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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by zivvy&muffin » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:21 am

ruthp wrote:First time going to Sirheni - 28 and 29 March 2013 - also first time with our granddaughter and her parents - So looking forward to being in that camp :D
We will be in a 6 bed unit - what is the recommended ## to try and pre-book?
Do you check in directly at the bushcamp or do you have to check in at a main camp first (Punda Maria? /Shingwedzi?)
For sunset drive - where does one pre-book?
Please exccuse the quetions but I have looked in various places on the forum and can't seem to find the answers I need :?


Check-in at sirheni camp reception. If no-one around do not worry! Your allocated unit is on a board.

It'll be hot in March. I would go for the middle number units on account they offer more shade (on average). All 6-bed cottages are close to fence, and have + / - depending on YOUR tastes.

Remember fridges are not on the whole time, so prepare accordingly and use freezer at reception. And have a cooler box handy and buy new ice daily. We had 40 degrees+ three straight days and all was fine with food, but would not have been were we not prepared.
It was still very warm at 10pm outside.

I tend to ask about Game Drives at reception. I will go if: a) I like the guide (always yes so far at Sirheni), and b) Its not fully booked. 3 groups of 2 is fine, more and I pass and ask about the next night (that's just me though :) ).
I do like the evening drives from Sirheni, it is such fun to comb the same area you drove in the days, but the wildlife is totally different.

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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by squirrel81 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:44 pm

Dear all :D ,
I`m new in this forum.
I have also asked my question on the forums page : "Best Bungalows Situation". Hope I have not created any confusion.
I have visited Kruger several times since 1978 but never had been in Sirheni.
Originally I had booked Shingwedzi but had to swop because they closed Shingwedzi due to the floods for the whole year. It is such a pitty I love Shingwedzi, it is my favourite camp.

SIRHENI - I have a booking there in September for a Unit GC6. From the camp map I can see that the only Unit GC6 is the Bungalow No. 14.

Is there anyone who has ever stayed in Sirheni No. 14. I new from the Forums Sirheni-page that No. 15 must have a very good view.

My question : Does the Unit 14 in Sirheni has a good view onto the dam ??
Hope someone is able to help me.
Thanks, Brigitte
Next trip :dance:
October/November 16 : 4 N Lower Sabie, 3 N Biyamiti, 2 N Preoriuskop, 2 N Skukuza
6 N Satara, 3 N Talamati, 3 N Olifants, 3 N Mopani, Boulders,
2 N Shingwedzi, 2 N Pafuri, 2 N Sirheni, 3 N Letaba
Can`t wait to start :lol:

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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by anne-marie » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:57 pm

welcome to the forum squirrel :D

Sirheni :dance: a so beautiful camp
I was in #15 and it was fabulous, beside the fence and a huge view onto the dam (in front and to the left side) :wink:
#14 maybe has a little bit more trees... but can't remember exactly, sorry :redface:
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by squirrel81 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:49 pm

SIRHENI Unit 14 - I have a booking in September for a Unit GC6. From the camp map I can see that the only Unit GC6 is the Bungalow No. 14.

Is there anyone who has ever stayed in Sirheni No. 14 or knows about it. Does the Unit 14 has a good view onto the dam ??
I hope someone can help me.
Many Thanks, Brigitte
Next trip :dance:
October/November 16 : 4 N Lower Sabie, 3 N Biyamiti, 2 N Preoriuskop, 2 N Skukuza
6 N Satara, 3 N Talamati, 3 N Olifants, 3 N Mopani, Boulders,
2 N Shingwedzi, 2 N Pafuri, 2 N Sirheni, 3 N Letaba
Can`t wait to start :lol:

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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by zivvy&muffin » Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:17 pm

Unit 14 is fine.
We stayed there.
The view from the terrace is not as exclusive as from 15, but you can see the water. You can also hear what's going on too. I was back and forwards to the fence (10 metres away), like a yo yo.
Also, you have the hide close, and a nice short-cut to reception.

