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“Shimuwini Rest Camp, Kruger National Park” 4 of 5 stars
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50 km from Phalaborwa Gate, Kruger National Park, South Africa   |  
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“Shimuwini Rest Camp, Kruger National Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

What a great place! This was the last camp we stayed in on a week long adventure through the Kruger. The accommodation is a bit dated, but the location and surrounds were fantastic. We stayed in No.15, right at the end of the camp. Our open air "lounge room" overlooked the watering hole with hippos and crocs right on the door step.

The gardens are well maintanied and the staff were super. Only issues relates to ablutions.We didn't have any hot water and there wasn't a shower.

Leopard right outside the camp, elephants, rhino etc. Waterbuck and impala grazing out the front of the waterhole. Just magic!

Other than that this is the camp for me from now on!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012 via mobile

If you need peace and quiet, this is the place for you! We spent 5 nights in Shimuwini and love the place. We stayed in nr 9 and would recommend this chalet very strongly. Downstairs is a bedroom with double bed, bathroom, kitchen and sitting area. Upstairs, like a loft is another 2 singlebeds. Ideal for families with 2 children. Though there are 15 chalets, you are never aware of lots of people around. From the stoep we saw hippos, crocs, a herd of 22 elephants at one stage and buffaloes. It almost felt as if we are alone in the park! Staff were effecient and friendly. Squirrels will entertain you on the lawn. In my opinion, the biggest plus at Shimuwini is the feeling of peace and tranquility!

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012 via mobile

The camp is wonderful. Beautiful river front location. We saw elephants, crocs, hippo from our Patio. The chalets are private, and are great if you want to get away from the craziness of the bigger Kruger camps. Staff were great too. The only complaint that I have (which is unrelated to the camp itself) is that game was very sparse in this region. We drove for hours without seeing anything! Not even birds.

Stayed April 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011

This camp in the central area of Kruger National Park is a hidden gem. The camp chalets overlook the river with large areas of lawn and shady trees. Happy hippos inhabit the river and can be seen at any time of the day. There is a small hide from which you can view the hippo at closer range and any visiting elephants and good variety of birdlife. This camp is quiet and peaceful and is ideal if you need a couple of days of calm rejuvenation or quiet reflection. The staff are wonderfully helpful and friendly. There is no shop or restaurant but there is a lovely small pool area. The guided walks from this camp are recommended. Game is perhaps a little more sparse but elephant, nyala, hyena, impala, kudu and giraffe are common.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 50 km from Phalaborwa Gate, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
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Ranked #109 of 144 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Number of rooms: 5

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