Big 5 Game viewing

Imagine taking in a magnificent sunset whilst you capture the moment of a pride of lions stalking their prey or possibly watching a buffalo or elephant strolling to a water hole. The rhino, with its extraordinary horns and bad temper or the leopard with its remarkable speed and skill to hunt. Many visitors to South Africa regard their trip as being incomplete without having spotted and photographed the Big 5.

Sansctuary Spa

Guests staying at any one of the three camps can book a range of relaxation massages at each of the camps. The lodges have a team of therapists that offer treatments including Aromatherapy Massages, Indian Head Massages and Foot Massages. The treatments can be done in the privacy of one's bedroom or on the room balconies.


Drinks in the bush

Shishangeni is legendary when it comes to experiencing unforgettable African safaris that evoke mystery, wonder and above all else, adventure!.

Stop in the bush for a coffee break or sundowner drink for an unforgettable bush experience whilst enjoying an early morning or late afternoon game drive in search of the 'Big 5'.

Boma Dinner Experience

Shishangeni is legendary when it comes to experiencing unforgettable African safaris that evoke mystery, wonder and above all else, adventure!.

Enjoy early morning or late afternoon game drives in search of the 'Big 5' with an expert guide. Afterwards, return to camp to share your stories while you dine on traditional cuisine around a roaring boma fire under the stars of the African sky. Enjoy vivid storytelling by the local community including rituals that are still enacted today.


The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. On this photo safari you will have the opportunity to explore and photograph Africa’s Big 5 from a private game viewing vehicle just meters away from Africa's most magnificent animals, in a 15000 hectare private concession.

Bird Watching

The Kruger National Park is home to more than 500 species of birds. Many of these are migratory birds like the African Hoepoe. This is also the home of the Giant Eagle Owl, the Largest of all the Owls. Birds to spot include Kingfishers, Storks, Shrikes, Weavers, Herons, Eagles, Vultures, Kites and many more. With such a variety of species of birds this truly is a bird watching haven.

What our guests say

Guest Book

  • This is without a doubt, one of the best places I have ever been! The rooms are absolutely beautiful and clean with a personal touch everyday. If you want true African bush and to see animals of every kind…this is the place for you!
    Ashleigh K - South Africa
  • I was here for two nights, considering that you are in the middle of nowhere I think is very good. The room was always clean with a good Air conditioner. Staff were very friendly. Free internet from the lobby area is a plus when you are so far from home.
    Danielvilla - Mexico City
  • The room was wide, well decorated, very clean. The Game drives were well guided, it was easy to find the big five or other interesting animals like cheetah and wild dogs. The staff were the most friendly I ever met (and I've been in more than 100 hotels in the past few years).
    PriBruno - Houston
  • Camp Shawu was fantastic! We were originally only booked to stay for a night, but had to stay for another we enjoyed it so much! Being on the large waterhole enabled us to laze between game drives watching the young hippo frolicking and older ones lolling around in the water, fish eagles fishing, large herds of buffalo come down to drink (close to 500 I think) with elephant, hyena, lion, assortment of buck , zebra, rhino's which was wonderful considering they are near extinction now due to being poached.
    MikeGray - Mauritius
  • Game drives are the highlight of our entire SA trip! The path way walks in clear sky is just an experience of it's own. We loved the cottage at the first sight itself! Very spacious and clean. Full of privacy! The open shower and tub is a unique experience! This place is really amazing to stay relax and enjoy the serene nature. This place is the most memorable place in our trip! Thank you all of you guys for the wonderful service!
    Qrio - Bangalore


No. The lodge is accessible with any vehicle

While we cannot guarantee you will see the BIG 5, the chances are very high

All guests need to be through the main gates before the standard closure time of 17h30. No late entries will be allowed into Shishangeni Private camps after 17h30

Contact Us

Shishangeni Private Lodge
T: +27 (0)13 735 3300
F: +27 (0)13 735 3330
E: reservations@shishangeni.com

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