Shimuwini Bushveld Camp Kruger Park
(South Africa National Parks)
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Shimuwini Camp “From strength
Shimuwini is a Shangaan word for "Place of the
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
is a firm favourite and a Kruger National Park attraction for many
Shimuwini Bushveld Camp is the most
modern of the bushveld camps, being completely rebuilt after the
floods in 2000.
Shimuwini Camp is in the northern region, the area ranging southward
from the Tropic of Capricorn to the Olifants River.
The sparse, isolated hills in the west are rich in pre-historic
artifacts, while the Lebombo Mountains in the east form the natural
boundary between Kruger Park, South Africa and Mozambique.
Riverine communities are formed alongside rivers and cross through
many other landscapes.
At Shimuwini Camp in Kruger Park, South Africa, you can be certain
you will see many different animals coming down to drink along the
river within view of Shimuwini Camp.
Shimuwini Bushveld Camp Accommodation
Shimuwini Camp has 15 family cottages spread out along the banks of the
Shimuwini Dam for guests Kruger accommodation and lodging.
The Camp consists of:
- 5 family cottages with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom
- 9 family cottages with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
- 1 family cottage with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms
- Solar panels for lights and fans only (there are no plugs in the units)
With lovely views over the water, these Family and Guest cottages give
guests an excellent chance to view game and waterbirds on the far bank.
Crocodiles, as well as Hippopotamus reside within the dam. Shimuwini Camp
can accommodate up to 71 visitors at its Kruger accommodation.
Shimuwini Camp's 9 two-bedded family cottages can sleep
5 and has ceiling fans and an en-suite bathroom.
Five 2-bedroom Kruger accommodation guest cottages, each
with two single-bedded bedrooms, are cooled by ceiling fans. Each holiday
cottage comes with a kitchen-dining room located on an open verandah.
There is also one 3-bedroom cottage. Each room has two
single beds, a ceiling fan, an en suite bathroom with a bath and a toilet.
There is also an outside shower for a private shower under the stars.
The living room has 2 lounge chairs, and a ceiling fan while the inside
kitchen boasts an oven and stove.
The dining room is outside on a large, partly enclosed verandah and features
a sink, refrigerator, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery for self-catering
guests. Visitors may occupy their Kruger lodging from 12pm and are requested
to vacate before 9am on the day of departure.
Why choose Shimuwini Bush Camp?
- Easy access to good Elephant and Buffalo country
- Lovely views over the Letaba River
- Isolated hills in the west are rich in pre-historic artifacts
- Shimuwini is suitable for all year round visits
- Electrical power provided by solar panels
More information about the cottages:
- There are 15 family cottages spread out in a long, well-spaced line
along the Shimuwini Dam at this Kruger Park camp. Some of the items available
in these cottages are cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, a refrigerator,
sink and a gas stove.
- Each cottage has its own barbecue facilities for guests wanting to cook
outdoors at this Kruger Park camp.
The refrigerators do not have freezer compartments, but a communal freezer
is available at the reception office at Shimuwini Camp.
- The accommodation units have solar panels for lights and fans only,
and there are no plugs in the units. These lodging cottages are serviced
and fresh bedding, towels and soap are provided. There is ample open parking
available at this Kruger Park camp.
The nearest shops to Shimuwini Camp are in the Letaba and Mopani rest
camps. Shimuwini Camp has a Bird Hide that offers guests the opportunity
to get a closer look at the bird life on the Shimuwini Dam. April through
to August is a good time for game viewing from the hide, which looks over
to the far bank.
- Morning Bush Walk, Exclusive Night Drive
- Track Rhino, Elephant and Lion on foot
- Guided tours can be arranged
- Open parking is available
- Learn and observe interesting facts about Kruger's wildlife
Morning game drives go out at around 4.30am in summer
and 5.30am in winter. You should confirm this with your nearest reception
the previous night when you check into their accommodation. The drive’s
duration is 3-4 hours on a Kruger Park safari or suggested itinerary.
Night drives enable you to take part in the nocturnal
activities and nightlife of Kruger's secretive creatures in the company
of experienced transportation guides and trackers on your Kruger Park
Guided bush walks, in the company of trained field guides
with backup rifles, take groups of up to 8 people out into the bush for
a few hours. Track Rhino, Elephant and Lion on foot and learn and observe
fascinating facts about the African bush.
Activities on a suggested itinerary that can be arranged in Kruger Park
are morning game drives, night game drives and guided bush walks. Game
drives enable you to take part in the activities of Kruger's secretive
creatures, in the company of experienced guides and trackers.
At Shimuwini Camp you can be certain you will see many different animals
coming down to drink along the river, within view of Shimuwini Camp.
Entrance gates and rest camp gates are closed at night, so visitors should
ensure that they arrive at the entrance gate in good time to reach this
Kruger Park camp before closing time, as no permits will be issued for
Shimuwini Bush Camp Facilities
- Information at Reception
- Public Telephones
- Basic First Aid Assistance
- Mini Shop-stocks basic items such as firewood, ice and Telkom phone
- There are no electricity plug points in units
- The Bird Hide
- The Lapa - is a communal area available for large group and conferences.
How to get there:
Travel routes from Johannesburg/Pretoria:
Take the N1 toll-road to Polokwane (Pietersburg). Forty kilometres
(24 miles) before Polokwane turn right onto the R71 and head for Tzaneen.
After Tzaneen, head towards Phalaborwa and the gate in Kruger Park, South
Africa. Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip to the gate.
Shimwini Bush Camp is 50 kilometres (31 miles) 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.
Kruger Park in South Africa 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.
The indigenous, ever present Mopane tree is a stunted scrub in the east
but increases in size as it mixes more with taller trees such as Leadwood,
Apple Leaf, Jackalberry and Nyala trees toward the west.
Vegetation found in the Kruger Park in South Africa include: Apple Leaf,
Mixed Bushwillow, Silver Cluster Leaf, Leadwood, Mopane, Baobab Trees,
Round Leafed teak, Buffalothorn, Sycamore Fig, Magic Guarri, Marula, Jackalberry
and Mixed Acacias, Wilddate Palm, Weeping Boer Bean and Reeds.
There are 20 kilometres (12 miles) of road for the exclusive use of residents
to this Kruger Park camp. The Shimuwini Dam, does not dry up during the
Shimuwini Camp's riverside game viewing and rich prehistoric past, make
this camp unique for a Kruger Park safari.
If you must walk around at night, please do not do so without a torch.
Some of the animals to be seen in this area on a Kruger Park safari are
Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Hyena, Giraffe, Kudu, Impala, Wildebeest, Zebra,
Duiker, Hippopotamus, Crocodiles, Sable, Roan, Eland, Tsessebe, Waterbuck,
Baboon and Buffalo.
In and around the Letaba River storks, egrets, kingfishers and African
Fish Eagles are ever present, while Redwinged Pratincole, African Spoonbill,
Blackwinged tern are some of the more uncommon species to watch for on
a Kruger Park safari. Mosque and Wiretailed Swallow Breed and can be spotted
in the huge Baobab Trees.
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