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  • Unfenced traditional tented camp in the heart of a Big 5 wilderness
  • Eco-friendly camp runs on solar and gas power
  • Optional sleepout at the bush hide for a totally wild night

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

50km from Hoedspruit


-24.4068, 31.3141


Family-owned and family run Shindzela Tented Safari Camp remains deliberately undeveloped yet comfortable, in order to offer guests an undisturbed wilderness experience that places an emphasis on blending into the environment and tracking and viewing animals in their natural surroundings. The 50 000ha Timbavati private game reserve is home to over 40 mammal species, including the Big 5, as well as 360 species of bird life.

Staff, employed from the surrounding communities, are well-trained, friendly and outgoing with a passion for the bush that is infectious, and you are bound to leave with a fascinating new insight into the fauna and flora of the area.

The camp is totally eco-friendly, running on solar electricity and gas energy. There is no TV, and limited cell phone reception, but Wi-Fi is available. All of the comfortable tents are equipped with solar lighting and although there are no  power points, guests may charge their electronic devices at the charging station in the main area.

There is a bar and lounge, with a central African boma – a perfect spot to relive safari experiences around the fire and under the African stars over delicious 3 course dinners that include roast chicken, traditional lamb ‘potjie’, venison and braais.

Continental or English cooked breakfast/brunch and lunches - pizzas, salads, cottage pie, and quiches - are served in the safari style dining area.

At Shindzela Tented Safari Camp, sitting around a crackling bush fire, sleeping under the canvas of your cosy tent or at the Hide in the middle of the bush, while enjoying superb wildlife experiences, make this as authentic as a safari can get.

A sleepout at the Shindzela Hide is a particularly special experience, allowing you to soak up the magic of the African night, marvelling at the stars and listening to the calls of wild animals, under the supervision of your ever-watchful guide. 

Rates & Summary

8 Thatched Canvas Safari Tents

7 sleep 2 adults in Queen/twin beds
1 triple family tent
En-suite bathrooms with showers
Adjustable canvas flap windows
Private wooden deck 
Overlook waterhole or riverbed


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Breakfast, lunch and dinner included, as well as tea, coffee & non-alcoholic drinks.


Children 10 years and over are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

The unfenced Shindzela Tented Safari Camp is located in the Big 5 wilderness of the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. It has been designed to immerse guests completely in the African bush. The camp prides itself on its relaxed, informal atmosphere. Overlooking a waterhole regularly visited by an array of animals, the tented camp is a comfortable base for wildlife activities, game drives and walking safaris. If you are looking for an affordable camp in the greater Kruger National Park, with the privileged perks of staying in a private game reserve, Shindzela ticks all the boxes.


  • Unfenced traditional tented camp in the heart of a Big 5 wilderness
  • Eco-friendly camp runs on solar and gas power
  • Optional sleepout at the bush hide for a totally wild night


Two tents overlooking the riverbed are more private.
A private landrover and guide may be reserved (R 2 200).
A sleepout at the Shindzela hide offers a secluded night in the bush (R 2 200 for max 4 guests). 

Things to consider Bringing

Sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, insect repellent, torch, swimming towels, bird book and binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The 20km of dirt road is suitable for normal vehicles if travelling slowly. Request self-drive directions, as the GPS recommened route is unreliable.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool & splash pool
  • Big 5 game
  • Game drives with guide and tracker
  • Walking safaris with experienced guide
  • Birding
  • Shindzela hide sleepout


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • Licensed


  • Own water supply, showering and washing only
  • Gas geysers
  • Electricity from solar

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Office safe







The Mopani region is a heady mix of mountain and bushveld, history and culture. Mopani includes the towns of Tzaneen, Giyani, Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. It also includes sections of the northern Drakensberg mountains, parts of the Kruger National Park and an eastern chunk of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon. Think dramatic mountain scenery, ancient rivers and unspoiled wilderness reserves.

Mopani is named after an edible worm, of all things. The best way to discover the delights of the region is by exploring the Valley of the Olifants self-drive tourism route. This takes you through wilderness areas with excellent mountain views. It is this combination of mountain and bush that gives the Mopani region its special charm.

The route is named after the Olifants (Lepelle) River, which cuts its way through steep mountains and then flows through the Kruger National Park to join the Limpopo River.

From the quaint hamlet of Haenertsburg, north-east of Polokwane, the panoramic 40km-long Magoebaskloof Pass descends 600m in a series of dizzying bends to the subtropical town of Tzaneen. Every bend greets you with a different surprise: waterfalls, historic bluegum trees, lookout points, nurseries and roadside stalls.

