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Shimuwini Bushveld Camp Accommodation Guide - accommodation in Shimuwini Bushveld Camp Kruger Park South Africa for your safari holidays. Shimuwini Bushveld Camp safari accommodation options include camping, tents, chalets, guest houses and self catering accommodation for your holiday. Whatever your Shimuwini Bushveld Kruger Park accommodation requirements we will help you find the right place.


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Shimuwini Bushveld Camp Kruger Park

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Shimuwini Bushveld Camp enquiries and reservations:

Shimuwini Camp “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 is a firm favourite and a Kruger National Park attraction for many visitors.

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.


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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.

Activities include:
- 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 safari.

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 late arrivals.

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 cards.
- 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:
Phalaborwa Gate:
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 dry season.
Shimuwini Camp's riverside game viewing and rich prehistoric past, make this camp unique for a Kruger Park safari.

Please Note:
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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