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    Default Kruger: Overnight Hide Shipandani

    We booked the Shipandani hide in Kruger for March 2016 and we are really looking forward to it.

    My question to all of you who have stayed in one of the overnight hides in Kruger: You have any tips and experiences to share? I would really appreciate any input from you!

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    The mattresses they provide are the hell.

    People start coming in really early the next morning,
    so be provided to prepare breakfast somewhere else.

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    The hide is next to a river and March is still in the rainy season, so prepare for plenty of mozzies! Be on the lookout for insects under the mattresses. Other than that, it's a nice experience.

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    Udo: good point! Thank you. 'AMS' (Anti Mozzi Stuff) is always part of our travel gear! But I will make sure that we stock up!

    SouthernDreams: Thanks! I can well imagine that the mattresses are not first class. Since we are on a little camping trip that week, we will have all our gear with us, so we can 're-arrange' the setup for the bedding temporally without too much trouble. I just shouldn't forget the alarm clock then...


    Now probably a silly question: What about flash lights? Did you guys used them in order to see what might be around you? Or is this an absolute no-go?
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    LR,


    A strong flashlight is handy. We once slept there and saw lots of croc eyes during the night in the water in front of the hide, was quite interesting. Like Southern dreams said you must get up early to avoid other visitors in "your" accommodation.
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    Thanks a lot Kallie, much appreciated.
    Since you and SouthernDreams are really 'stressing' on the fact that people will come in early I will make 100% sure that we are ready to leave early in the morning. I am sure I would have not really paid attention to it...It makes perfect sense since Mopane and Tsentze are just around the corner.


    In case other people have any other tips or experiences to share: Please keep them coming! I really appreciate your advise here!
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    Pleasure LR,


    What we also did is to drive to Letaba and we took a quick shower at the camping ablution block since Shipandane has no shower ( obviously if you are driving to Shingwedzi the ablutions there can also be used ) . We only brushed our teeth in some cups and rushed of to Letaba for a shower. Enjoy it, its a very nice experience.
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    Reason for this trip is that we auctioned a 2 night stay at Thorny Hill Lodge. Before we spend the 2 nights at Thorny Hill we will drive up North, stay one night at Pafuri River Camp in order to enter Kruger at Pafuri. Then we will do some 'camp hopping' via Punda, Shingwedzi, Shipandani and Satara before leaving Kruger via Orpen in order to get to Thorny Hills.
    Shipandani was initially not really part of the trip but when 'finger travelling' over the map we came across it and simply said 'lets do it'. Now we are really looking forward to it!
    Thanks for the tip with the shower. The deciding factor on that will be the 'smelling factor' the next morning
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    Default Re: Kruger: Overnight Hide Shipandani

    Revisiting an old thread.

    Is the mattresses really that bad ?

    Are the beds single or double ?

    Must you take own bedding. Does it have a Boma ?

    Do you park inside or outside the hide ?

    Any other tips and tricks ?

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    Default Re: Kruger: Overnight Hide Shipandani

    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    Revisiting an old thread.

    Is the mattresses really that bad ? No but it is not a sealy!

    Are the beds single or double ? Single beds

    Must you take own bedding. Does it have a Boma ? Yes your own bedding or you can rent from Mopani. It has a smallish area at the back where you braai with table/chairs and braai.

    Do you park inside or outside the hide ? Park outside the hide. Best is to make sure you have everything before it turns dark. I walked into a herd of ellies!

    Any other tips and tricks ? Spotlight! warm clothes and malaria meds!

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    Default Re: Kruger: Overnight Hide Shipandani

    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    Revisiting an old thread.

    Is the mattresses really that bad ? No, we did not find them too bad at all.

    Are the beds single or double ? Multiple single fold-down beds

    Must you take own bedding. No. Does it have a Boma ? Yes, there is an enclosure just behind the hide for a braai, eating etc.

    Do you park inside or outside the hide ? Park just outside the hide at the start of the enclosed entrance pathway.

    Any other tips and tricks ? Take a spotlight.

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    Enjoy KNP as if it is your own part of the bush.
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