Surrounded by blue-green mountains, Tzaneen is a laid-back centre of agriculture and farming. From here you can explore wilderness and mountains, visit the realm of the legendary Rain Queen, and see the country’s biggest baobab tree.

From Tzaneen it’s a pleasant drive through scenic bushveld to the towns of Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. Phalaborwa was established in 1958 after the discovery of huge mineral deposits. It is the central gateway to the Kruger National Park via the Phalaborwa Gate. It’s a small but busy town that reaches scorching summer temperatures.

Apart from having the biggest opencast mine in the world, Phalaborwa’s other claim to fame is that it’s the closest town to the Kruger National Park. It’s a five-minute drive from the centre of town to the Phalaborwa Gate. Residents are used to the ‘Hippo Crossing’ signs and the odd warthog trundling down the high street.

Hoedspruit is a centre for surrounding wildlife reserves, private reserves, game reserves and conservation centres. The town is known for its bushveld beauty and conservation ethos and is a stepping stone to assorted bush adventures. These include game viewing, birding, hiking, river rafting and mountain climbing.

The Mopani region also includes the eastern part of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, offering the essential ‘Kruger to Canyon’ experience that combines mountains and bush. Travellers from Mpumalanga to Hoedspruit will arrive via the scenic Abel Erasmus Pass, which descends 800m in its 24km length.

The highlight is the 133,5m-long Strijdom Tunnel where you emerge from cool darkness into bright sunlight nearly a thousand metres above the Olifants River valley.

Look out for

The northern Drakensberg & Wolkberg wilderness areas - he mountainous heart of Mopani is the Wolkberg Wilderness and Magoebaskloof. This is hiking, birding, fishing, strolling, rambling and botanising territory. If you’re into extreme stuff and adrenalin rushes, you can take a canopy tour, go kloofing, abseiling, river rafting, white water tubing and mountain biking.

The Realm of the Rain Queen - This is set in the village of Modjadji, in mountain foothills, near Tzaneen. It is said that Queen Modjadji settled here after fleeing Zimbabwe in the late 17th century. She brought with her special rain summoning powers, and started the matriarchal Bolobedu tribe. Modjadji is also home to the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, which has thousands of species of the rare endemic cycad (Transvenosus encephalartos) that dates back to the time of the dinosaur.

The country’s biggest baobab - The Sunland Baobab, as it’s officially known, is named after the farm where it has grown for over 4 000 years. This gentle giant is 22m high and has a 47m circumference. Get up close and personal with this giant at Sunland Farm, near Tzaneen. You’ll discover why the surreal baobab is a source of great legend, and the symbol of Limpopo province.

Kruger to canyon trip - The Mopani region’s hallmark is the combination of mountain and bush. The area between the central Kruger National Park and the eastern reaches of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon offers amazing nature and adventure opportunities. These include gentle sundowner cruises and tranquil bushveld walks, adrenalin-charged river rafting and gorge swinging. This part of Mopani has excellent views of lichen-clad cliff faces and dramatic kloofs and canyons.

The Lowveld and the Kruger Park - The Mopani region offers direct access to the central and northern parts of the Kruger National Park. It also leads to the Mpumalanga Lowveld, famed for its game-rich reserves. Just inside the Phalaborwa Gate is the Masorini Museum, a Late Iron Age archaeological site showing smelting furnaces, homesteads and historic implements. Another highlight is the Elephant Museum at Letaba Camp, which is an easy drive from Phalaborwa. Letaba is a pretty camp overlooking the river, where elephant sightings are practically guaranteed. In the northern Kruger Park, near Punda Maria, is Thulamela National Heritage Site. A significant archaeological site, with hillsides that are filled with stone ruins that tell the story of an ancient culture that settled here in the 15th century.

Bush to beach - It is now possible to take this route from the Phalaborwa gate all the way to the beaches of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. Travellers drive through the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which includes the Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. The border post is a Giriyondo, near the Massingir Dam.

Kruger to Canyon Birding Route - This route starts at the beginning of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon at God’s Window. It follows Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route and enters Limpopo via the dramatic Abel Erasmus Pass. From there it leads to Hoedspruit and into the central Kruger Park.

Hans Merensky Golf Course - Undoubtedly the best golfing experience in Mopani. This famous course, designed by Bob Grimsdell, is adjacent to the Kruger National Park. It offers players a unique opportunity to tee off amongst the wildlife.

Wildlife and conservation - Apart from being part of a massive transfrontier park, the Mopani region offers incredible opportunities for viewing wildlife. It’s also a conservation centre. In and around Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa are a variety of wildlife breeding and rehabilitation centres. There are also ranger training camps and guided wilderness experiences.

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