Shindzela Tented Safari Camp
Lodge style Eco-friendly, affordable and relaxing
Affordable tented camp in the heart of the Timbavati
Feel like a posh five star hotel experience won’t bring you closer to nature? Then you have found your match. Shindzela Tented Camp is a small, eco friendly tent camp in the Timbavati Game Reserve, where animal lovers will leave with a warm African memory in their heart. Sit on your private veranda in front of your tent, and coalesce with the surrounding lush bush. Let a blanket of hushed air cover you at dawn, and peek at the hippos taking their morning splash in the waterhole, only a stones throw away. Shindzela is an unfenced camp, and will fulfill all your safari desires: the Big Five, thrilling game drives, animals roaming through the camp, home cooked soul warming food, South African hospitality, stunning night skies studded with stars; it is simply nature at is best. This is the real deal./p>
In a bygone era, safari was all about the sights, sounds and smells of Africa. Get a hold of this authentic feeling when you sleep under canvas. Each of the canvas tents at Shindzela Tented Camp has a thatch grass roof, to keep you cool in the African heat and cosy in the winter. Tents are built on wooden decks and come with a private veranda. Six of the eight tents have a view at the waterhole across the camp. Tent number seven and eight are more remote and slightly further from the main area, overlooking the dry riverbed. Your room has everything you need: mosquito nets, comfortable beds with fresh linen, moisturizing South African-made amenities (like body lotion, body wash and insect repellent), and a private en-suite bathroom with hot shower and soft towels. All tents are equipped with eco friendly solar lighting. And talk about reconnecting with nature: the tents don’t have electrical outlets. But no worries: there is a charging station in the main area. As is a WiFi connection, although you might feel like switching off – not just your devices - for a while.
Activities at Shindzela Tented Camp
The Timbavati Game Reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park - a conservation area over five million acres – which allows free movement of wildlife. The list of animals is mind blowing; the Big Five, white lion, hyena, jackal, giraffe, hippo, wild dog, zebra, kudu and impala, over 350 birds species – just to name a few. Discover all this beauty on the game drives in the morning and afternoon. It will be a private affair since Shindzela is the only safari operator in this concession area. Or get even closer to wildlife – the big, the small and the tiny - on a bush walk with an experienced ranger. And what is a classic safari camp without a back-to-basic sleep hideout for truly dedicated nature enthusiasts? Away from the main camp, soak up the magic of African nights, marvel at the stars, and listen to the wildlife that is wide-awake at night. You will be safe; as your guide is there at all times. However you organise your days, a home cooked meal is always waiting for you. Don’t expect a pretentious, bloated menu: the meals are simply packed with flavour, fresh vegetables, fruit and a lot of love from chefs Shadrack and Phindile. Enjoy an English breakfast, tasty cottages pies, quiches, traditional African BBQ or lamb potjie (lamb stew) and definitely try the Shindzela-style pizza. If you are seeking wholesome food in a genuine safari setting, don’t look any further.
Tripadvisor comments Shindzela Camp
We stayed 4 nights (in tents 7 & 8) and thoroughly enjoyed our time with the excellent staff, great drives (twice a day) and hearty food. The tents are comfy with very good beds. The open camp makes for animals roaming through the camp at night. The small scale (8 tents) allows for a very personal approach. The rangers are professional, approachable and very knowledgeable. We really liked the fact that the jeeps (only 2 max) are going off road to approach the animals closely. This is the real deal ! Marja & Marc like to thank the entire team at Shindzela ! PS : excellent wifi!Marcinbrussels from Brussels, Belgium
We had a fantastic two nights at the Shindzela camp. The crew greeted us warmly and the accommodation was really cool. The tents offered luxurious beds and private bathroom attached to it. That's how I imagined glamping. Our guide Johan is extremely knowledgeable & has a great sense of humour. I still don't know how he did it, but he found us two bright green chameleons on green trees after the sun had long gone down. I guess that still impressed me the most. I've been on other safaris before but have to say this was definitely one of the best guided ones! Thank you very much!bogota05