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  • I recently returned from my first Safari experience in South Africa. Not only did the Ndtuzi camp experience meet every expectation I had, but it far surpassed them! I give my highest recommendation to anyone seeking a comfortable and exhilarating safari wishing to see a host of animals (including the big 5) and birds with a truly knowledgeable and genuinely caring staff. Brett, Sherie, Don, Bruce and the staff could not have been more accommodating and professional throughout the entire 5 day Safari and stay at Ndtuzi. The vast knowledge of every animal, bird and plant that our guide Brett presented was only surpassed by his ability to track them down. The landscape allowed for breathtaking views high above rivers and made for some amazing photo opportunities. Getting close to the animals was an absolute thrill and a feeling that I will remember for a long time to come. I will not soon forget the elephants, lions, wildebeests, rhinos, giraffes, cape buffalo, antelope, water buck, hippos, zebras, and birds too numerous to count that we encountered during our safari. We loved it so much that we decided to extend our trip an extra day, just so we didn't miss a thing. Sherie made delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner that gave the experience a wonderful touch of home cooking. The entire experience was made even better by the comfortable atmosphere and friendships that we developed with our guide Brett and cook Sherie; I could not imagine that a better Safari experience is possible than my experience at Ndzuti, an experience of a lifetime and one that I will always cherish!
    - Johnathan Yudt USA
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Game Lodges

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Location: Limpopo
Brief overview: Tented safari accommodation in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve for an affordable big 5 safari.
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp


For a budget Timbavati Safari the ideal destination is the tented safari camp; Shindzela in the south of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. This charming tented safari camp has capacity for just twelve guests in six en-suite tents laid out upon an open plain under few shady trees along side a dry river bed. For anyone travelling on a budget this camp will delight and fulfil a lifelong dream of a Timbavati Safari.

At Shindzela Tented Camp the accommodation is in en-suite tents under a thatched covering ensuring that the tents are cool inside, even in summer.  The tents are erected on wooden decks and have a small shady porch out the front. The interior has two ¾ sized beds with fine linen and scatter cushions. The camp is lit by solar power and there is a lantern in the tent and one in the en suite bathroom where there is a toilet shower and wash hand basin. The hot showers are powered by gas geysers. Shindzela Tented Camp is not fenced and often has nocturnal visitors making the en suite facilities a must.

Shindzela has a tented dining room where the gracious Gerti serves traditional bush cuisine with natural flair and hospitality. This budget Timbavati safari serves three hearty meals each day and tea and coffee is constantly available. In the centre of the camp is an open area where a fire is lit every evening and chairs laid out for pre-dinner drinks for some lively discussion about the sightings of the day. Drinks are available from chest freezer honesty bar in the dinning tent. Shindzela has a swimming pool in the centre of the camp with sun lounges for long summer days of bushveld bliss.

 Dusk and dawn game drive in open safari vehicle set off into a large private concession of Timbavati where you are most unlikely to encounter another vehicle. Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is now open to the Kruger Park in what is termed the Greater Kruger Park a vast unfenced wilderness. This allows the animals free movement all the way from Timbavati on the west to Mozambique in the east in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Game is plentiful in the Timbavati making this an affordable big 5 safari for budget travellers.


ZAR 1650 per person per night shareing (1 March-30 April) ZAR 2200 single.
ZAR 1500 per person per night shareing (1 May- 31 July) ZAR 2050 single.
ZAR 1525 per person per night shareing (1 Aug-31 Dec) ZAR 2250 single.

This offer includes

  • Accommodation in en-suite safari tents, all meals, teas/coffees and morning and evening game drives or  guided walks.





This offer excludes

  • Conservation levy of Timbavati Game Reserve at ZAR 160 per person once off.
  • Road levy of ZAR 120 per vehicle once off.
  • Drinks.
  • Optional return shuttle from Johannesburg/Pretoria at ZAR 870 per person one way.