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Camp Shawu, is an intimate satellite camp of the main Lodge at Shishangeni Private Game Lodge, which has been named in memory of one of the magnificent elephant tuskers of yesteryear, whose left tusk length of 317 cm is the longest on record for a bull in the Kruger National Park.

Shawu was a large bull, with a shoulder height of over 3.4 metres.  With the perennial cool waters of the Crocodile River as his permanent supply of water, he was regularly sighted in the area, until he died of old age in 1982.

Explore Africa’s wildlife in and around Camp Shawu.  Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, cheetah, hippo and crocodile abound.  You will return restored and rejuvenated - having absorbed the magical energy and spiritual presence inherent in the bush.

Accommodation at Camp Shawu
Situated in the 15,000 hectare southern eastern tip of the Mpanamana private concession area, this uniquely designed camp comprises only five rooms, each with private decks overlooking the only dam and permanent water supply in the area.

The Camp can accommodate 10 guests in 5 very large rooms overlooking the Mpanamana dam.

Authentically constructed dung walls on the outside, combined with canvas on the inside and completed by the shaggy style thatching, each very large room is luxuriously equipped with romantic ball and claw bath, mini bar, sitting room facing an open fireplace, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, outside shower and paints the perfect picture of past colonial times.

Activities & Facilities
The central area consists of a main lounge, indoor and outdoor dining area as well as a splash pool.  Daily menus are designed around guest desires and private meals can also be taken on the private decks, under the star studded African skies.  Personal service and attention to detail are the hallmarks of this camp.

A large veranda with reclining chairs is the perfect spot from which to watch the game come to drink, which includes large herds of elephant. Game drives in open four wheel drive vehicles are taken twice a day, with the possibility of guided walks an option for the more adventurous.

Guests are collected from the main camp at Shishangeni Private Game Lodge and transferred to Camp Shawu in open vehicles, which is the perfect start to your safari as you journey deep into the African bush, leaving all the hussle, bussle and stresses behind.  The camp is in constant radio contact with the main camp in case of emergency, but there are no other telephone or communication facilities available.

Following in the large footprints of Shawu is the current largest tusker in the Kruger, known as Duke.  Offering a unique photographic opportunity, he is very often seen around the Camp, as if he too has come to pay homage to the legendary Shawu.

Rooms and Units Available:

Large Luxury Rooms

The above rate includes 15% VAT, 1% tourism levy, breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 game drive activities, snacks and beverages in the park, wifi at Shishangeni Main Lodge and parking.

Rates excludes transfers, SANParks gate entrance fees, meals other than specified, drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Shishangeni Lodge takes no responsibility for the fees of a client’s passport validity, visa, travel permits, travel insurance, health certificates, inoculations and any other documentation required for the trip.

Amount of similar units: 5
Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 children

Facilities & Services available:

Honeymoon Couples
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Parking (off-street - open)

Cancellation Policy:

-  Cancellations received 45 to 30 days prior to arrival will forfeit 25% deposit.
-  Cancellations received 29 to 15 days prior to arrival will forfeit 50% deposit.
-  Cancellations received 14 to 01 day prior to arrival will forfeit 100%.


Drive through the town of Komatipoort towards Crocodile Bridge gate (8 km). Once inside the Kruger National Park, travel for 4 km and cross the Vurhami bridge. Turn right at the first Shishangeni Lodge sign board onto a gravel road. Turn right at the second sign board for Shishangeni Lodge (no entry sign). Drive for about another 10 km. This road will take you straight to the lodge.

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  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge
  • Minimum stay: 1 Day/s
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM