Shingwedzi Restcamp

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About the Lodge

Centered in a quiet clearing along the banks of the Shingwedzi river, this eponymous camp provides a well balanced Kruger National Park accommodation offering of luxury holiday and authentic, outdoor camping trip. Shrouded in mopane trees, the area produces sightings of waterbuck, nyala, kudu, and elephant, as well as a variety of bird species. While the river does dry up in summer months, animal sightings are more frequent in winter as groups challenge each other over quickly disappearing pools left in the wake of the disappearing river.

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An index of accommodation at Shingwedzi Rest Camp is provided below.

*Campsites comprise of fifty tent or caravan sites with electricity points and rotating braai (barbeque) grids, as well as communal ablutions, and cooking facilities with twenty-four-hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities. The sites accommodate a maximum of six persons per site.

*Twelve three-bed rustic huts with communal ablution facilities are also available. These units include a communal kitchen with scullery and electric hotplate stoves, but no cooking utensils, crockery or cutlery. Each hut has its own small fridge.

*Eighteen two-bed bungalows with communal kitchen are available, equipped with ablutions, toilet and wash basin. Most bathrooms have showers, some baths. All bungalows have air-conditioning, and a limited number of fully equipped utensil boxes (cutlery, crockery, glasses and frying pan) are available for hire from reception upon check-in.

Twenty-eight five-bed, and a further eighteen two-bed units are available, each with open air kitchen with cooker top, combined fridge/freezer, cutlery, crockery and utensils.

Additionally, there are two two-bed units, equipped with en-suite bathroom with showers, toilets and wash basins; as well as a four-bed unit with two bathrooms (one en-suite), kitchen.

• The guest house is a large luxury unit in prime position within the camp, with a riverside view. The kitchen comes with a microwave oven, and the house itself has a limited channel DSTV television, as well as sharing a communal braai (barbecue) area. Rentmeester house sleeps eight people in three bedrooms.
Accommodation at Shingwedzi Rest Camp is well suited to guests looking for an authentic, self-catering bushveld experience.

Shingwedzi Camp offers adventure in the form of guided bush walks and game drives, all under the supervision of well informed and keen professional field guides. Important to note is that children under the age of six are not permitted on game drives, and children under the age of twelve are restricted from game walks.

Activities and sights in the surrounding area include Kanniedood and Nstishivana Bird Hides, the weather dependent Northern Plains 4 x 4 Adventure Trail, and daily screenings of wildlife films (barring Sundays)

Facilities at the camp include activity information at the reception area, public telephones, post box, restaurant, cafeteria, shops, laundromat, filling station, communal kitchens and bathrooms, basic on-site first-aid assistance, cutlery and plate hampers, a day visitor picnic area in the camp, and a swimming pool (available to overnight residents only). Cell phone reception is also fully available, as well as limited channel access DSTV televisions in the guest house.

• Malaria occurs in the far Northeast of South Africa including the Kruger National Park, right through the year.
• Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for all travellers to the far Northeast of South Africa including the Kruger National Park.

Shingwedzi's conference offering accommodates a maximum of 130 delegates in theatre format. This facility is perfect for large seminars and team building, church gatherings, product launches, special events, and weddings. The camp is conveniently located from the Punda Maria or Phalaborwa gates, and delegates can reach the park easily via the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. Shingwedzi Restcamp also has a full range of lodging and facilities to accommodate guests.

Facilities and Services
• Data projection (with DVD, VCR, and computer connectivity),
• air conditioning,
• wall mounted speakers,
• a TV monitor,
• electronic screens,
• speaker’s podium and integrated electronic touch screen control panel,
• on-screen speaker projection,
• laser pointer,
• mobile PA.

Seating Arrangements

Configuration: Theatre style - 130

Conferencing rates vary seasonally and are dependent on the number of guests and other personalised requirements. Please contact us and our consultants will quote you on a package tailored to meet your particular needs.

Additional information
• Laptops and computers are not provided.
• Shingwedzi restaurant is available for all major meals, and a cafeteria supplies lighter eats.
• Airport transfers from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport can be arranged.

Native to the Shingwedzi area are impala, kudu, duiker, bushbuck, nyala and Sharpe’s grysbok, as well as buffalo and waterbuck. Prominently featured are the park's elephant, baboon and vervet monkey, as well as predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena and wild dog packs.

Transvaal mustard trees and weeping boer-bean are prominent in the area, and native sausage trees, Natal mahogany, and brack thorn are also to be found. Mopani shrub and apple leaf can be found further away from the river.

The camp hosts a variety of bird types, and yields a wide ranging bird-watcher's experience, with hornbills, starlings, weavers and Mourning Doves, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Natal Robin, European Hobby (hawking prey at dusk in summer), Grey Penduline Tit, Dusky and Village Indigobird (Black and Steelblue Widowfinch) and AfricanScops-Owl (at night), Verreaux’s (Giant) Eagle Owl, Bathawk, and the popular Collared Palm Thrush all being found at various points around the camp.

Storks (Open-billed, Yellow-billed, Saddle-billed and Wooly-necked), Black Crake and African Jacana, White-winged Tern, the rare Dwarf Bittern and the common Green-backed Heron can be viewed upwards from the river and in the camp's bird hide.
Most Recent Sightings - Lion, Hippopotamus, Giraffe, Buffalo, Baboon, Crocodile, Impala

View our comprehensive maps page to see the full range of printable and interactive maps.

Travel routes and times from central Gauteng are listed below. Travel by road requires entry through one of Kruger National Park's gates.

By Road - Punda Maria Gate:

• Take the N1 to Polokwane (Pietersburg).
• At Makhado (Louis Trichard) link up with the R524 and follow this route for ±140 km. That will take you to the gate. Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate.
• Shingwedzi Rest Camp is 71 km away from the gate. Allow about 3 hours for the drive to the camp, however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself time!
GPS: -23.1161 (latitude), 31.4323 (longitude)

Recommended game drives from this camp:

1. Exiting Shingwedzi, take the S50 south, passing the Kanniedood Dam and Bird Hide, Dipeni Outpost and Grootvlei Dam until you reach the S143 turnoff to the right. The next right turn, on the S143, will take you to the S144, which loops back and connects with the H1-6, returning to Shingwedzi.

2. Take the H1-6 from Shingwedzi, turning right onto the S52, which loops over the Nkayini River and passes pans, the Red rocks, waterholes and two lookout points near Bateleur Bushveld Camp, before returning to the H1-6.

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Latest Reviews

Bungalow was super. Thank you

Thank you to all the staff at Shingwedzi especially Christa, (who by the way, is like Wonder Woman!) for an absolutely amazing holiday. The campsite was spotlessly clean as were the bathrooms and kitchen areas, all the staff were very pleasant and helpful and we will definitely make a 3rd visit as soon as we can! The only downside to the whole holiday was that we went on the New Year's eve game drive and although a lovely spread was put on by the catering staff and they were very professional, we had the feeling that our ranger, Oscar, did not really want to be there. When we spotted a Scops Owl and one of the guests asked what the owl was called, he replied "I'm not good at such things". A better reply would have been to ask if anyone on the vehicle knew and if not to tell the guest that he wasn't too sure but would find out and come back to him. It just seemed a little unprofessional. We wish all the staff at Shingwedzi and indeed in all the camps, a blessed and wonderful 2015.

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