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Shindzela Tented Camp
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

nice location and very well run camp. Hardcore game drives with very good rangers, good food and they really made an effort to accommodate us, which is tough when your running a small lodge in the middle of nowhere; every traveler is different, so a few bumps do to management changing the schedule, worked out in the end. They try and make it 'homey' which is nice, but having the rangers serve your drinks is a bit embarrassing.

Doubt you'll find a better value in the area. It's a real, unfenced camp - we caught a hyena trying to sneak up on us while eating dinner.

Biggest problem was that the drought seemed to have devastated the reserve - we saw 10X the game in a couple hours driving on paved roads in Kruger.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

A fantastic place to spent your holiday
Tents are clean, Food is Good.
Staff is friendly. Great waterhole, fantastic game drives
Absolutely great guides.
Ralf Niezen and Raymond were our guide and tracker. Raymond is such a fantastic tracker. He knows the wild.
Ralf is a true guy. He is an expert, has a lot of knowledge, explaines the animal behaviour in a way everybody can understand. He communicates, keeps you safe. He talks about the animals trees plants you see while driving. Lets me feel a part of the bush.
Not only the big 5 but he tells about little things. You get in touch with the bush. Places it in a bigger picture. Also he is a Nice Guy has lot of stories to tell. Makes sure you have a great sighting. Have time to take a photo.
I could feel his love and passion for the bush.
I have travelled a lot in Africa but he is one of the best guides i ever had
Ralf, thank you, i think you are one of the best guides i have ever seen.
It was a pleasure meeting you.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay at the camp, the accommodation, the food, the staff and the guides were excellent. The excitement and the enthusiasm of our guide showed during the game drives was refreshing, he always tried to get us in the best position for photographs. I highly recommend this for a true tented safari experience.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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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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Address: Johnniesdale Farm | Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: $336 - $927 (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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