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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Timbavati Game Reserve

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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Timbavati Game Reserve

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Situated in the Timbavati Game Reserve, Shindzela Tented Safari Camp offers an affordable Kruger safari holiday, without compromising on important safari experiences such as the thrill of viewing African wildlife, marvelling at a beautiful sunset, or relaxing around the camp fire with a drink.

The main focus is on game drives in open 4x4 vehicles (day and night drives) as well as walking safaris.  The walking safaris (maximum of 8 guests) are led by a professional, experienced safari guide and a tracker.  Your Kruger walking safari generally begins at dawn and there is ample opportunity to stop along the trail to examine interesting features of the bush or to observe animals, before returning to the camp mid morning to enjoy a hearty brunch.  Please note that children under 16 and adults over the age of 65 are not permitted to join a walking safari.

There is also an opportunity to book a Sleep Out experience at the Shindzela Hide (additional cost). The hide is built overlooking the Main Dam at Shindzela. This is a 'back to basics' adventurous experience, and ideal for those who are dedicated nature enthusiasts.  Guests who have booked a night at the Sleep Out Hide will return to Shindzela after the normal afternoon safari game drive and have dinner. After dinner, they will depart with a guide on the short night drive to the dam, and settle in at the Hide.  The next morning, you will pack up and depart by Landrover back to the camp where you will have tea/coffee and biscuits, before joining other guests on the normal morning game drive.

Shindzela has 8 safari canvas tents. Each tent is built on a wooden deck, and has a thatch grass roof, designed to keep you cool in summer and cosy in winter.  The tents all have a private en-suite bathroom and a private deck/porch where you can sit and relax. Six of the tents have a view of the watering hole, and 2 tents are set further away, offering slightly more privacy with views of the dry river bed.

The main guest areas at the camp include a swimming pool, a dining area, and a lounge area.

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Our standard rates for a Tented Room
DatesPriceBasisRate NameNights
1 March 2017 to 5 January 2018 GBP £ 110 US$ 144 ZAR 1,890 EUR 122 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
6 January 2018 to 5 January 2019 GBP £ 113 US$ 148 ZAR 1,950 EUR 125 ppsStandard1+ nights

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.

All meals; tea/coffee; Timbavati Conservation Levy; and daily shared safari activities (morning/afternoon game drives and/or walking activities) are included. PLEASE NOTE: Other drinks are NOT included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance fee of R140 per vehicle (subject to change), which is payable at the Timbavati Gate (cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only).

Children aged 10 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under the age of 16 may not participate in a walking safari.

All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Shindzela Tented Safari Camp can be included in you own dream holiday.

Suggested Itineraries

Warm Welcomes and Wildlife

Begin your trip nestled at the base of Table Mountain in one of Cape Town's most friendliest guest houses, then head to the Timbavati Game Reserve for some exciting Big 5 game drives, staying in an authentic tented camp in a natural wilderness environment.

7 day itinerary including Timbavati Game Reserve and Cape Town.


Prices from pp*
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*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.

Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.

Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 14 ratings

Start TestimonialAbsolutely fantastic safari holiday. Both camps especially Shindzela were just what we wanted, with excellent game viewing plus friendly and helpful staff. In addition the food was first rate.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialThank you very very much for the holiday booking you made for us. It was really REALLY AMAZING!! I could say that this was a super holiday, the location was perfect, the staff did a fantastic job, food was a delight and the scenery and animals were a fantastic experience, amazing as we did see all the big 5 several times, even see 2 killings and lots of beautiful animals and birds. Even the transport to Shindzela with Ashtons was great as we enjoyed the conversation with the driver. Shindzela is a great lodge, food and services very good, the location is amazing as it's inside the park and no fences :) Also the game drives were amazing, they did all the best for us to see and enjoy the beautiful animals.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialEverything was absolutely amazing. You did a great job. But we want to emphasize Shindzela, that place is just something extraordinary.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialWe just returned from our safari trip and we had an amazing time. I just really want to thank you for all your help and attention in helping us book this experience. We were completely overwhelmed with all the options and would not have been able to book it on our own. Shindzela and Africa on Foot were amazing to us and we couldn't have asked to be treated better. I will recommend your services and their camps to anyone and everyone who asks. End Testimonial


Start TestimonialShindzela Tented Safari Camp: We loved the tent, the layout, meal times (eating with the other guests was a great way to meet new people), the drink stops during the morning and evening game drives and our guide was the best of the whole trip. He was a friendly, helpful person and his knowledge and way of sharing information was amazing. We learnt so much about the animals.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialShindzela was fantastic and the family atmosphere there was welcoming and one that I would return to tomorrow if I had the chance. The night in the hide was one that I won't forget in a while as I was kept awake all night by two very noisy hippos and a group of hyenas!End Testimonial


Shindzela Tented Safari Camp Location

Directions For Drivers

From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie. Once past Klaserie, continue along this road until you see the turning off to the right for Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport. Turn right here and proceed along this road until you reach the main Timbavati Control Gate. For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance cash fee of R140 per vehicle payable at the gate (subject to change).

From the Timbavati Control Gate, travel about 12-13 km, and turn right where it is signposted Shindzela.  Continue to follow the Shindzela signs until you reach the camp.

Driving time from the Timbavati Gate to Shindzela on the dirt road is about 60 minutes.  If you are lost, or have any queries, please call on +27 (0) 82 307 9493.

Do not get out of your car until you reach the camp. 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.

Also, we would advise that you do NOT use a GPS once in the Timbavati, as it is likely to give you incorrect directions!

From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to R21/Boksburg to find the N12). Please note that you will pass through one (or 2 if coming from Pretoria) toll booth/gate (they only accept cash). Continue past Witbank and Middleberg, staying on the N4 highway. Continue on the N4, and take the R33 off-ramp to Belfast.

From Belfast, follow the R540 to Dullstroom and Lydenburg/Mashishing. From here, follow the R36 to Ohrigstad and Tzaneen - in Lydenburg town centre, do NOT follow the signs to Kruger and Sabie. Travel through Ohrigstad, and then on through the Abel Erasmus pass and through the JG Strydom tunnel. Once through the tunnel, continue on the R36 until you see the R36 turning to the left to Tzaneen. DO NOT take this left turning to Tzaneen, but continue straight on what is now the R527 to Hoedspruit.

On arrival in Hoedspruit, travel straight through town until you reach the second 4 way stop (after you crossed over the bridge) - turn right on the R40 (White River) Travel some 6-7 km out of town, and take the left turning marked Timbavati and Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport. Travel through the Guernsey Control Gate (first green gate) and go past the airport. Continue until you reach the Timbavati Game Reserve entrance gate and then follow the directions as above.

From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the right for Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport. Turn right here and travel through the Guernsey Control Gate (first green gate) and go past the airport. Continue until you reach the Timbavati Game Reserve entrance gate and then follow the directions as above.

General Information For Guests

Tented Chalets at Shindzela provide the following:

Solar main and bedside lights; Mosquito nets and bathroom amenities; all bedding and towels; bug and mosquito repellent spray, en suite bathrooms with showers; corner stand fan only (no air conditioning as the camp is solar powered)

You can drink the water in camp, but due to a high mineral content, it does not taste very good!andnbsp; It is perfectly safe, however, to brush your teeth using the water.

Visa and Mastercard credit cards are accepted.

Shindzela runs on solar power, and camera batteries can be recharged in the main dining room area.

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