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Ways to get to Shindzela

Shindzela Tented Camp can be reached by road from the direction of Hoedspruit town, Hoedspruit airport, the city of Nelspruit or Orpen Gate in the Kruger National Park.  For enquiries phone the camp at +27 82 307 9493

Fly In

Fly to one of our nearest airports, Eastgate airport in Hoedspruit, KMIA in Nelspruit or to Phalaborwa Airport or make use of private charter companies, flying directly to Thabamati Airstrip from Johannesburg. 

Drive In

Many guests travel to us on a self-drive basis. It is easy to get to us as long as you follow our written travelling directions.


Travel with a trusted daily shuttle bus service, which leaves ORT (Johannesburg) at 06:45 every day.

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For all your Flight needs:

The nearest Airports to Shindzela, don’t forget to book your transfer with us:

  • Eastgate Airport
    Just outside Hoedspruit, in the eastern reaches of South Africa’s Limpopo Province lies the Hoedspruit Airport, your gateway to the heartland of the country’s abundant wildlife.  Approximately 1.5 hours drive from Thabamati.  

  • KMIA
    Also referred to as KMI Airport located in Mbombela (Nelspruit) which is the gateway to the world’s most iconic game reserve, the Kruger National Park.  Approximately 3.5 hours drive from Thabamati.

  • OR Tambo
    O.R. Tambo International Airport, previously Johannesburg International Airport, is the main airport serving South Africa. This Airport is Africa’s biggest and busiest airport.  Approximately 6.5 hours drive from Shindzela.

Airplane and Red Carpet

Fancy driving or taking a shuttle?  Travel by road

Self Drive

Many guests travel to us on a self-drive basis. It is easy to get to us as long as you follow our written travelling directions (ask your agent or Shindzela reservations to send these to you).


When travelling to Shindzela between the months of September and April, it would be better to hire a 2×4 or 4×4 high-clearance vehicle, as this period is our rainy season. In our winter months (May-Aug) a normal sedan will get to us perfectly fine.

Remember ALWAYS enquire about our self-drive directions to camp.  We do not recommend following the GPS/SATNAV because it will lead you on the wrong roads.

Swift Kruger Shuttles

SWIFT Kruger Shuttles commenced operations in September 2020 and since then we have established ourselves as a highly reputable ground operator offering our clients superior service that is Safe, Reliable, and Affordable.

As an owner-operated and managed company, we ensure that we are involved in all processes and guest interactions from beginning to end. Our team is highly experienced, active and dynamic whose enthusiasm for service excellence is evident in our warm greetings and friendly smiles. Our returning international and local guests are a testament to our high standards and service excellence.

Our scheduled shuttle services between Pretoria, OR Tambo Airport and the Greater Kruger & Lowveld regions have transferred more than 1500 passengers to date.


If you are self-driving, please allow adequate time to reach Shindzela – you must be in camp by latest 14:00.  We serve lunch around 14:00 and our game drive goes out by 15:30/16:00/16:30 (depending on the season); if you are late, you will miss out on your first safari.


When driving from any Kruger camp in the Kruger National Park, please remember that there is no direct access to Shindzela from within the Kruger. You will have to exit the Kruger Park at any of their gates and enter through the Timbavati Gate/Enkhulu Gate.


There is no access to the Timbavati Reserve from Kruger’s Orpen Gate (although it looks that way on a map or GPS), so you do need to go back to the main R40 road and then turn off to pass the Eastgate Airport to get to the main gate to the Timbavati.  Allow 2 hours to drive from Orpen Gate to Shindzela.

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