This was my second time at Shishangeni Lodge within the last 18 months, and I enjoyed it both times. Our group decided to leave Maputo (Mozambique) for a weekend to do this two-hour drive across the border to Kruger NP. Shishangeni's major advantage to us was its proximity to Crocodile Gate, which is right after the border. Already when we drove toward the lodge from the Gate were we able to see an abundance of wildlife. This was topped during the evening and morning safaris when our guide (Simon) went out of his way to spot exciting animals and made it possible for us to see them close up, such as several lions, cheetahs, rhinos, hippos, and crocodiles.
We also enjoyed the accommodation in very stylish bungalows, as well as the excellent meals; the dinner around a fire was an atmospheric highlight. I would have awarded Shishangeni with a "5" rating were it not for some strange incidents that occurred during our safaris. Somebody went through my backpack in my bungalow (the backpack has a strange zipper and only closes in a particular way, which the intruder could not manage to do--although nothing was stolen) and another group member's room (she missed a bracelet). We informed the reception and do not know if anything happened afterward. But we do not allow these incidents to take away the overall good memories of our time at Shishangeni.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There is a place in Africa where legends are bornShishangeni comprises of three camps to choose from Shishangeni Private Lodge, Camp Shonga and Camp Shawu. Each of the three adding a different experience to the visitor. The Lodge offers big five game viewing, superior service, excellent cuisine, and the best accommodation in Southern Africa. The emphasis of all three of our camps is on nature without losing the luxury and superior service our guests are accustomed to. We are striving to create the optimum balance between people and their environments, while having an absolute minimal impact on the neighbouring habitat. ... more less
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