• Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp | Timbavati

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp, is situated within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Shindzela Tented Camp is a simple but comfortable South African bush camp, offering an authentic African safari experience in an unfenced, natural wilderness environment. This tented camp is our safari base for our wildlife activities - game drives and walking safaris. If you are looking for an affordable Kruger camp, and a safari in a private game reserve, consider visiting Shindzela for a true wilderness experience.

Rates inclusive of 14% V.A.T. • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

Details 6 Jan 2017 to 5 Jan 2018
Standard Lodge PPPN sharing 1 855.00
Standard Lodge single per night 2 405.00
4 night long stay PPPN sharing 7 055.00
4 night long stay single per night 9 255.00
5 night long stay PPPN sharing 8 815.00
5 night long stay single per night 11 565.00
Child 10-11 yrs 930.00
Private Land Rover incluse 2 game drive 2 300.00
Tour Leader 1 050.00
Details 6 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2018
Standard Lodge PPPN sharing 2 235.00
4 night long stay PPPN sharing 8 570.00
5 night long stay PPPN sharing 10 950.00
Child 10-11 yrs 1 120.00
Private Land Rover incluse 2 game drive 3 090.00
Tour Leader 1 605.00

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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp, is situated within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Shindzela Tented Camp is a simple but comfortable South African bush camp, offering an authentic African safari experience in an unfenced, natural wilderness environment.

This tented camp is our safari base for our wildlife activities - game drives and walking safaris. If you are looking for an affordable Kruger camp, and a safari in a private game reserve, consider visiting Shindzela for a true wilderness experience.

We have comfortable safari accommodation in a canvas tent: Each tent has a wooden entrance door, adjustable canvas flaps for windows, and mesh to keep insects out. All tents have a thatch (grass) roof and porch, designed to cool the tents in summer and keep warm in winter. Tents are equipped with 2 x 3/4 beds, solar lighting, all bedding, and towels, private en-suite bathroom with shower, hand basin and flush toilet. In summer, mosquito nets are fitted above the beds.

The general Shindzela tented camp area encompasses of a swimming pool, dining area, lounge area, kitchen, staff tents and a central African fireplace – a perfect spot to relive safari experiences around the fire.

Safari Activities

There are numerous advantages to enjoying a safari holiday in the well known Timbavati Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park:

Shindzela is situated in a private concession area within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve - this means we are able to offer our Kruger holiday guests a number of distinct advantages for their South African 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 game drives and bush walks 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 (should we have a great sighting)
  • we are permitted to drive off road into the bush in search of predators and / or unusual sightings
  • we offer walking safaris for about 2-2.5 hours

Guests staying at Shindzela tented safari camp enjoy daily game drives in an open safari vehicle, with a knowledgeable ranger and expert tracker.

Our game drives & walking safaris are conducted in the Greater Kruger National Park, in the Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa. We offer you a wilderness safari in a “Big Five” game viewing area. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa, is home to over 40 mammal species, including Africa’s “Big Five” animals (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant). Other game that you may see whilst on your Greater Kruger 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 Reserve. The Timbavati Reserve is open to the Kruger National Park, providing animals with a vast expanse of wilderness in which to roam free of fences - an ideal environment in which to fully enjoy your safari holiday in South Africa.

The day begins with an early morning wake up call at about 05h00. Enjoy a welcome cup of tea or coffee and biscuits, before departing on a morning game drive or walking safari. We return to camp at mid morning for a hearty breakfast /brunch. Relax in camp until lunch in the afternoon, after which it is time to depart on the afternoon 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.

Walking Africa - a Kruger Walking Safari

(no under 16 years on walking activities)

If you are looking for a Kruger walking safari, or an adventure holiday in the Kruger Park area, consider joining us at Shindzela on a wildlife walking safari. Our Kruger walking safaris are conducted in the Greater Kruger National Park, in the Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa. This is arguably one of the most exciting adventure holidays in the Kruger Park.

We offer you a wilderness Kruger walking safari in a big five game viewing area. Shindzela tented camp offers daily walking safaris to guests who are interested in walking; guests electing to participate in a walking safari should be prepared to walk anywhere from 2 – 2.5 hours on a trail.

The above rates include:

  • Accommodation, 
  • 3 meals per day, 
  • tea/coffee, 
  • water from the water dispencer, 
  • 2 safari activities daily (Walking trail of about 2.5-3 hour's or game drive of about 3-3.5 hours), 
  • unlimited Wi-Fi & 
  • VAT at 14%

Rates Exclude: 

  • All drinks (including bottled water), 
  • **Timbavati Reserve fees**, 
  • transport to/from camp,
    personal expenses
  • gratuities & Travel insurance

Camp Exclusivity - 

We will charge for 14 guests at the full paying rate, irrespective of the number of guests in the group.
Please note the camp can only sleep a maximum of 16 guests. Two Landrovers will be allocated for camp exclusivity 

**Timbavati Reserve Fees**:

R 200.00 conservation levy per person once off payable at camp in cash, R 150.00 once off vehicle entry fee payable at the gate. (these reserve fees are subject to change without prior notice)
Timbavati Reserve Gate Times & Entry Fees The Timbavati Main Gate (Enkhulu Gate) is used for access to all the Timbavati Lodges and Camps. Please do NOT use any other access points- in particular; there is no direct access from the Orpen Gate, Kruger Park (via Ngala Tented Camp) to Shindzela. Even though it looks like you can drive through on the map, please note that you cannot. The Timbavati Gate is open 24 hours a day, but you must aim to arrive in camp between 13h00 – 14h30. If you arrive later, you will miss your first safari activity. Please do not arrive in the dark – it may not be easy to locate the camp. But should this be the case, just give us a ring once you reach the Timbavati Gate, and we will meet you half way.

