<strong>Shindzela game lodge</strong> is Eco-friendly, affordable and relaxing in the <strong>Timbavati Game Reserve</strong>

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Shindzela Tented Camp  

Shindzela is situated on a private concession area (approx. 6500ha) within the Timbavati Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. This means there are no fences between the areas traversed by our guides and the Kruger National Park!

The Timbavati Game Reserve shares a common unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Parkallowing animal’s free range and ensuring that guests have an opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that South Africa has to offer. Timbavati Reseve covers an area of 53,392 hectares.

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp is 3 star Eco-friendly game lodge,the property enjoys a prime location within the Timbavati. The camp Offers an affordable wildlife safari in an unbeatable wildlife destination of Africa; guests explore the wilderness during their safari drives in open safari vehicles as well as during the thrilling walking safaris. Affordable and relaxing offeing a great safari experience and great value for money. Shindzela is named after the honey badger in the Shangaan language

We know how important our planet is, therefore we are proud to say that Shindzela Tented Safari Camp is very much an Eco-Friendly camp, making use of solar power and gas energy! This means, that you won’t find a power outlet in your tent, rather a charging station in the main area, where you can recharge your batteries for that perfect picture!

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp rangers drive specially designed safari vehicles which are allowed off-road following (with a respectful distance) any of the Big five animals that you may encounter. The Timbavati Reserve offers an array of different types of vegetations, bird and animal life! ensuring you get exclusive and intimate game viewing opportunities.


The camp can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests in total, (8 safari tents) where you will be treated with our warm South African hospitality, a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy and soak up the true African wilderness,

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

In a bygone era, safari was all about the sights, sounds and smells of Africa. Get a hold of this authentic feeling when you sleep under canvas. Each of the canvas tents at Shindzela Tented Camp has a thatch grass roof, to keep you cool in the African heat and cosy in the winter. Tents are built on wooden decks and come with a private veranda. Six of the eight tents have a view at the waterhole across the camp. Tent number seven and eight are more remote and slightly further from the main area, overlooking the dry riverbed. Your room has everything you need: mosquito nets, comfortable beds with fresh linen, moisturizing South African-made amenities (like body lotion, body wash and insect repellent), and a private en-suite bathroom with hot shower and soft towels. All tents are equipped with eco friendly solar lighting. And talk about reconnecting with nature: the tents don’t have electrical outlets. But no worries: there is a charging station in the main area. As is a WiFi connection, although you might feel like switching off – not just your devices - for a while.

Shindzela’s layout encompasses of an open-plan lounge, dining room (breakfast and lunch served here) bar area overlooking a dry river bed and a small watering hole where animals flock for a drink of water during the hot summer days. We also have a small swimming pool where you can enjoy your book or just stare out into the bush. Open-air boma where we serve dinner (weather permitting). All drinks are excluded in your accommodation rate, you can just ask any of the Shindzela staff members to assist you with ordering a drink and we then add this to your tent number, which you can settle upon departure

Don’t expect a pretentious, bloated menu: the meals are simply packed with flavour, fresh vegetables, fruit and a lot of love from the chefs. Enjoy an English breakfast, tasty cottages pies, quiches, traditional African BBQ or lamb potjie (lamb stew) and definitely try the Shindzela-style pizza. If you are seeking wholesome food in a genuine safari setting, don’t look any further.


The view from a tent at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp looking out towards the waterhole

Lodge Facilities

Main lodge area Please feel free to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature on the deck overlooking the bush and a waterhole.

Swimming pool The swimming pool is situated adjacent to the bar / dining area. Sun loungers and swimming towels have been placed at the poolside for your convenience.

Enjoying the lodge

Shindzela offers....

  • Located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve & Greater Kruger National Park set in one of the best game-watching regions of Africa
  • Simple, comfortable and affordable bush camp
  • An authentic African safari experience
  • Unfenced, natural wilderness environment with Safari drives and walking safari trails
  • Easy access by road and air

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Safari activities

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp offers a truly authentic safari experience.

  • Game drives Shindzela offers two game drives per day in open 4x4 vehicles – one early morning and one late afternoon/early evening. Your guides will endeavor to track the big mammals in the bush, inform you of the insect and plant life and point out some of the 350 bird species in the area. Also be on the lookout for crocodiles and hippo at dams. If you’re fortunate, you may even see wild dog. In addition to big-five animals, we have an array of nocturnal creatures such as bush babies, civets, genets, African wild cat and porcupines.
  • Bush Walks All our walking trails are led by experienced, qualified and armed trails guides. A maximum of 8 guests are allowed on a guided walk. For your safety and enjoyment, should you participate on the game drives or walking trails, please adhere to the safety instructions given by our guides. To partake on this activity, just chat to your guide upon arrival at Camp to arrange this.You need to be able to understand and speak English, be in a good physical condition, need to be between 16yrs and 60yrs

A day at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Game drives are planned for mornings and evenings as this is the time when the animals are most active. The game drives last for about three hours and include a coffee stop for the morning drive and a sun-downer stop in the evening. Shindzela Tented Safari Camp generally adjusts safari times accordingly to the seasons in order to maximise game-viewing opportunities and ensure that guests enjoy a comfortable experience.

  • Summer / Winter
  • 05h00 / 05h30 – Wakeup call
  • 05h30 / 06h00 – Refreshments and snacks on the patio
  • 06h00 / 06h30 – Depart for morning game drive
  • 10h00 / 10h00 – Brunch
  • 11h00 / 11h00 – Departing guests to kindly check out
  • 14h30 / 14h00 – Lunch is available for arriving guests
  • 16h00 / 15h30 – Depart for afternoon game drive
  • 19h30 / 18h30 – Return to camp, time to freshen up or just relax around the fire before dinner starts
  • 19h45 / 19h15 – Pre-dinner drinks
  • 20h00 / 19h30 – Dinner

We suggest that guests arrive in time for lunch on their day of arrival not to miss out on any game drives during their stay.

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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp boma waiting for you to enjoy dinner ther

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