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Dust road to Shimuwini bushveld camp

Unread post by Niklos » Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:29 pm

Hello. Does one know if it is possible to get to Shimuwini busveld camp with a regular car or if a 4 wheel drive is needed ? I will be travelling on November 20th.
And between Shimuwini busveld camp and Bateleur, which bushveld camp to chose.
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Re: Dust road to Shimuwini bushveld camp

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:03 pm

Welcome to the forum Niklos! :clap:

It is possible to drive the dirt road to Shimuwini camp with a normal sedan and as far as I'm concerned both camps have their charms.

Have a read through the topics on them and see if it will help you make a decision!

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Re: Dust road to Shimuwini bushveld camp

Unread post by arks » Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:56 pm

Hi Niklos and Welcome!

Just my two cents, but I far prefer Shimuwini and the (private) sand road along the river is a favourite for me. And perfectly easy with a sedan 8) The little loops down to the riverbank can produce lovely surprises!

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Re: Dust road to Shimuwini bushveld camp

Unread post by carolv » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:31 pm

Hi Niklos

A regular car is fine for either of these Bush camps. Whilst both have lots to offer, Shimuwini has the edge for us...a wider choice of roads to drive in the area and we have been very fortunate with Leopard sightings in the area...and, of course, the wonderful river view from your cottage

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Re: Dust road to Shimuwini bushveld camp

Unread post by Cape of Storms » Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:36 pm

Regular car is perfectly good. Shimuwini is an awesome camp. Just quiet and beautiful.
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Re: Dust road to Shimuwini bushveld camp

Unread post by Niklos » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:55 pm

Thank you all for your advices and links. Very useful.
Shimuwini bushveld camp looks great ! :
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Phalaborwa--Shimuwini-Olifant camp

Unread post by Niklos » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:19 pm

Hello,
Does any one knows how long it takes to drive from Phalaborwa to Shimuwani and to Olifant ? Thank you !
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Re: Dust road to Shimuwini bushveld camp

Unread post by Niklos » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:34 pm

Last question on Shimuwini : are two days enough or can we go up to three days ? I hesitate between three days in Shimuwini and one day in Olifant or half-half !

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Re: Dust road to Shimuwini bushveld camp

Unread post by carolv » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:21 pm

Personally I would split your time Niklos - ie 2 days Shimuwini and 2 days Olifants

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Re: Dust road to Shimuwini bushveld camp

Unread post by Niklos » Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:40 am

Thanks a lot Carol. I should not have said it would be the last question... How are the kitchens in Shimuwini ? Do we need to bring coal or wood, plates, pots, etc.
And is there electricity or do one needs to bring lamps, canddles...
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Re: Phalaborwa--Shimuwini-Olifant camp

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:46 am

I looked at the map and it seems that it is approximately 44 kms from Phalaborwa to Shimuwini. Most of that is gravel, so I would give two hours.

If you go to Olifants via Letaba, doubling back toward Phalaborwa, it should be about 120 kms. Most of that will be tar. It is suggested that 25/hr is reckoned in as driving time. That takes in stopping and sighting. It would then be about 5 hours.

It is possible to drive faster on the tar roads and shorten your time. A lot depends on how many stops you want to make. Those are however the distances.

I never advise people to goo too fast on gravel. Even 30/kms an hour can put a car into a spin if there is a need for sudden breaking.
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Re: Dust road to Shimuwini bushveld camp

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:11 am

The bungalows at Shimuwini are fully equipped, but the fridge does not have a freezer and one can store meat in a communal freezer near the gate.
if you plan on doing a braai/BBQ you will need to bring your own charcoal/wood.
They do switch the power/generator off around 10pm so you will need a torch for moving around in the bungalow during the night.

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Re: Phalaborwa--Shimuwini-Olifant camp

Unread post by Niklos » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:00 pm

Thank you all of you for your time and attention.
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If you have any advice on what to do (or not to do) in this area of the Kruger (I'll be there for five days), I'll take it !

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Re: Phalaborwa--Shimuwini-Olifant camp

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:11 pm

One of the things I would recommend on one of the days is to take a drive up to Mopani camp and sit out on the deck at the restaurant overlooking the Pioneer dam! 8)

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Re: Phalaborwa--Shimuwini-Olifant camp

Unread post by carolv » Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:27 pm

Our recommendation is for a few hours at Sable Hide - not only have we have had some amazing sightings but also met some fantastic people there...Enjoy!!

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