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About Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Shindzela (named after the Honey badger in the African Shangaan language) is an authentic tented bush camp made from wood and canvas, set within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, part of the greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. It is from here that Shindzela brings you an affordable wildlife safari, where you can explore the African wilderness on game drives in open safari vehicles and on foot during bush walks. Safari activities are conducted by professional and knowledgeable safari guides. The camp has an informal, relaxed atmosphere, and is alive with warm African hospitality.

Shindzela offers guests a greater Kruger wildlife safari, in an unfenced wilderness environment. We have no power, instead we use solar power, gas and candles. We are undisturbed by modern conveniences such as television and cell phones, preferring to immerse ourselves in the African wilderness. The camp accommodates just 12 guests, and offers walking safaris, and game drives in open vehicles.

Shindzela offers both game drives and bush walks. Each nature encounter places an emphasis on understanding the wild environment, and tracking and viewing animals in their natural surroundings. As we are a small camp, we are able to accommodate a guest’s preference of activity, be it a walking safari or game drive safari.

The Timbavati Reserve, South Africa, is home to a myriad of mammal species, including Africa’s Big Five animals - lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Other species of game that visitors may encounter whilst on safari include hyena, jackal, giraffe, hippo, wild dog, zebra, kudu and impala, to mention just a few. There are over 350 bird species recorded in the area. The Reserve is open to the Kruger National Park, providing animals with a vast expanse of wilderness in which to roam, free of fences.

Game viewing is conducted in the early mornings and late afternoons. Safari activities begin at dawn, and guests return to camp mid-morning. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in camp. In the afternoon, depending on the animal movements in the area, guides may suggest a game drive and short walk, followed by sundowners and a night safari game drive. The best time to view game on your African safari, are the early hours of the morning and during the late afternoon. This is when most game is active – during the heat of the day, many animals tend to seek shade and are less active. Night game drives with a spotlight bring you in to contact with nocturnal animals such as Bush babies, Civets, Genets, African wild cats, Porcupines and so forth.

Guests choosing a walking safari should be prepared to walk anywhere from 2 to 3 hours on a trail. All walking trails are led by an experienced armed trails guide. A maximum of 8 guests make up a trail. Guides will give guests a thorough safety briefing before starting, so that they are comfortable with the rules and safety instructions pertaining to their walking trail. Please note that during summer bush walks may be shorter in duration, due to the thick bush.



At Shindzela, we offer an authentic African safari experience in an unfenced, private and natural wilderness environment. Safari accommodation is in twin or double safari canvas tents, set on wooden platforms. Tents have a wooden entrance door, adjustable canvas flaps for windows, and mesh to keep insects out. Each tent has a thatch roof and porch, designed to cool the tents in summer. Tents have solar lighting, and are equipped with all bedding and towels. Private bathrooms are made from reeds wood and canvas and feature a shower, hand basin and flush toilet.

The general bush camp area encompasses a covered dining area, swimming pool, kitchen and central African fireplace - a perfect spot to relive safari experiences around the fire. Your African safari is hosted by a guide and tracker, and the camp is owner managed. We operate an honesty bar, where guests can help themselves to drinks, and record their drinks on a bar tab sheet. We have deliberately decided to keep the camp undeveloped, so as to better blend in to the environment, and offer guests an undisturbed wilderness experience.

There are numerous advantages to enjoying a safari in a well-known Private Game Reserve, which is part of the greater Kruger National Park:

Shindzela is situated in a private concession area within the Timbavati Reserve, this means we are able to be to offer our guests a number of distinct advantages for their wildlife safari: We are the only safari operator in this concession area, which means we are undisturbed by other commercial vehicles, so have unrestricted opportunity for animals sightings. We are able to offer true walking safaris in a Big Five Reserve. The camp is unfenced, making it very much part of the wilderness. We can stay out later on activities, including night drives. We are permitted to drive off road into the bush in search of predators or unusual sightings.

Whilst we make every effort to seek out the Big Five animals lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, we focus on the whole safari environment, showing appreciation for all aspects of the wilderness, animal behaviour and habitat, trees, insect and plant life, as well as viewing all the other species of game found in the bush. Animals are free to roam in vast areas, this is not an area of managed sightings, but rather a true wilderness experience, with natural movement of game.

Safari: Shindzela Tented Bush camp offers true walking safaris, led by an armed guide and expert tracker. Our camp is simple, yet comfortable, and we pride ourselves on offering excellent guiding and warm hospitality.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 23 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Tented Camp
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 5 Reviews

Facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Sotho (Sesotho)

