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PAFURI DAY DRIVE FROM SHINGWEDZI? ADVICE PLEASE

Unread post by michievdb » Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:15 pm

I absolutely LOVE the KRUGER. I visited many camps, but mostly to the South of KNP. Now my husband and I decided to explore the Northern areas as well. :D We booked in Shingwedzi and Mopani in December for a week. :dance:

We have always been very fond of the Pafuri area even though I haven't experienced it in real life. So my question is the following: Is it possible to do a whole day's trip to the Pafuri region from Shingwedzi?
We have two children aged 6 AND 11. I don't know if they will be able to handle the long road for a day trip.

Any suggestions? Where is the best place to have breakfast or lunch on this road trip?

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Re: PAFURI DAY DRIVE FROM SHINGWEDZI? ADVICE PLEASE

Unread post by DuQues » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:14 am

It's roughly 87 kilometers, so Billy is quite correct with the 3 hours. It's another 10 kilometers (each way) to Crooks corner which is a must if you are there anyway. That is one of the best drives in the whole of Kruger.
You'll have to budget time a bit, but on the way back you'll be on tar all the time so you can make some speed.
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Re: PAFURI DAY DRIVE FROM SHINGWEDZI? ADVICE PLEASE

Unread post by Joep Stevens » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:31 am

In addition to previous feedback, I would advise that you make a day outing (versus a half day outing), leave at gate opening time (04:30), as said, to be there for breakfast and yes, the Crooks Corner Drive is a must and try and include the Nyala Drive along the western portion of the Luvuvhu, indeed super drives.
Normally by 10:00 or 11:00 it will be nice and hot and I would then return via Punda Maria, which is not really a major detour but offers you a nice break at Punda Camp and kids can take a dive into the pool there.
From there via tar road back to Shingwedzi. Enjoy!

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Re: PAFURI DAY DRIVE FROM SHINGWEDZI? ADVICE PLEASE

Unread post by o-dog » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:08 pm

Its clear that all the advice you have been given is from those with good knowledge of the area.

Take it easy getting there and really search the open areas around the waterholes on the way up...very often exciting things around.
As mentioned Nyala drive and the bridge is a must.

But without a doubt the drive to Crooke's Corner is fantastic...take it slow and make sure you scan every view point along the river very well...there is fantastic birding with Bee-eaters, Storks and Trumpeter Hornbills and many other specials for the KNP.

THe temp will probably be hot and humid - often around 35-40 in december so make sure your drives around Pafuri are done before breakfast if possible.

Getting back to Shingwedzi is tiring in the heat after an action pack morning around the Pafuri area but you can average about 40-45km/h as the heat means usually little activity going on.

A stop at Babalala (translated to sleeping baby I think, which is quite applicable because its hard to stay awake on the way back :) ) is a must and the Mpongolo Loop is fantastic if youre not too tired!

Keep an eye out for rare antelope on this drive with Tsessebe, Eland and Roan all being exciting posibilities!
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Re: PAFURI DAY DRIVE FROM SHINGWEDZI? ADVICE PLEASE

Unread post by o-dog » Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:42 pm

SusieB wrote:We did this day trip from Shingwedzi a couple of weeks ago, leaving at gate opening 06:00 and returned easily before gate close at 18:00. We had a quick leg stretch at Babalala on the way and on the way back and hired a skottel and cooked brunch at Pafuri. If you have your yellow ribbon on I'm sure Frank will come and say hello if he's there.

It was a lovely day trip as I had never been that far north before and the landscape up around Pafuri/Crooks corner was so different from the south and very beautiful. It is a long day, but worth it (maybe keep the kids up the night before so they sleep on the way back! :wink: )

I see where Bushbuddies is coming from in general terms of fewer sitings than in the south on this road, however we got lucky and had the best leopard siting (including kill) of our entire 2 week + trip on this road that morning just north of Babalala....so as always you just never know when you will get lucky!

Have a great trip!


NOw i want to know what happened here with the kill? Did you see it happen and what was killed and any pics?? Shingwedzi has probably produced some of our best leopard sightings but dont think ive seen them north of Babalala

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Re: PAFURI DAY DRIVE FROM SHINGWEDZI? ADVICE PLEASE

Unread post by SusieB » Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:11 pm

OK just for you....

It started off a a nice siting of the leopard in a dip at the side of the road with a very small pool of water.

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There was a fallen log across the water suddenly the leopard lept up and ran across the log, got a pic but not a great one as we weren't prepared for the sudden action.

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It disappeared out of sight into some bushes behind the waterhole.
So we waited in hope that it might reappear and give us a second chance. After 10 minutes or so, there was a lot of movement in the bushes.... a few minutes later we were rewarded as the leopard reappeared jumped once again onto the log an ran across with what I now know is a Cane rat in it mouth.

