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“From strength to strength”


Shimuwini is a Shangaan word for "Place of the Baobab Tree".

The camp is so named because the nearby Letaba River which fronts the cottages, is lined with these huge trees, one of them estimated to be between 2 000 and 3 000 years old. Shimuwini Bushveld Camp is the most modern of the bushveld camps, being completely rebuilt after the floods in 2 000. 

5 Things To Seek

  1. Caracal
  2. Eland
  3. Baobab Trees
  4. Baboon
  5. Waterbuck

Contact Shimuwini

  • Tel and Fax: +27 (0)13 735-6683

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Guest Cottages

Accommodation at Shimuwini Bushveld Camp caters to a variety of guest requirements and is well suited for those Guests who are looking for a self-catering bushveld experience.

To view the accommodation prices, refer to tariffs

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Activities & Facilities


These activities will ensure an exciting bush experience. All bookings, as well as further details for these activities are available from reception.


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How to get there

Travel routes and times from central Gauteng

Phalaborwa Gate

Take the N1 toll-road to Polokwane (Pietersburg). 40 km before Polokwane turn right onto the R71 and head for Tzaneen. After Tzaneen, head towards Phalaborwa and the gate. Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip to the gate. Shimuwini Bushveld Camp is 50km away from the gate. Allow about 2 hours for the drive to the bush camp, however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time!

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Camp Layout

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Vital Information


Please ensure that your stay is happy and safe by taking note of a few simple warnings. You will be sharing your stay with many exciting and unusual creatures but without knowledge some of them could be dangerous:

If you must walk around at night please DO NOT DO SO WITHOUT A TORCH.

Remember: by feeding any wildlife, you are signing their death warrant as they become aggressive!


Kruger is in a summer rainfall area. Such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often balmy. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.

Day visitors

Only residents are allowed in the camp and on the access roads to Shimuwini Bush Camp. Shimuwini Bush Camp can be booked through Central Reservations and is a wonderful bush experience for all. Shimuwini Bush Camp is situated within easy reach of the larger rest camps so that guests can make use of the larger camps amenities if needed.

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Flora and Fauna


Some of the animals to be seen in the area are lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, giraffe, kudu, impala, wildebeest, zebra, duiker, hippopotamus, crocodiles, sable, roan, eland, tsessebe, waterbuck, baboon and buffalo.


Vegetation found in this area includes the apple leaf mixed bushwillow, silver cluster leaf, leadwood, mopane, mixed acacias and baobab trees.

(For more birding information and park bird checklist, go to Information for Birders)

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Birding in Shimuwini

The parks’ 5 bushveld camps all offer superb birding opportunity. Camps in general attract a boon of birds.

They are all well foliaged and usually next to water-courses. The advantage of the bushveld camps is that there are less other visitors to scare things off. All of these camps have hides or viewing platforms that further enhance birding. Some of the specials associated with this camp are:

Shimuwini: Great for waterbirds – White-backed Night-Heron, Greater Painted Snipe, Pel’s Fishing Owl.

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People with disabilities

Please see additional information on Wheelchair Accessibility

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