Accommodation in Kruger National Park

National Park/Reserve - Self Catering
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Shingwedzi Main Camp - Kruger Park

Shingwedzi lies in the northern part of the park in the heart of mopane country. A scenic game drive along the Shingwedzi River in a south-easterly direction towards the Kanniedood Dam is one of the most rewarding drives in the Park. Waterbuck, nyala, kudu and elephant are often seen here and the bird life is prolific.

Game can be sparse in the stretches of Mopani Shrubveld in the region, but the alluvial plains in the immediate vicinity of the Shingwedzi River tend to be very productive. Impala, Kudu, Duiker, Bushbuck, Nyala and Sharpe’s Grysbok are browsers to be searched for, while buffalo and waterbuck are the most common grazing species. Elephant, baboon and vervet monkey 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 park. There are some open plains north of Babalala picnic site where cheetah are regularly recorded and this is a good place to search for the rare large antelope species of roan, sable, tsessebe, eland and Liechtenstein’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 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. The camp itself is in riverine vegetation with large trees along the riveredge. Immediately adjacent the river are alluvial planes created by centuries of flooding. There is thus less dense vegetation and sparser grass. Transvaal 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.

Room Description at :

Camp Site (CK6P)
- Base Rate 2 People - Max 6 People
- Extra vehicles pay additional rate
- Powerpoint
- Communal ablutions
- Communal cooking facilities - boiling water - Hotplate - Washing up facilities

Hut (EH3 Communal Kitchen, Communal ablutions)
- Base Rate 2 People - Max 3 People
- 3 single beds
- Communal ablutions
- Communal Kitchen
- Fan
- Fridge - No utensils

Bungalow (BG2 Communal Kitchen)
- Base Rate 2 People - Max 2 People
- 2 single beds
- Aircon
- Communal Kitchen
- Fridge - No utensils
- Wc and shower

Bungalow (BD5)(BD5Z mobility challenged)
- Base Rate 2 People - Max 5 People
- 5 beds (3 single and 2 mattresses on loft)
- Aircon
- Fridge - Hotplate - Sink - Utensils
- Wc and shower

Bungalow (BD2D)
- Base Rate 2 People - Max 2 People
- 1 double bed
- Aircon
- Fridge - Hotplate - Sink - Utensils
- Wc and shower

Bungalow (BD2)
- Base Rate 2 People - Max 2 People
- 2 single beds
- Aircon
- Fridge - Hotplate - Utensils
- Wc and shower

Cottage (FF4)
- Base Rate 4 People - Max 4 People
- 1 bedroom with 2 single beds or 1 king size bed
- 1 bedroom with double bed
- Aircon
- Kitchen - Equipped
- Wc and shower

Rentmeester Guest House (GRM)
- Luxury unit - Riverside view
- Base Rate 4 People - Max 8 People
- 1 bedroom with king size bed
- 2 bedrooms, each with 2 single beds or 1 king size
- Double sleeper couch in lounge
- Aircon
- Fan
- Kitchen - Well Equipped
- Wc and bath - Wc and shower - Wc, shower and bath

Inclusions / Exclusions

Rates Include:
Accommodation and 14% VAT

Extra information

Shingwedzi is in a summer rainfall area. Annual averages usually fall somewhere between 400 and 500mm/annum. 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 barbecue (braai) 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 30 km north of Shingwedzi.

Handy Hints
Plan your trip – do not try and cover too great a distance. Kruger is a massive tract of land and frequently visitors try to cover too much ground. Slow travel and regular stopping produces much more action than covering a lot of ground.
Early mornings and evening time are usually the most productive game viewing periods
Remember to bring a camera, binoculars, bird and wildlife reference books, a hat and sunscreen lotion. Also remember to take along medicines such as anti-histamine and lotion for insect stings and bites.
Do not leave any food unattended, as thieving monkeys and baboons are a constant threat.

Office Hours
Month                            Open    Close
Nov to Feb                       8:00     19:00
Mar/Apr/Aug to Oct          8:00     18:30
May to Jul                        8:00     18:00

Take Note

The speed limit is 50 km/h on tar and 40 km/h on gravel.
Visitors are not permitted to leave their vehicle other than at designated get out points and rest camps.
Pets are not permitted in a national park
Firearms must be declared at the entrance gate and sealed. The seal will be broken upon departure. Open vehicles must obtain the necessary permit.
Feeding of the animals is strictly prohibited for your own as well as the animal’s safety and well-being.
Kruger is a malaria zone.

Kruger National Park has implemented additional gate access control system at tis entrance gates in the south of the park. As from 1 September 2017, ALL visitors over years old will be required to produce their identity document, passport or alternative valid identification e.g. driver’s license card for scanning upon entering and exiting the park

Wheelchair Access
Shingwedzi Rest Camp
On the left hand side of the camp’s entrance gate is the day visitor’s area, overlooking the riverbed. It is accessed over a wooden bridge, which although rickety is firm enough for easy wheelchair passage. The ground of this picnic area is both firm and flat. There are ramps into the toilets, but no barrier free facilities are present. The braai facilities are easily accessed, but like most camps there is a high step up to the washing up facility. Immediately adjacent to the day visitor area is the camp’s reception, shop, cafeteria and restaurant. There is a barrier free toilet and ramped slopes access everywhere. These are however steep in places. There are also small steps into each of the buildings. The camp’s accommodation is made up of two circles of huts/units and the camping site. The parking zones and open ground are over soft sand. The A-circle has four 5-bed units which have been made accessible (two beds in each unit are up stairs in the loft). The ramps into these units are too steep and there is a low ridge into each unit. However the kitchen area and bathroom facilities are barrier free. The B-Circle comprises of smaller 2-bed huts. Only one of these has a ramp but there are no accompanying barrier free facilities. There is a unisex barrier free toilet and shower in the communal ablutions between the B-Circle and the camping site. All of the washing up facilities are on large raised platforms. The camp has a swimming pool, which does not have a barrier free entry point, and the changing rooms have steps.

Kanniedood Dam Bird Hide
The hide is accessed up stairs and thus not appropriate.

This lookout point has no barrier free toilets and does not accommodate ease of movement for wheelchair users.

This picnic site is on flat, firm ground. The eating platform is slightly raised above ground level. There is a unisex barrier-free toilet.