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Reviewed 16 March 2017

I found the whole camp like idea really great, you get to be really inmerse in the bush. Also beeing at Kruger you get too see lots of animals during game drives.
The place is very nice and confortable, and the service is great. Very good quality food.
We were in some private reserves and Camp Shonga, and the experience here was the best.

We will definitely comeback.

Room Tip: Charge your staff early, because they cut off power at 10pm.
  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Marcos M
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We stayed at Camp Shawu March 11th and 12th th after our stay at Rhino Safaris Plains Camp was cancelled due to damage at the tented camp. Our family was lucky enough to be relocated to this camp. The food and lodging might be better elsewhere, but the service and game viewing is unbeatable. The setting is magical with permanent villas right on the water. And the lake is filled with hippo who are constantly playing and making noise. The game is everywhere and can easily be spotted - there is a very good chance that you will see the big five at this lodge.

We were lucky enough to add a walking safaris through Kruger Park at nearby Crocodile Bridge, which is a great experience for those who like the idea of walking a few km in the company of armed rangers. You get up close and personal with the animals

so not for the faint of heart!

If you have a family or small group this is an excellent destination for a truly unique African Safari.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
2  Thank Colin H
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

We stayed at Camp Shawu. It is a very exclusive camp with only a few lodges build at the banks of a lake. We saw many hippos direct from our room/private terrace. At morning the was an elefant coming along. It was amazing.
Our room was large and comfortabel. Also the bed. There was a fireplace to heat in winter. We stayed in summer so we don't need.
The food (3-course-menu) which was served was very tasty. It was served in a nice room. There is no bar for a last drink. Remember when the camp is fully booked there are 12 people.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Barbara_All
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

We spent 2 nights here on the 9th of March 2017, The setting is hard to beat, the Mpanamana dam full of Hippo, just to beautiful for words.
We stayed in the first room, it was filthy dirty, The mosquito net was dirty and dusty, all the tent flaps had mould on them, every time we opened them someone came along and closed them. The bed was old lumpy and uncomfortable, The duvet was old and weighed as much as a sack of cement!
On entering the dining area the sliding door windows were dirty and constantly kept closed, we felt like we in a jjail when we had come to stay in an outdoor area.
While having dinner the staff were in the kitchen listening to loud African music with no concern for the guests,
The white wine was warm and they ran away out of tonic water, they did not even have rooibos tea!!!
The food was not enough and certain not not 4*, we were constantly hungry and there was not even an apple or a biscuit to eat.
No tea or coffee making facility in the rooms.
The waitress could hardly speak English
Siphiso our ranger was an absolute star, fortunately he made up for the camp bad service......

Stayed: March 2017
2  Thank natalie1wilson
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

I stayed in Camp Shawu with my boyfriend for two nights in February. It was our first safari experience, and it was the best experience I have ever had in my life!

It was a paradise on earth! So peaceful and romantic! The food was great, especially considering we were in the middle of national park. All stuff members were very polite, friendly, helpful and looked after us very well which made our stay so comfortable and enjoyable.

We had 4 game drives during the 2 night stay, our ranger was fantastic! You could see so much passion and love for wild life from him. He would drive us around looking for rarest animals, tell us so much about animals behaviour etc, we learned so much from him and saw all big 5, as well as saw lions trying to catch a prey.

Our hut was fantastic, it had everything we needed. It was on the river, so during the day we had a fantastic opportunity to spot wildlife. During the night it can be quite noisy, as hippos live in the river and they play and make noise, so for light sleepers as myself - earplugs is a must. It was a fantastic feeling to live in the hut, you really feel like you are in the nature with all the noises around, moonlight, stars. I would love to come back for longer!

I read a few reviews on tripadvisor about the camp being burned down (which was my expectation when i went there) I can reassure that it is not the case any more. the main area (where you eat) looked great and I could not see any signs of camp being burned down.

I can not recommend it enough!
If you can afford it, try to go there and you will have the best safari experience!

Room Tip: best views
  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Lieneee
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