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Situated in a private concession area within the Timbavati Reserve, Shindzela offers a relaxed, informal ambience, offering affordable wildlife viewing by 4x4 vehicles, or on guided walking safaris.

Owner-operated Shindzela accommodates up to 16 guests in thatch roofed tents, each set on wooden decks, with en-suite shower, WC and hand basin and the option of twin or double bed accommodation. The camp is eco-friendly, lights are solar powered and gas geysers provide hot water. There is a swimming pool where guests can cool off after the day’s activities, and the absence of modern distractions allows guests to fully immerse themselves in the African wilderness experience.

Meals are taken in the thatch roofed dining and lounge area, and there is a traditional central African fireplace, or boma, where guests can relax, enjoy sundowners as they exchange stories at the end of the day.

For guests seeking a real “back to basics” adventure, there is an opportunity to reserve a sleep-out experience at the Shindzela Hide, which overlooks the main dam at Shindzela. Accompanied by an armed guide, up to four guests can immerse themselves in the magical African night, listening to the calls of the animals, and marvelling at the night sky as they look out for wildlife coming to drink at the dam.

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This accommodation is located in:

Timbavati Private Game Reserve

Timbavati is home to a myriad of wildlife and more than 360 species of bird. With no fences between Timbavati and neighbouring Kruger National Park, wildlife is free to roam across a vast tract of wilderness, with herds of elephant, buffalo and wildebeest, along with their attendant predators.

  • Where: Limpopo Province
  • Ideal for viewing: lion, African elephant, black rhino, greater kudu, Cape buffalo
  • Excellent for: Photography tours with Nick Garbutt