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“Great Safari Experience at Shindzela”

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Shindzela Tented Camp
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 hotel reviews
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“Great Safari Experience at Shindzela”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

We want to thank the folks at Shindzela Safari Camp for an amazing 4 night stay May 30 - Jun 3, 2014!! The game viewing was just fantastic - many thanks to our guides Sam and Johan - we will never forget those rides with the African Wild Dogs!! Saw many other fantastic animals. The bush camp was just as advertised; a real open African bush experience (no fences, wide open) with great people (all the staff and owners are just wonderful), food and fun. The tent cabins were great and very cool to stay in. And the food was fantastic. Many thanks to all @ Shindzela for a wonderful vacation.

Room Tip: There are 8 tent cabins. All are similar. #7 and #8 are the furthest out.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

If you want safety in numbers, a spa, and luxury accommodations, this is not the place for you; but if you are up for free-roaming wildlife, no barriers, no staging, and the feel of the African bush in your veins, this is your place! Our intimate safaris with no more than nine guests per jeep and only two jeeps on the reserve consisted of six hours a day bouncing around in the jeep in the bush seeking our next wildlife experience. And we did not have 20 or 40 cars join us when we located the animals. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the bush and enlightened us on how nature works, down to the plants and the bugs, to create this magical environment. I was interested in animal signs and Vaughn was sure to point out lion, leopard, rhino, etc tracks for me. He also guided us to find all big five at least twice plus myriad other wildlife, including the severly endangered wild dog. Back in camp, with an authentic feel, the tents were large and comfortable with solar lighting but no electricity. It is like camping but with a large, comfy bed, running hot water, a flush toilet, and someone to make your bed and cook great meals for you. The owners and staff are friendly, helpful and caring and the price fit our budget perfectly. I would do this again with the Shindzela gang in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

My sister and I stayed at Shindzela for three nights and wished we had booked even longer. Everyone at Shindzela was beyond nice and truly made us feel at home in the strange African bush. We loved getting to know our fellow travelers around the communal meal tables and Vaughn, our excellent guide, taught us everything from the differences between moths and butterflies to how to stave off an elephant charge - everyone at camp was so knowledgeable and passionate about the animals, it was a great environment to be a part of.

The food was amazing at every single meal and Carolien was so extremely helpful throughout the booking process and so welcoming when we arrived at camp.
The accommodations were fabulous - comfortable beds and a well stocked bathroom. We certainly didn't feel like we were in the middle of nowhere.

My sister and I are already planning a trip back to South Africa and Shindzela is an absolute requirement. Thanks for our fabulous introduction to African safari!

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Sandton, South Africa
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We had a wonderful time in Shindzela. The guide Sam was amazing and even though the tracker was on leave Sam did both very professional and with passion. We stayed for 5 nights and the only thing that was a bit strange was our towels were not refreshed once. Maybe one must ask? The camp was quiet and nice and small. All meals were lovely and well prepared. Dinner was always around the big boma fire and the table was set with lovely solar lights and napkin rings made from wire and beads.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

Many thanks to all at Shindzela for making our stay so wonderful . Accomodation is 1 st class and meals fantastic. Nights around the night fire slugging " Lions Dropping" will remain with me forever. Special thanks to Johan, our guide/ tracker.... You always delivered what you promised!!
We will return when next back in South Africa
Gary Kitto.
Australia

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights at Shindzela and were very sad to leave. The permanent tents are very comfortable and clean, with solar powered lighting and hot showers. The camp has a very relaxed and intimate feel, with dinner around the fire the perfect opportunity to get to know the other guests and staff. There is wifi available in the main bar/dining area. Shindzela is really in the bush and a very authentic safari experience. We were lucky enough in our short stay to see four of the big five (missed the elusive leopard), two very special wild dog sightings and countless other animals including civet and honey badger. Our guide, Vaughn, and tracker, Ray, were very knowledgable and more than happy to answer our questions. As the camp is right in the bush, it would be wise to check their website for detailed directions if your travel agent hasn't provided them. Hopefully we can return one day!

  • Stayed May 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

I was so excited to be returning to Shindzela as my first visit was fantastic.
The best things about this camp are that it is low-key, very low maximum number of guests (16), great food, excellent guides (I was with Sam and Raymond), open vehicles (better for photography) and it is unfenced meaning you never know what wildlife might drop in.
All round brilliant value.
Having visited in two different seasons now (Apr & Aug) the game viewing experience varies. In winter (Aug) the game are easier to view as they stay closer to permanent waterholes/dams, whereas this time being the end of rainy season (Apr) the foliage is more dense and the game are more spread out due to the availability of water.
That said, I enjoyed both visits with the highlight of this visit being the fulfilment of my dream to see wild dogs.
Will definitely return!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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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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