping at Shingwedzi
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John, there are no demarcated stands in the camping area at Shingwedzi, you just find an open spot somewhere. The most popular is along the fence.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping at Shingwedzi
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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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SusieB - spent five nights at Shingwedzi in August this year. Was really great. Awesome river drives along Kanniedood plus plus plus. :D you are bound to enjoy the experience!!! :thumbs_up:

Just two of the great many ellies around in the riverbed in front of camp...


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and a taste of the wonderful impala lilies to be found all around camp...

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 Post subject: Re: What's Shingwedzi like??
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Hi Debs, I have not stayed at Shingwetzi, but I have visited and it was going onto my "to do" list for future trips.

I have also been reading enough trip reports to know that most people are enamoured by it. Tend to be sightings of the rarer antelope, such as Roan and Tssessebe. It is also big tusker country. I did see Lion very close to Shingwetzi.

The Luvuvhu river drive is within driving distance, together with the famed Pafuri picnic site.

When I visited Punda, we took the Mphongolo loop to Shingwetzi. I was most impressed.

Brett Barber in his book, "Best birding in Kruger" gives a list of birds in Shingwetzi, which include:
Red-headed Weaver
Bennet's Woodpekker
Red capped Robin Chat
African Mourning Dove
Collared Palm-Thrush
Village Ingigobird
Dusky Indogobird
Verreaux's Eagle Owl.

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 Post subject: Re: What's Shingwedzi like??
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Debs, I just love Shingwedzi! It is quieter than the southern camps and has a more rustic atmosphere. It has a beautiful swimming pool right next to the fence and a very nice a la carte restaurant. The drives along the Kanniedood dam and S56 Mphongolo loop are stunning! We once saw 11 lionesses close to Lamont waterhole. I hope that you've got the BD5 bungalow. Kids just love the beds up in the loft. Just beware of the monkeys in camp. They can be quite a nuisance and one tried to attack my brother's 5 year old daughter when it thought she had something to eat in her hand! Enjoy every minute. I'm sure you'll come back for more!

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 Post subject: Re: What's Shingwedzi like??
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One word to describe shingwedzi is SPECIAL :D

You will definatley have a great trip, the unique scenery, the peacefulness and just the shingwedzi feel will mak it worthwhile.

Enjoy :thumbs_up: :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: What's Shingwedzi like??
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you have to go to redrocks and to tshanga lookout, when at shingwedzi !
keep your eye out for sharpes grysbok, they are as common as steenbok up in the north.
the red rocks route should deliver a leopard , if not ..then you drove past it without seeing it :D

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 Post subject: Re: What's Shingwedzi like??
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We really loved the camp when we were there for 2 nights in March this year but it unfortunately coincided with a very windy spell and we were literally covered in sand the whole time, made sitting and eating on the verandah rather uncomfortable and "gritty" to say the least. :whistle:
but the sightings and scenery more than made up for that.
Our chalet was one of the recently upgraded ones, and very comfortable.
The restuarant is also a real gem for outlook, food and service.
Would highly reccomend it. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: What's Shingwedzi like??
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It's got to be the best camp in Kruger :D
Birdlife fantastic. Mammal sightings excellent and the best part is that you are often the only car around. Excellent camp for leopard sightings. Worth making a day trip to Pafui Picnc site & Crooks corner if you have never been.
:mrgreen: Green with envy... Enjoy!

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 Post subject: Re: What's Shingwedzi like??
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Hi
There is just one word to describe Shingwedzi MAGIC
Ones there the danger is not to fall in love the the camp.
And look out for the leopard near the hide !!
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 Post subject: Re: What's Shingwedzi like??
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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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 Post subject: Re: What's Shingwedzi like??
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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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 Post subject: Re: What's Shingwedzi like??
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[quote="wildheart"]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! [quote]

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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