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Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Shimuwini bush camp is a very good option for the seasoned Kruger National Park traveller who has already visited all the main, more commercial parks or for someone who wants to get a little closer to the bush.

Situated in the north of the park the camp is quite isolated and you travel approx 11kms on dirt road from the main road to get to the camp.

You need to take everything along food-wise as there isn't a shop in the camp, however you can buy firewood and ice at reception. There are no plug points in the chalets so don't bother taking the hairdryer. Cellphones can be charged at reception but there is no signal, except occasionally at a tree near the river - which in my opinion is a good thing!

The beauty of Shimuwini however is that all units face the Letaba river and you are treated to the most breathtaking views right from your patio. We saw plenty hippos, some buffalos, crocodiles, buck and lots of birds without leaving the camp. The camp also has its own bird hide.

The units are spacious and comfortable and fully equipped. I would perhaps stress that malaria precautions should be taken especially during summer months due to the close proximity of the river.

The camp is quiet and tranquil and you feel very close to nature, exactly the way a bush experience should be. I can definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

Four of us only spent 1 night in chalet 7 and really loved the positioning/layout of the accommodation.
The only things that I have to gripe about are that we only booked one night (our fault entirely) and the positioning of the braai area on the side of the chalet looking onto/in very close proximity to our neighbours - why in god's name the braai wasn't positioned logically looking onto the perimeter fence and the river beyond that completely baffled us...

Other than the silly placement of the braai, this is a great camp and deserves a longer stay, even up to 5 or 7 days (our chalet 6 neighbours from the UK had booked 14 nights!!!)
Lots of birds, a great view of the river which attracts all kinds of game, a terrific hide looking out onto the river, very friendly staff and serene camp lawn/gardens make this a great escape for book reading and wildlife watching, either within the camp or self-drive forays out and back...

These smaller, relatively unsophisticated, self catering bush camps are a really special KNP experience that I can't get enough of...

Stayed: July 2014
3  Thank RichMsa
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

fantastic experience staying at shimuwini. only regret was i didnt stay 2 nights. River view on all chalets and plenty of game to watch - elephants, hippos and birds. There is a fig tree which in June was like a buffet for bird activity.

Most exclusive location. We saw many elephants in the river and buffaloes on the drive in and out as well. Many baobab trees in the area and one particularly large one has a drive around.

Leave the window slightly open to get Hippo noise all night

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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4  Thank Rob K
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We liked Shimuwini, in a stunning situation overlooking hippos and hope of other animals. The cabins are spacious and well placed. They have received some extra glazing to allow sitting with a view if cold, which it was when we were there. One degree at night!
Previous reviewers are right,the inside needs sorting out and is really old fashioned.
There were no mossies and the place was well looked after. Another plus is the access to an area where there are very few vehicles and a good chance of nice sightings.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank john222333
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

The camp was awesome and truly set in the most beautiful location, beautiful views and the hippos were very vocal, absolutely lovely. The bird hide was great, and one should definitely take a cup of coffee and some biscuits and watch the sun rise.....

HOWEVER upon arrival absolutely no warning was made that the fridge would go off for lengthy periods of the day (which wouldn't be a problem had we known this), the accommodation is looking very tired, the bed spreads have most definitely not been washed for a long time (hygienically not very nice) but if you pull them off the sheets etc are fine. The utensils in the kitchen were not adequate - we even had a instruction manual for a oven in the draw (of which there was no oven), no knives and only 2 plates for a 4 sleeper.

Upon check in the lady on reception was not the most polite person I've ever come across. We were not given a key to our room, so couldn't lock the place if we went out for a drive.

All in all, beautiful location - however camp in dire need of some TLC.

Room Tip: If you want to spend time in the bird hide 1-4 are the best location.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Sarah G
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Set on he banks of the Letaba river this bush camp reminds me a little of the stunning Mekong river locations you in Laos. The duplex chalets are light and spacious and sleep 5 comfortably.They have living areas as well kitchens which open up through large, glass double doors onto grass sloping down to the river. They are entirely self-catering so bring everything you need. If you're travelling in the rainy season it's wise to come in a high-clearance vehicle. I just loved this place. You can get a mobile signal but just unser the Jackleberry tree!! One of the key points to grasp about this and other SanPark bushveldt camps in the Kruger is that you reach them down dirt roads which are off-limits to anyone who isn't a guest, just like posher, pricier, private game lodges. And you therefore have great spaces to explore which are in effect reserved for guests. You can hire a ranger to take you on game drives ( day and night), staff are helpful even if they need a little persistence. It's not a question paying for what you get - one of the silliest expressions invented, by and large, as an excuse to charge more. The great lesson of the Kruger is that it's one of he world's great wildlife destination you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for. But to get the best out of it you need to plan, to be persistent and above all patient.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Slowflyer
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

We stayed in 3 different camps in Kruger - Shimuwini bushweld camp was one of the older ones, accommodation bit tired, could do with some update but it had the best view. Sitting on the terrace, looking over the river, incredible. Lots of game to see around the camp. Very peaceful and relaxing.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
3  Thank Jana M
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Additional Information about Shimuwini Bushveld Camp

Address: 50 km from Phalaborwa Gate, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
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Ranked #116 of 175 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 Bushveld Camp is the most modern of the bushveld camps, being completely rebuilt after the floods in 2 000. ... more   less 

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