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Unread post by Bosnimf » Thu Sep 22, 2005 7:19 pm

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Unread post by Bosnimf » Thu Sep 22, 2005 11:35 pm

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Taken from Shimuwini bird hide

Unread post by DvZ » Wed Oct 12, 2005 3:14 pm

Taken from the bird hide there, early morning.
Last edited by Elsa on Mon Dec 22, 2014 1:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: pic resized.

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Unread post by Jakkalsbessie » Fri Nov 04, 2005 8:09 am

As it is a very small camp all of the bungalows are facing the river thus having a great view.
The bungalows are also different from each other and not build in the same 'style' as in other camps.
The one i love is no 15... the last one next to the fence, really awesome with a shower outside :lol: But it is the big family one. Maybe you can also go for no 1 or 2 which are closest to the hide. If i remeber correctly they are a small bit further from the river than no 15 but still with great view!
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Unread post by Jose » Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:58 pm

Same baobab, different season (and on a grey and drizzly day):


Unread post by Jumbo » Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:19 am

As JB said, all the units face the river.


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Unread post by Kathy » Fri Jun 30, 2006 9:06 pm

Ok, it's official!!!
This is definitely, without a doubt, the most beautiful camp in the park.
On route to Shimuwini, I have to be honest, we had some serious reservations about our decision to stay there - there is not really an abundance of wildlife in the area.
On arrival, we were greeted by very friendly staff, but still, in was very hot and dry didn't look inspiring.
A few meters further, we parked outside our cottage and WOW!!!!!
We couldn't believe it - like an oasis in the middle of a dessert.
So pretty and my children absolutely fell in love with the little tame duiker that live in the gardens.
We fell asleep to hippo sounds at night. Lovely!

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Unread post by Kingfisha » Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:16 pm

At night there's always something going on at Shimuwini (at the hide).
If you walk down very quietly after dark (hope the rest of the camp contributes to the silence) you may see the resident leopard.
We have very special memories of this camp.
Once, upon arrival there was a herd of about 40 elephants in the water in front of the camp and some came right up to the fence while people were standing on the lawns.

In 1998 (Feb) we were the only people in the camp for 4 days and the cheeky resident leopard entertained us every day from across the river (between 11h00 and 13h00), chasing the impalas and rolling in the sand.

The wind at Shimuwini can surprise you...have had the experience 4 times already.
A calm, warm evening and suddenly the most terrible storm breaks loose and the wind blows you right into your chalet.

ENJOY YOUR STAY THERE, it is a very special camp.

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Unread post by Wild-doc » Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:17 pm

Just some pics to remind all of us how stunning Shimuvini is.
Taken from the s141 last year, hence the water in the river.

The entrance to the camp which also houses the communal freezer

The view from unit no 3 with the hide in the left hand corner.

Unit no 3

Truly a great camp :D

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Unread post by naomirsa » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:19 pm

Although not many animals en route to the camp, one tends to think it's a waste of time. But here's the surprise. Who needs to go out on a drive when all the animals are right there by the river. Your bedroom faces the river and you can lie in your bed whilst watching the animals come down for a drink. Since I've also read a book by Kobie Kruger, this place makes me think of all her experiences. I believe Shimuwini is near where she and her husband stayed as rangers?
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:41 pm

Yes, naomirsa, Mahlangeni is about 20km west of Shimuwini. I was very lucky that Johann showed me a couple of pics of the river there. It actually looks very similar to the river round Shimuwini.

Crossing the Letaba at the Shimuwini weir - which I am sure is the same one Kobie Kruger wrote about.

The Letaba - pic taken on the weir

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Unread post by Elsa » Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:52 am

We have just spent 1 night here, my first visit.
Were allocated #1 which is directly behind the hide, so easy access but unfortunately not the best view of the dam.
We arrived quite late in the pouring rain and only just managed to get our braai done before the heavens opened again.
We did get to fleetingly meet "Shine" en route to the hide but she took one look at this umbrella toting apparition and fled. :?
I would like to return one day as I feel I did not get enough time to fully experience this little camp and form opinions either way.
The bottom loop of the river road is definitely in much better condition than the "top" road currently.

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Unread post by johannm » Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:24 pm

Dear Mike,

The following guided activities are offered at Shimuwini;

Night Drive 20:00 - 22:00
Price: R165 Adult and R82 per child (under 12 yrs)
Sightings includes: Elephant; Buffalo; Hippos out of water feeding; leopard sighted more than lions; Owls; nightjars and Water Thicknee. etc

Sunset Drive 16:30 - 19:30
Price: R165 Adult and R82 per child (under 12 yrs)
Sightings includes: Leopard; rhino; elephants; buffaloes; nyala; kudu; lots of diurnal and nocturnal birds. etc

This activity is popular as it has part of day and night. It's also longer compared to the Night Drive. Lots of great sightings are during this activity. Leopard has been sighted twice in a row last week. Yesterday a leopard was sighted with an Impala on its jaws.

Morning walk (30min before gate opens) 04:00 - 07:30 at present.
Price: R245 Adult and No children under 12yrs are allowed
Sightings includes elephants; buffaloes; hyenas; kudu; steenbok; rhino; interesting facts about grass to trees; birds (identified by calls for birders); insects; footprints and dung

For those who have been on a walk before they know how it feels for being in the middle of the bush on foot.

NB. Sightings are not guaranteed as it goes hand in hand with being at the right place at the right time

I hope this gives a clear insight about Shimuwini Guided Activities :wink:

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Unread post by zivvy&muffin » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:48 pm

What a great forum, finally there is a subject I really can add something on!

Johann is being a little modest. We went on a Night Drive and also a Morning Walk at Shimuwini and both were excellent and of extra interest because of the knowledge of the area and some of the resident animals displayed by our guide (Johann I think).

On the Night Drive we saw Owls, several other birds and an African Wild Cat.
For the Morning Walk after time out to track Lions, but choosing not to follow as they were some way off, we crossed the weir and ended up across the river from the Camp. The highlights were the wonderful views upriver and a Black Mamba right in front of our path (and which fortunately moved away).

Time in Camp is good too with Barbets and Kingfishers flitting around, plus plenty to entertain in the river just in front.

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:04 pm

The camp is very toddler friendly as there is a lovely lawn leading to the river in front of the huts
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