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Shindzela Tented Camp
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Best game drives in Kruger”
Reviewed 11 September 2013

We stayed one night at Shindzela as part of a 4 night safari staying in different lodges. Shindzela was half the price of the 'luxury' lodges we stayed in, and delivered fantastic value for money. Johan is the best ranger we have come across in the park, getting close to the action and making the drives one of our trip highlights. The tents are comfortable with great beds, and the shower has a fabulous outdoor quality as the sun shines through the top. Overall, we were very happy with our stay and would return again

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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shindzela, General Manager at Shindzela Tented Camp, responded to this review, 25 September 2013
Dear Annacomments2013

We are indeed pleased that you found Shindzela to be a great value add to your safari!
Thank you for your visit and wonderful review.

Kindest Regards
Shindzela Team
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

We went there in agoust and everything was great. It'a a dirty road to arrive but when you find the camp it's fantastic. People are very kind, food is as you want ( also for me that I'' vegetarian), the room are comforteble and very clean. The games is a real game. You can take your time to take pics, they are focus on find out all the animales and aperitive and breakfast in the Bush are very nice. Our guide ( Sam) was fanny and very kind and he has explaned us everything about animales and tree that we have seen.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

Great African experience with big5 sightings,great hospitality and as close to nature as possible. Luxury tented rooms and entertainment area makes this even more special and adds to the whole experience. Will definately be back!!!

  • Stayed August 2013
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shindzela, Front Office Manager at Shindzela Tented Camp, responded to this review, 25 September 2013
Dear HenriGuillaumeBossau

We are very pleased that you had a great time with us!
Thank you for your review!!

Kindest Regards
Shindzela
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Auchtermuchty
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

We stayed for 4 nights from the 24th of August. We have travelled from the Canadian artic to northern Australia and this is the best camp we have ever stayed in. We were in tent 5, the best one right opposite the waterhole with an open view. Comfy, warm bed with quality bedding which is important in winter, en suite bathroom all spotlessly clean and tidied every day. Food was wonderful. Brilliant eating dinner by the boma under the african stars. I particularly enjoyed cook's announcement of dinner and the jungle drums telling us food was ready. Don't ask what venison is though.
But you don't go to Kruger for the food. What made this camp so special were the highly knowledgable guides and Carolein's consideration for our enjoyment of the experience. We did two bush walks which meant three men going with the two of us for three hours. Eugene and Michael could not have been better. We learned so much and they clearly cared that we had a good time. Got to creep up on the hippo's and elephants. The reserve is private. It is not shared with other camps and we were able to spend quality time with elephants, lion and buffalo observing natural behaviour with Johan and Michael. The highlight for us was our last sundowners with Michael when the two of us had 15 precious minutes alone with a rhino that had come to drink at the dam with the setting sun as a backdrop. Stood there in tears. Had the pleasure of sittiing on our verandah watching the elephant herd and also spotted hyena, honey badger and the jackal from the tent.Birding is superb. A special mention for the head guide, the never to be forgotten Johan who is responsible for the high standards of guiding in this camp and who was our dinner companion each night. Thankyou for taking care of us so well.
I booked direct with Carolein who took care of our transfer back to the airport and had us back in camp for a shower and early breakfast before leaving. I promise we will be back

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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shindzela, Manager at Shindzela Tented Camp, responded to this review, 25 September 2013
Dear FiferAuchtermuchty

What a wonderful review! thank you for that!
We hope to host you again in the near future

Take Care
The Shindzela Team
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

We can't really say any more than what other have said. This place is simple yet very comfortable and very exciting. The drives we had were made exciting EVERY time with the skills of John our tracker and Michael our ranger. We saw Lions mating, cubs, elephants, honey badgers, croc, hippo to name but very few.

Food was again simple but beautifully announced and very tasty. We never went hungry.

All staff were very friendly and helpful.

If you want to be close to nature but with a few "glamping" elements then this is the place for you. I for one didn't want to leave.

Thank you Shindzela for making this everything we hoped a safari would be and more. We shall definitely recommend you to anyone we can.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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shindzela, Manager at Shindzela Tented Camp, responded to this review, 21 September 2013
Hi EllieBennett31

Thank you for your review!

Take Care
The Shindzela Team
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

my 13 year old son and I visited this camp in August 2013. It is a long way down a bumpy track into the bush. the journey was worth it. We were looked after so well by Johann and Mike. We loved our tent and we enjoyed the daily routine of an early start, safari, breakfast, relax, lunch, safari, dinner, campfire then early night. We saw so many animals, up very close, the highlight being a pride of lions feasting on a buffalo. We could not have been better looked after.
The camp is unfenced and it was fun to watch the animals such as warthog strolling through the camp while we sat outside our tent.
thanks to all there, we loved every minute.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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shindzela, Manager at Shindzela Tented Camp, responded to this review, 21 September 2013
Hi norfolknomad

Thank you for your kind words! I will most certainly pass this onto the guys here in camp!

Kindest Regards
The Shindzela Team
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Carolien the booking officer made everything so clear for us thru her emails it was easy to make the booking for 4 nights.
We had arrived at OR international at 7.30am hoping to drive the 6hr scenic journey,as suggested, to make the afternoon safafri at 3.30pm,unfortunately we got delayed at customs for 2hrs.
We arrived at approx 4pm and thought we had missed the afternoon safari,but Andre' one of the owner brothers located the safari vehicle and drove us out to meet up with Michael the incredible guide,we immediately caught sightings of elephants, giraffe,carou and many wild african birds,we stopped for coffee just before the night drive to watch the magnificient sunset,this was in the first 2 hours of our arrival..."Wow"
Dinner was being served by the bossy yet great cook Melita,she would verbally introduce her menu (different every night) but if you didnt listen to her intro she would frown...Lol
During the day we had a herd of 20+ elephants come down to the dry river bed in front of the tents and it was incredible how they dug for water with their feet and drew water with their trunks.
I celebrated my 60th birthday with some new found friends Barry and Jill and had a beer in the middle of Kruger on a manificent sunset,something I will cherish for life.
I may sound bias but if you can get on Michaels team on safari he has so much knowledge that he will explain why Rhinos walk in their dung, to the stars in the sky, he was a most informative knowledgable, well mannered guide you can ask for.
The sightings continued throuhout our stay with lions,rhino,leopard, hippo and crocodile we missed the buffallo so we got 4 out of the Big 5.
I would highly recommend Shindzela to stay, and enjoy, the professional guides and trackers, the great food, service and the friendly atmoshere created by the Shindzela team.
Well done 10 out of 10...a satisfied customer....Chris Abela

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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shindzela, Manager at Shindzela Tented Camp, responded to this review, 21 September 2013
Dear chris a

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on Shindzela! We are very happy to hear that you had a great time and we do hope to see you again in the near future!

All the best
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Property: Shindzela Tented Camp
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 #5 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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