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3 Days Remarkable Timbavati Safari South Africa

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp, Hoedspruit, Maruleng Municipality, Mopani District, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Classic Safari in South Africa

Join Spurwing Tourism Services on a safari vacation in South Africa. This safari will take you to explore Timbavati Game Reserve and its abundant wildlife. Your desire to safari will be fulfilled because you will have two game drives daily which give you more opportunity to see the wildlife of South Africa. If you are tired of game drives, you can change it into a bush walk that will give you another unforgettable experience in South Africa. Come and immerse yourself in the South African wilderness!

Key information

  • Start and end point: Johannesburg
  • Park entrance fees are included.
  • Kruger National Park Conservation Fees are not included (@ ZAR 400.00 per person per day)


  • Twice daily game drives
  • Explore Timbavati Game Reserve
  • A chance to see the Big Five and other wildlife
  • Transportation throughout the safari
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers


3 activity days
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
Airport transfer included: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Environmentally friendly

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp (named after the honey badger in the African Shangaan language) is an authentic tented safari camp nestled within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. It is from here that Shindzela brings you an affordable wildlife safari, where you can explore the African wilderness on game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles and on foot during walking safari trails.

Safari activities are conducted by professional and knowledgeable safari guides. The camp has an informal, relaxed atmosphere, and is alive with warm African hospitality. Shindzela offers guests a greater Kruger wildlife safari in an unfenced wilderness environment. They make use of solar-powered lights and gas geysers (for hot showers).

Shindzela is undisturbed by some of the modern conveniences such as television and preferring to immerse themselves in the African wilderness. Shindzela also has a swimming pool in the camp where guests can relax and overlook a small watering hole. The camp accommodates just 16 guests and offers both walking safaris and game drives twice daily.

Shindzela is a comfortable tented bush camp, set on the banks of a dry riverbed, facing a small watering hole. They offer an authentic African safari experience in an unfenced, private and natural wilderness environment. Their safari tents can either be made up in twin or double bed accommodation. They set on wooden decks under thatch (grass) roofs each with their own en-suite shower, toilet, and hand basin. An upgrade for accommodation changes is also available.


Day 1: Johannesburg

Transportation to Timbavati is operated by a qualified driver who will pick you up in Johannesburg at 06:00 on the morning of your departure. All transfers are done in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle. There are numerous stops along the way for comfort breaks and photo moments.

Upon arriving at Shindzela Tented Safari Camp or similar, you will be greeted by the friendly camp staff and have time to settle in and rest before embarking on the afternoon game drive. Timbavati has a high concentration of wildlife and is known for the predators, especially the cats. Although the Timbavati is a private reserve and is a more exclusive safari experience, it forms part of the Greater Kruger Park with its borders being mainly unfenced with the national park. Late afternoon and into the evenings is a great time to spot wildlife, after which you will make your way to the camp for supper and an opportunity to have a relaxed evening.

Day 2: Kruger Park

You will be greeted with a cup of coffee before heading off for the morning game drive in a 4x4 safari vehicle, hopefully with an opportunity to spot the Big Five waking and roaming in your path. There is an alternative to go on a morning bush walk rather than the drive if you so prefer.

Upon returning from your safari, you will be served a leisurely breakfast and have the remainder of the morning at the camp to catch up on sleep or resting at the pool. Lunch will be served and there will be some more time to unwind before returning for an afternoon/sunset safari drive with your guide. Sunset will be spent in the bush, after which you will be returned to the camp for supper and spend the evening at your leisure.

Day 3: Johannesburg

In the early morning, you will head out for your morning game drive to spot the animals that have been eluding you on your safari experience. You will return to the camp for breakfast and check out, where Spurwing Tourism Services’ driver will be waiting to transfer you back to Johannesburg via Nelspruit.

Note: Afternoon drive / night drive on the first day is subject to flight arrival times.


This safari is set at the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, a concession of the Kruger National Park.


During this safari, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Walking Trails

All walking trails are led by experienced, qualified and armed trails guides. A maximum of 8 guests are allowed on a guided walk. Chat to your guide upon arrival at Camp to arrange a bush walk. If you choose to go on our morning walking trail, please note the following qualifying criteria.

You need to be able to understand and speak English, be in a good physical condition, need to be between 16 and 60 years old, if you are above 60, just chat to your GP to get your medical certificate stating that you are able to walk in the African bush, for approximately 3 hours. The guides will do their utmost best to offer guests sightings of the larger animals, but our walks are more of an educational experience focusing on our amazing fauna and flora.

Game drives

Shindzela offers two game drives per day in open 4 x 4 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. You can choose to substitute one game drive with a morning walking safari that usually lasts for between two and two and a half hours. During summer months the walking safaris may be of shorter duration due to the thicker vegetation and summer heat.

What's included

  • Twice daily game drives in the Timbavati Game Reserve.
  • Optional bushwalks in the Timbavati Game Reserve.
  • Services of a professional safari guide.
  • Entry fees to all areas stipulated.
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
  • 2 nights' accommodation.

What's not included

  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Drinks.
  • Travel insurance and medical repatriation.
  • Services not mentioned in the program.
  • Kruger National Park Conservation Fees @ R 400.00 per person per day.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by aeroplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Spurwing Tourism Services will pick you up from the OR Tambo International Airport. Should guests want to fly in and out of Nelspruit at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP), rather than be transferred from and to Johannesburg, this can be arranged. Should clients fly in for the safari, no panoramic route transfer will be included.

Airport: O. R. Tambo International Airport Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport Airport transfer included: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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This safari is available until October 31, 2020. Please select an arrival date below.

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