Shingwedzi Camp

Shingwedzi camp entrance gateShingwedzi camp entrance gate
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Shingwedzi Camp is situated in a very beautiful part of Kruger - along the banks of the Shingwedzi River and it is the furthest camp from any of Kruger’s main gates (137 kilometers from Phalaborwa and 70 kilometers from Punda Maria) making it the ideal camp to relax in peace and quiet....

View of Shingwedzi camp from low level bridgeView of Shingwedzi camp from low level bridge

The camp is scenic with its palm trees, many impala lily plants and aloes adding colour to this sometime dry camp.

Shingwedzi camp palm treesShingwedzi camp palm trees
Shingwedzi coffee in the parkShingwedzi coffee in the park
Shingwedzi campShingwedzi camp at a glance

There is a large shop, an ATM, a petrol station, a restaurant, swimming pool, day visitors area and reception with information centre.

Shingwedzi camps petrol stationShingwedzi camps petrol station

The below pictures show the flooded petrol station......and the different flood levels over the years.....

The flooded petrol station at ShingwedziThe flooded petrol station at Shingwedzi

the picture below show the different flood levels from  over the years the restaurant area, the tree is the 2013 flood and the other mark is from 2000 floods.....

Two different flood level marks at ShingwedziTwo different flood level marks at Shingwedzi

A fully stocked shop with curios and a ATM.....

Shingwedzi shopShingwedzi shop

The day visitors are is just to the left as you drive in the main gate, has ablutions, large covered thatch area with tables and chairs, braai facilities and a view over the river....

Shingwedzi camps day visitors areaShingwedzi camps day visitors area

 a nice lovely pool area with loads of space.....

Shingwedzi swimming poolShingwedzi swimming pool

Food and drink

The bonus of this fully licened restaurant is its outstanding location overlooking the Shingwedzi River from both the covered veranda to the seating area inside.....

Shingwedzi restaurant lunchShingwedzi restaurant lunch

We have eaten here a number of time and the food is good and the staff are friendly. We don't always eat at the restaurants but it is nice to break from braaing every now and then....we love the humbergs. 

Shingwedzi restaurant dinnerShingwedzi restaurant dinner

Accommodation

Shingwedzi camp is one of the oldest in the Kruger Park and still has the old white-washed bungalows with thatch roofs, most of the bungalows have been renovated inside....

Shingwedzi camps old white washed bungalowsThe back view of the old white washed bungalows

There are a few types of bungalows: the old white wash ones and some that look like the old huts....

The old white washed Shingwedzi bungalowsThe front view of the old white washed bungalows

They all have en suite bathrooms (shower, toilet and wash basin), some have 2 single beds while other have 3 beds, all have air-conditioning.

Shingwedzi bungalow insideShingwedzi bungalow inside

Some bungalows have no kitchens (communal kitchen) and  cutlery, crockery, glasses and frying pan, are available for hire at reception upon check-in, the bungalows do have fridges;

each bungalow has a small veranda, table and chairs and a braai area....

Dinner on our veranda with the moon in the backgroundDinner on our veranda with the moon in the background

The modern 2 bed bungalows have been nicely renovated, but still keep the warm charm...

Shingwedzi camps modern bungalowsShingwedzi camps modern bungalows

have one room with 2 single beds and with air conditioning...

Inside Modern bungalowInside Modern bungalow

a lovely en suite bathroom.....

Bathroom in modern BungalowBathroom in modern Bungalow

with an open air kitchen on the veranda with hotplate, combined fridge/freezer with cutlerycrockery and utensils and braai facilities...

Modern bungalows outside kitchen and verandaModern bungalows outside kitchen and veranda

Shingwedzi camps old hutsShingwedzi camps old huts

The rustic huts have communal ablution and communal kitchen facilities that provides a sink, electric hotplate and a 24 hour boiling water cylinder, some have limited, crockery, no cooking utensils and no cutlery.....

Communal kitchen areaCommunal kitchen area

We found some interesting decor items in the huts, the air bricks made in the shape of animals or birds from a bygone era...

Shingwedzi blue cranesBlue cranes...?
Shingwedzi air brick waterbuckWater buck
Shingwedzi Kudu air brickKudu
Shingwedzi Rhino air brickWhite rhino
Shingwedzi bird air brickBird feeding chicks in nest
Shingwedzi Lion air brickLion
Shingwedzi Giraffe air brickGiraffe feeding
Shingwedzi Sable air brickSable antelope

the huts have a ceiling fan, but no air-conditioning... we found the huts very hot during our December holiday, so would not recommend them during the summer months.

