Camp Shawu is a small intimate bush retreat situated on a 15,000 hectare private concession in the south-eastern section of the world-renowned Kruger National Park.
The location of the lodge offers guests an opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that Africa has to offer.
Guests can view the big game from open vehicles, coming close to the 'Big 5' - elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard - as well as wild dog and cheetah.
Some of the drives will be on the lodge's own concession, where your guide will have the opportunity to drive offroad to get you unbelievably close to the wildlife, but others may be in the Kruger Park itself, where your ranger will be restricted to remaining on the road network at all times.
With over 300 bird species, the reserve is also a birdwatcher's paradise.
The walking trails in and around the camp are guided by an experienced game ranger with an extensive knowledge of the Greater Kruger Park area, wildlife, birds and of course the indigenous vegetation.
With authentic buffalo dung walls, Camp Shawu paints a picture of the 'real Africa' described by famous explorers of colonial times.
The Camp can accommodate 10 guests in 5 very large rooms overlooking the Mpanamana dam. All are luxuriously equipped with romantic ball and claw bath, mini bar, sitting area facing open fireplace, ceiling fans and outside shower.
A large verandah with reclining chairs and umbrella is the perfect spot from which to watch the game come down to drink.
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Our standard rates for a Standard Room
1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023
GBP 391 USD 481 ZAR 8,807 EUR 450
per person sharing
Contracted FIT Rate
Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
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All meals and 2 daily shared game activities are included. PLEASE NOTE: The Kruger National Park Concession Fee is NOT included - this is currently R83 per person per stay - subject to change.
Children under the age of 16 years are not allowed at Camp Shawu.
Camp Shawu Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Nelspruit: Take the N4 to Malelane, and travel for approximately another 40 km until the left turn into Komatipoort. Drive through Komatipoort towards the Crocodile Bridge Gate which is approximately 8 km.
There is a Kruger National Park Concession Fee payable in cash at the entrance gate - this is currently R76 per person per stay - subject to change.
Once inside the Kruger National Park, travel for 4 km and cross the Vurhami bridge. Turn right at the first Shishangeni Lodge sign onto a gravel road. Turn right at the second sign board for Shishangeni Lodge. There is a no entry sign for general public. Drive for approximately 10 km. This road will take you directly to Shishangeni Lodge. Guests will then be transfered from Shishangeni to Camp Shawu.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
PLEASE NOTE: The Kruger National Park prohibits the use of roads within the Park before the gates are open and once the gates are closed, therefore guests need to plan their arrival and departure times carefully. You cannot arrange to leave the Park before the gates are open, and you must ensure that you arrive at the entrance gate with sufficient time to drive through the Park to reach your destination by the time the gate closes, otherwise you may not be permitted to enter.
January/February: Open 05:30, Close 18:30: March: Open 05:30, Close 18:00: April: Open 06:00; Close 18:00: May to July: Open 06:00, Close 17:30: August/September: Open 06:00, Close 18:00: October: Open 05:30, Close 18:00: November/December: Open 05:30, Close 18:30
You should allow at least 30 minutes to drive through the Park to reach the camp.
Please note that the maximum speed limit in the Park is 50 km/h for tar roads and 40 km/h for gravel roads.
General Information For Guests
The rooms are en-suite and equipped with an outside shower, ball and claw bath and bathrobes. They also have a private game-viewing deck, a fireplace and a ceiling fan.
The camp has both indoor and outdoor dining areas, a spacious wooden deck, a swimming pool and a spa.
The activities available include morning/afternoon game drives and bush walks.
There is no Wi-Fi and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and AMEX) are only accepted at the main lodge where guests will check in and check out.
Please note that all guests entering the Kruger National Park must produce a valid form of identification (passports for international visitors) at their entry gate with their accommodation reservation vouchers.
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