Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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Lovely campsites on the border of the rest camp72 x tent or caravan sites with power point available.
Cozy huts for a maximum of 3 people – Favorite amongst locals69 x 3-bed units available
Spacious family units for up to 6 people – Best Value for money23 x 6 bed units available
Perfect option for the traveller looking for luxury including breathtaking views.2 x Guest houses available
Surrounded by beautiful mopane growth, nestled alongside a river by the same name, you’ll find Shingwedzi. The rest camp is further north than most of the other camps of its size, but with its promise of animal sightings as well as great accommodation, it’s the perfect place to spend a night. It has a fantastic atmosphere and over the years with new buildingshaving been added, the camp has come into itself and become a popular destination forlong termguests
Some of the camp basics that you can expect when you book your stay at Shingwedziincludes:
Shingwedzi is a northern camp and from thenearest gate to the camp is about a 3 hourdrive. The gate closest to Shingwedzi is Punda Maria
Every camp in the Kruger has a little bit of its own history, and Shingwedzi is no exception.No one quite knows where the name Shingwedzi comes from. The most commonly accepted name origin is that it comes from the Tsonga tribe which lived in the area and named the rivers. The other theory behind the name is that it comes from a combination of a name of a well-known person, “Shing-xa-goli”, and the word used to describe the sound of iron when rubbed together, which is “njwetse”.
Like other camps in the northern regions of the park, Shingwedzi is well known for and often associated with the elephant. They remain one of the most commonly seen animals in the area, with breeding herds often spotted near to the camp. What gives Shingwedzi plenty of historical importance is that the biggest tuskers, otherwise knownasthe Magnificent Seven, roamed the area during the 1970s and 1980s. One of the tuskers, named Shingwedzi, died close to the camp in 1981 and today you can view his tusks at Letaba.
Over the years the camp has grown in various ways. New buildings have beenadded and accommodation has been reconstructed. But despite all of the changes over the years, the camp has remained unchanged in one way; it’s kept its rustic, peaceful charm. Guests have a wide selection of accommodation, and guests can opt to stay in huts and guest houses looking over the beautiful Shingwedzi River.
The camp might not have the most interesting history, but that is not the reason why so many guests choose Shingwedzi. They choose this camp because the accommodation is more than just a little comfortable and there is so much to see in and around the camp
At one time the Kanniedood Damwas one of the best places for guests to visit. As themainfeature on a peaceful 21 kilometreroute that takes visitors past sycamore trees, the Kanniedood Damwas the ideal place to see hippo, crocodile, elephant, bushbuck and leopard.
Sadly, the dam is no longer there. In March 2018, the Kruger National Park, with the assistance of the South African National Defence Force, announced the demolition of the Kanniedood Dam.
It was the end of an era for this well-known and ratherpopular watering hole. But the very reason why it was built in the first place was causing more harm than good. For many years, the Kruger has been closing artificial dams in the name of conservation. The artificial dams were built in areas where previously there was no natural water source. The problem was that these dams would eventually create ecological problems including erosion, as the land was not capable of holding water. The presence of water in an area that for many years went without a source, also meant that herbivore populations increased and grazing competition became an issue
Such a decision is not made easily, or without a lot of data backing the demolition. Animals would also not suffer from the closure as populations would return to natural water sources.
Sadly, you will no longer be able to do a little game watching at the once popular Kanniedood Dam, but there is still much to be seen in and around the area.
Shingwedziis still considered a medium size camp. This gives it plenty of appeal in that guests can enjoy a quieter stay. You won’t find the crowds that are often associated with the rest camps in the southern regions of the park. You’ll find all types of affordable accommodation here, with something to suit everybody.
Camping will always be the most popular style of accommodation, not just because it is really affordable, but also because it allows guests to truly feel like they are in the heart of the wild. Shingwedzi has 50 spaces for guests with tents or caravans, and each site has a power point as well as a braai grid. Guests who will be camping will have access to communal ablution blocks and communal kitchen facilities. The kitchen facilities have 24 hour boiling water, washing up areas and electric hotplates. Each campsiteis ideal for up to 6 guests.
If camping is not your scene, you can always opt for a stay in the huts. They are the perfect middle ground between the rustic feel you get fromcamping and the luxury stay offered by the bungalows and cottages. Shingwedzi has 12 huts with 3 beds in each. These huts have no air conditioning, and while guests can enjoy the useof a small fridge found on the veranda, guests will have to use the communal kitchen area as well as the communal ablution facilities. The huts are really affordable, but during the summer you might find that they are quite stifling.
One of the camps best known accommodation has to be the bungalows. There is a variety of bungalowstyle accommodation available and we’re going to break down your options.
Shingwedzi has 14 bungalows with 2 beds per unit. While guests will have to rely on communal kitchen facilities, each bungalow has its own bathroom, some with baths and some with showers, along with a washbasinand a toilet. While no cooking utensils are available in the bungalow, you can inquireat the reception desk and “rent” what you need. These bungalows have air conditioning.
