South African Lodges

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Timbavati Game Reserve
Greater Kruger National Park
Limpopo Province
South Africa
Lodge Type
Big Five

Shindzela Tented Camp is Beautifully located on the banks of a dry Timbavati riverbed and facing a small waterhole for animals, safari tents either provide twin or double beds (queen beds or single beds). Built on wooden decks, guests are accommodated under thatch roofs with each tent has en-suite bathrooms with shower, toilet and hand basin.

In the eight tents, a total of only sixteen guests can be accommodated ensuring a private and exclusive wildlife experience. The property enjoys a prime location within the Timbavati part of the extended Kruger Park. The camp Offers an affordable wildlife safari in an unbeatable wildlife destination of Africa; guests explore the wilderness during their safari drives in open safari vehicles as well as during the thrilling walking safaris.

Quick facts:

  • Located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve & Greater Kruger National Park
  • set in one of the best game-watching regions of Africa
  • Simple, comfortable and affordable bush camp
  • Authentic African safari experience
  • Unfenced, natural wilderness environment
  • Safari drives and walking safari trails
  • 8 Safari canvas style tents (solar lighting)
  • Owner run and managed
  • Undisturbed wilderness experience

Tent features:

  • Queen beds or single beds
  • En-suite bathroom (shower, flush toilet and hand basin)
  • Wooden entrance door to bedroom/bathroom
  • Adjustable canvas flaps for windows
  • Mesh to keep the insects out
  • Solar main and bedside lights
  • Bedside tables, chest of drawers and open style hanging rail
  • Mosquito nets and fans
  • Bathroom amenities (including insect repellent)
  • Bedding and towels.

Facilities and Services

Offering an informal and relaxed atmosphere combined with warm African hospitality, Shindzela makes use of solar-powered lights and gas geysers for hot showers which make for an authentic African safari experience. The boma dining and lounge area, as well as the fireplace, provide an ideal place where guests may relive their exciting safari experiences. Enjoy the tranquillity and unique sounds of the surrounding nature, the lodge is undisturbed by modern conveniences such as television. From the outdoor swimming pool, one can observe the waterhole where animals come and go throughout the day to quench their thirst.

Facilities and services:

  • Dining venues
  • Fireplace / boma (outdoor dining)
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Housekeeping
  • Wildlife watching activities
  • Transfers.

Game viewing

The safari drives and bush walks are accompanied by professional game rangers who share their in-depth knowledge of the region's complex ecosystem with the visitors. The lodge's wildlife encounters emphasise the understanding of this untamed environment while viewing and tracking animals in their natural surroundings. The safari activities begin at dawn, during sunrise and guests return to the camp mid-morning where the delicious breakfast awaits. After lunch and spending some quiet relaxation time at the camp, guests may embark on the afternoon safari. Depending on the animal movements in this region, the game rangers may suggest a short walk or safari drive which is followed by refreshing sundowners and a night safari safari drive.


  • Bush Walks
  • Early morning safari drives
  • Late afternoon & evening safari drives
  • Bird watching.

Below detailed information about the Shindzela Tented Safari Camp is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Double bed
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Fan
  • Housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Mosquito net
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • WIFI

Game Viewing
  • Early morning game drives
  • Late afternoon game drives
  • Bird watching
  • Walking safari / bush walks.

  • Airstrip
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Boxes

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • 24 - hour reception service
  • Basic first aid assistance
  • Housekeeping service
  • Safari drives
  • Safety deposit box
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris

Available Rooms

Safari Tent with en-suite Bathroom

# Rooms:

The Safari Tents at the Lodge are set on wooden platforms and can offer either twin or a double bed for guests. All rooms have solar lighting and are equipped with bedding, mosquito net, towels and a fan. Each Safari tent has got an en-suite bathroom that is made from reeds/wood and a shower (hot and cold water), hand basin and flush toilet.

Tent features:

  • Queen beds or single beds
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Canvas flaps for windows
  • Mesh against insects
  • Solar main and bedside lights
  • Bed side tables, chest of drawers, hanging rail
  • Mosquito nets and fans
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Bedding and towels.
Single Room R2420
Double Room R4840

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp Specials

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.183990

Longitude: 31.388577


Directions from Johannesburg:

From Johannesburg or OR Tambo 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.

Continue past Witbank and Middleberg, staying on the N4 highway. Continue on the N4, and take the R33 offramp to Belfast (now off the highway).

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 the second 4 way stop (after you crossed over the bridge) turn right on the R40 (White River) Travel some 67 km's out of town, and take the left turning marked Timbavati and Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport.

Travel through the Guernsey Control Gate (first green 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 vehicle entry fee (per vehicle).

From the Timbavati gate, travel about 13 kms, and turn right (big rock structure on your left, follow sign to Jonniesdale/Shindzela) following pointers to JONNIESDALE / SHINDZELA.

Continue along this dirt road for about another 6 or 7 kilometers, and at a 4 way junction, turn LEFT, following the JONNIESDALE / SHINDZELA pointers.

Continue straight on this road, and at approximately 6kms further or until you reach the wooden signs saying SHINDZELA.

Driving time from the Timbavati gate to Shindzela on the dirt road is about an hour’s drive.

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).

Entrance fees:

At the entrance to the Timbavati Reserve, please pay your entrance fees in cash/credit card (per vehicle).

On arrival in camp, you will need to settle the Timbavati Conservation Fee per person (cash/credit cards -Visa and MasterCard).

Keep your vehicle permit, as the lodge will have to stamp it for you when you leave.

Once in the Timbavati, speed limited is maximum 50 kms an hour.


Check in at camp is strictly after 13h00 and before 15h00. However if you do arrive in camp later than 15h00 you will unfortunately miss your first afternoon safari.

Once you enter the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, please do not at any moment step out of your vehicle. Should you get stuck please wait in your vehicle for a Shindzela staff member to come and assist you. The lodge is aware of your arrival and therefore will come looking should you not arrive on said time.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

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