Shimuwini Camp

Shimuwini Bushveld Camp entranceShimuwini Bushveld Camp entrance

Shimuwini means "Place of the Baobab Tree" in the Shangaan language and the camp is so named because of all the Baobab trees that line the Letaba River in the vicinity of the camp...

Baobab silhouette taken near ShimuwiniBaobab silhouette taken near Shimuwini
Baobab tree near Shimuwini Bushveld campBaobab tree near Shimuwini Bushveld camp
Shimuwini baobab and HippoShimuwini baobab and Hippo

This camp is also the most modern of the bushveld camps as it was completely rebuilt after the 2000 floods.

Shimuwini Bushveld camp gateShimuwini Bushveld camp gate

Shimuwini Bushveld Camp does not have a shop or a restaurant but you can buy wood, firelighters and ice at reception. 

Shimuwini reception with our picture of the Leopard cubsShimuwini reception with our picture of the Leopard cubs


Shimuwini Bushveld camp has 15 Bungalows; with three types of accommodation, the smallest is a four-bed unit with two single beds in the bedroom and two more in the lounge, with one bathroom.

Shimuwini camp along the Letaba RiverShimuwini camp along the Letaba River

Then the five-bed bungalows, with two bedrooms consisting of two single beds in the one and three singles in the other. With two bathrooms, one with a bath and one with a shower.

The family cottage has six single beds in three bedrooms. This unit has one full bathroom with a bath and another with an outdoor shower – the only cottage with an outdoor shower.

Sitting at our Shimuwini chalet while watching the river for subjects to photograph

All the cottages have a fully equipped kitchen with an outdoor braai area.

They all have verandas and nearly every cottage has a view of the Letaba River...

Our camera setup while photographing ElephantOur camera setup while photographing Elephant
Elephants on the river bank at ShimuwiniElephants on the river bank at Shimuwini

Shine was a Duiker that was adopted by the camp manager, after a leopard killed her mother, and lived in Shimuwini camp for many years...

Shine the Grey Duiker at ShimuwiniShine the Grey Duiker at Shimuwini
Shine having a scratch in Shimuwini campShine having a scratch in Shimuwini camp

The camp has two bomas, one of the bomas is conveniently located next to the swimming pool.

Shimuwini swimming pool and boma areaShimuwini swimming pool and boma area

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The bird hide in camp gives guests a good chance of spotting water birds and animals that come down to drink.

Shimuwini hide overlooking the Letaba RiverShimuwini hide overlooking the Letaba River
View from inside Shimuwini hideView from inside Shimuwini hide

Take a walk round camp, we have seen and photographed a lot of different things such as flowers, spiders, scorpions and this African Rock Python Mario found in camp.

African Rock Python image taken in Shimuwini CampAfrican Rock Python image taken in Shimuwini Camp

The 20 km stretch of private road is reserved exclusively for guests staying at Shimuwini, this gives you both a relaxed and an uninterrupted game viewing experience. 

We spent a whole day with two Leopard cubs....and had them all to ourselves!

Leopard cubs on rock near ShimuwiniLeopard cubs on rock near Shimuwini
Leopard cub about to jump near ShimuwiniLeopard cub about to jump
Leopard cubs at midday near ShimuwiniLeopard cubs at midday near Shimuwini
Leopard cubs playing in the morning near ShimuwiniLeopard cubs playing in the morning near Shimuwini

Shimuwini bush camp offers guided game drives and guided walks, please ask at reception when you check in.

The area is also good for elephants and buffalo. The buffalos and Eles love to wallow in the mud pools on the side of the road.

Buffalo eye through the Mopane treesBuffalo eye through the Mopane trees
Elephant Big tusker on the H14Big tusker 'Ngonyama'on the H14
Elephant having dust batch at Shimuwini camp fenceElephant having dust bath at Shimuwini camp fence
Buffalo bulls walking through Mopane treesBuffalo bulls walking through Mopane trees

This page has been created to allow visitors to post their special Shimuwini stories and pictures for others to see.

This bushveld camp is a very special camp and when guests return home and they start getting withdrawal symptoms, they are now able to log on and see the latest sightings, posted by guests and game rangers, from guided bush walks, game drives and night drives.

Visitors to this page can then comment on and discuss each picture and story.

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We spent four days at Shimuwini - the first 3 days we had some sightings of elephant, buffalo, fish eagle, hippos but no cats. We then chatted to Johann, …

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