Shingwedzi Rest Camp - Kruger National Park
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Shingwedzi lies in the northern part of the Kruger National Park in the heart of mopane country. A scenic game drive along the Shingwedzi River in a southeasterly direction towards the Kanniedood Dam is one of the most rewarding drives in the Kruger National Park. Waterbuck, nyala kudu and elephant are often seen here and the bird life is prolific. Staying overnight at Shingwedzi is an experience that will last a lifetime.
A rustic camp that still carries the essence of the bush, untouched by modern technology, experience magical evenings where the accommodation is arranged in two separate circles and the glow emanating from braai (barbecue) stands cast a tranquil spell.
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: Shingwedzi has a designated day visitor area where day visitors and visitors from other camps can braai (barbecue) and picnic. This area is immediately to one’s left as one enters the camp gate. The area overlooks the Shingwedzi River and is connected to the main reception/restaurant block by a wooden bridge. There is also a picnic site at Babalala about 30km north of Shingwedzi.
Areas of Special Interest
Inyati Restaurant: At Inyati (buffalo) Restaurant our top chef prepares gourmet meals and thirst quenching drinks tastefully and candle lit lamps cast a subtle glow in the African evening. Traditional local music softly plays in the background. Eager waiters and waitresses welcome you in. The ambiance beckons you in and the tantalizing smell of well-prepared cuisine is enough to mistake this for paradise.
Out of camp
• Red Rocks
• Crook’s Corner
Flora and Fauna
Game can be sparse in the stretches of Mopani Shrubveld in the region, but the alluvial plains in the immediate vicinity of the Shinwedzi Rver tend to be very productive. Impala, kudu, duiker, bushback, buffalo and waterbuck are the most common grazing species. Elephant, baboon and vervet money are all prominent as are tree squirrels, especially in the camp itself. Predators include lion, leopard and spotted hyena and there are a couple of packs of wild dog that roam these northern reaches of the Kruger National Park. There are open plains north of Babalala Picnic Site where cheetah are regularly recorded. This is a good place to search for the rare large antelope species: roan, sable, tsessbe, eland and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest.
Shingwedzi has abundant bird-life and, aside from the ubiquitous squabble of hornbills, starlings, weavers and mourning doves, the camp is a good place to see Bennett’s woodpecker, Natal robin, European hobby (hawking prey at dusk in summer), grey penduline tit, black and steelblue widowfinch and scops owl (at night). Cutthroat finch has also been recorded in camp near the swimming pool. Giant eagle owl is also regularly seen in the large riverine trees on the road approaching the camp. One should keep a careful lookout for bathawk. Although it is not easy to see, they are around and the lucky birder could see them catching bats and swifts at dusk. The high-water bridge is a good potential vantage point, while they can also be seen along the Kanniedood Dam road. There was great excitement in 1995 when collared palm thrush was recorded in the camp. It has subsequently been recorded every year and quite possibly breeds. Downstream from the rest camp Kanniedood Dam hosts many interesting species. Storks (openbilled, yellowbilled, saddlebilled and woolynecked) are prominent. The hide is a good spot to see black crake and African jacana at close quarters. Whitewinged tern has also been recorded on the dam. In summer a bit of luck may offer birders the chance to compare the rare dwarf bittern with the common greenbacked heron.
The camp itself is in riverine vegetation with large trees along the riveredge. Immediately adjacent to the river, are alluvial planes created by centuries of flooding. There is thus less dense vegetation and sparses grass. Transvall mustard trees and weeping boer-bean are prominent, and sausage tree, Natal mahogany, and brack thorn should also be seen. As one moves away from the river the vegetation changes to Mopane shrub punctuated by apple-leaf.
CAMPSITES: tent or caravan sites, with power point, communal ablutions and cooking facilities, maximum of 6 persons per site
HUTS: 3 bed round rooms with communal ablutions and kitchen BUNGALOWS: 2 or 3 bed round rooms, equipped with ablutions (most with showers, but some with baths), air-conditioning, some have both hotplates and sinks, some only have sinks. You have a choice of kitchenette or communal kitchen and more over; with or without riverside view.
COTTAGE: One 4 bed unit, 2 bathrooms, kitchen and dining room/lounge, riverside view,1 double bed
GUESTHOUSE: 7-bed Rentmeester
• Kanniedood Bird Hide
• Morning and Night Drives
• Ntishivana Bird Hide
• Wildlife Film Shows
• Swimming Pool
• Information at Reception
• Public Telephones
• Post Box
• ATM in shop
• Basic First Aid Assistance
• Cutlery and Plates Hamper
• Emergency Road Service
• Petrol Station
• DSTV Only Available in Guest House
• Communal Kitchens
• Picnic Facilities
5 Things to Seek
• Giant Eagle Owl
• African Rock Python
• Spotted Hyena
• Green Pigeon
Travel Routes and Times from JHB/PTA
Punda Maria Gate: Take the N1 to Polokwane (Pietersburg), at Makhado (Louis Trichard) link up with the R524 follow this route for ±140kms and that will take you to the gate. Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate. Shingwedzi Main Rest Camp is 71km away from the gate. Allow about 3 hours for the drive to the camp; however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself time!