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Sirheni Rest Camp - Kruger National Park

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Sirheni Bush Camp nestles on the edge of the Kruger National Park's northern plains within the Mopane Veld of the region. The Sirheni Dam, on the Mphongolo River, lies next to the camp. A hide on the perimeter fence overlooks the dam and a wide variety of game and birds are attracted to it. Visitors have been awakened to the sounds of lion and hyena, as there are often kills at the dam. Sirheni has a resident leopard that is seen on a regular basis, often coming down to drink at the dam. Sirheni is a Tsonga word meaning cemetery, since the site of the camp is near a type of elephant graveyard.

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 Sirheni Bush Camp. Sirheni Bush Camp can be booked through Central Rservations and is a wonderful bush experience for all. Sirheni Bush Camp is situated within easy reach of the larger rest camps so that guests can make use of the larger camps amenities if needed.

Flora and Fauna
Game
: The camp is renowned for the prevalence of antelope species that are rare in the Kruger National Park, such as roan, sable, tsessebe, lichtenstein’s hartebeest and reedbuck. A poster at reception calls for guests sightings of rare antelope to be recorded. Eland are another species, rare in the Kruger National Park, they are regularly seen in the area, while Sharpe’s greybok is a special species of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park. Elephant and buffalo are common, both grazing on the camp’s fence-line at night, alongside hippopotamus. Lion, leopard and spotted hyena have been seen, while in the grasslands between Babalala and the northern link to the Mphongolo Loop, cheetah, wild dog, African wild cat and several others may be seen.

Birding: The camp itself is busy with bird life. Thrushes, robin-chats, parrots, orioles and weavers are particularly prominent. Pygmy goose, painted snipe, rufous bellied heron, dwarf bittern and whiskered tern are some of the water birds that have been seen on the Sirheni dam. Arnot’s chat should be looked for in the area, particularly along the Mphongolo spruit. The weir across the Shisha river some 4km from the camp will usually produce hamerkop, giant and pied kingfisher and some herons and storks. The camp however is also a great launching point for the birding wonderment of Pafuri (70km to the north).

Vegetation: Sirheni camp is set in mopane woodland, giving the camp a shady luxury feel. As one moves east towards the main tar road, the vegetation becomes mopane shrubland and grassland which is good for grazing species.

Accommodation
Guest Cottages:
ten 4-6 sleeper units, of which one consists of 4 single beds and two bench beds. These have 2 bedrooms, of which 9 consist of one bedroom with a double bed with en-suite bathroom.
Cottages: Five 4-sleeper units with 2 single beds and a separate shower with a toilet, a lounge with two bench beds, a fully equipped kitchen and an outside roofed veranda.

Activities
• Morning, Sunset and Night Drives
• Botanical Drives
• Morning and Day Walks

Facilities
• Information at Reception
• Public Telephones
• Mini Shop- stocks basic items such as firewood, ice and Telkom phone cards, there are no foodstuffs such as meat available
• Communal Freezer
• There are no electricity plug points available in the units
• Only two units are equipped with DSTV
• Each accommodation unit has it’s own braai (barbecue) facitlities

5 Things to Seek
• Reedbuck
• Elephant
• Resident Leopard
• Sable
• Roan

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!

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