These rates are valid until October 2014


Please email reservations on if you require costings for transport valid for 2015.


There are daily flights from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Eastgate airport, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) and Phalaborwa. For flights schedules with South African Airways, please see


On arrival at either of these airports, you will need to book an airport transfer:
Hoedspruit airport / Shindzela: 1 hr 15 minutes private transfers
Nelspruit (KMIA Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport) / Shindzela: 3 hrs 15 mins Shuttle/Private Transfer
Phalaborwa / Shindzela: 2h15 mins private transfer
Johannesburg / Shindzela 6 / 6.5 hrs Shuttle / Private transfer


Airport transfer rates, valid until 31 December 2014
Rates are per person, one way and include the Timbavati Reserve Vehicle Fee, but NOT the Timbavati Conservation Levy.


Hoedspruit / Shindzela

R 880.00 single
R 480.00 per person, 2 guests
R 425.00 per person, 3 guests
R 305.00 per person, 4 or more guests


KMIA / Shindzela R1250.00 per single

R 850.00 per person, 2 guests
R 795.00 per person, 3 guests
R 680.00 per person, 4 or more guests


OR Tambo / Shindzela R 1540.00 single

R 1120.00 per person, 2 guests
R 980.00 per person, 3 guests
R 925.00 per person, 4 or more guests


Shindzela sub contracts airport transfers to a local transfer company. There are no shuttle transfers travelling from Hoedspruit airport to Shindzela. The shuttle service only operates from Johannesburg and or KMIA to Shindzela. Please see below timings and locations for all the shuttle services.


Timbavati Game Reserve entrance fees:


Your airport transfers do include the Timbavati Vehicle Entry fee, but not the Timbavati Conservation Levy of R 180.00 per person per stay. This Conservation Levy is payable in cash on arrival at Shindzela Camp. This Conservation Levy is a once off fee, not a per night feeÖ Reserve fees are subject to change without notice.


Self drive:


Many guests of Shindzela travel on a self drive basis. The camp can be reached by self drive in a sedan (but sometimes takes some careful driving!) Please ALWAYS request our self drive directions ñ you need these in order to find Shindzela in the Timbavati. We do not recommend following GPS once within the reserve, as this will take you on the wrong roads.


IMPORTANT: If you are self-driving, please allow adequate time to get to Shindzela ñ you must be in camp by latest 15h00-15h30. Our game drive goes out by 16h00; if you are late, we unfortunately cannot send the game drive back to fetch you from camp  – this disrupts others guests’ game sightings and afternoon game drive.


Many guests drive from the Kruger to Shindzela again, it is imperative that you work out your driving time in the Kruger. If you are coming out of the Kruger at Orpen Gate, please make sure you exit the Park at Orpen by 12h00, otherwise you will not reach our camp in time. There is NO access to the Timbavati Reserve from the Kruger Orpen Gate (although it looks that way on a map or GPS), so you do need to come back to the main R40 road and then past the Hoedspruit Airport to get to the Timbavati. Allow 2 hours to drive from Orpen Gate to Shindzela.


Distances: Please remember that although distances in the area (especially within Kruger and the Timbavati) may not look vast, your driving time is slow in most cases – probably about 25 km/hr, so the time spent travelling can add up. You also need to allow extra time to stop at sightings, and travel slowly on dirt / gravel roads.


There is an OR Tambo Johannesburg airport / Timbavati daily scheduled shuttle road transfer service. This is a scheduled transfer, so guests will travel with other visitors.


This service departs at 06h45 – 07h15 on a daily basis from the Bus Terminal Building (on the chairs provided at the Magic Bus office) at OR Tambo Johannesburg Airport. Shuttle drivers will collect clients from this point; you will see the branded vehicle pull up outside if they arrive early. To get to the Bus Terminal Building, follow the overhead signboards through the airport stating ‘Transport’, ‘Car Rental’ or ‘Bus Terminal’ or ask at the Information Desk for directions. It is located in close proximity to both the Car Rental Building and the Intercontinental Hotel at OR Tambo. If you are lost please call us on 082 045 7864.

