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Shimuwini bushveld camp, place of huge Baobab trees

Completely rebuilt after the floods in 2000, Shimuwini bushveld camp is the most modern of all the bushveld camps in the Kruger National Park.

You will find the camp in the northern region of the Kruger National Park, set in a remote area on the banks of the Letaba river, amidst predominantly Mopane bushveld.

The camp is named after the huge baobab trees that line the Letaba river.

One of them is believed to be between 2,000 and 3,000 years old.

Shimuwini is a word from the Shangaan language, meaning "Place of the Baobab tree".


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Game drive and Cheetah encounter - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Game drive and Cheetah encounter - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
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General info,...

With beautiful scenic views across the Letaba river and the Shimuwini dam and its excellent game viewing potential, the camp is a firm favourite with may visitors. Like with many of the camps in the Kruger National Park which are situated near a river or dam, the vegetation around the bushveld camp is of a riverine nature.

Huge baobab tree - Shumuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Huge baobab tree - Shumuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Photograph by Arno Meintjes

The Letaba river itself is lined with large trees, including the very large Baobab. The bushveld in the region is dominated by the ever present Mopane scrub in the east, increasing in size as it mixes with Apple leaf, Jackalberry, Leadwood and Acacias trees towards the west.

This White Rhino is keeping its eye on us - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
This White Rhino is keeping its eye on us - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Photograph by Arno Meintjes

With great views across the dam from the cottages and the game viewing hide, Shimuwini bushveld camp offers a wide variety of game that come down to drink within view of the camp. Some of the animals to be seen in the area are Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Hyena, Giraffe, Kudu, Impala, Wildebeest, Zebra, Duiker, Hippopotamus, Crocodiles, Sable, Roan, Eland, Tsessebe, Waterbuck, Baboon, Elephant and Buffalo.

Game and bird viewing hide at Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Game and bird viewing hide at Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
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In common with the other bushveld camps in the Kruger National Park, this bushveld camp offers wonderful birding opportunities too. With 20km of road for the exclusive use of residents, bird lovers can pursue their passion without disturbance. Storks, Egrets, Kingfishers and African Fish Eagles are ever present, while Redwinged Pratincole, African Spoonbill, and Blackwinged Tern are some of the more uncommon species to look for.


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Map,...

Grey Heron looking for a meal - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Grey Heron looking for a meal - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Photograph by Arno Meintjes

view a map of the Kruger National park showing the location of Shimuwini bushveld camp, then click on the map to enlarge.

view a map of the camp showing the lay out of the camp itself, then click on the map to enlarge.

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Facilities,...

Two Blue Wildebeests (Gnu’s) locking horns - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Two Blue Wildebeests (Gnu’s) locking horns - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
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The bushveld camps in the Kruger National Park have been kept small en intimate, offering guests a private and exclusive bushveld experience. Facilities are limited to those necessary for a small group of people. These include Information and Reception, Public telephones, and a Mini-shop stocking basic items such as firewood, ice and phone cards, but no food. Major camp facilities are available at Mopani and Letaba, the nearest main rest camps.

The information desk at the reception of the camp can give you detailed information about all the facilities available, which include the following;
  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Mini Shop at Reception stocks basic items such as firewood, ice and Telkom phone cards. there are no foodstuffs such as meat available.
  • No electricity (plug points) available for appliances in accommodation units. (Limited availability to recharge small electrical items like laptops; torches; cell phones and toothbrushes at reception.)
  • Each accommodation unit has it’s own “braai” (barbecue) facilities
  • Bird and game viewing hide (in camp)
  • Boma - a communal “braai” (barbeque) area in camp.
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Accommodation,...

Guest cottages overlooking the dam at Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Guest cottages overlooking the dam at Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
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The luxury accommodation this bushveld camp caters to a variety of guest requirements and needs. It has 5 cottages and 10 guest cottages, fully equipped, which can accommodate up to 71 guests. Spread out along the banks of the Shimuwini dam, they all have a lovely view across the dam. There are self catering and barbecue facilities at each cottage, enhancing the atmosphere of intimacy and privacy in the camp.

