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Shindzela Tented Camp
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

This was our third trip to Shindzela and we hope to return. Shindzela is an extremely well-run, efficient "camp" with excellent staff. Everyone makes you feel welcome and they work hard to make sure everything is perfect and to exceed your expectations. HIGHLY recommended if you want a truly awesome safari experience. Guides are excellent, their tracking abilities are amazing, and their knowledge is vast. They are true professionals, love their jobs, and take pride in their work. I always learn something new which I greatly appreciate. A huge thank you to all of the staff and a special thanks to Super Sam for another memorable experience.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 July 2017

It was our first experience with the wild in Kruger and we count ourselves real lucky to be able to catch an almost extinct pangolin right near shindzela camp on our first drive! Special thanks to ranger jacob and tracker raymond for fulfilling our dream to catch THE BIG 5 within our 3-nights stay! They are the best we can ever ask for - especially jacob who loves the nature so much it's infectious! Now back home in Singapore, I am still reminiscing the wonderful memories of our adventures of chasing after the leopard, being cornered by the elephants in 2 nights and catching a tango dance of a clumsy hippo in the bush! Pity we had to rush off on the last morning!!!

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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

Traveling with a group of 10 friends and family members, we spent four nights at Shindzela. We had previously spent 11 nights elsewhere in Greater Kruger, and had had many animal sightings. At Shindzela, we wanted to see different types of animal behaviors/situations, and that is what we saw. For example, we watched 1) a pack of wild dogs at their den; 2) a hippo trying to scare us away (the hippo stayed in the water, and displayed several behaviors indicating his unhappiness with our presence); 3) several lionesses lounging and moving lazily about; 4) a very, very small baby elephant toddling along as its mother prodded it with her tusks and trunk. Johan, our guide, responded very positively to our informing him that we did not want a "Ferrari safari" -- racing around trying to find one animal, and then quickly leaving that sighting in search of another animal. He provided explanations or commentary when appropriate, but also would let us sit in the vehicle in extended silence when we were in the presence of animals. He also maneuvered the vehicle so that we did not spook the animals, but did provide us with excellent viewing.
In camp, we watched from the lounge or from our accommodations as various animals animals visited the waterhole: elephant, baboons, impala, kudu, and buffalo.
Altogether, thanks in large part to Johan, we had a great stay at Shindzela, and would be happy to return.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

Back after two years. This place is just great. The tracker Sam who always smiles, ranger Jaco who quietly enjoys the suroundings and Ralf who just is so enthousiastic and make eveyone laugh. I just had such a great time. I hope to see you all again in the future. Dont change a thing Caroline!!

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2017

Another excellent visit to Shindzela - this was our 5th visit here. As always the whole bush experience was second to none. This rustic camp still delivers on all fronts - great home cooked food, friendly helpful staff and comfortable rooms (the addition of a hot water-bottle to your bed at night on a cold winter evening is very homely). The atmosphere and ambience that this camp exudes throughout the day, and especially at night, is really special.
We stayed in Tent 5, which overlooks the small waterhole where we saw herds of elephants and buffalo visit, as well as impala and baboons - its great to just sit and watch the wildlife visiting you.The safaris, as always, were exceptional and as there are only a few vehicles on the property you get really close to the animals, but without affecting their normal behaviour. Also you get to spend a long time at each sighting. We were lucky to be the first people to see wild dog pups emerge from their den - we were not pressured to leave and spent a relaxed time just watching them suckle from their mother - a really rare sighting! The upgrade from Land Rover to Land Cruiser definitely adds extra comfort on the game drives too. Our ranger Jaco and tracker Raymond were brilliant - they found us a Pangolin!!!!! (We have been travelling to Africa for 10 years and this was the first we have seen).
This camp really is a hidden gem in the Timbavati - well priced, small intimate camp with a real bush experience. We highly recommend this camp to our friends, and anyone else who asks. It really is the best camp for an amazing safari experience that we have stayed at. We are already booked to stay at Shindzela at Christmas this year and can't wait to get back there. It will be a long 6 months - we are counting the days already.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Johnniesdale Farm | Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: $335 - $928 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Shindzela Tented Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shindzela is an authentic tented bush camp situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, greater Kruger National Park. The camp accommodates a maximum of 16 guests and is unfenced, making it very much part of the wilderness. Shindzela is not built by an award winning architect, nor is it furnished by an interior designer. What you will find though, is a comfy bed, freshly laundered linen, and décor from local crafters and artists. Shindzela is a comfortable/rustic tented bush camp, where you can relax, enjoy our warm hospitality and immerse yourself in the African wilderness. We love our informal, relaxed atmosphere. Each safari tent is built on wooden decks, and has their own en-suite shower/toilet and hand basin. The camp also has a swimming pool and overlooks our little watering hole, from where you can watch animals come down to drink. ... more   less 
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