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Unread post by Fizzpop » Tue Oct 17, 2006 3:41 am

Was a Sirheni twice this past 12 months.

There are 2 hides, at each end of the row of Accom. Chalets.
Look up the link to the camp map at the top of the Camps and Roads thread.
This will give you an idea. No 2 was our choice.

All the units are well positioned, and all face the river/ dam.
In December, one of the times of year we visited, there is plenty of shady trees to sit under.
We also moved our lounge chairs onto the front of the covered patios, as it was so more comfortable "outside", and created a more brilliant atmosphere at "sundowner time.

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Unread post by madach » Fri May 11, 2007 3:16 pm

I stayed at Sirheni last year and liked it a lot.
The accommodation was perfect (better than the accommodating at Biyamiti and Talamati) and the level of service was awesome.
Please remember that there is no electricity in Sirheni.
If you need to charge anything you can drop it of at reception and they'll charge it for you.

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Unread post by naomi c » Fri May 18, 2007 1:48 pm

Sirheni is a real gem - both our visits there were pure magic.

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Unread post by RosemaryH » Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:54 am

Sirheni is amazing.
Peace and quite is the order of the day.
Another special camp.
When we stay there we always try for no15.
It has a fantastic view.
I don't have any digital photo's of it unfortunately.
Good area.
We have had some awesome sighting there...mostly from the patio of no.15. :D

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Unread post by Freda » Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:10 pm

Sirheni is magic :D
We love #8 no such thing as a bad unit in this camp :D

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Unread post by arks » Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:56 pm

I'm told that some camps will let you charge your batteries at reception.
However, a far better solution is to add a car charger to you camera kit.
These work off the cigarette lighter and you can charge your spare batteries while you drive. 8)
The car charger is quite small, I carry one with me back and forth from the USA. OR you can purchase one after you arrive, but IMO it is invaluable.
There are also power failures ....
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Unread post by Jen » Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:28 pm


I have booked to stay at Sirheni end of Feb 08. I have booked a unit with a double bed (CO4D) - does anyone know what units fall under that code?
Looks like unit 15 is the one to ask for - is it a large or small unit?
It says on the website there is no electricity - is it possible to charge camera batteries anywhere in the camp?
Are cool-drinks or firewood available for sale at the camp?
Any other suggestions would be most appreciated.

I have answered my own question about Firewood & Cool-drinks (seems available from reception).
From the map looks like unit 15 is a six sleeper. I have a 4 bed booked - would number 2 get your vote?
Arks also suggested I carry a car charger for camera batteries so will look into that.
PLEASE can some regular visitors help with my other queries.

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Unread post by arks » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:42 pm

Jen, I stayed in #5 and liked it very much. It is quite private and has a nice view of the river.
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Unread post by Jen » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:04 am

Cottage Update:- :?
Just thought I would add this to the thread as it might help others with their requests. Cottage type CO4D (double bed) is either unit 3 or 15.
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Unread post by Johann » Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:45 pm

We stayed in number 12 for 2 nights in September.
We quite liked it.
It is next/near to the hide but people walking past never bothered us.
It had a nice view of the dam/river and you couldn't see any of the other units.
They couldn't see onto your veranda either.
Would take it again if we could.
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Unread post by Jen » Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:26 pm

Just a quick update...

YES there definitely is a resident leopard at Sirheni camp.
Followed him down the road on Wednesday 27th Feb for about 45 minutes.
We left camp at gate opening (5h30) and as we rounded the bend about 150m from camp he was walking down the road.
He scent marked & wandered on and off the road for ages and we were the only car - AWESOME!

We stayed in Unit 15 which is beautiful.
I had a look round camp as it was extremely quiet (only 2 other units occupied) and as previous people have stated I don't think there is a bad unit in the camp - all have a view of the dam.
We will definitely be back.
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Unread post by nightjar » Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:58 pm

Sirheni is a very quiet and shady camp, with good views over its own dam.
Bird life is prolific and their are two hides within camp, one at each end.
There is no shop and the nearest petrol is at Shingwedzi.
Electricity to the fridge and cooker goes off at night (7pm to 7am I think), but lights and fans still work.
The fridges stay pretty cold through the night (plus I think there is a communal freezer at reception).

The whole length of the S56 follows a watercourse and is good for game viewing and birds, although there won't be much water around in July.
We have seen cheetah and elephants at Boyela waterhole and the S53 loop is also worth doing (in April there was water in the Nkulumbeni stream attracting grazers like zebra and wildebeest).
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Re: Does Sirheni have a night drive?

Unread post by zivvy&muffin » Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:06 pm

Sirheni does have a night drive.
I went on it at the end of August and its very good.
For some reason it was not listed in one of the activity lists on this website, but was on another.
Anyway I phoned up and pre-booked .. no problem.

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Re: Does Sirheni have a night drive?

Unread post by Jo » Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:06 pm

We stayed at Sirheni at the beginning of Aug and went on the sunset drive - it was great!
We saw honey badger, civet, Genet, African wild cat, side striped jackal in addition to ellie's, impala etc.

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Sirheni is tops

Unread post by EricP » Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:33 am

I hesitate to post a post without pictures yet but they will come on the weekend.
Meantime I wanted to say what a fantastic time we had staying at Sirheni bush camp last Tuesday and Wednesday.
Yes a whole two nights of serene bliss.

The Northern parts of the Kruger are my personal favourite.
Hardly any cars the wonderful stillness and hot sun baked earth.
This is the second time I've stayed at Sirheni the last a few years ago was a little more exciting weather wise as we had mammoth electric storms and heavy rains, quite dramatic.
This time the first rains had come just a few days before, already lush green beneath the taller blonde grasses of the dry.
But it was hot, very hot and no more rain fell while we were there.

I am always keen to find the local inhabitants of a camp when I arrive.
The resident skinks and snakes and nesting birds and the like.
My first was a tiny bat that had taken up under our roof, no more than a Ping-Pong ball covered in fluff.
At first I thought it was a giant spider when it shuffled suddenly crawling in the thatch with its skinny black boney wings, it ears hid in fur.
Then I looked below to see if there were any droppings and sure enough the table was covered in neat little fresh mouse like droppings, then I made out a nose and little round eyes.
Fantastic, no idea what kind of bat it was but it was delightful.
I quickly remove the table covered in droppings and gave it a wash, placing at a safe distance, thoughts of Ebola fresh in my memory.
Still I was delighted it shared our hut.

Our first night drive with Allen was fantastic, he is a very good guide the best we had in the park, quite, sincere, knowledgeable and friendly.
We spotted three snake species, a large sub-adult rock python a cobra and a rinkhals, a leopard, elephant, a few genets, a family of spotted hyaena cubs, three owl species, small cute (tiny big as cherry glass) pearl spotted, scopes and an eagle owl.
Then coming back we were surprised by baby crocs sprinting into the bush, this was something I never knew.
After the rains the tiny crocs leave the main body of water and take up in puddles along the road eating frogs and insects and other little things.

Next morning we looked into each puddle first thing and sure enough you could see the little triangular heads at the surface.

On our last day as we were leaving the area we spotted a single male lion beneath a tree, in his prime healthy and solid. A wonderful farewell.
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