Shindzela Tented Camp is a rustic bush camp that 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.
Shindzela offers guests the following safari activities on a daily basis:
Two game drives (one in the morning and one late-afternoon into the early evening) in open safari vehicles, accompanied by qualified guides.
One walking trail in the morning and one afternoon game drive into the early evening, accompanied by qualified guides.
Important: Should you wish to participate in a morning walking safari, please chat to your guide upon arrival in camp to arrange this.
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.
Each tent is furnished with the following:
- Wooden entrance door to bedroom and bathroom
- Adjustable canvas flaps for windows and mesh to keep insects out.
- Solar main lights
- Bedside tables, luggage racks and open-style hanging rail with hangers
- Mosquito nets and amenities (body lotion, body wash & shampoo)
- Bedding and towels
- 2 x single beds or 1 x queen-size bed
- Peaceful Sleep spray to keep the mosquitoes out
- En-suite bathrooms with shower, flush toilet and hand basin (hot and cold running water) – gas-powered
- Corner-standing fan.
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 are available on request – please arrange this with reservations in advance.
Length of stay
The ideal length of stay is at least 3 nights, which will afford visitors a good opportunity of seeing most of the animals the Timbavati is renowned for.
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 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.
Self-drive directly to camp, or fly into the local airports. We can book local private airport transfers if required. Once at the Timbavati Gate, driving time to the camp is approximately 1 hour. Driving time from Gauteng to the Timbavati Reserve is between 6 and 7 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 accommodation invoice) or paid in cash at the camp. The vehicle entry fee is payable in cash or by credit card at the entrance gate to the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, not at camp. Please enquire with reservations for the above-mentioned prices.
No children under 10 years are allowed at Shindzela. Children 10 years and older may participate on the game drives. Unfortunately, no one under 16 years of age is allowed on walking safaris. There is no upper-age limit for participation in driving safaris, but for walking safaris the age limit is 60 years. Guests over the age of 60 years are welcome to present a medical certificate from their doctor, stating that they are in good physical condition to walk for about 2,5 to 3 hours in the South African bush terrain.
All Shindzela guests must have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical evacuation, hospitalization, repatriation, cancellation and baggage loss. Shindzela has medical evacuation cover in place for guests staying with us.
The Timbavati/Kruger National Park 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