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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by Katja » Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:52 am

lindsayz20 wrote:Hi everyone im looking to book shingwedzi in october of 2015 and i see BD2D units listed but i cant find them on the map can anyone tell me what units these are? Has anyone stayed in them? Thanks

The 2 BD2D units are no. 27 and 28 in the A circle.

I stayed there in 2006. You can see a few photos of no. 27 on this webpage. I suppose there is newer furniture in them now (after the flooding of the camp in January 2013).
What I didn't like about the units is that the kitchen is inside, and that you don't have a verandah like most other units, just two chairs and a table outside the entrance door.
The nice thing is that the units are close to the fence.

There are also a few photos on the SANParks website Shingwedzi BD2D but I don't know if they were taken before or after the 2013 flooding.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by tent dweller » Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:13 pm

I have just returned from my annual pilgrimage to the Kruger and in my opinion Shingwedzi has the best swimming pool, it is blue, sparkling clean and VERY well looked after, the pool attendant really does a good job, by 7am, it was swimmable, it was the only refuge from the heat wave that was sweeping across the Kruger

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:46 pm

Must agree that it is a sparkling pool TD!
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by K-4S » Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:51 pm

A hot summer afternoon spent in the pool at accompanied by one of those frozen yoghurt's they sell in the shop is a must for any summer visitor to Shingwedzi!!

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by Dup » Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:30 pm

When visit Shingwedzi , or for that matter , any other camp remember a short extension-cord/-cable for cooking the kettle.Some of the plugs in the bungalows are to high for the cord of the kettle and boiling must be done on the freezer out side.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by Ollie » Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:44 pm

Hi Mites, Can any one tell me if the Shingwedzi picnic spot has been re-opend?

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by Snoobab » Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:06 am

The picnic spot in the camp and well as the one just outside the gate are both open, I was there two days ago so can confirm.

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by linray » Thu Jan 08, 2015 2:41 pm

We stayed here in December for 3 nights (camping) and WOW it was amazing everything was clean and tidy. Ate at the restaurant food is really brilliant and tasty and to sit and chill looking at the view is so peaceful. Shop is well stocked and in general a wonderful campsite cannot wait to go back.Although it was December is was actually reasonably quiet which was great. First time to the KNP and planning our next trip cant wait.

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by saraf » Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:30 pm

I must admit that the view from Shing restaurant is one of my favourites (the other being Letaba) and Shingwedzi is close to being my favourite camp. So glad you enjoyed your stay linray, and that you'll be back for more.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by cathyb » Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:15 pm

In the past couple of months, circumstances have allowed us to rediscover our beloved Shingwedzi. For a variety of reasons, we have not been able to visit the park as often as we would have liked to and, when we did, for some reason we tended to focus more on camps in the central areas. However, in the past 5 months, we have been able to take two more or less last minute escapes with little option other than Shingwedzi. And aren't we glad - Shings is back at the top of our list (as long as the pesky elephants along the Kanniedood Loop behave at least).

On both occasions the camp was impeccable - clean and tidy. The staff are always friendly and efficient; our cleaners were superb! We also noticed upskilling of staff - our cleaner was being trained for Reception - wonderful!! The general ambience is peaceful and quiet and we could happily spend long periods in the camp to just chill and restore our bodies and souls without any disturbance,

In particular, I would like to commend the hospitality manager, Christa van Elling. Before our arrival for our stay from the 20th Dec, we received an e mail welcoming us and asking if there was anything she could do to assist us. We duly requested a particular bungalow - which we happily settled into on our arrival. On our last day, arriving back from our late morning drive, we were assailed by an increasingly powerful smell that undoubtedly indicated the demise of poor some creature in our bungalow. Within minutes of reporting it to Reception, the first rescuers arrived. Eventually a team of about 4 people, under the careful management of Christa, did everything possible to try and find the poor deceased - the bungalow was turned upside down, with even the aircon being opened - but to no avail. After carefully cleaning up, the team left and Christa organised an alternative bungalow, the only empty one available in the camp, for us to use as ours was increasingly unpleasant. She even offered the assistance of staff to move our stuff to the new bungalow (we declined as we choose to braai etc outside our existing bungalow and only sleep in the alternative accommodation). After we left, Christa e mailed us to keep us updated and to inform us that, even after a thorough inspection of the thatch, the culprit could not be found and that the bungalow had to be closed for 3 days before it again became useable (hope you had some more no-shows Christa!). We were extremely grateful for such meticulous and personal service. :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:

We are holding thumbs that Shingwedzi will see us again very soon :D

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by Tessa G » Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:00 pm

We have also had a wonderful experience at Shingwedzi, with wonderful, pleasant staff and a spotless camp. The cutlery, crockery and equipment provided in the kitchen area was excellent and in fact the best we had in the park. We love the area and have so many fond memories of holidays there.

We had an incident on New Years eve, where a group of guests had taken 3 bunglows and the level of noise increased and increased over a period of time, until suddenly a little golf cart with SANParks staff arrived and went over to the bungalows in question. They spent some time talking to them and we never had any more issues with noise, although the filth, cans etc, that were just left lying around and not put into the bins, was a real pity. The staff would have had a tiresome job for new years day, tidying up after these people. Thank you Shingwedzi for handling the problem so quickly and efficiently.

We are planning another trip to Kruger in December and Shingwedzi is definitely on our list.
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Camping at Glen Reesen

Unread post by jleom » Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:53 pm

We are currently camping at Addo. Will be heading to golden Gate to camp before going to Kruger. Can some please tell me what is the latest I can enter and camp?
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Re: Camping at Glen Reesen

Unread post by lemonbalm » Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:33 pm

I think, but stand to be corrected, that the office closes at 7pm. However the park and campsite itself are open 24 hrs. I would imagine if you arrived after office hours you just show your booking confirmation to the guard at the petrol station, then set up your campsite and check in the following morning.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by squirrel81 » Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:44 pm

Dear all,

did anyone stayed recently in the Rentmeester House ? We have stayed there last time approx. 2010 .
During the flood 2013 there has been washed away a lot of the riverrine in the back of the house. We saw that only from a far distance, we had no chance when we visited the camp after 2013 to have a closer look as the house was always occupied.

It would be of interest for us to know if it is still worth to spend that extra money for the Rentmeester House.
Our alternative is a Cottage in Sirheni (a camp we fell in love with when Shingwedzi had to be rebuilt).

Many thanks and looking forward to an answer,

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by bosfeetjie » Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:47 pm

We want to book at Singwedzi, looking at EH3, what number is the best?

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