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Re: Staying overnight at the Hides

Unread post by Shi » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:47 am

I stayed at Shipandani last May and it was a fantastic experience.
As Elsa said you can collect all your bedding etc from Mopani and you can check in half an hour before the gates close.
You need to make sure that you have packed up and that the hide is "normal" again half an hour after gates open in the morning.

The only two things that I would suggest is that you take a light dinner with you as braaing detracts from the viewing time.
The second is to bear in mind that there are no shower facilities at Shipandani.
I am not sure where you are staying the night after but with the new check in times it can be a long time till you feel clean and refreshed again.
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Re: Overnight hides

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:32 pm

Shipandani hide is a great one if you love the sound of hippos in the night. The setting is quite different to that of Sable, but just the experience to do a sleepover is exiting enough.

The hide inside:
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The view from the hide with hippos below. We enjoyed the number of birds at the low water bridge. :cam:
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...then the residents that will provide some midnight music... :thumbs_up:
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Trust these pics will provide you with some idea what to expect and assist with decision making.
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Re: Overnight hides

Unread post by Shi » Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:18 pm

Stayed at Shipandani and was a fabulous experience! Would definitely recommend it :thumbs_up:
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Shipandani

Unread post by annevdw » Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:04 pm

We are visiting Shipandani for the fist time in a few weeks time- really looking forward to this experience.Does anyone who has been there have any advice- or things we need to know! Your imput would be most appreciated :D
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Re: Shipandani

Unread post by Scipio » Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:42 am

Just take a proper Light and Spotlight, and some warm clothes. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Shipandani Overnight Hide

Unread post by mstintin » Fri May 04, 2012 11:47 am

just back from Kruger and spent the night of May 1 on my own (female) at Shipandani! Awesome, loved the hippo sounds, the wind blowing, and the overall silence....no human voices or conversations to be heard....I have very sharp ears and even the talking at other camps at night bothers me (do people not realise how far their voices travel?) Brought my own downduvet and pillow and sheet but one can get bedding at Mopani. It was not cold at all. Encountered no mozzies but did use a mozzie net, just to be safe. Would do it again in an instant!

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Re: Shipandani Overnight Hide

Unread post by annevdw » Thu May 17, 2012 10:40 pm

Have just returned from Shipandani.... amazing experience. Hippos around us all night.... visited by a civet... hyenas, and early morning the roar of a lion-it was awesome! It certainly restored my soul :thumbs_up:
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Re: Shipandani Overnight Hide

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Thu May 17, 2012 10:46 pm

Sounds so amazing annevdw :D
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Re: Shipandani Overnight Hide

Unread post by Vlakvarkvrou » Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:48 pm

We visited the hide as day visitors only. There is always something to see such as the Open-billed storks, Waterbuck next to where you park, etc. Great sigting to be seen when you drive the loops :dance: :dance:
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Re: Shipandani Overnight Hide

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:35 am

I received a night at Shipandani hide and 2 nights at Tzendze as a Christmas gift from my daughter. I hope to go in early August with some family members.

Needless to say, I am so excited. I am already dreaming about it.

Has anyone been in August? I am mainly concerned about being prepared for night time temperatures.
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Re: Shipandani Overnight Hide

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:10 am

That sounds awesome MM :mrgreen:
Could a daughter give a better gift? :mrgreen:
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Re: Shipandani Overnight Hide

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:43 pm

11ie, welcome to the Forum and hope I could be of some assistance.

11ie wrote:There isn't a whole lot of people writing about their visits to this hide recently, or am I totally missing it all?


I had spent some time in the Shipandani hide alone end Jan'14 and had an amazing time there with lions roaring close-by. I have covered my experience via my Trip Report on pages 13- 15 as well as some other great experience the next day. Have a read and hope it will be of some assistance. Click on this link:
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Re: Shipandani Overnight Hide

Unread post by 11ie » Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:20 pm

SO and I stayed in the hide in April.
It was very nice and surprisingly warm and no mozzies either!
It was very strange but exciting to be alone in the middle of nowhere.
I couldn't go to bed without washing so in the end we put a little bit of our coffee water in an empty 2l ice-cream container and we had a quick wash in the moonlight, while we were blinding the universe it began raining very lightly (might have been the angels crying over their lost eyesight!).
The 'composting' loo is not for the fainthearted and I discovered that I am fainthearted :redface:
So no coffee or champagne for me!
We used their bedding but always travel with our own pillows and sleeping bags.
We did not use our sleeping bags at all.
The mattresses were very comfortable.
I did not plan to sleep much because I didn't want to miss anything.
Early morning it sounded like a bird or bat swooping over the hide a few times but I couldn't figure out what it was.
Apart from the hippos splashing about all night there wasn't much else that moved about that we knew about.
We left a little before gate opening time to head to Tsendze for an urgent bathroom break and a very nice open air shower!
I didn't have enough cash on me the day before and none of the ATM's were working so reception kept my exit permit as deposit.
We had to go back to reception and they only open at 07:00.

Our second visit was totally different.

This time it was full house as we always go to Kruger with friends during June/July.
We were very disorganized.
I told everybody to just pack an overnight bag, but in the end it looked like an airport baggage hall!
We had our hamburgers in the boma and sat around the fire.
It was very different visit.
My daughter and I had to take our 'bath' on the 'stoep' of the loo!!
SO stood guard, and we closed the loo door to keep the creepy crawlies and the 'ides of march' inside, and away from us.

I don't know if we scared the hippos but they were not as sociable as during our April visit - I did apologize.
I stayed awake for long periods and when I did sleep it was a very light sleep which I find very nice.
(I normally don't sleep, I loose consciousness at night and only regain consciousness 6 hours later:redface: )
Around 03:30 I heard a lion making that weird throaty grunt sound but they were not very close.
The wind was blowing and it was heavenly lying there all nice and cozy in bed listening to the sounds outside.
(It was decided before hand that the sounds inside shall never be discussed anywhere :big_eyes: )

We got up early and started to get ready to evacuate the building...
After a few unorganized trips bumping into each other and looking for car keys.
This was just to chaotic for SO and he organized us stack every family's luggage just inside the gate.
Once everything was ready he 'posted' lookouts with flashlights (did I mention it was pre-dawn?)
We loaded everything into the vehicles.
I went back in to have a quick crawl about to ensure nothing was overlooked when I heard a sound.
I don't know what made that sound.
My stomach told me it was leopard.
The next thing I see is everybody flowing into the hide with wide eyes :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:
I don't know how they managed to 'flow' like that, no noise just forward movement.
What to do?
My daughter said she saw a spotted back leg and a long hanging tail.
She did not see it before it made that sound...
We did make it back to the cars safely, but by this time everything - including the mattresses - was just shoved in and the doors closed and locked!
We drove back to Mopani and the hour we had to wait for reception to open was spent tidying the vehicles up at the picnic site.

Our 2015 holiday is booked and the deposit will be paid tomorrow, but this time we will be going to Sable...
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Re: Shipandani Overnight Hide

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:38 pm

Sounds like 2 very interesting stays in the hide.
Thanks for the feed back 11ie! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Shipandani Overnight Hide

Unread post by RosemaryH » Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:10 pm

Two very different stays indeed 11ie :D

Thanks for the entertaining feedback :D

:big_eyes: a hanging tail :big_eyes:
So, now I wonder :hmz: :lol:
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