Wild dog pack at Shindela on drive

Excellent game, bargain price

Shindzela is an excellent owner-run tented Camp located on the unfenced Timbavati border, exclusively traversing 3,500 hectares and sharing Kruger’s flora and fauna including 40+ mammal species.

Shindzela Lodge from waterhole

Waterhole attracts animals

Shindzela’s rustic tents surround its own waterhole, a magnet for game especially in the dry winter months when water is scarce. The unfenced camp gets you as close to nature as possible.

Shindzela lodge pool

Post exertion pool

Shindzela boasts a swimming pool next to the thatched bar and dining area.

Shindzela hut, image by Mike Roberts
Mike Roberts

Simple thatched tents

Elegant Meru-style canvas tents sit on wooden platforms. They are simple and comfortable. The elevation and thatched roofs cool the rooms in hot summer months, when mosquito nets are fitted to the beds.

Shindzela tent interior

Basic comfort

Shindzela accommodates up to 16 people in twin or double beds under these wooden structures. They evoke the magic of safaris in a bygone era when Africa was still being explored. Their simplicity lets you attune to your senses of sight, sound and smell.

Shindzela bathroom

Shower, sink, sanitation

A semi-permanent base enables the provision of a washroom with shower, sink and WC. Hot water is generated over a fire by a donkey boiler so that you can soak after a walk.

Elephant from a Shindzela room

Different distractions

The camp runs on solar energy. You are undisturbed by television and cell phones,and can immerse yourself in the African wilderness. The rustic experience focuses on getting you in touch with the wild.

Off-roading at Shindzela

Plentiful off-roading

Safaris here are “mixed-mode”. You spend plenty of time on game drives. Guides go off-road to follow their intuition from the sights, sounds and smells that envelop you. When safe, you leap off the vehicle in pursuit of something interesting.

Walking the riverbed from Shindzela camp

Superb walking

Optional walks from camp are a morning activity, or you can get dropped in the bush with your armed guide and tracker to roam farther afield. There is ample opportunity to look at the little things, to observe birds and animals and learn about the bush.

Inspecting a buffalo carcass on foot at Shindzela

The small things

Expect to walk for 2–3 hours. Walking is led by an experienced armed Trails Guide with a maximum of 8 guests. The emphasis during drives and walks is on understanding the environment, tracking and viewing animals in their natural surroundings.

Shindzela lion on drive

Saffa hospitality

Shindzela is much loved by staff and visitors alike. The passion and knowledge exhibited by the Guides is unbeaten, even at the most expensive five star Lodges. They pride themselves on offering a relaxed, informal atmosphere: a trademark of genuine South African hospitality.

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Excellent, affordable, authentic
Focus on nature not indulgence
Decent Timbavati traverse of 3,500 ha
Wilderness with few vehicles
Amazing value
Big Five on foot
Camp waterhole
Staff & hospitality
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