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Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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Pretoria, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“One night review”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

We stayed only for one night. They are still repairing and refurbishing the camp after the floods. The swimming pool and restaurant are not available at this stage. . Our accommodation was clean and comfortable

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Kuwait City
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Shingwedzi is the polar opposite of Skukuza - I believe really a camp only for hardened game watchers.

It is a long drive to get here but I believe worth every single kilometre you have to drive.

Accommodation is dated and in need of refurbishment (i did visit pre floods in early 2013) and the restaurant could do with staff being a little more keen / less apathetic, but the reception staff and shop staff are great.

For me the highlight at Shingwedzi was the very professional rangers / drivers on our morning trip. I have always enjoyed Satara but I believe that the organised drives at Shingwedzi are better - certainly I have had my best lion and leopard sightings on an organised drive here.

Sightings are less frequent than further south, but when you do find one they are exceptional.

Frequently the ATM and credit card facilities are not working at Shinwedzi so it is good practice to carry the Rand equivalent of $500 when in the north of the camp as fuel costs can build up quickly.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

When we visited in late July 2013, repairs were well underway with many of the bungalows refurbished and re-opened following the January floods. The ablution blocks were clean and fully functional. The day visitors area was being repaved and the restaurant and shop were having a major overhaul. Staff were by helpful, despite their difficulties they were doing their best to sort everyone out.

The camp site is rather featureless but well maintained. However, it's location in the north of the park makes up for this. The proximity to the river is a plus point for viewing birds and animals.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

We recently visited the Kruger and found ourselves in Shingwedsi Restaurant.
After working our way down from the north of Kruger (where NONE of the ATMs were working) we had no cash and no way to pay by card as the machines were not working.
Thanks to the outstanding kindness of a staff member of the restaurant there, Joshua Maluleke, he arranged for us to eat there and pay at the next rest camp. If it wasn't for his kindness... we would have gone hungry.

As for the Camp itself... it is serviceable but I think all the camps in Kruger are in need of a bit of updating especially considering the client base they are hoping to reach.

All in all a great experience though. Cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Beauvais, France
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Our first visit to Shingwedzi. The facilities are perahps a bit dated, but the chalet was nice, clean and comfortable. There is a very large and nice pool next to the campsite - enjoyed the swim. We went on a sunset game-drive and were most fortunate in that the two of us were the only tourists on the drive and thus had our own private ranger-guide. Regretably, that far north one sees less game than further south. There were apparently a couple of lions drinking from the river across from the restaurant just before we arrived taht afternoon, but they had moved off before we got there and we did not see them later that day on our game drive.
We were the only guests in the camp restaurant - which stays open until 9 pm to cater for tourists returning from the organised sunset drives. The staff member on duty in the restaurant was surly and most apathetic at our arrival - one would have thought she would have been pleased to have some clients, since it gave her something to do. Apparently not so. The same standard, limited-choice menu that we found in all the other Park restaurants that we dined in. In response to our question - yes she did have pies available. What kind of pies? Oh, she did not know - would have to go and have a look. But since she showed absolutely no inclination to actually go and check on the pie situation, we eventually gave up and ordered a pizza instead. It was revolting.... Rather cook your own dinner if you can...

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stayed here for two nights in August. We loved the camp, saw lots of wildlife and had a great sunset drive. The restaurant was ok and the staff most friendly, however, the one night we had a takeaway it was the worst meal I have ever seen and when we went back to complain we were met with absolute apathy,
We are returning to Shingwedzi as we loved the area but next time we will stock up on food outside the camp so that we do not have to use the restaurant / takeaway

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Katwijk, The Netherlands
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We stayed in a five-bed cottage. Three beds on the ground floor, two beds in the loft. Large bathroom and an outside kitchen with enough utensils. Basic, but well maintained and clean.
Around the cottage we saw many monkeys and bold birds who wanted to steal our food. The scenery around the restcamp is beautiful and serene. We had read on several websites that the amount of animals in the northern part of Kruger Park would be much lower than in the southern part, but we had a different experience. We saw many elepants, buffalos, giraffes, monkeys and many more.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Property: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
Address: 71 km From Punda Maria Gate, Kruger National Park 1390, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #87 of 174 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Hotel Class:2 star — Shingwedzi Rest Camp 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shingwedzi lies in the northern part of the Kruger National Park in the heart of Mopane country. A scenic game drive along the Shingwedzi River in a southeasterly direction towards the Kanniedood Dam is one of the most rewarding drives in the Park. Waterbuck, nyala, kudu and elephant are often seen here and the bird life is prolific. Staying overnight at Shingwedzi is an experience that will last a lifetime. It is a rustic camp that still carries the essence of the bush and is untouched by modern technology. Experience magical evenings where the accommodation is arranged in two separate circles and the glow emanating from braai (barbecue) stands cast a tranquil spell. ... more   less 

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