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Made our day and perhaps even our trip!! :D

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Re: PAFURI DAY DRIVE FROM SHINGWEDZI? ADVICE PLEASE

Unread post by o-dog » Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:26 pm

Hey SusieB what a fantastic sighting and so well captured, great pics...thanx for sharing :clap:

I had a feeling it was going to be really interesting...so I am glad I enquired :wink: :D

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by ndloti » Thu May 31, 2012 1:15 pm

tent dweller wrote:We always make a point of stopping at Shingwedzi to make breakfast at the day visitors area, it is really well run and the surrounds are really great, lots of bird life and also a real "bush feel"


Did you know that as from dec 2011 the day visitors picnic area was moved to just before the main camp entrance on the right , and there is no longer a view of the river ?
There was excessive congestion around the wht you know as the current / old picnic site , I understand the old one is / will be closed.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:24 pm

Shingwedzi is awesome!! :clap:

Even with some new upgrades it still retains it's old world bush feeling. :dance:
The first time I ever stayed there, I felt I was in Africa proper!! :thumbs_up:

We are staying there in December, and can't wait! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by Vlakvarkvrou » Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:42 pm

We stayed at Shingwedzi 27 and 28 July 2012. LOVELY CAMP. The story about the Lions is true .... quite vocal :D
We saw some of the big named Tuskers in the riverbed in front of the Restaurant and there was a Verreaux's Eagle Owl in front of our hut.

Remember the S50 to the "South" of the camp.
Here you visit a dry Kanniedood Dam.
There is a beautiful bird hide along the way where we saw Kudu and Nyala at the hide, and further on the BEAUTIFUL Grootvlei Dam with Elephants, Tuskers and there was a large herd of Buffs at the same time.
The usual impala, Kudu, Kori birds and a fish Eagle. You then carry on to Tihongonyeni where we nearly always see Roan, Tsessebe, Eland, Kori's, Kittlitz's Plover, named Tuskers.

To the North, you can visit Pafuri loop and Picnic area/ Crooks Corner/ Nyala loop, etc and go back to Shingwedzi before gate closing time.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by Vlakvarkvrou » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:41 am

Good morning Bushbuddies,
You can maar go to Shingwedzi. We have been there end of July and saw an abundance of animals. Perhaps we should have written a TR :(

There was a giant eagle owl in the camp , and there were babies as well. We again took nice photos of crested guinea fowl and crowned hornbills. We even found a yellow spotted nicator. What was also nice was the large number of ground hornbills we saw .... there were 9 of them in one of the groups. We found them from Phalaborwe gate up to Pafuri.

Roan, Eland, Tsetse - we found them at Tihongonyeni and Klopperdam. A must is of course is Grootvlei Dam - there was enough water for a large herd of elephants and buffalo to play in the end of July.

Conclution - go and enjoy the North and Shingwedzi :dance: :dance:
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by Vlakvarkvrou » Sat Sep 29, 2012 6:54 pm

Hi Marijke,
Here are photos I took of a EH3 hut in Shingwedzi end of July this year (27 July 2012). I cannot remember the number but it was near a kitchen and ablution block (63?). You have a lovely view of the plain in front of the units - there are trees with lots of birds and small animal life in them. We also had a Owl in the tree in front of our hut. The restaurant look out on the river and the view is excellent. The room is spacious with three beds, a large cupboard and a basin with hot and cold water. You also get a kettle with mugs and coffee and tea inside the Hut. The freezer/fridge on the stoep is fairly large. This is a camp you always wants to go back to!

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:13 pm

Back from our lovely trip to Shingwedzi! 8) Even though it was extremely dry - had some nice sightings. See my TR for more... :whistle:

Just wanted to know. On the Kanniedood road, South of Shingwedzi, there is this stone underneath a tree there:

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Does anybody know what the story is here? Who Brankey was? :hmz:
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by ndloti » Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:48 am

There was a discussion on it recently on this forum ...

Here it is :

Who was Bran Key
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:45 pm

Ingwhite wrote:1. What are the 5 sleeper cottages 2 singles and 3 beds in loft like? any recommendations here?
2. Has anyone had any luck with the long s50/s106 loop? Not sure if it has a name, is it worth it?
Thanks

My family stayed in one of the 5 bedded bungalows last year and found them to be fine for what they needed, there were 3 beds downstairs and 2 up in the loft.
The ladder up to the loft is quite steep so would not recommend the elderly or not too agile to attempt it, especially coming down in the dark! :wink:
But for the youngsters its fine!

We drove all the way up the S50 called the Dipeni Road, from Mopani Camp, in Feb this year and altho we didn't see a lot of animals, loved the peace and quiet of the road, think we only saw 3 other cars the entire length.
There is a wonderful view site called Shibavantsengela Lookout that gives one an amazing view of miles and miles of the park.
We had a enjoyable time parked up on the Grootvlei dam wall, watching 2 ellies having a bath and play time in the water.
Enjoy.


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