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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

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f) Safari Tent with en-suite Bathroom  | 8 bedrooms, free WiFi, bed sheets
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
8 bedrooms, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

3.0 star property
Riverfront tentalow in Bushbuckridge with safari and outdoor pool

9.4/10 Exceptional

12 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Restaurant
1 Jonniesdale Farm, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, 1380

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About this area

Getting around

  • Hoedspruit (HDS) - 17.1 miles/27.6 km
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp offers an airport shuttle (available on request) for ZAR 1390 per person one-way. After splashing around at the outdoor pool, you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. Other highlights include a terrace and a garden.


Afrikaans, English, Italian, Zulu

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 8 cabins


  • Check-in time from noon until 2:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 15
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 72 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • Guests driving to the property should contact this property in advance. Safaris must be booked 30 days in advance of arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 15


  • Children (10 years old and younger) are not allowed
  • No cots (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Airport shuttle from noon to 7:00 PM*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast each morning
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Water dispenser

What to do

  • Safari


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities


  • Built in 2009
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • An outdoor pool


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Italian
  • Zulu

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Turndown service
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Furnished patio

Freshen up

  • Partially open bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Airport shuttle transfer per adult: ZAR 1390 (one-way)
  • Resort fee: ZAR 220 per person, per night

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 1390 per person (one-way)
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 4 per cent

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Facility access costs ZAR 220 per person, per night


<p>Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.</p> <p>This property does not have lifts.</p><p>Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher on site.</p> <p> This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly). </p><p>Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.</p> <p>This property accepts credit cards and cash.</p> <p>State tax ID – 4130203856</p>
Property registration number 201320969907

Also known as

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp Lodge Hoedspruit
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp Lodge
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp Hoedspruit
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp Bushbuckridge
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp Safari/Tentalow
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp Safari/Tentalow Bushbuckridge

Frequently asked questions

Is there a pool at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
How much does it cost to stay at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp?
As of 4 February 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp on 5 February 2023 start from €457, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Are pets allowed at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Shindzela Tented Safari Camp?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available from noon to 7:00 PM on request. The charge is ZAR 1390 per person one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp?
You can check in from noon - 2:00 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
What is there to do at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp and nearby?
On-site recreation at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp includes game viewing, a wildlife and game drive and a safari. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the tentalow's other amenities, which include a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Shindzela Tented Safari Camp?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant.
Does Shindzela Tented Safari Camp have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a furnished patio.
What's the area around Shindzela Tented Safari Camp like?
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp is located by the river, a short 1-minute walk from Timbavati Game Reserve.







Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

Back to nature
Shindzela offers the type of safari experience that is sadly dying out, to be replaced by glitzy, costly options that separate visitors from the real bush. Our guide was excellent; calm & professional even when another group was shrieking and whooping (TIP, wild animals prefer quiet). Our tracker was keen-eyed, polite and focussed. The cooking/cleaning staff clearly took pride in their work. I feel Shindzela is excellent value for money and should form a part of many more travellers' trips. It is intimate and honest but not for people who expect a 5 star spa.
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10/10 Exceptional

Animals and seclusion
Absolutely amazing place - great safari location
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10/10 Exceptional

Excellent Bushcamp experience
My wife and I spent 4 nights at Shindzela Tented Bush Camp and were extremely pleased with the experience. From the outset, Carolien was very efficient in providing all requested information before we arrived and the driving directions were faultless. Although having no previous experience of a safari, we chose this because we would be in a small group (8 tents) in a comfortable but basic environment with the focus on learning about the environment and the animals and birds living there. We had 4 morning safari drives, starting at about 5:45 am and 4 evening drives starting at about 3:45pm. Each lasted 3 hours. Andre was our Ranger for the first 6 drives and then Wiann and Raymond (tracker) for the remainder. (We overlapped with another reviewer Alan B). Each Ranger was very knowledgeable and we had a great time in their company. Raymond certainly was a skilled tracker! We were lucky enough to see the Big 5 and multiple times. The encounter with lions and elephants was at very close quarters! Shadrack was the chef de parti and he also showed his comedy side on announcing each meal. The food was wholesome and filling. During the day between drives, we took lunch and relaxed. This trip has been a highlight of our South African tour and is among the best of any of our travel experiences. The Shindzela team have the right balance, we feel, between comforts and being at one with nature. Don’t change anything! (PS Good WiFi signal was a bonus). Thanks, Stuart & Sarah
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10/10 Exceptional

