Situated in a remote, scenic setting along the banks of the Letaba River, Shimuwini is a firm favourite and a Kruger National Park attraction for many visitors.
- Easy access to good Elephant and Buffalo country
- Lovely views over the Letaba River
- Isolated hills in the west are rich in pre-historic artefacts
- Shimuwini is suitable for all year round visits
- Electrical power provided by solar panels
There are 15 family cottages spread out in a long, well-spaced line along the Shimuwini Dam at this Kruger Park camp. Some of the items available in these cottages are cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, a refrigerator, sink and a gas stove.
Each cottage has its own barbecue facilities for guests wanting to cook outdoors at this Kruger Park camp. The refrigerators do not have freezer compartments, but a communal freezer is available at the reception office at Shimuwini Camp.
The accommodation units have solar panels for lights and fans only, and there are no plugs in the units. These lodging cottages are serviced and fresh bedding, towels and soap are provided. There is ample open parking available at this Kruger Park camp.
The nearest shops to Shimuwini Camp are in the Letaba and Mopani restcamps. Shimuwini Camp has a Bird Hide that offers guests the opportunity to get a closer look at the birdlife on the Shimuwini Dam. April through to August is a good time for game viewing from the hide, which looks over to the far bank.
Activities on a suggested itinerary that can be arranged in Kruger Park are morning game drives, night game drives and guided bush walks. Game drives enable you to take part in the activities of Kruger's secretive creatures, in the company of experienced guides and trackers.
Guided bush walks, in the company of trained field guides with backup rifles, take groups of up to 8 people out into the bush for a few hours. Track Rhino, Elephant and Lion on foot and learn and observe fascinating facts about the African bush.
At Shimuwini Camp you can be certain you will see many different animals coming down to drink along the river, within view of Shimuwini Camp.
The indigenous ever present Mopane Tree in the east becomes more mixed with taller trees such as Leadwood, Apple Leaf, Jackalberry and Nyala trees, toward the west.
There are 20 kilometres (12 miles) of road for the exclusive use of residents to this Kruger Park camp. The Shimuwini Dam, does not dry up during the dry season.
Entrance gates and restcamp gates are closed at night, so visitors should ensure that they arrive at the entrance gate in good time to reach this Kruger Park camp before closing time, as no permits will be issued for late arrivals.
Shimuwini is a Shangaan word meaning 'Place of the Baobab' so named because Letaba River is lined with these large trees. Shimuwini Camp is found in the Northern Region, the area ranging southward from the Tropic of Capricorn to the Olifants River.
The sparse, isolated hills in the west are rich in pre-historic artefacts, while the Lebombo Mountains in the east form the natural boundary between Kruger National Park and Mozambique.
Shimuwini Camp Facilities:
- Information at Reception
- Public Telephones
- Basic First Aid Assistance
- The Bird Hide
- There are no electricity plug points in units
- The Lapa - is a communal area available for large group and conferences.
- Mini Shop-stocks basic items such as firewood, ice and Telkom phone cards.