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Unread postby Laine » Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:31 am

aaahhhh GP... MY FAVOURITE CAMP IN THE WHOLE "WILD" WORLD.... :D
my favourite is the late afternoon drive on the river loops out the back gate.... truly amazing... we were lucky enough to see a leopard female and her two cubs in the road... the cubs were still very young......

another prosperous road has been the main road to babalala.. we always see lion on that road......usually around one of the manmade waterholes......

the redrocks road is also a great loop....just for the views alone its worthwhile....

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Unread postby wildjohn » Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:27 pm

Shingwedzi is patch of wildlife paradise amid fairly large sea of low animal density in the Mopane (tree abundant in north).
Shingwedzi has numerous (about three-four) rivers which converge in that area, and creates good alluvial floodplain with tall trees and good quality game habitat.
Lots of elephant, lion fairly good, leopard good, buffalo good.
Nice birds,
Very good bird hide- Kanniedood dam.
There are nice quiet roads in the greater area if you really want to escape..

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Unread postby richardharris » Sun Sep 18, 2005 5:19 pm

I come to the Kruger for the wildlife, the scenery, the peace and quiet - to remind myself what life is about!
As long as the accommodation is clean and comfortable, with shower and aircon (which it already mostly has) I am perfectly happy.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Oct 16, 2005 8:45 pm

October 2005:

The camp is suffering extreme water shortage at the moment with only enough water left to operate for another 3 months.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Oct 16, 2005 8:48 pm

The camping area - Oct 2005:
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:11 pm

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These are the best I can offer - of the river from the camp's verandah.
No other views that I know of.

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Unread postby arks » Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:39 pm

That view from the restaurant over the river is one of my favourites and makes a great stop for lunch or a snack when you are not staying at Shingwedzi. There seems always to be some interesting activity to watch not to mention the cheeky birds who will nick your food while you're concentrating on taking photos of the river :twisted: :lol:
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Unread postby saraf » Fri Nov 18, 2005 11:21 pm

The restaurant is a brilliant place to spend a couple of hours or so.
In one visit (approx one hour) we saw a pair of European kingfishers, a troop of monkeys and tree squirrels.
On the furthest bank of the river we saw baboons, impala, waterbuck and male and female nyala.
Plus we'd only just missed an ellie having a bath.
On the way out (on the causeway) was a giant kingfisher bashing a crab against the concrete.
They put some chairs just outside the covered area looking down to the river and across to the far bank.
I'd love to spend all day there and let the animals come to me.

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Unread postby bucky » Tue Nov 22, 2005 12:11 pm

Definately in my top3 kruger camps list.
The stars at night are awesome also , apparently there is a venda word that sounds like shingwedzi which means the stars.

January is a great time to go , the river is normally flowing (better since the floods cleared a lot of silt out) .
If you are lucky it will be full enough to have damed up on 1
side of the low level bridge , with water flowing over , and making a mini water fall on the other side , the crocodiles
then lie with there mouths open and the water flowing over them , waiting for fish to swim over the bridge and down into there open mouths :D .
Spooky going over with them all facing up at your vehicle.

Went over it 1 time and there was a croc lying submerged on the bridge , looked like a log , until we got closer and it quickly
shook and got off the bridge , got a mean fright from that "log".

It is a very peacefull camp , and the drive along the river is awesome .

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Unread postby LittleLeopard » Tue Jan 03, 2006 5:35 pm

I have to agree that this is a wonderful camp. There was an absolute abundance of birds around our bungalow all the time. Saw the biggest tusker I have ever seen on the S134 and a whole herd of ellie's were bathing in the Kanniedood Dam. Absolutely breathtaking! :thumbs_up: The view from the restaurant of the (often dry) riverbed is also unlike any other. All in all, a great camp!
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Shingwedzi's back gate.

Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Fri Jan 06, 2006 1:43 pm

Shingwedzi's back gate.
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Unread postby christo » Sat Jan 21, 2006 1:44 pm

Just back from Shingwedzi and saw the most amazing leopard sighting at Kanniedood Bird hide. Birdlife still amazing. There are so much water in the veld, and it is so lush that gameviewing was generally difficult, but still rewarding.

The new chalets are looking great, but I will take a while to get used to the fact that the old huts are being demolished.
I've got used to them over the years.
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Unread postby Bothali » Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:14 pm

Shingwedzi is a magical place.
It is very popular, but as everybody says, this far North, the park is not crowded.
You can expect spectacular game viewing in this area.
You must go on a night drive.
Although the gravel roads may have been closed during the rainy season, you can expect that they will be open and in good condition during winter.
The loops mentioned in other posts are the best places for game viewing.
You can definitely expect to see leopard.
You can also expect to still see resident birds.
We have seen the brown headed parrot there even at that time of year.
You won't be disappointed.

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Unread postby Albert » Thu May 18, 2006 10:42 am

One of my favourite photographs, taken at just outside of Shingwidzi, one of my favourite camps!
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Unread postby Nico » Sat Jun 03, 2006 3:28 pm

Bushmad wrote:Does anyone know where the family cottage is in Shingwedzi? What sort of position does it have? I see that the bungalows have been rebuilt, what are they like and which ones were redone?

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Hi Bushmad, the family cottage is near the back gate. Nr. 29 is our favourite home with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen.Nr 29 is redone. Great place to stay.
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