Shimuwini is a Shangaan word meaning "The place of the Baobab".
Shimuwini (Bushveld Camp) - Kruger Park is situated on the upper reaches of the Shimuwini Dam in the Letaba River about 50 km from the Phalaborwa Gate on the Mooiplaas Road. The surrounding vegetation is predominantly Mopane, but the Letaba river is lined with large trees, including the very large Baobab.
There are 15 family cottages spread out in a long, well-spaced line along the Shimuwini Dam with lovely views over the water, and a chance of seeing game on the far bank, and waterbirds, crocodiles as well as hippo in the dam.
The camp can accommodate a maximum of 71 visitors.
The Shimuwini Dam does not dry up during the dry season. The bird hide on the bank of the Shimuwini Dam is worth visiting.
Accommodation at Shimuwini (Bushveld Camp) - Kruger Park
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.
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.
Accommodation at Shimuwini Bushveld Camp caters to a variety of guest requirements and is well suited for those Guests who are looking for a self-catering bushveld experience.
The nearest shops are in the Letaba and Mopani restcamps.
Units are serviced daily and bedding, towels and soap are provided.
Facilities at Shimuwini (Bushveld Camp) - Kruger Park
- 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.
- Each accommodation unit has its own braai (barbecue) facilities
- Bird Hide (in camp)
- Boma a communal braai (barbeque) area in camp
- Swimming pool situated at boma.
- No ATM facility available
- No electricity (plug points) available for appliances in units. (Limited availability to recharge small electrical items like laptops; torches; cell phones and toothbrushes at Reception)
1. Accommodation rates do not include Conservation Fees which are payable at the entrance gates.
2. Please ensure that you are familiar with the Rules & Regulations of National Parks before making a booking.
Kruger Park Access Information:
It is important to read more about the upgrade on the access control system for the Kruger National Park.
Regulations when Exiting the Park:
In order to improve overall controls some changes have been made to the check-out process at camps in the Kruger National Park and your assistance and co-operation is kindly requested in this regard.
Guests are reminded that only guests with valid exit permits will be allowed to exit the park. For day visitors these are issued upon entry at gates and for overnight guests these are issued by the last camp on the guest itinerary.
The Bird Hide offers great opportunity of getting a closer look at the birdlife on the Shimuwini Dam. From April through to August, is a good time as well for game viewing from the hide, looking over to the far bank.
Morning bush walks - Duration is about 3 hours. The dress is comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Clients are to take their own drinks and snacks with.
Sundowner drive/walk - These drives leave in the late afternoon. You are taken out on an 8km drive, where they stop for sundowners and a short 2/3 km walk. You are then brought back to the camp for a a night drive.
Morning and night game drives.
From Johannesburg / Pretoria to Palaborwa Gate:
Take the N1 toll-road to Polokwane (Pietersburg). 40 km before Polokwane turn right onto the R71 and head for Tzaneen. After Tzaneen head towards Phalaborwa and the gate.
Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip to the gate.
Shimuwini is approximately 40 km away from the gate. Allow about 2 hours for the drive to the camp.