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Directions to Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

From Johannesburg or OR Tambo International Airport, follow signs for the N12 Witbank. These signs are currently changing, you may now see a sign for R21 Boksburg and then a sign for Witbank, now called Emalahleni. Travel east on the N12, until the N12 and the N4 from Pretoria merge, it is now the N4 highway. From Pretoria take the N4 highway to Witbank/Emalahleni. Please note that you will pass through a toll currently R39 in cash, if travelling from Pretoria, you will travel through two tolls currently R60. Tolls need to be paid in cash, no credit cards. Fuel will also need to be paid for in cash only a few service stations in cities take credit card payments for fuel/gas/petrol. Fuel is currently about R8.00 per litre.

Continue past Witbank and Middleberg, staying on the N4 highway. Continue on the N4, and take the R33 off-ramp to Belfast. From Belfast, follow the R540 to Dullstroom and Lydenburg now known as Mashishing. From Lydenburg follow the R36 to Ohrigstad and Tzaneen. In Lydenburg town centre, do not follow the signs right to Kruger and Sabie. Travel through Ohrigstad, and then on through the Abel Erasmus pass and through the JG Strydom tunnel. Once through the tunnel, continue on the R36 until you see the R36 turning to the left to Tzaneen. Do not take this left turning to Tzaneen, but continue straight on what is now the R527 to Hoedspruit. On arrival in Hoedspruit, travel straight through town until you reach another four-way stop, turn right on the R40 White River. Travel some 7 km's out of town, and take the left turning marked Timbavati and Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. Travel through the Guernsey Control Gate.

Continue to travel along this road, past the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport and past Kapama Game Reserve. Continue, until you reach the Timbavati Game Reserve entrance gate, a large thatch structure. It is here that you pay your gate entry fees of R110 per person and R120 per vehicle.

From the Timbavati gate, travel about 12/13 km’s, and take a right turning following pointers to Jonniesdale /Ngala. Continue along this dirt road for about another 6 or 7 km, and at a four-way junction, turn left, following the Jonniesdale /Ngala pointers. Continue straight on this road, and at approximately 6 km’s further, you must follow the signs to Ngala Private Game Reserve ignore the Jonniesdale sign at this point. At the next Ngala sign, follow the sign for Ngala Deliveries to the right. 400 metres further you will see another Ngala sign, follow the right fork in this road, where you see the Shindzela sign. Drive through the riverbed and continue straight with the Ngala airfield running parallel on your LHS. Take the Shindzela right turning. Continue to follow Shindzela signs. Pass the old camp of white rondawels, and continue to Shindzela Bush Camp.

Driving time from Johannesburg to the Timbavati gate is approximately 6 hours. For timing purposes, try and be at the Timbavati entrance gate by 13h30/14h00, entrance fees: At the entrance to the Timbavati Reserve, please pay your entrance fees in cash: R110.00 per person conservation levy and R120 per vehicle. Keep your permit, as the lodge will have to stamp it for you when you leave. Once in the Timbavati, sped is limited to maximum 50 km’s an hour.

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