Next up is the 22 bungalows with 2 beds per unit (one bedroom with 2 single beds). Each of these bungalows has an open airkitchen complete with a cooker top, a handy fridge/freezer, and all of the cutlery, crockery and utensils you could need. These bungalows also have air conditioning.
Then there arethe 28 bungalows boasting 3 beds. These bungalows also have a kitchenand a full bathroom. You can also enjoy the cooling properties of the air conditioning.
Finally, the camp has 2 double bed units. These bungalows are equipped with an en-suite bathroom which has a shower, a wash basin and a toilet. Both of the bungalows have an open airkitchen equipped with a cooker top, a microwave, a fridge/freezer, and all of the crockery, cutlery and utensils you could need. These bungalows also have air conditioning
Sometimes a stay in the Kruger is made all the more relaxing when you book a cottage. At Shingwedzi, you’ll have the option of booking a cottage capable of sleeping 4 people (it has 1double bed and 2single beds). This isthe ideal type of accommodation for anyone planning on spending more than a single night in the camp. The cottage has 2 bathrooms, one being en-suite, and a fully fittedkitchen. The cottage has a dining room/lounge area as well as a braai facility
The last and the most luxurious style of accommodation you’ll find at Shingwedzi is the guest house. As this is not the biggest camp in the park, there is only one guest house, the Rentmeester. It has 3 bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a fully equipped kitchen. The guest house is also positioned in such a way that it faces the river, the perfect place to enjoy a sundownerShingwedzi might be quite a drive up the through the park, but staying here makes the journey well worth it.
Staying in the Kruger is unlike any other style of holiday. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind, by allowing you to completely break away from the noise of the modern world. To get the most out of your stay, you should be aware of some of this helpful information.
The Kruger National Park is well within a malaria area. For guests visiting from outside of South Africa,it is important to make sure that you have the necessary preventative medication. The problem with malaria is that you can be bitten by a mosquito carrying the parasite before you even realise it. Malaria is no joke, it can make you very sick and if it is not treated in time, it can lead to death. While insect repellent can also help to keep the mosquitoes away, the best preventative measure you can takeis to take medication. Malaria only presents itself in the weeks after you’ve been infected. Should you fall ill in the weeks after you have left the park, you should visit your doctor and tell them where you have been
Malaria is just one of those safety concerns that you need to think about. Staying safewhile in the park is very importantbecause the park is such a wild place. Animals are known to walk into the camps in the Kruger, although they very rarely do it willingly. Should an animal get into the camp, you shouldn’t try to approach it but rather keep clear and allow park officials to safely escort the animal out
Wild animals are not the only park inhabitants who might make a surprise show.
Insects and reptiles are often living in the camp without you even realising they are there. Spiders, snakes and scorpions can give a painful bite, not to mention they are sure to frighten you. When walking around the camp, it is important for you to always wear shoes. And at night, should you need to leave your accommodation, you should always carry a torch with you, lestyou end up stepping on an insect. One of the other things you have to consider when booking your stay, and one factor that will have an effect on your comfort, is the climate. Shingwedzi is quite far up in the park, which means you can expect higher temperatures than the camps in the Southexperience. Also, because the camp is quite far up in the park, the climate is drierrather than overly humid. The summers here are really hot while the winter months are quite mild.
Be aware that the Kruger National Park is in a summer rainfall region. This means that your self-drive safari could be slightly obscured by the vegetation that has become overgrown. Summerrainfall can also mean that low lying areas can be flooded. If you come across a flooded area, especially if there is a rivercausing the flooding, you should not attempt to cross the area, for your own safety.
Gate times, for all camps in the Kruger National Park, are dependent on the time of the year. The gate times are in place for your own safety, you do not want to be stuck out in the wild after dark. If you stick to the gate times, you’ll be safe!
All of the gate times across the Kruger are all the same. It’s best to always stick to the gate times in order to stay safe.
The best times to view animals is during the early morning or late afternoon. Luckily, the gate times are designed toallow you to get out there at the right times to spot all kinds of animals.
Most guests will find that it is best to head out on a safari early in the morning, and again late in the afternoon. This means you will miss the intense heat, and you’ll end up increasing your chances of seeing wildlife. Most animals will hide away during the hottest times of the day. Luckily, as you can see from the camp times, you will be able to head out early in the morning, before the sun rises, and then also have enough time to indulge in a late afternoon drive.
As mentioned before, Orpen camp is surrounded by plants loved by grazing animals. This is really bushveld land. Some of the trees you’ll see here include acacias and marula trees. You’ll also see red bush willows, aloes and Barberton daisies among the rocks in the area. These plants are not only seenaround the camp but also within the camp.
Of the animals that are often spotted around the camp, you are likely to see herds of wildebeest and zebras, along with elephants, giraffes, impala and warthog. And as with any area that is rich in vegetation, you are also likely to spot certain predators such as lion, cheetah, and hyena.