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Shimuwini Rest Camp - Kruger National Park

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Shmuwini is a Shangaan word meaning "Place of the Baobab". The camp is so named because the Letaba River is lined with these huge trees. Shimuwini Camp is found in the Northern Region of the Kruger National Park. The sparse, isolated hills in the west are rich in prehistoric art while the Lebombo Mountains form a majestic natural boundary to the east.
General Information
Climate: Kruger is in a summer rainfall area. Such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours.

The summer months (October to April) are hot and often balmy. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.

Day Visitors: Only residents are allowed in the camp and on the access roads to Shimuwini Bush Camp. Shimuwini Bush Camp can be booked through Central Reservations and is a wonderful bush experience for all. Shimuwini Bush Camp is situated within easy reach of the largest rest camps so that guests can make use of the larger camps amenities if needed.

FLORA AND FAUNA
Game: Some of the animals to be seen in the area are lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, giraffe, kudu impala, wildebeest, zebra, duiker, hippopotamus, crocodiles, sable, roan, eland, tsessebe, waterbuck, baboon and buffalo.

Birding: In and around the Letaba river storks, egrets, kingfishers and African fish eagles are ever present while redwinged pratincole, African spoonbill, blackwinged stilt and whitewinged tern are some of the more uncommon species to watch for. Mosque and wiretailed swallow breed and can be spotted in the huge baobab trees.

Vegetation: Vegetation found in this area includes the apple leaf mixed bushwillow, silver cluster leaf, leadwood, mopane, mixed acacias and baobab trees.

ACCOMMODATION
GUEST COTTAGES: nine 2-bedroom units- Both bedrooms have ceiling fans, one has 3 single beds, and the other 2 single beds. One bedroom has a bathroom en-suite (bath, toilet and washbasin). There is a separate toilet as well as a separate shower and washbasin. The kitchen has a gas stove (with oven), refrigerator, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. The dining room is on an open veranda.
COTTAGES: Five 1-Bedroom units- The bedrooms have two single beds and a ceiling fan. The living room has 2 lounge chairs, and a ceiling fan. The bathroom has a bath toilet and washbasin and interleading doors to the bedroom and livingroom. The kitchen and dining room is an open veranda and has a two-plate gas stove (without oven) sink, refrigerator, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.
GUEST COTTAGE: One 3-Bedroom unit- There are two single beds and a ceiling fan as well as an en-suite-bathroom with bath and toilet in each bedroom. There is an outside shower, for a private shower under the stars. The living room has a lounge chairs, and a ceiling fan. The bathroom has a bath, toilet and washbasin and interleading doors to the bedroom and living room. The kitchen inside, has an oven and stove, outside diningroom is on a large, partly enclosed veranda, with sink, refrigerator, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.

Activities
• Morning, Sunset and Night Drives
• Photographic Drives
• Morning and Day Walks
• Guided bush walks- in the company of trained field guides

Facilities
• Information at Reception
• Public Telephones
• Basic First Aid Assistance
• Mini Shop- stocks basic items such as firewood, ice and Telkom phone cards, there are no foodstuffs such as meat available
• There are no electricity plug points available in the units.
• The Bird Hide
• Each accommodation unit has it’s own braai (barbecue) facilities
• The Lapa – is a communal area available for large groups and conferences

5 Things to Seek
• Caracal
• Eland
• Baobab Trees
• Baboon
• Waterbuck

TRAVEL ROUTES AND TIMES FROM JHB/PTA
Phalaborwa Gate:
Take the N1 toll-road to Polokwane (Pietersburg). 40kms before Polokwane turn right onto the R71 and head for Tzaneen. After Tzaneen head towards Phalaborwa and the gate. Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip to the gate. Shimwini Bush Camp is 50km away from the gate. Allow about 2 hours for the drive to the bush camp; however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time.

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