Shindzela Tented Camp

Johnniesdale Farm Greater Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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#1 of 4 campsites 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
Pool
Free breakfast
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Gift shop
Parking
Internet
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
First aid kit
Umbrella
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
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Landmark view
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu

Location

Johnniesdale Farm Greater Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
Getting there
Ngala Airfield
Hoedspruit Airport
27.3 km
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hallwolves wrote a review Dec 2019
Buderim, Australia66 contributions44 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This tented camp,with ensuite bathrooms, is located in a quiet part of Timbavati and enjoys a pool and a lookout over a waterhole.
The Safari team worked hard to make our experience special, locating 12 lion in one area, tonnes of elephant, zebra, bok , rhino and leopard.
Book early as it is a small intimate camp.
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Date of stay: October 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The tent furthest from the central area is probably the best location, but they are all very good.
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Happyballerina wrote a review Jun 2023
East Grinstead, United Kingdom21 contributions20 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I think the trip advisor rating speaks for itself. What a place!! The whole location is just exciting and thrilling. The luxury tents are just fabulous. The waterhole is in a perfect location for seeing animals so clearly. The game drives are professional and exciting without putting you in danger. The 2 guides we had, Sam and Ruben were so brilliant. Both very different, but both as fabulous as each other. Johan also deserves a mention as he was great too. Andries the host was always ensuring everything was going well. Shindzela honestly exceeds with their Guides and game drives. We stayed 4 nights and guests were always changing, so the dynamic was ever evolving. All seated around 2 big tables, conversations were great fun. A hot drink and muffin were welcome in the cold mornings out on the drive and the sundowner so much fun also out on the evening drive. We were lucky enough to see the big 5 within 2 days! What a treat. The waterhole delivered superbly on our last day as a herd of elephants came to the waterhole and then down into the dry riverbed meters away from us. Our only advice is to take layers because we were much colder on the drives than we thought we would be! Oh and we had lovely hot water bottles waiting in our beds at night!!
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Take lots of layers in the winter months to wear. It was much colder than we expected. Wear shoes...
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Marco Savino P wrote a review Feb 2024
Cologno Monzese, Italy265 contributions134 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice tented camp in the middle of timbavati reserve.
The accommodation is basic, but all the tents have a ensuite semiopen bathroom with a comfortable hot shower.
Food choice is limited, one option for lunch and two meat options for dinner, but everything tastes fine.
Game driver are worth the experience, guides and trackers know well how to do their job
Please consider that wifi is available but with a not guaranteed service
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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arhathaway520 wrote a review Mar 2020
12 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had such an amazing time at the Shindzela lodge! Our bush guide Barrie and tracker Ray were such a great team and made the drives so enjoyable. It's amazing what they can see far before I would have ever noticed. Irene was so sweet and knowledgeable herself on many of the bush animals. I think a tent camp is just the way to go when it comes to a safari!! Could not have asked for a more better experience when it came to seeing some of the most majestic animals God created. All the employees of the camp were so friendly and welcoming, loved the nightly family style dinners!
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Date of stay: November 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Robyn B wrote a review Aug 2023
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Another exceptional experience at Shindzela! Sam and Oxide were an incredible team. Love this basic camp as it feels like "home" - comfortable and laid back with awesome game viewing. This was my fourth trip here and it never disappoints. They continue to improve - this time there was electricity in the tents and they added cubicles in the common area for charging all of your devices. Love the hot water bottles in bed and on morning game drives! Well run camp with amazing and passionate staff. Can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Steve D wrote a review Oct 2021
Ashland, Wisconsin5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Select a water hole facing room, saw lots of animals there
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Tom wrote a review Oct 2021
Nijmegen, The Netherlands14 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic experience. Really friendly and professional staff. The food and drinks were great and so was the setting/scenery in the gorgeous Timbavati Private Game Reserve. The game drives were stunning and the guide/tracker knew exactly what we wanted and they delivered.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Diana and Warren Vickers wrote a review May 2022
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa23 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Shindzela is an awsome and very comfortable 8 tented camp with bathrooms en suite. Casual and homely vibe. The food is always pleasant and plentiful. We had 2 warm days out of 3 - cold front and rain were passing over then. Always pack warm clothes just in case! All staff members are friendly and helpful. A very relaxed atmosphere in the lounge and boma area and around the pool. Great view on to the drinking spot for the game. Lots of time to relax and also get to know the other guests. Really enjoy staying at Shindzela.
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All tents have views of the bush
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Kathy K wrote a review Oct 2021
loomis ca999 contributions423 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Désirée B wrote a review Feb 2023
3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an incredible experience in these luxurious tents in the middle of the savannah. The atmosphere was very nice especially during the meals that we shared around a big table all together. The guides were great, they shared their experience with us and taught us many things.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jari S asked a question Mar 2021
1 contribution
Is there laundry service available.
Answer from shindzelatc
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa6 contributions
Good day Francois Thank you for your question... as a guideline, but completely up to you.. R150 per ranger per tracker per drive. Staff, R200 per day. Hope this helps Thanks Shindzela team
Lea asked a question Sept 2018
Brisbane, Australia142 contributions45 helpful votes
What fitness level is required for the safari walks?
Answer from Toicinha
Estoril, Portugal117 contributions32 helpful votes
Light, just a walk in the park
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Chad H asked a question Feb 2018
Grand Rapids, Michigan15 contributions1 helpful vote
Do the accommodations include all meals and game drives/walks? Or do these involve separate fees?
Answer from shindzelatc
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa6 contributions
It is included!
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Samuel Cox wrote a tip Jun 2023
Gloucester, United Kingdom95 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"No power points in rooms, but there's an appointed charging station in the main lodge so charging electronic is easy."
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Happyballerina wrote a tip Jun 2023
East Grinstead, United Kingdom21 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take lots of layers in the winter months to wear. It was much colder than we expected. Wear shoes when in your room at night!"
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RodoParis wrote a tip Dec 2022
Paris, France43 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"When it's too warm go into the little but deep swimming pool....so relaxing ! The hotel don't sell cigarettes, if you smoke be sure to need"
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Diana and Warren Vickers wrote a tip May 2022
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa23 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All tents have views of the bush"
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Steve D wrote a tip Oct 2021
Ashland, Wisconsin5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Select a water hole facing room, saw lots of animals there"
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PRICE RANGE
R 8,995 - R 10,494 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
shindzela tented safari camp hotel timbavati private nature reserve
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkTimbavati Private Nature Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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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 airport transportation?
Yes, Shindzela Tented Camp offers airport transportation 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.