Shindzela Tented Camp Tag

DSCN3200 It has been a great couple of months at Shindzela Tented Camp! We had loads of big elephant herds coming down for a drink out of the dry river bed, digging for fresh water just a few centimeters beneath the soft river sand… a sight you won’t forget, young and old big and small! We have been lucky with the lions too. 4 male lions killed a buffalo, about 200 meters away from the camp. For about 3 nights we had lions walking into camp for drink out of the swimming pool. 5 days later we found the same males on another buffalo kill again (we would say that they have mastered hunting buffalo). DSCN4207

Some good action taking place in and around camp that gets your adrenaline flowing!

To start off: Frequent sightings of large herds of elephants grouping together to have drink at the small watering hole in from of camp.

Watching them play & dig for water in the riverbed, hearing the deep rumblings and loud trumpeting while scrambling for a spot to drink! Untitled-1At night the calls of the spotted hyena, side stripped jackal and leopard while sitting around the camp fire, takes you to another place, and you think - this is AFRICA! When lying in bed listing to the rustling of the house Honey badgers saying hello! What more could you want? One early morning around 04h00am the silence of the bushveld night was broken when a pack of wild dogs pulled down and killed an impala about 10 meters in front of one of our tents, the hyena’s heard the racket and they came in charging and laughing /growling and took the meal from the wild dogs! A few weeks after the wild dog vs Hyena evening, we had a heard of buffalo drinking at the small watering hole in front of camp.


We are fortunate to have a large dam close to Shindzela, and during summer months we often witness elephants thoroughly enjoying themselves in the water. It is fascinating to watch them play and swim.

With the heavy rains we had during January, the dam is still rather full and deep, so the elephants are often completely submerged. It is amazing to see just the tip of a trunk sticking out of the water.