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  • Thank you more particularly for arranging my trip to nDzuti, at such short notice and against all the odds of stolen passport and therefore also no currency exchange! I did so appreciate the utter trust you placed in me when you paid for the entire trip yourself! I hope you did not have a sleepless night! In recommending nDzuti I think you interpreted my wishes exactly! The style of the place suited me perfectly and it was the most marvellous experience. The facilities, as you will have found, were fairly basic but quite adequate for a comfortable stay. Brett and Sherie were welcoming and hospitable. Sherie supplied plenty of nourishing food for breakfast, lunch and supper in a friendly, homely fashion. Brett was a great guide on our safari drives. The lodge was full for the first night, including a lively and talkative family group, but when they departed midday on Monday it was then calm and peaceful, with just a young couple and myself, and it was a real joy to be in the midst of the vastness of the bush with no other people within sight or sound! The wildlife, apart from fairly ubiquitous impala, was somewhat scarce (not that I have any measure of experience to go by!) but I liked the feeling that there was no guarantee of seeing game that was free to roam far and wide. Sometimes fleeting glimpses were all the more exciting for being so brief! We did get very good viewings as well! On the first evening we saw quite a wide range of wildlife, including a close-up of a very large rhino who was not in any hurry! On the way home in the dark we came across a lioness with two 6 week old cubs (what a great guide we had!). I was amazed how unperturbed she was by our presence and was moving in a very leisurely way, so we had extremely good viewing. Brett found them again the following evening, just as relaxed, with the cubs playing within yards of the landrover - fantastic! Talking of lions, that same evening, as we relaxed after supper, Brett heard a couple of lions roaring some distance away and said "Let's go and find them!" - so he did, and in the spotlight we saw two fine males unhurriedly patrolling their territory. Again they were totally unfazed by our presence, stopping for a scratch and a lie down. While the lights were turned off to conserve batteries, a roar from a far distant lion prompted a response from our two, and their roaring just a few yards from us in the darkness was a spine-tingling experience! We spent some time tracking a leopard which was stalking impala and which Brett was determined to find, but we had to be content with leopard tracks! Elephant were unusually elusive and it was only on the final morning that Brett located a fine 25 year old male after hearing a solitary trumpet from across the river, so I did see all the big five except the leopard. Together with sightings of many other mammals, birds and reptiles as well as the bush, the scenery and stunning panoramic views it was a wonderful and memorable safari trip! Some people might want slightly more sophisticated accommodation and cuisine but the style of nDzuti in the hands of Brett and Sherie suited me very well. With many thanks for your excellent arrangements of my safari trip, best wishes, Gervase.
    - Gervase .UK
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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.
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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Overview

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.

Rates

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.
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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.