Shimuwini Bushveld Camp
The spectacular Shimuwini Bushveld Camp is located close to the Letaba River, making it one of the parks best camps from which to spot animals. This modern bushcamp is in the middle of elephant and buffalo territory, situated well past the halfway mark in the Kruger. The camp is settled between isolated hills in the west and the beautiful Lebombo Mountains in the east. The surrounding areas are also rich in pre-historic history.
The closest gate for those staying at the Shimuwini Bushcamp is the Phalaborwa Gate. The camp is about 50 km from the gate and it can take about 2 hours of driving to get there
Any stay in the Kruger is special, regardless of the type of camp accommodation you choose. Many guests want to experience true rustic accommodation, but not everyone has camping gear and not everyone is keen on all that camping entails. Bushveld camps offer campers an alternative. These camps have the old-timey, African safari feel but they have the luxury of private kitchens and bathrooms. Bushveld camps are off limits to day visitors and they only sleep a limited number of guests.
The bush camps can be found throughout the park, generally in areas that are quite secluded. There is a shop in most camps, but these shops won’t sell perishable goods such as meat or vegetables meaning you will have to do a fair amount of planning before your stay. You’ll also need to bring along anything else you feel might make your stay more comfortable. The greatest benefit of staying in one of these camps is that you won’t have to bring camping equipment along and the quiet nature of the camps means you can enjoy a private or even romantic escape.
Shimuwini means “The Place of the Baobab Tree” in the Shangaan language and the name is certainly appropriate. One of the most distinguishing features about the camp is the ancient trees, between which the camp accommodation has been built. The trees are huge and one of them has been estimated to be between 2000 and 3000 years old! Ancient Baobab trees also grow all along the Letaba River, which is close to the camp.
Unlike most camps in the park, Shimuwini has been completely rebuilt. In 2000, when the flood waters devastated the park, the camp all but washed away. The result of the rebuild is that the units are now some of the more modern that the park has to offer. Shimuwini is a green camp. The electricity provided to fans and lights come from solar panels. None of the units has plug points.
There is also a 20 km stretch of road reserved exclusively for those staying at the camp, giving guests their own, uninterrupted game viewing.
Anyone wanting a peaceful place to stay in the park will find the solitude they seek at the Shimuwini camp.
Shimuwini is a small camp when compared to rest camps and satellite camps. The camp only has 15 units and it is completely off limits to the parks day visitors.
There are 5 units in the camp with 2 bedrooms each. Both of the bedrooms have 2 single beds and a ceiling fan to keep the heat away. The shared bathroom has a shower, wash basin and toilet. The kitchen and the dining room are on an open veranda. The kitchen has a two-plate gas stove (no oven), a sink, a fridge, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. On the veranda, there are 4 dining chairs and a table.
There are two types of guest cottages available. The first set of cottages are 2 bedroom units. Each bedroom has ceiling fans, one bedroom has 3 single beds and the other room has 2 single beds. One of the bedrooms also has an en-suite bathroom with a bath, wash basin and toilet while there is also a separate toilet, and a separate shower and wash basin. The kitchen is equipped with a gas stove (oven included), a fridge, a sink, cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery. Guests also have a dining room on the open veranda.
The other guest cottage is a 3 bedroom unit. Each unit has 2 single beds and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and toilet in each. Guests can also enjoy an open outside shower. Furthermore, there is a separate bathroom with a bath, wash basin and toilet with doors leading to the bedrooms and the living space. The living room has 2 comfortable lounge chairs and a ceiling fan while the outdoor dining area has a partly enclosed veranda with coffee tables, chairs and a kitchen table. The inside kitchen has a stove and oven, a fridge, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.
Shimuwini is a rustic, tranquil camp that gives visitors the type of African bushveld experience they’ve always wanted. All of the units are self-catering and each unit is serviced on a daily basis.
Having the right kind of information at your disposal before you head to the Kruger National Park can make your stay both safer and a whole lot more comfortable.
The park is a sanctuary for all of the animals who live within it. When we visit the park, we enter the territory of the animals, whose safety is of the utmost importance. Wherever humans and animals come into contact with each other, there are always problems and you can be sure that animals sometimes come into the camps. Should you come across an animal in the camp, never take it upon yourself to get it out or approach it. Rather, alert the camp officials.
While animals in camps is a rather rare occurrence, with the exception of monkeys, insects and reptiles are what you should be more aware of. Spiders, snakes and scorpions are by far a more concerning issue as they are almost always in the camp and when accidentally touched or stepped on, they can either bite or sting you. Always have shoes on when you are in the camp and at night you should carry a flashlight to light your way.
Guests to the park are reminded that they are entering a malaria area and when visiting in summer, the risk is all the more prevalent. Mosquitos carrying the malaria illness are found all throughout the park and it takes just one bite to get infected. Malaria is a miserable illness to get and if left untreated, it can be fatal. To avoid getting sick, you should make use of a mosquito net and insect repellent and to completely avoid infection, it is best to visit your doctor and get the right preventative medication.
Planning a visit to the park means taking the time of year into consideration. Summers in the Kruger are exceptionally hot with temperatures often peaking at well over 40 degrees Celsius. Many guests will find that visiting the park in spring, winter or autumn is the better option. Winter months are certainly cooler, but they are by no means freezing. Midday temperatures can very well feel like summer.
The time of year you visit the park will determine both the type of accommodation you select as well as what you pack.
The camp gate times change 3 times a year and when you are booking your stay in the park, it is always good to know what these times are. Both the main park gates and the camp gates are kept uniform to avoid confusion.
The gate times for Shimuwini are as follows:
For guests enjoying a self-drive safari, the earlier you go out in the morning, the better. You will see far more in the early morning and the late afternoon than you are likely to see at any other time in the day. Animals avoid the midday heat by hiding and so you won’t see much when the day is at its warmest.
There are plenty of plant and animal life to see when you are staying here. The Baobab trees are certainly the most eye-catching, and the other plants you can see in the area include leadwood, mopane, mixed acacias, apple leaf, mixed bushwillow and silver cluster leaf trees.
This region is also the perfect place to view the game. Some of the wildlife that frequent the area include duiker, hippo, tsessebe, sable, roan, crocodile, cheetah, leopard, lion and hyena.
Now is the perfect time to book your stay at Shimuwini
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