Shindzela (meaning honey badger) a rustic affordable tented camp consisting of 8 safari-style tents, each sleeping 2 persons maximum. The tents have their own en-suite bathroom and deck. We have a main area where there is a bush bar, a swimming-pool area, a dining area and the boma. Shindzela is situated in a private concession of about 6000 ha within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. Because the facility is unfenced, animals often move through the camp.
We offer our guests two game drives daily (morning and afternoon) in open 4×4 safari vehicles, as well as a walking safari instead of a morning game drive. Each activity is led by one of our qualified field guides.
While we make every effort to seek out the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), we focus on the whole safari environment, helping our guests appreciate different aspects of the wilderness, such as animal behaviour and habitat and insect and plant life. Animals are free to roam in vast areas – here it is not about “managed” sightings, but rather about a true wilderness experience.
Our aim is to offer our guests from all over the world an authentic African safari experience in a natural environment. We rely on solar power and gas for lighting and cooking.
Despite its remote location, Shindzela offers our guests free Wi-Fi.
A typical day on safari:
All safari activities are led by qualified safari guides who are armed. Your safari generally begins at dawn with a wake-up call at around 04:30 (06:00 in winter). Enjoy a welcome cup of tea or coffee before setting out.
Your safari guide will give you a safety briefing, so that you are comfortable with the rules and instructions pertaining to your game drive or bush walk. Please feel free to ask questions at any time. (Also read the Camp Safety Rules).
Please do remember that you are viewing animals in their natural, wild environment, and that it is important to listen to your guide at all times. There is ample opportunity to stop during the activity and examine interesting features of the bush and to observe animal behaviour.
Return to camp mid-morning and enjoy a hearty brunch prepared by our safari cook and other kitchen staff. It is then time to relax in camp before joining us in the dining room for a late lunch.
Then it is time to relax again before the late-afternoon game drive, which includes sundowners in the bush, followed by a short night drive en route back to camp. Our timetable and activities during a safari are primarily determined by game movement.
The best times to view the animals are in the early hours of the morning and during late afternoon. This is when most of the game species are active – during the heat of the day, many animals tend to seek shade and are less active.
Early evening game drives with a spotlight bring you into contact with nocturnal animals such as bush babies, civets, genets, African wild cats, honey badgers and porcupines.
Contact information for reservations
Office Tel: +27 82 307 9493
Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 08:00 to 17:00.