Location of Shingwedzi Rest Camp
Shingwedzi Camp is tucked away in a broad bend of the Shingwedzi River where many of its tributaries converge. The nearest gate is Punda Maria gate. Johannesburg is a 5 hours drive from the entrance gate.
Shingwedzi Camp can be reached by either road or air. If traveling by car, enter the Punda Maria Gate, which is just over 5 hours traveling distance from Johannesburg. Am alternative is to fly in to the Phalaborwa Kruger National Park, South Africa Gateway where you can hire your own vehicle.
Transportation routes and times from Johannesburg/Pretoria:
Punda Maria Gate:Take the N1 to Polokwane (Pietersburg), at Makhado (Louis Trichard) link up with the R524. Follow this route for ±140 kilometres (87 miles) and that will take you to the gate. Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate.
Shingwedzi Main Rest Camp is 71 kilometres (44 miles) away from the gate. Allow about 3 hours for the drive to the camp, however, if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities, give yourself more time.
Read more about game viewing routes around Shingwedzi
Kruger National Park, South Africa is in a summer rainfall area. Such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often balmy. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.
The camp itself is in riverine vegetation with large trees along the river edge in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Immediately adjacent to the river are alluvial planes created by centuries of flooding. There is thus less dense vegetation and sparser grass.
Transvaal mustard trees and weeping boer-bean are prominent, and sausage tree, Natal mahogany, and brack thorn should also be seen. As one moves away from the river the vegetation changes to Mopane shrub punctuated by apple-leaf.