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Johnniesdale Farm Greater Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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#8 of 16 Speciality lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
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Shindzela, named after the honey badger in the Shangaan language, is an unfenced tented camp within the world-renowned Timbavati Private Game Reserve forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. Our safari style tents are situated under thatch (grass roof) structures and can be made up in either twin or double-bedded accommodation. Enjoy your morning coffee on your wooden deck or freshen up in your semi open en-suite bathroom (shower, W.C. and hand-basin) We strive to offer an affordable wildlife safari during which you can explore the African wilderness on game drives in open 4x4 vehicles (don’t forget your sunscreen) and/or on foot during a walking safari. Our safari activities are conducted by professional, knowledgeable and fully qualified guides. The camp can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests in total, (8 safari tents) where you will be treated with our warm South African hospitality, a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy and soak up the true African wilderness
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Gift shop
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Private balcony
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Landmark view
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Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu


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Johnniesdale Farm Greater Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Johannesburg Intl Airport363 kmSee all flights
Ngala Airfield3 kmSee all flights
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Steve D wrote a review 11 Oct
Ashland, Wisconsin5 contributions1 helpful vote
Fantastic experience on our safari. Brett and Jeff were a great guide and tracker, saw many animals and they worked very hard to make sure we saw as many animals as possible. Elephants. giraffes, lions, leopards, hyena, water buck and more. The food was good and our room was good. Highly recommend and would return again
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Date of stay: September 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Select a water hole facing room, saw lots of animals there
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Diana and Warren Vickers wrote a review 11 Oct
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa17 contributions
Lovely and casual lodge - pool - great reserve for game viewing - super food - good relaxed atmosphere at Shindzela. All staff are lovely people and very willing to assist with anything. Guides and trackers are very good. House keeping is excellent (Thank you to Lily for that) . Chef and kitchen assistant ladies are excellent! Nice to meet foreign travellers visiting Shindzela. Almost every game drive had good sightings due to the intense tracking of predators that takes place. (Sometimes it is also pleasant to park the vehicle and wait and see what comes past in the way of game). Always nice to have a coffee stop in the early morning and a sundowner drinks stop on the evening game drives. We will definitely return to Shindzela!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Room Tip: We find tents closer to the dining and reception area and pool more convenient.
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Kathy K wrote a review 08 Oct
loomis ca941 contributions398 helpful votes
We stayed 2 nites, early September. The only guests while we were there. We loved our tent. #5, good proximity to the waterhole. The camp is now fenced. We prefer unfenced, but it was fine. Saw a variety of game come throughout our stay, Rhino, buffalos, etc. Food was very nice and game drives good. We had Johan as our driver. Our tracker Jeffrey I’m sorry to say did not add much to the experience. He enjoys a great reputation on Trip Advisor. He did not engage with us much at all. They did a special dinner one of our evenings by lantern light, Nice touch. I guess you would consider this camp to be budget to moderately priced. The communal area for seating was lovely. Yes, we would recommend it, but we appreciate a more simple and genuinely friendly atmosphere. Camp staff other than Johan were very formal, I suspect this is what is expected of them. Nothing wrong with it, we just prefer a more relaxed atmosphere. Johan our driver acted as camp manager as well the entire time we were there. He is definitely an asset.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Abracapocus wrote a review 01 Oct
Jacksonville, Florida122 contributions46 helpful votes
We stayed here at the beginning of September and had a great time. We were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves. The tents are very comfortable and the camp is nice and well laid out. You have an outstanding view of the drinking hole across from the tent. Meals are served often and alcohol is available. The outside meals under the stars were especially nice and romantic. The guides were both knowledgeable and nice. A doctor came to the test for COVID testing and results were obtained as needed. Transfers to/from Hoedspruit and Nelspruit were smooth as well.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: Tent 6 at the end has the most privacy.
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atzeverkennis wrote a review Apr 2020
Rotterdam, The Netherlands110 contributions74 helpful votes
WE stayed in Shindzela tented camp just for one night. A bit too short really. We arrived with a flat tyre, which was fixed by the staff in no time. The game drives were okay, but not too exciting to be honest. The park is very dense and lush that time of year, difficult to see much. Wonderful diner in the open air, and good service in general. Special to hear the animals in the wild during the night.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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US$370 - US$466 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shindzela Tented Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Shindzela Tented Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Shindzela Tented Camp?
Top room amenities include a view of a nearby landmark, a mosquito net, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Shindzela Tented Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Shindzela Tented Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Shindzela Tented Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Shindzela Tented Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Shindzela Tented Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Shindzela Tented Camp located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.00 km away from the centre of Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Shindzela Tented Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.