The accommodation at the camp comprises the following;

COTTAGES
5 x 2-bedroom units. Both bedrooms have two single beds and a ceiling fan. The bathroom has a bath with a shower nozzle on top, toilet and wash basin and inter-leading doors to the other bedroom. The kitchen and dining room is on an open veranda and has a two-plate gas stove (without oven), sink, refrigerator, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. The veranda consists of a kitchen table and four dinning chairs.
Bedroom of a guest cottage at Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Bedroom of a guest cottage at Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
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GUEST COTTAGES
9 x 2-bedroom units. Both bedrooms have ceiling fans - one has 3 single beds, and the other 2 single beds. One bedroom has a bathroom en-suite (bath, toilet and wash basin). There is a separate toilet, as well as a separate shower and wash basin. The kitchen has a gas stove (with oven), refrigerator, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. The dining room is on an open veranda.

1 x 3-bedroom unit. There are two single beds and a ceiling fan, as well as en-suite bathroom with bath and toilet in each bedroom. There is an outside shower, for a private shower under the stars. The bathroom has a bath, toilet and washbasin and inter-leading doors to the bedroom and living room. The living room has 2 lounge chairs and a ceiling fan. The outside dining room is on a large, partly enclosed veranda with 3 coffee tables, 6 chairs and a kitchen table. The kitchen is inside and has an oven and stove, refrigerator, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.
All lodging units are serviced daily and supplied with bedding, towels and soap.

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Activities,...

View from game drive vehicle - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
View from game drive vehicle - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
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At this camp you can be certain to see a large variety of animals and birds. Whether you just relax in the game viewing hide and watch them coming down for a drink, go on an exclusive night drive and take part in the nocturnal activities of the bushveld’s nightlife, or explore the bush on a guided bushwalk accompanied by well trained and armed game rangers, you will have the experience of a lifetime.

All bookings, as well as further details for these activities are available from reception. Activities offered at the Biyamiti camp include the following;
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Game Drives (in the company of trained field guides)
  • Self-drive game viewing.
Biyamiti’s guests may also take part in the main camp activities available at Mopani, the nearest main rest camp.

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Climate,...

Elephant mother and her baby - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Elephant mother and her baby - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Photograph by Arno Meintjes

Kruger Park lies in a summer rainfall area with occasional bursts of quick summer storms (which can be quite heavy) occurring later in the day, cooling the air and settling the dust. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often quite humid. Winters are warm and mild with cool evenings. Visitors going on night drives during the winter period will require warm clothing.

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How to get there,...

Cheetahs, the fastest animals on land - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Cheetahs, the fastest animals on land - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
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BY AIR:
The closest airport is Gateway Airport situated near Phalaborwa, approximately 3km from the Phalaborwa entrance into the Kruger National Park. There are daily scheduled flights between Gateway and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

The camp is approximately 53km away from Phalaborwa gate. Considering the speed limit of 50km/hr on the main roads inside the Park, you should allow about 2 hours for the drive to the camp, however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time.
BY ROAD VIA PHALABORWA GATE:
Travelling from Johannesburg or Pretoria, take the N1 toll-road to Polokwane (Pietersburg). 40km before Polokwane turn right onto the R71 and head for Tzaneen. After Tzaneen, continue with the R71 towards the Phalaborwa entrance gate into the Kruger National Park. Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip to the gate.

The camp is approximately 53km away from Phalaborwa gate. Considering the speed limit of 50km/hr on the main roads inside the Park, allow a further 2 hours for the drive to the camp, however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time.
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Accommodation availability,...

The ubiquitous Impala - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
The ubiquitous Impala - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Photograph by Arno Meintjes

view a monthly calendar with accommodation availability details of Biyamiti bushveld camp.

You will then be able to view the accommodation availability page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website, for Kruger National Park’s Shimuwini bushveld camp.
  • If you click on the accommodation type, you will see the facilities and content of that particular accommodation unit.
  • The accommodation code enables you to book a specific type of accommodation, if you provide it with your booking request.
  • The figure between the square brackets [ ] is the number of units available at the specific time and date of your visit to the accommodation availability page.
  • Please Note that the information is updated and therefore changing real-time on a continuous basis and that requests for reservations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Reservations,...

Blue Wildebeest (Gnu) - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Blue Wildebeest (Gnu) - Shimuwini bushveld camp, Kruger National Park
Photograph by Arno Meintjes

book your reservation for the shimuwini bushveld camp in the Kruger National Park on the official reservations page of the South African National Park's website.

Tariffs,...

view the tariffs applicable for the camp, on the official tariff page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website.






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