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Shimuwini Bushveld Camp

50 km from Phalaborwa Gate, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Situated on the edge of a river, Shimuwini's location is beautiful. You can watch hippos and crocodiles from the chalet and there is lovely birding. Next time we would return for a few days rather than just two. Our only complaint was that the fridge was so noisy we had to switch it off at times to get some peace... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Barring for the especially noisy fridge on the patio and the shower over the bath Shimuwini is fantastic, no cellphone signal, no crowds and the Letaba river on your doorstep, what more could you ask for. Friendly camp reception staff and game drive ranger add to the overall bush experience.

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Bern
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Compared to all the other bush camps in Kruger, Shimuwini has the best view on the surroundings. Very often you can watch elefant breeding herds for hours from your bungalow, as well as a wide variety of other game. Good birding as well. The cleaness of the bungalows could be a bit improved compared to the other places in Kruger.... More 

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Rockingham, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for two nights in late September, wish it had been 3 we had booked a two bedroom place, firstly let me say the accommodation was basic but was great for us, make sure you take adequate supplies, the place was clean the location was to die for, if you want to see animals this is the place to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

You think 'Bush Camp' and what comes to mind would generally be 'no flushing toilets?' 'No Showers?' Rough living. How wrong. For me, this is my favourite camp in the Kruger Park. Set alongside the river, great bird hide (where we had elephants eating just meters away from us). The accommodation is 'semi luxury'. Theres a swimming pool (for those... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

What a glorious experience. This camp in the Kruger National Park is really in the middle of nowhere. The accommodation is very basic but pleasant and comfortable. No plugs to charge any electronics. (The only plug in the unit runs a fridge). There is a communal freezer at the main gate which worried me but actually turned out fine. The... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Shimuwini bush camp is a very good option for the seasoned Kruger National Park traveller who has already visited all the main, more commercial parks or for someone who wants to get a little closer to the bush. Situated in the north of the park the camp is quite isolated and you travel approx 11kms on dirt road from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Four of us only spent 1 night in chalet 7 and really loved the positioning/layout of the accommodation. The only things that I have to gripe about are that we only booked one night (our fault entirely) and the positioning of the braai area on the side of the chalet looking onto/in very close proximity to our neighbours - why... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

fantastic experience staying at shimuwini. only regret was i didnt stay 2 nights. River view on all chalets and plenty of game to watch - elephants, hippos and birds. There is a fig tree which in June was like a buffet for bird activity. Most exclusive location. We saw many elephants in the river and buffaloes on the drive in... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

We liked Shimuwini, in a stunning situation overlooking hippos and hope of other animals. The cabins are spacious and well placed. They have received some extra glazing to allow sitting with a view if cold, which it was when we were there. One degree at night! Previous reviewers are right,the inside needs sorting out and is really old fashioned. There... More 

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