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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by leervis » Fri Jan 22, 2016 8:16 am

IMHO Sirheni is the best of the bush camps.
While sightings are always " how lucky you are on the day " we have seen everything in the area, and tons from the camp.
The best way to get there is via Polokwane - Giyani - Punda Gate. From Jhb about 50kms further than the Phalaborwa gate. Good roads but comply with the speed limits or it may be an expensive journey. The camp is well laid out with each cottage having a good amount of privacy.
The dam was washed away during the last floods, but there are normally pools in the river bed.
After driving out of the camp, within about 4 ks, you have a choice of 3 directions which is always nice.
Close enough to get to Pafuri, and the sand road to Shingwedzi is one of my favourite drives in the Kruger. Enjoy!
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Vols » Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:40 pm

Hi Reza

I was at Sirheni a couple of weeks back - all I can say is WOW and what a great camp it is. Definitely in my opinion one of the best (probably the best...) Paul (the camp manager) is fantastic to say the least! He really is the best man for the job - full of passion and joy. Kudos to the staff of Sirheni for their friendliness an very well kept camp.

The north is not as severely affected by the drought than the south - the veld looked surprisingly good - to me it was typical winter veld and there are many things to see in the area. The scenery is just breathtaking. There lovely drives around the camp and can make a day's travel up to Pafuri.

Animal sightings - Lots and lots to see around the camp. You actually do not have to leave the camp at all. Its such a peaceful and beautiful setting with the riverbed and tall trees. Every night we heard the resident leopard making its rounds (more to the left side of the camp - towards the dam wall). His call was clearly heard from Hide2. A giant eagle owl was in the trees opposite our cottage and the night-jars sang their chorus throughout the night. On our night drive Paul found us 25 lions (with cubs of all ages and sizes) - he says that particular pride in the area members up to 35+ lions. Other great sightings included hippo, crocodiles, elephants x million, buffalo, genets, lots of general plains game and of course many birds. On this trip I was lucky enough to see sable and roan which is a first for me. You simply cannot go wrong with Sirheni - its probably one of Kruger's best gems. The S56 is a must - I think it is about 30 km but it will keep you busy for a while since there is activity around every corner - and it is such a breathtaking road.

We stayed in unit 2 - beautiful view and private. (I believe all units are perfectly situated).
I cannot wait to go back.

Oh and I almost forgot the best part of Sirheni - no real traffic jams :dance:
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Vols » Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:34 pm

I might be wrong Reza, but think that Paul will be moving to Shimuwini soon - so you might miss him in Nov.
I first met him when he was at Bateleur and then visited him at Sirheni on two trips. Guess one of my next visits will have to be Shimuwini.

Enjoy the trip in Nov - hopefully the time goes by quickly
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by RosemaryH » Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:26 pm

Thanks for the positive feedback Vols :thumbs_up: Great to read

I will ensure that Paul and management are notified of your comments :thumbs_up: :gflower: Thanks for taking the time.
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Reza » Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:49 am

Hi

I spent some time at Sirheni 24/11 - 28/11

What an amazing experience and what a beautifully hidden bush camp this is.

We saw a pride of 17 lion littered with cubs at the boyela waterhole about 10 kms from camp , as well as 2 huge male lions and 3 lionesses on the mpongolo loop about 7km from camp , the 3 ladies were on the hunt and we witnessed a failed attempt at an Impala ... it was breathtaking , spent about 50 minutes with the 5 lions with no other vehicle around.

We also were lucky enough to get some rain during our stay and although the riverbeds are still dry, there were plenty puddles of water and the Mopani trees were filled with green leaves, countless baby impala that could have been days old as well.
Beautiful camp , well maintained ! cant wait to be back :thumbs_up:
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Elmar » Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:41 am

Is there a generator located in Sirheni camp? If so, where? I would like to request a unit that is not close to the generator. Thanks!

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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:42 am

Reza wrote:Forgot to mention after my last visit to Sirheni that the camp is now fully solar powered so there is electricity throughout the day and no longer certain periods... :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

So I would say no generator needed except for maybe as a backup in case of extended periods of overcast weather. :thumbs_up:
but reading through this topic there doesn't seem to be any complaints of noise.

