Shindzela offers two game drives per day in open 4×4 Land Cruisers with knowledgeable guides and expert trackers – one drive early morning and one late afternoon/early evening.
Our game drives last for approximately 3 to 3.5 hours, depending on animal movements, and are conducted within the Greater Kruger National Park, inside the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve on Shindzela’s traversing concession of about 6500 ha.
The world-famous Kruger National Park is a conservation area of more than 2 million hectares (more than 5 million acres).
The best times to view game are the early hours of the morning and during late afternoon. This is when most game species are active. During the heat of the day, many animals tend to seek shade. Late-afternoon/early evening game drives bring you into contact with nocturnal animals such as bush babies, civets, genets, African wild cats and porcupines – in addition to the big cats.
Since we operate in a private concession area, we are permitted to drive off-road into the bush in search of predators and /or unusual sightings; and – depending on sightings – we can stay out later on activities, including during late-afternoon/early evening drives.
The Timbavati is home to over 40 mammal species, including Africa’s Big Five: lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Other game that you may see while on safari include hyena, jackal, giraffe, hippo, wild dog, zebra, kudu and impala, to mention but a few.
Numerous bird species have been recorded in the reserve, which is open to the Kruger National Park, providing animals with a vast expanse of wilderness in which to roam freely.
There are also a large number of reptiles and insects.
Our guides will do their utmost to offer guests sightings of big-five animals without neglecting the smaller creatures and other interesting facts pertaining to the African bush.
Among other things, they will endeavour to track the big mammals in the bush, inform you of the insect and plant life and point out some of the bird species in the area. Also be on the lookout for crocodiles and hippo at dams. If you’re fortunate, you may even see wild dog.
For your own safety and enjoyment, guests participating on game drives should adhere strictly to the instructions given by the guides.
(Also read Shindzela Tented Camp’s safety rules).
Children 10 years and older may participate in game drives. .
We generally only allow 8 guests per vehicle, but our Land Cruisers can seat 10 guests comfortably.
Before embarking on your first afternoon game drive, your safari guide will give you a thorough safety briefing, highlighting the rules to be followed once you are out and about in the bush.
Keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle.
Do not grab at passing branches since you may get injured doing so.
Stay still and be very quiet while in a sighting.
Please stay seated at all times; the guide will position the vehicle so that everyone will have a view.
Please keep your cell phones switched off or on silent during the drive.
The guide will advise if it is safe to use a camera flashlight.
Enjoy your experience and feel free to ask questions!
(NB: Also read Shindzela Tented Camp’s safety rules).
A typical day on safari:
Summer/winter (times may vary. depending on the season and animal activity):
05:00/06:00 – Wake-up call (early, but worth it!).
05:15/06:15 – Morning coffee and rusks in the dining room before departure.
05:30/06:30 – Morning safari departs.
07:30/08:00 – Stop for morning coffee-break somewhere in the bush.
09:00/10:00 – Back at camp for breakfast/brunch.
11:00 – Check-out (for those guests leaving us).
11:00-14:30 – If you are not checking out, then enjoy time around the pool or just relax in the lounge with a book.
14:30/15:00 – Lunch for all our guests – those who participated in the morning game drive, those who preferred the morning safari walk, and those who may have preferred to relax in camp.
15:00/16:00 – Afternoon game drive departs.
17:30/18:00 – Stop for a sundowner.
18:30/19:30 – Return to camp. Time to freshen up or just relax around the fire before dinner.
What to wear/bring:
Neutral-coloured safari clothing, a hat, comfortable, closed walking shoes, a fleece and a light raincoat, sunblock, a camera, and binoculars.
Shindzela contact number:
Office/Emergency: +2782 307 9493.