Child Policy:
No kids under the ages of 10 years at Shindzela. Kids 12 years and older will pay the full adult rate.

Cancellation Policy (booking for 1-3tents)

  • 30% non refundable deposit on confirmation of booking. Balance due 30 days prior to travel
  • Cancelled more than 31 days prior to arrival: loss of 30% of fare
  • Cancelled between 30 - 8 days prior to arrival: loss of 60% fare
  • Cancelled 7 days or less prior to departure: loss of full fare

Group Cancellation policy (booking of 4 tents or more)

  • 30% non refundable deposit on confirmation of booking. Balance due 60 days prior to travel
  • Cancelled more than 60 days prior to arrival: loss of 30%
  • Cancelled 60 - 31 days prior to arrival: loss of 60% of fare
  • Cancelled 30 - 16 days prior to arrival: loss of 80% fare
  • Cancelled 15 days or less before arrival: loss of full fare

Payment Policy

(booking for 1-3tents)

  • 50% deposit is required on confirmation and the balance is due 40 days prior to arrival.
  • For bookings made within 40 days of travel, full payment is required on confirmation.

Check In: 13h00 - 14h00 (before 15h00) Check Out: 11h00 on day of departure Guests arriving later than 15h00 will miss the afternoon's activity

Drinks: Bill for all drinks and Conservation levy to be settled at check out - in cash or credit cards
Dietary requirements: Please advise us in advance, of any special diets. We can accommodate most requests, except Kosher.

Tent Configuration

The camp can accommodate 16 guests in either double or twin bedded tents

Safari Activities: Shindzela offers both game drives in open Landrovers and walking safaris. Rates include 2 safari activities per day, including the afternoon game drive which becomes a night safari drive. No surcharge for walking activities. Guests can either participate on a walking trail or game drive

Travelling Times: Please request self drive directions from us

JNB / Shindzela - 6/6.5 hrs

Nelspruit / Shindzela: 3hrs15 mins

Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport / Shindzela: 1hr15 mins

Timbavati Gate / Shindzela: 50 minutes to 1 hour

(These travelling times include the 50 minutes travelling time from Timbavati Reserve Gate to the Camp)

TRANSFER RATES - 2017

Valid 01 November 2016 - 31 October 2017
Description 1 Guest 2 Guest 3 Guest 4 Guest 5-7 Guest
Hoedspruit Airport to Shindzela (Private Transfer) vv

1 hour 20 min (conducted by Shindzela or representative)
R 1,090.00 R 590.00 R 440.00 R 330.00 Request
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Nelspruit KMIA to Shindzela (Private Transfer) vv

3.5 hours travelling (conducted by Schoeman Tours & Safaris)
R 2,650.00 R 1,390.00 R1,050.00 R 780.00 Request
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Phalaborwa Airport to Shindzela (Private Transfer) vv
2 hours (conducted by Schoeman Tours & Safaris or representative)
R 1,960.00 R 1,065.00 R 800.00 R 610.00 Request
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ORT/JNB to Shindzela (Shuttle Transfer) vv

6.5 hours travelling (Conducted by Ashtons Tours & Safaris)
R 2,025.00 R 1,470.00 R 1,195.00 R 1,115.00 R 1,035.00


1. Rates are based on a per person per one way rate
2. Rates include the Timbavati vehicle entry fee of R 150.00 per vehicle once off
3. Rates include the vehicle and driver, fuel & tolls for the designated Kruger Routs
4. Please note that Shindzela makes use of local transfer companies for some of the set out routes
5. Pick up and drop off times will be reconfirmed prior to arrival

Collection points for Shuttle services and Estimated pick up times: Johannesburg Area

Johannesburg Area: Pick UP Time:
Centurion Gautrain Station :06h00
Johannesburg Bus Terminal :06h45

TRANSFER RATES - 2018

Valid 01 November 2017 - 31 October 2018
Description 1 Guest 2 Guest 3 Guest 4 Guest 5-7 Guest
Hoedspruit Airport to Shindzela (Private Transfer) vv

1 hour 20 min (conducted by Shindzela or representative)
R 1,155.00 R 600.00 R 450.00 R 345.00 Request
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Nelspruit KMIA to Shindzela (Private Transfer) vv

3.5 hours travelling (conducted by Schoeman Tours & Safaris)
R 2,700.00 R 1,430.00 R1,100.00 R 810.00 Request
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Phalaborwa Airport to Shindzela (Private Transfer) vv
2 hours (conducted by Schoeman Tours & Safaris or representative)
R 2,080.00 R 1,100.00 R 810.00 R 620.00 Request
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ORT/JNB to Shindzela (Shuttle Transfer) vv

6.5 hours travelling (Conducted by Ashtons Tours & Safaris)
R 2,170.00 R 1,570.00 R 1,280.00 R 1,190.00 R 1,110.00


1. Rates are based on a per person per one way rate
2. Rates include the Timbavati vehicle entry fee of R 150.00 per vehicle once off
3. Rates include the vehicle and driver, fuel & tolls for the designated Kruger Routs
4. Please note that Shindzela makes use of local transfer companies for some of the set out routes
5. Pick up and drop off times will be reconfirmed prior to arrival

Collection points for Shuttle services and Estimated pick up times: Johannesburg Area

Johannesburg Area: Pick UP Time:
Centurion Gautrain Station :06h00
Johannesburg Bus Terminal :06h45

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