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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri May 24, 2013 9:48 am

Under the home page of Sirheni - 5 Things to Seek the number 1 listed is Reedbuck. We have stayed twice at Sirheni 8) 8) 8) but up to now they have eluded us. We saw the resident leopard though :thumbs_up: and many other animals. Once a few years back we “saw” two of them at Talamati Bushveld Camp very early morning at the bird hide but on second thought I doubt if it really was Reedbuck that we saw as the two disappeared very quickly, too quick to be sure :?.
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Unread post by gmlsmit » Fri May 24, 2013 11:41 am

. . . and Sharpes Grysbok, also be on the lookout for the Roan antelope at Babalala.
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by zivvy&muffin » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:09 am

Sirheni open again. Superficial damage to some units, but mostly replacement of beds / furniture / fridge inside. We were in #8 which had quite a bit of new furniture.

Other repairs still underway and generators sounded louder (less protected?) than previously. Currently no drives offered.

Big item is the dam, well the ex-dam. That is gone and will not be restored as I understand. Thus water views are very different to previously and #11 to #15 are looking at a sand bank the floods left. Apparently, the area will be landscaped at some point.

The Mphongolo road in pretty good shape all things considered, but many changes to the river banks!

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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by leervis » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:37 am

Does anyone have any pictures of the " new " dam at Sirheni? I would be very interested to see how this latest move by Mother Nature has changed things. We are thinking of doing a trip mid - November and would also be interested to know if we should go for Shingwedzi or Sirheni? Generally any feedback from anyone who has visited this area recently would be interesting. :hmz:
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by roaneric » Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:38 am

Hi Leervis

We visited Sirheni in July and I added some new accommodation pics (and views) HERE
It did change a lot. When we visited Sirheni years ago, you looked upon lots of water from the birdhide, now it's more like a sandbank. But have a look at the pics.
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by leervis » Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:38 pm

We have just returned from 6 nights in the Park. The first 4 were at Sirheni and so I will post a short update on the camp. Paul welcomes visitors as would an enthusiastic host. The staff are diligent and keep the camp in perfect shape. With the dam destroyed by the floods last year, the water in front of the camp is subject to rains falling West of the camp. When we were there, cottage no.1, had a couple of pools in front of it. These will evaporate and the crocks will have to move down river. The cottages are great with new lovely mattresses and duvets. The communal freezer kept our food frozen hard and the fridges in the cottages were very efficient. Still our favorite Kruger camp.
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by RosemaryH » Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:24 pm

Wildkyker, I love Sirheni :D

We were there at the beginning of September. Sadly the dam is no longer, the floods removed the wall. There were still some puddles of water around though. There might have been some rain since so there might be a little more water around. Be sure to walk along the boundary fence, there are some wonderful views along the way.

The staff are great and will be happy to show you the two white faced scops owls behind reception.

We heard lion every night and one was pretty close to the fence the one night.

It's a good place.

I will find a pic or two to post. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by RosemaryH » Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:54 pm

Hi widkyker

As promised... I am sure it will be a lot greener by the time you get there. Hope you have a wonderful time.

No. 11
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view from No.11 - showing a little water
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view from the fence around no.2 (if I remember correctly)
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by mizzbee » Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:46 pm

I was in Unit no. 6 in August. There was very little water but quite a bit outside the hide near Unit No 1.

The elephants visited three out of the four days I was there. I saw Elephant chasing Buffalo and vice versa.

The Mphongolo loop nearby is fabulous but you needn’t leave Sirheni because the animals come and go throughout the day.

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Buffalo on the opposite bank
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Water outside Unit No. 1
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You will have an awesome time.
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Graeme & Nicky » Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:16 am

MATTHYS wrote:
Graeme & Nicky wrote:Hi, all Shireni go'ers,

SO and I are contemplating spending 5 days over Christmas there
this year, And we have a question:

How big is the allocated compartment in the big freezers?

Can it take 10 days worth of meat, or will we need to leave the park to
re-stock on the way down to Satara?

Thanks in advance.


Each cottage is allotted a freezer storage basket and that was big enough for us for 8 days worth of meat, Graeme & Nicky.
Have a wonderful time at Sirheni :D . We just loved how well equipped the kitchen is and how well maintained our cottage.


Thank you very much for this information, It has definitely set our minds at ease.
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