Shindzela Tented Camp

Code: Shindzela Tented Safari Camp
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Shindzela Tented Camp (established 2009) is situated in a private concession area within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. The camp is unfenced, and there are also no fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger Park. This means we can, among other things, offer our guests the experience of driving off-road in our 4×4 safari vehicles to game-sightings and spend as much time as we want to on a sighting. We can also stay out late in the bush, depending on animal movements and other circumstances.

NEAREST AIRPORT Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit)
TRAVEL TIME 45 minutes
Meals 2  Safari Activities per day
Unlimited wi-fi Mineral water from the dispensing machine, tea & coffee
All drinks, transport to/from camp, personal expenses
 gratuities, travel insurance and **Timbavati Reserve Fees**

The safari-style camp is unfenced, and each of the eight canvas tents stand on a wooden platform.  The tents are also under thatch and each has twin or double beds, a wooden deck and en-suite bathroom. The camp accommodates 16 guests in total.  There is a small waterhole across the riverbed to which animals flock for a drink of fresh water. NB: Guests should only leave their tents in camp if they are in the company of one of our qualified guides at night. During the day it is safe to walk from your tent to the main area (just stick to the pathways and don’t wonder off into the bush).


A typical day on a driving safari

Summer/winter (times may vary. depending on the season and animal activity):
05:00/06:00 – Wake-up call (early but worth it!)
05:15/06:15 – Morning coffee and rusks in the dining room before departure
05:30/06:30 – Morning safari departs
07:30/08:00 – Stop for morning coffee-break somewhere in the bush
09:00/10:00 – Back at Camp for breakfast/brunch
11:00 – Check-out (for those guests leaving)
11:00-14:30 – If you are not checking out, then enjoy time around the pool or just relaxing in the lounge with a book; or take a nap in your tent
14:30/15:00 – Lunch
15:00/16:00 – Afternoon safari departs
17:30/18:00 – Stop for a sundowner
18:30/19:30 – Return to camp. Time to freshen up or just relax around the campfire before dinner
20:00/19:00 – Dinner


What to wear/bring

Neutral-coloured safari clothing, a hat, comfortable, closed walking shoes, a fleece and a light raincoat (depending on the weather), sunblock, a camera, and binoculars.


Walking safaris

Walking safari outings usually last between 2 and 2.5 hours. During the summer months, these may be of shorter duration due to the thicker vegetation and summer heat.
All walking trails are led by experienced, armed trails guides. A maximum of 8 guests are allowed on a guided walk. No children under 16, no adults over 60 years of age. Children 16 to 21 years of age to be accompanied by an adult(s).
For their own safety and enjoyment, guests participating in walking trails should adhere strictly to the instructions given by the guides.
The walking trails are not specifically focused on seeking the Big Five, but rather on educating guests about the safari environment as a whole,
including the insect and plant life, general game (giraffe, zebra and impala), the habitats of certain smaller animals, and vegetation. There is, however, always the possibility of encountering larger animals on foot. If this happens, remember to listen to your guide’s instructions.
Please note that our walking trails are weather permitting. For example, if in the opinion of the specific guide it is too windy or rainy, no walk will be conducted.
Please do let your guide know upon arrival at the camp if you would like to participate in a walking trail.