Shindzela Tented Camp offers an affordable wildlife safari (game drives and walking safaris) in a big-five game viewing area in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. The Timbavati is on the border of Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces, not far from the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park.
The Timbavati Reserve is open to the Kruger National Park.
Shindzela offers game drive safaris (day and night drives in open safari vehicles) and walking trails with experienced guides. We also take guests out on game drives (day and night) in open safari vehicles.
Guests can choose which activities they prefer – game drives and/or walking trails.
Shindzela is an authentic tented camp, set in an unfenced wilderness environment. Accommodation is in comfortable canvas safari tents, set on wooden platforms, each with its own bathroom (shower, toilet and basin). The main area of the camp features a kitchen, dining and lounge area, as well as a boma & small swimming pool. The camp runs on solar power and gas. All bedding and towels are supplied.
Unique selling points
– situated in the world-famous Greater Kruger National Park
– a small, intimate camp for a maximum of 16 guests
– the camp is unfenced and has a special wilderness feel
– a choice of safari activities: game drives and/or walking safaris
– permission to drive off-road for unique sightings
– a relaxed atmosphere and flexibility in planning guest activities
– free Wi-Fi
Shindzela is ideal for
– guests who wish to enjoy the atmosphere in a wilderness
camp, as opposed to that in a luxury camp
– guests who enjoy tented accommodation
– guests who want to experience an adventure/wilderness safari
– guests interested in walking safaris
Meals are homemade, and include different meats, freshly-baked bread, salads, vegetables and fruit. We offer 3 full meals a day and sundowner snacks. Vegetarian option available on request – please arrange this with reservations in advance.
Length of stay
The camp can be booked as a FIT (fully-independent traveller) destination. It may be booked for any length of stay for FIT clients. The ideal length of stay is 3 nights, particularly if guests are interested in walking safaris.
Included in the rate
2 safari activities daily (walking trails or game drives), accommodation, linen, towels, housekeeping, 3 meals per day, tea and coffee, purified water from a dispenser in the lounge area and 14% VAT.
Excluded from rate
All alcoholic drinks, soft drinks and bottled water, transport to/from camp, Timbavati reserve fees (vehicle entry and conservation levy), gratuities, items of a personal nature and travel insurance.
*Drinks bills must please be settled on departure – in cash or by credit card (Visa/ MasterCard).
Self-drive directly to camp, or fly into the local airports. We can book local airport transfers if required. Once at the Timbavati Gate, driving time to the camp is approximately 50 minutes. Driving time from Gauteng to the Timbavati Reserve is between 6 and 6 and a half hours.
Hoedspruit: Flights from JNB & CPT – 1hr 15 mins from camp.
Phalaborwa: Flights from JNB – 2hrs 15 mins from camp.
Nelspruit KMIA: Flights from JNB, CPT and DUR – 3 to 3.5 hrs from Shindzela. Private transfers or car hire from these airports can be arranged.
Timbavati Reserve Fees
The Conservation levy is per person per night and can be pre-paid (added to your final invoice) or paid in cash at the camp. The vehicle entry fee is payable in cash/by credit card at the entrance gate to the Timbavati Reserve, not at camp. Please enquire with reservations for the above-mentioned prices.
No children under 10 years; children 10 years and older may participate on game drives. No one under 16 years of age allowed on walking safaris. Upper-age limit not applicable to driving safaris, but the limit is 65 years for walking safaris. For various reasons, including guests’ wellbeing and enjoyment, this is not negotiable.
All Shindzela guests must have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical evacuation, hospitalization, repatriation, cancellation and baggage loss. Shindzela has all the necessary medical evacuation cover in place for guests staying with us.
The Timbavati / Kruger region is considered a malaria area, so guests must take appropriate precautions. Please chat to your local GP for more information on prophylactics.
What to wear/bring
Comfortable closed walking shoes, a pair of casual shoes, a hat, neutral-colored safari clothing (long pants, shorts, T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, a fleece and a light raincoat), sunblock, torch, camera, binoculars, reading material.
Tel: +27 (0)82 307 9493