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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp
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Victoria, Canada
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22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Down-to-earth but comfortable bush experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

We had an amazing time at Shindzela. It was our first introduction to the South African bush, and it was truly amazing. The small size of the camp makes for an intimate experience, and you have a chance to meet and make friends with the guides, as well as other guests from around the world. We stayed at Shindzela for 2 nights, and that was not long enough!

The tents are extremely comfortable, providing everything you need. We loved the outdoor shower, and the hot water bottle warming the bed at night was such a lovely extra touch! The food was delicious - homemade, and plenty of it. Breakfast was a huge selection of cold and hot items, and dinner was homemade soup, bread, wonderful main dishes, salads, vegetables, and divine desserts. And wildlife strolls past the camp as you are enjoying dinner or a glass of South African wine by the fire....truly awesome!

Our guide, Eugene, and tracker, Guyane (spelling?) were outstanding. They were a great team, and their knowledge and skill resulted in some extremely close encounters with wildlife. We saw lions on a recent kill, got very close to elephants, hyenas, giraffe, you name it. Eugene was so friendly and personable, and was able to answer all kinds of questions and curiosities about the wildlife and ecosystem. We really enjoyed our time with Eugene!

The overall experience and atmosphere at Shindzela was exactly what we were looking for, and better. If you are looking for a rustic, yet comfortable, true bush experience, this is your place. We are already taking about going back in the future, and staying more than 2 nights!!

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Wonderful review! Thank you!
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Greensborough, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

Wow what a place!!! If you want a safari experience that doesn't cost a fortune but has great facilities, awesome guides and trackers, great food than Shindzela is the place to come. I visited with my wife for 4 nights in July and could not have wished for a better time. We saw loads of animals including lions, wild dogs, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, kudu, impala, hyaena, jackal and many more. The tents were very comfortable with hot outdoor showers. Our guide Eugene and tracker Ghani we're amazing, they have so much knowledge about the bush and about tracking animals, which lead to some amazing animal sightings none more so then the pack of African wild dog. A memory that will not be forgotten.
A big thanks to Eugene, Andre, Sam, Carolien and the Shindzela team!!! Keep up the good work!
Kane and Alex (Australia).

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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shindzela, General Manager at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

We stayed at Shindzela for 5 nights and had an incredible experience. This place is 3-star done incredibly well at a great price. All of the staff seeemed to have experience from 5-star lodges and were always friendly, helpful and fun to be around. The meals that were provided were always tasty and plenty available. The fact that animals regularly wander through the camp made this a great experience and continually reminded me that I was on holidays rather than staying just another hotel. There are no TV's and limited wifi which is perfect and allows for a pretty chilled out environment. The game drives were the reason for going to Shindzela and were incredibly well organised, comfortable, informative and fun. Having a tracker and a driver who new so much allowed for us to see many more animals than we would have on self drive tours or when there is only a driver who is also trying to spot. This place was so good I'm definately planning on going back.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank you AB for your review!
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Jupiter, Fl
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

What an experience! We loved our time in Shindzela - the staff were fantastic;the drives were excellent; the walk was VERY exciting; the meals were superb; the company of the other guests was delightful; and even though it was really chilly for us - the hot water bottles made our already comfy beds feel totally luxurious!!! Loved this experience and would absolutely do it again if we could!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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shindzela, Manager at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Thank you tnt1218! We hope to see you guys again!
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

I stayed at Shindzela as a solo male traveler for 3 nights and absolutely loved it.

What I loved about Shindzela:
-The staff and food are incredible
-It is far from a commercial feel as possible
-There are a maximum of 2 jeeps on the property (when I was there only 1) so it is a true "hunt" to find the animals, rather than simply
-We saw all 5/5 in addition to tons of other animals including giant owls and my favorite, the wild dogs!

Thanks to all the staff, especially Johan, Raymond, Mike Tyson and Carolienne!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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shindzela, Front Office Manager at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
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Atlanta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

A step above camping in the wild.

Slatted wood floor platform with porch in front, bathroom in back surrounded by bamboo or similar, tent with zipper over bed. Our tent barely had room to walk around the bed with a bureau and a rack for clothes, I think a floor fan, and bedside tables. Bathroom had showerhead, sink, vanity, and flush toilet. Simple, cold at night, hot during the day. Just what we were expecting and and wanting.
Some guests who were leaving when we arrived said it was really cold the week before, so truly unpleasant at 5am with an outdoor bathroom, but when we were there the hot water bottles were welcome in the comfortable bed at night, but the bathroom OK at night with full clothing. I think the tents would be less pleasant during the hot/rainy season. Because of the construction materials, the first workers up in the morning wake all but the furthest tents and you can hear conversations from other tents, so not much privacy.

Loved the announcement of the food at each meal. Food was good, rather like eating at camp or other group outing with buffet all you can eat. Communal tables encourage lots of sharing of experiences and reliving the rides.

No fences means wildlife in the camp. We heard that an elephant rubbed against one of the tents one night. What an experience for those folks. But if you follow the rules and stay inside at night, so harm.

Guides were varied in personality, but all our experiences were good. They were serious about safety of their guests. Landrovers were not as bouncy in the back row as the Toyotas at another camp we visited. With the small number of trucks, sighting may be fewer than in some busier reserves with more trucks because they do not have the number of eyes looking and radioing positions, but more private and seemed more wild.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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shindzela, Front Office Manager at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
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San Mateo, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

This was my husband's first safari, and I am so happy we chose Shindzela. Johan and Raymond were amazing, and the animal sightings were incredible. We've already started saving our pennies to go back!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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shindzela, Front Office Manager at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Thank you Rachel D!
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Property: Shindzela Tented Safari Camp
Address: Johnniesdale Farm | Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, 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 #7 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Shindzela Tented Safari 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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