You can't get closer to nature. Great place!
Beautiful place. Friendly well informed staff. The place to go if you want to be close to the bush. In my opinion better than places that cost twice the price. Thumbs up!
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10/10 Exceptional

Authentic safari experience
We had a fantastic 3 day safari in early January 2012. The staff and the service was excellent! We wanted an authentic safari experience and found it perfectly at shindzela. The half tent / half hut give enough creature comforts while allowing you to feel that you are in the midst of the bush! Everything is kept very clean in this very well organized and maintained camp. The staff provide excellent food and create a very relaxed atmosphere that allowed us to get the most from our safari. Morning and evening safaris were mainly in vehicles but with the staff readily organize walking safaris on foot with a a day or two's notice - something hat is well wealth doing! Our guides were extremely experienced and very knowledgable about the flora & fauna. They have managed to avoid a commercial feel and offered us a chance to really feel we were close to nature. Thank you to Mike, Sam & team - you gave us a wonderful experience.
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10/10 Exceptional

trip of a lifetime!
If you want to experience the real Africa, this is the place for you. This was our first trip to Aftrica. The staff make all the difference here. We saw so much in three days and learned so much more, even about the ones we didn't see. The "room" is a tent on a platform with a toilet and hot water showers. The food is outstanding. No electricity, but everything you need. Our travel arrangements from Johannesburg and back were made by the camp and timed perfectly. We thought it was a 'once in a lifetime' trip but we can't wait to go back! The sound of the lions at night, right outside the camp, is not to be missed!
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10/10 Exceptional

Top Class
This is the first time I've bothered to review a hotel but Shindzela is deservign of all the praise it gets. Fantastic experience with great food, safari drives, rangers.... Could not recommend this highly enough.
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6/10 Good

Gut aber nicht günstig
Vorweg muss man sagen: Wir hatten schlechtes Wetter. 20 Grad, Sturm und etwas Regen erwartet man einfach im Sommer nicht. Auf den Games Drives haben wir z.T. gefroren… Aber wir haben Löwen mit Jungen gesehenen, was absolut toll war, und ein Black Rhino, was wirklich sehr selten ist. Aber ansonsten muss ich sagen, dass wir doch von Timbavati Gebiet etwas enttäuscht waren. Wir hatten uns mehr Tiere versprochen… Und dazu kommt, dass das Essen (für den Preis) doch eher „überschaubar“ war (aber für mich wurde auch extra laktosefrei gekocht!). Die Zelte sind sehr dunkel und nicht wirklich gemütlich… aber das darf man bei Zelten i.d.R. auch nicht erwarten. Die Staff war sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit unser Guide und Sam als Tracker waren wirklich klasse und konnte uns viel (neues) über die Natur und die Tiere erzählen. Trotzdem (vielleicht lag es auch am Wetter) waren wir nicht ganz zufrieden – gerade bei dem Preis, der zwar im Vergleich zu anderen Lodges im Timbavati Reserve geringer ist, aber im Vergleich z.B. zu unserem Favorit Tshukudu Bush Camp doch trotzdem deutlich höher liegt. Und natürlich gibt es auch keine Garantie für Tiersichtungen. Vielleicht haben wir einfach Pech gehabt?!
Christian, 2-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

Bien si pas si loin et difficile d'accès
Une horreur pour y arriver! Google map pas à jour qui fait passer pas une route privée que l'on ne peut en fait pas utiliser. Résultat, le camp est à 2h de route de Kruger Orpen gate et non pas 30min! Nous sommes parties de Kruger à 4h30 et nous sommes arrivés à 18h30 au campement après 1h de route de nuit dans le bush à voir des éléphants et des hyènes traverser le chemin de terre sur lequel ns étions. Horrible! Frais supplémentaires à ajouter au prix de la chambre: 140ZAR entrée de la réserve + 400ZAR conservation fees qui n'étaient pas prévu! Mis à part cela, tout était parfait une fois sur place mais il faut réellement arriver avant la nuit.
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8/10 Very good

Muss man erlebt haben.
Unvergleichliche Erlebnisse. Die Tiere, die Atmosphäre, duschen unter freiem Himmel...
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