Have you ever imagined seeing a whole herd of Elephants out in the African wild? The experience is so amazing putting it into words is near impossible. The Kruger National Park is home to a rich variety of African wild life with some areas being home to some more than others depending on the landscape and vegetation. Shingwedzi Rest Camp is situated along the Shingwedzi River and is home to large herds of Elephants offering a prime location to see the largest land mammal in their natural habit.
During the drier winter months, Shingwedzi offers one of the best game viewing opportunities. This is mainly due to the Shingwedzi River when animals fight over the remaining water pools – residues of the receding river during the winter months. Elephant breeding herds within this area have been commonly seen to reach numbers as high as 50 and 60. Going back in history, some of the Kruger National Park’s biggest tuskers called this area home during the 70’s and 80’s and were coined the Magnificent Seven. It has been recorded that one of these Magnificent Seven, also named Shingwedzi, carried tusks that weighed as much as 47kg and 58kg. He apparently died near the campsite in 1981.
There are game walks available for those seeking the thrill of animal spotting on foot. These guided walks are lead by experienced and skilled trackers and game rangers. There are also day and night drives available where you will have ample opportunity to not only spot herds of elephant but other wildlife including the Lion and Leopard. Shingwedzi Rest Camp is equipped with all the amenities and facilities for a comfortable and luxurious safari holiday. There is a restaurant on site, swimming pool, picnic spots, petrol station and launderette. There is a good mix of accommodation facilities to suit different budgets. There is the luxuriously spacious Guesthouse Rentmeester, with a unique view overlooking the Shingwedzi River to camping facilities for those looking for a more affordable and/or rustic experience.