Important Information

We will require a 30% non refundable deposit to confirm your booking. The balance of your total safari fare is due prior to travel. Please make sure it is paid in time, as we reserve the right to cancel your reservation, should the full fare not be paid 14 days prior to travel. If you book and travel within 30 days of departure, the full fare...
We will require a 30% non refundable deposit to confirm your booking. The balance of your total safari fare is due prior to travel. Please make sure it is paid in time, as we reserve the right to cancel your reservation, should the full fare not be paid 14 days prior to travel. If you book and travel within 30 days of departure, the full fare is payable at the time of making your reservation. Cancellations will only be accepted in writing. Please make sure you take out cancellation and curtailment travel insurance to cover you in the event that you have to cancel your safari.
Meals: All meals are included in your safari. Water and cordials are also included.All bottled water, soft drinks, wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages are for your own account. Drinks bills must be settled with cash at the time of check out. Timbavati Conservation Levy: The Timbavati charges a conservation levy of R110.00 person (R150 from March 2011), and a fee of R120 per vehicle (whether you are arriving by self drive or with a transfer company). These are once off fees (not per night), and must be paid in cash on arrival at the Timbavati Entrance gate. 
Safari Age limits apply for walking activities: there is a lower age limit of 15 years and an upper age limit of 65 years. Children between the ages of 15 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult. If a guest is older than 65 years, and is fit and would like to participate in a walking safari, we will consider the request, provided that the guest provides a doctors certificate, acknowledging that the guest is fit enough to participate in a safari walking trail. 
Malaria: The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is situated in a malaria area, and guests are advised to seek appropriate advice from their local medical practitioner or travel clinic. If you are taking any other medication on a regular basis, please bring a supply with you. Health: All guests on a Shindzela Walking Safari acknowledge that they are in a fit state of health, and know of no reason why they cannot participate in a walking safari. Guests must be able to walk in the wilderness for periods of 3 or 4 hours. It is the sole responsibility of guests to advise the guide of any health issues such as epilepsy, allergic reactions, asthma and so forth. All guests participating in a Shindzela Walking safari must provide us contacts details of a relative who we can contact in the event of an emergency.
Travel and Medical insurance: It is compulsory for each and every guest that travels with Shindzela Walking Safaris, to take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers medical evacuation, hospitalization, repatriation, cancellation and baggage loss. We reserve the right to refuse entry to our walking safari should a guest not have appropriate insurance. Shindzela Walking Safaris has insurances in place for professional and passenger liability. Our cover does include emergency medical evacuation insurance for guests in the event of an accident. However, this insurance ONLY covers your evacuation to the closest medical facility. Once at a medical facility, the guest assumes full responsibility for all medical and related costs.
Photography: Shindzela Walking Safaris reserves the right to take photographs of the camp, wildlife and guests, and is permitted to use such photography in its marketing materials, including (but not limited to) web publication and brochures. Travel documentation: All applicable health and visa (if necessary) documentation is the sole responsibility of the guest. Important: Please note, that anyone traveling to South Africa must have two consecutive blank pages in their passport, which lie side by side when the passport is open (i.e. the left and right hand page). Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after you leave the country. (calculated from the time you get back from South Africa). Passengers traveling to South Africa with passports that do not comply with these requirements will either be stopped from boarding the aircraft or risk deportation on arrival in South Africa. In addition, a parents traveling with children, WITHOUT the other parent, will need a letter of consent from the absent parent. This letter of consent must be certified by the Police.
Right of Admission: Shindzela Walking Safaris reserves the right of admission to Shindzela Bush Camp, and participation in its related activities. In all cases, and especially on a walking safari, guests are asked to follow the instructions of the safari guide. In the event that a guest knowingly disobeys a guide’s safety instruction(s), or is disruptive and rude to other guests or staff, we reserve the right to refuse admission to the camp or participation on a safari activity. Wildlife: Whilst our safari guides are trained as wildlife rangers, and exercise due respect when encountering wildlife on foot, in camp or during a game drive, the guest accepts the inherent risks associated with participating in a wildlife safari, or staying in an unfenced safari camp.The guest understands and accepts that Shindzela Bush Camp is unfenced, and is situated in a wild, untamed nature reserve. Animals are free to roam through the camp.  Shindzela Walking Safaris, its employees and agents cannot be held responsible for any incidents, injuries or deaths as a result of participating in a walking safari, game drive, or staying at the camp.
Liability and responsibility: Shindzela Walking Safaris carries public, passenger and professional liability insurance. Neither Shindzela Walking Safaris cc or any person or agent acting for it, through or on behalf of the company shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever, including loss or damage caused by sickness, theft, injury or death. In addition, the company shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel any safari or the remainder thereof, or make an alteration to the product or price, should it be deemed necessary, due to adverse weather conditions, strikes, war or government restrictions. In the case of cancellation or changes under such conditions, any additional costs incurred, shall be borne by the guest. Indemnity: An indemnity form will need to be complted for all guests on arrival at the camp
Law: The law of South Africa shall govern the relationship between Shindzela Walking Safaris cc and the guest, and the courts of the Republic of South Africa shall have sole jurisdiction in respect of any claims and / or disputes, which may arise between Shindzela Walking Safaris and the guest or agent.The company refers to Shindzela Walking Safaris cc, and the “guest or passenger” refers to a person (s) traveling with Shindzela Walking Safaris, whether on a tour or safari
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Reviews for Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

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Erna Berends
25 March 2018

This place is amazing. The people from Shindzela are very friendly and make sure all guests have a great stay. We can recommend this to everyone that would like to have an unforgettable safari experience.

stefanie Rothenstein, Germany
26 November 2015

We stayed from the 16..11.2015 until the 22.11.2015 in the Shindzela tented safari camp.we like to say thank you to the hole staff. We experienced a great time. Exiting and relaxing. Good food. Adventure. We enjoyed the friendly, personal and very professional guiding. The camp stuff, who was all the time willing to help and gave us a high comfort in the middle of the the wild side. We will see you hopefully again.Steffi and Achim from Germany

ELIANE de SAINT-ETIENNE, France
08 March 2013

Totalement dépaysant ! Atmosphère très amicale avec safari de qualité et très bonne cuisine. A recommander absolument!

Sally Meek, United Kingdom
16 February 2012

We had a fantastic time at Shindzela - Mike and Sam were hugely knowledgeable and very patient with all of our questions. The food was really great and the accommodation and area were just beautiful. The incredible, close up and lengthy views of not one but two leopards on the first night was one we'll never forget!Thanks to you all for making the start of our holiday such a great one. We will be back!

Joakim Skog, Sweden
28 January 2011

A very nice experience. Friendly and service minded staff. Safari walk with experienced guide well worth a try.Highly recommended.

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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp is 13.1km from the centre of Timbavati Reserve , the nearest airport 29.9km (Eastgate Airport).
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