Travelling time from Johannesburg is about 6 – 6.5 hours. Please note that guests must overnight in Johannesburg the night before and make their own way to the airport for the pickup. The shuttle service can also collect you from the following airport hotels: The Safari Club, City Lodge, OR Tambo, Road Lodge OR Tambo, Holiday Inn Garden Court OR Tambo, Emperors Palace, Airport Grand, Peermont Hotels OR Tambo.


On the return transfer, the shuttle should arrive at the O R Tambo airport by 18h30/19h00. Please make sure you book late connecting flights. IMPORTANT: This is a shuttle transfer and will leave promptly, so if you are not there at the appointed time, the shuttle will depart.
All of the transfer services can be booked directly with Shindzela, and we can add the costs to your Accommodation invoice, so that you are not making separate payments.




From the Paul Kruger Gate travel in to Hazyview, turning RIGHT on to the R40. Travel past the Perry’s Bridge Centre on your LHS. Continue straight through the 3 way STOP and follow the R40 to Bushbuckridge. Travel straight through Bushbuckridge, continuing on the R40 to Acornhoek. Travel past Acornhoek, still staying on the R40. Pass the RHS turning to the Kruger Orpen gate (do not take this turning). Just a couple of kilometres ahead, turn right (still on the R40) in the direction of Phalaborwa / Hoedspruit. Follow this road for about 20 minutes; take the turning to the Right marked Timbavati / Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. Travel through the Guernsey Control Gate (first green gate).


Continue to travel along this road, past the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport and past Kapama Game Reserve. Continue, until you reach the Timbavati Game Reserve entrance gate (A large thatch structure) It is here that you pay your vehicle entry fee of R140.00


From the Timbavati gate, travel about 12/13 km’s, and turn right (big rock structure on your left, follow sign to Ngala/Jonniesdale) following pointers to JONNIESDALE / NGALA. Continue along this dirt road for about another 6 or 7 kilometers, and at a 4 way junction, turn LEFT, following the JONNIESDALE / NGALA pointers. Continue straight on this road, and at approximately 6km’s further, you must follow the signs to NGALA Private Game Reserve (ignore the Jonniesdale sign at this point). At the next NGALA sign, follow the sign for NGALA DELIVERIES to the right, you will also see a Shindzela sign. 400 meters further you will see another NGALA sign – stay on the right hand side, you will see the SHINDZELA sign and turn right here. Drive through the riverbed and continue straight with the airfield running parallel on your LHS. Take the Shindzela right turning.


Continue to follow SHINDZELA signs. Pass a old camp with white rondawels/huts, turn left, and continue to Shindzela Bush Camp. If you are lost, or have any queries, please call on 082 307 9493 / 087 943 6442. Driving time from the Timbavati gate to Shindzela on the dirt road is about 50 min drive. Driving time from Johannesburg to the Timbavati gate is approximately 6 hours. (For timing purposes, try and be at the Timbavati Entrance gate by 13h30) Entrance fees: At the entrance to the Timbavati Reserve, please pay your entrance fees in cash: R140 per vehicle. On arrival in camp, you will need to settle the Timbavati Conservation Fee of R180 per person (cash/credit card). Keep your vehicle permit, as the lodge will have to stamp it for you when you leave. Once in the Timbavati, speed is limited to maximum 50 km’s an hour.





Check in at camp is strictly after 13h00 and before 15h00. However if you do arrive in camp later than 15h00 you will unfortunately miss your first afternoon safari.  Shindzela is a wilderness camp and does not operate with a large staff compliment. We really do not want you to arrive in camp when it is getting dark, or get lost driving in the Reserve when it is dark. If you are going to be late due to unforeseen circumstances, please let us know on 082 307 9493 / 087 943 6442. THANK YOU

Once you enter the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, please do not at any moment step out of your vehicle, should you get stuck please wait in your vehicle for a Shindzela staff member to come and assist you.  We are aware of your arrival and therefore will come looking should you not arrive on said time.