Shingwedzi hutsShingwedzi huts

The huts have a small veranda with table and chairs and a braai area...

Shingwedzi hutShingwedzi hut
Shingwedzi Huts at nightShingwedzi Huts and braai at night

the 4 bed family cottages each have; 1 room with double bed and the 2nd room with 2 single beds,  2 bathrooms, (1 en-suite) 

Shingwedzi family cottage with Ipala liliesShingwedzi family cottage with Ipala lilies

and air-conditioning, a fully equipped open air kitchen with hotplate, a microwave, fridge/freezer, sink, cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, a dining area in the kitchen and a small veranda and an outside braai area.... 

Shingwedzi camps family bungalowsShingwedzi camps family bungalows
Shingwedzi bedroomShingwedzi bedroom

Shingwedzi has one guest house- the Rentmeester Guest House; this is a large luxury unit in prime position with a riverside view.  

Rentmeester Guest House in ShingwedziRentmeester Guest House in Shingwedzi
The view from Rentmeester Guest House view in ShingwedziThe view from Rentmeester Guest House view

it has 3 bedrooms with are 3 bathrooms; one with a king size bed, and 2 with 2 single beds or you can request another king size bed, each bedroom has a theme with a pictures of a lion, or a rhino or an elephant on the wall, each bedrooms face onto a large covered patio.....

Rentmeester Guest House Lion bedroom in ShingwedziRentmeester Guest House Lion bedroom
Rentmeester Guest House Elephant bedroom in ShingwedziRentmeester Guest House Elephant bedroom
Rentmeester Guest House Rhino bedroom in ShingwedziRentmeester Guest House Rhino bedroom

a large lounge with limited DSTV channels and comfortable  seating.....

Rentmeester Guest House loungeRentmeester Guest House lounge

a large open plan dining room and a well equipped kitchen with microwave oven, stove, fridge/freezer, cutlery, crockery with cooking and braaing utensils.....

Rentmeester Guest House dining room in Shingwedzi campRentmeester Guest House dining room

There is a large outdoor braai (barbecue) area with a lovely view over the river.

Rentmeester Guest House view and braai in Shingwedzi campRentmeester Guest House view and braai area

Shingwedzi has a big camping area; which is nice and flat with loads of shade and close to the swimming pool. Some sites have perimeter views, some have power points and some are larger to accomodate mother homes.

Shingwedzi campsiteShingwedzi campsite

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Activities

Take a walk round camp with your camera in hand....

Woodland kingfisher with geckoWoodland kingfisher with gecko
African Scops owl at ShingwedziAfrican Scops owl at Shingwedzi
Velvet mite at Shingwedzi campVelvet mite at Shingwedzi camp
stars with palms trees in Shingwedzi campstars with palms trees in Shingwedzi camp
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The riverine forest around and north of the camp is home to a number of  leopards,  lion, elephants, cheetah, buffalo as well as a variety of birds and other game specie.

Elephant at lamont waterholeElephant at lamont waterhole
leopard on the loop near Shingwedzi campleopard on the loop near Shingwedzi camp
lion cub licking at a kill near Shingwedzilion cub licking at a kill near Shingwedzi

There are a few good gravel road loops in the area, the Shingwedzi River Road the S50 down to Grootvlei dam can be very rewarding, while the Red Rocks loop towards Bateleur and the Mphongolo loop towards Sirheni are also productive. 

Palm trees near ShingwedziPalm trees near Shingwedzi
Shingwedzi leopard in riverbedShingwedzi leopard in riverbed
lions watching waterbucklions watching waterbuck

We have had good sighting from the High level and low level bridge; like a pride of lions first thing one morning, sunrise and sunset and birds and crocs.....

Lions from Shingwedzi high level bridgeLions from Shingwedzi high level bridge
View of Shingwedzi camp from low level bridge at sunsetView of Shingwedzi camp from low level bridge at sunset
Sunrise from Shingwedzi High Level BridgeSunrise from Shingwedzi High Level Bridge
Crocodile at the Shingwedzi low level bridgeCrocodile at the Shingwedzi low level bridge

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Love at first bite 
We saw these two hippos interacting near Shingwedzi camp. eidelmanphoto.com

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