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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by anne catherine » Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:08 am

Rooikat ,

Here is a pic from bungalows n°3 ( right ) and n°4 ( left )


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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by Katja » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:59 pm

Rooikat wrote:Do you think that no.30's kitchen will have a view into the bush as no.29?
Also, is it not bothersome to be close to housekeeping (situated between no.31 and no.1)?

I stayed in no. 30 twice last year. It's a nice unit. You have one neighbour closeby (no. 31) but the other units are not so close. There are some trees and a bird bath just outside the verandah. :)

It looks inwards but you can see a very little piece of the fence from your verandah if you don't park your vehicle in the way. :wink:

Housekeeping didn't bother me but I was out driving all day, so I can't tell if there was any noise from housekeeping during the day.

Just be careful not to lock yourself out. We managed to lock ourselves out in the evening (no staff around) and had to break into our bungalow with the help of braai tongs. :wink:
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by G@mespotter » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:19 pm

September is indeed a dry month, guess possibly the driest, depending when the rain arrives. Anyway, generally mostly the plains game (zebras, gnu's tec.) and elephants move south to my knowledge, the rest will stick to main permanent water sources.

I would say it the luck of the dry, but try to stick to rivers routes following permanent water sources. That said, it might help to speak to local guides (like Matthew) in Shingwedzi, they know their area well :)

Also, shingwedzi is along my FAVORITE loop in Kruger, the Mphongolo loop. I would say, try to include a night a Punda Maria, and the visit Pafuri picnic spot, and the wonderful s63 dustroad there.

The area is quite different than south. Unlike at Lower-Sabie or Skukuza, wildlife get's more difficult to spot. However, this area gives one a chance to search for the smallers/scarcer stuff (eg. roan/eland/njala/grysbok) and to enjoy the smaller things. PLEASE, do not set your expectations too high, yet you may still become very lucky!

Shingwedzi has some awesome newly renovated units (see my trip report on the area: The Beauty of Nature Revealed II. Letaba ranks as one of my favorite camps (probably THE favorite) so YES go NORTH :D

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by roaneric » Sat Aug 08, 2009 1:25 pm

Here's some photo's of our shingwetzi accommodation. We stayed in number 31...

The back of our cottage A31

Number 31 on the left and 32 on the right


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Re: Camping at Shingwedzi

Unread post by Senyetse » Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:52 pm

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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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by shivati » Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:56 pm

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...


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


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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:11 pm

I have not stayed at Shingwedzi, 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 Tsessebe. It is also big tusker country. I did see Lion very close to Shingwedzi.

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 Shingwedzi. I was most impressed.

Brett Barber in his book, "Best birding in Kruger" gives a list of birds in Shingwedzi, 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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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread post by forestgump » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:36 am

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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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:16 am

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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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread post by Jen » Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:33 pm

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.
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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread post by nature guy » Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:32 pm

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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Re: What's Shingwedzi like??

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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