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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Reza » Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:11 pm

Boslaaitie wrote:Good morning

My family an I are going to sirheni for the first time in june. :D This is only my wifes 3rd time to the kruger. She don't really like the busy south so I decided to make a change and we are only going to the north. Starting with 2 nights at letaba then 2 nights at sirheni and ending at shingwedzi in the rentmeester for the last 2 nights. I have been to the kruger many times but dont know the north that well. The 2 nights at sirheni. I know all the bangalows at sirheni will be nice but what will you mites prever between number 11 and 15? The whole of the camp is still open the time we are going. 11 is in the middle but have a nice view of the pool in front of the camp. 15 is like i have read in the corner next to the fence, nice and private and next to the fence. sounds good to me. But would just like to know is you would be able too see water from number 15 in june? I like to sit and watch the animals coming for a drink. Looking forward to your sugestions.

Have a nice day



Hi Boslaaitie

I am so jealous of your itinerary :mrgreen:
I stayed in 14(6sleeper) , was beautiful , but when I had a look at the view from 15(4 sleeper) I told myself id like to request 15 next time.According to the staff, the resident leopard has been spotted on the rocks directly opposite unit 14 and 15 in the riverbed. Was no water in the riverbed during my stay except for the little pool in front of 11

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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Bazzerk84 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:46 pm

Sirheni was absolutely perfect!

1. Well appointed, clean and comfy chalet (we were in number 11)

2. Peace and quiet by the truckload

3. We had an elephant walk passed our chalet one evening whilst we were braaing and, were serenaded by hyena in the distance every night whilst we were there. One night we heard the rasps of a leopard and one was seen by a fellow camp-mate walking through the riverbed. Missed that one sadly :wall:

I would definitely recommend this one!

We learnt though that not all bush camps are created equally. We spent our last night at Shimuweni, and were left terribly disappointed. The setting was stunning, but the chalet was dark and dingy and in desperate need of a refurb. We also prefer some privacy between the chalets, similar to what one finds at Sirheni and Bateleur.

We will visit Sirheni again for sure!
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Reza » Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:21 pm

Bazzerk84 , so glad you had a good stay !! Your post really makes me miss this special place ! Pity you missed the leopard in the riverbed ! But really cool to have an elephant that close to camp !
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Bazzerk84 » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:25 pm

DinkyBird wrote:Thanks for the feedback Bazzerk84 - this is one camp I still need to explore, and now cannot wait!


It's a pleasure DinkyBird :)

If you can and don't mind the foot traffic to the right-next-door bird hide, try for unit 12. It must have the best view into the riverbed!
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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by amecullen » Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:19 pm

Hi

Just looking for some advice, this is our fourth trip to Kruger, this time we are starting in the North.

Two nights in Punda Maria, then two nights Sirheni, then three nights Satara, three nights Lower Sabie. The furthest we have been north on previous visits is Shimuwini, so really looking forward to this.

We arrive on 31st October, so now looking at booking some sunset drives, thinking of one on our first night in Sirheni, is this recommended?

Also, just realised that the drive from Sirheni to Shingwedzi is 35km and then Shingwedzi to Satara is another 178km, is this doable, or should I swap a night in Sirheni for one nearer Satara? If we stick with the current plan, would we arrive in time to do a sunset drive on our first night in Satara?

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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Boslaaitie » Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:49 pm

Siheni is very nice. We where there in june for the first time and enjoyed it alot. Saw lions and heard leopard the obe evening. From siheni to satara is about 210km. If you stick to the tar road and dont stop to long at sighting you will make it easy. Its going to be a long day but one can do it. Just start as the gates open.

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Re: Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Unread post by jacquiandphil » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:51 am

Amecullen
Keep your two nights at Sirheni so you have a whole day there to explore the S56 or just to be there.
When we've gone from there to Satara we've done a "get up and go", thermos and food on board, tar road only, loo stop only at camps and refill thermos. Coffee stops and food stops next to impala etc or a good view. We've had fantastic whole days seeing loads. By keeping an eye on the time you can do it without feeling rushed, stopping at sightings and not driving faster than you would wish. You have 13 hours.
We allow ourselves an easy next day, or rather always say we are going to but then get tempted by the lure of S100!
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Sirheni Camp

Unread post by BerkiSA » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:37 pm

Hi All

Just wanted get opinions on this camp, type of game that can be seen and routes to drive near the camp


Thanks ☺
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