My wife and I spent just two nights at Camp Shawu in Spetember 2013, and it was amazing!
For our first safari we were looking for something classic, canvas, Hemingway...
And we wanted to split the trip between Kruger and Sabi Sands to increase our chances of seeing a leopard.
For Kruger we researched several camps and thanks to Chrisna from “Siyabona” we settled on Shawu - mainly due to the watering hole.
Located in the extreme southeast corner of Kruger, Shawu is a smaller camp with only five cabins and just one Land Cruiser for the game drives.
This leads to a very personal environment, almost a family atmosphere between the friendly staff and the guests.
Simon was our fantastic ranger and guide, very friendly and very knowledgeable with a seemingly personal interest in finding and sharing the best wildlife. He went out of his way to make every game drive and the entire trip the best possible experience, sharing personal stories, setting up a cocktail hour in the bush, following the sound of a lion until we found it and offering driving directions to get to the next camp safely.
The watering hole by the camp made the game drives almost superfluous. From the common area, from our private deck or with the canvas rolled up even from our own bed, we watched hippos, elephants, buffalo, rhinos, crocodiles, giraffes and so many more animals all day.
The hippos are residents at the watering hole. And throughout the night they can be heard right outside the cabins.
The cabins and the common areas were clean and modern with a hint of classic safari, the food was very good with several meals spread throughout the day.
I wish we had staid at least one more night, and it would be hard to visit Kruger again and not stay at Shawu.
The personal service did not end when we left the camp either. I had forgotten a necklace in our cabin and after a few phone calls from our next lodging and a lot of logistical effort from everyone at Shawu and Shishangeni I was able to meet a security guard at the Nelspruit airport several days later who handed me my necklace!
We arrived at Shawu later than expected and missed the first evening game drive - construction on the “4”, bureaucracy upon entering the park, and the fact that you cannot actually drive to Shawu yourself, but leave the car at Shishangeni to be taken to Shawu by a ranger. These are things to keep in mind when planning time for the drive.
Also be aware that there are sometimes long stretches of the “4” without gas stations.
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- Also Known As:
- Camp Shawu Hotel Kruger National Park