Sirheni Bushveld Camp
Sirheni Bushveld Camp with its shady trees and comfortable accommodation is situated in the northern, open plains of the Kruger. The Mphongolo River flows past the camp, and this water source combined with the Sirheni Dam and rich grasslands attracts both grazing animals and predators. The camp is in one of the best areas of the Kruger National Park to see various types of wildlife, and the laidback, quiet atmosphere of the camp is the perfect place to recharge your batteries.
Sirheni is the northernmost Kruger Bushveld Camp. The easiest way to get there is to travel to the Punda Maria gate and then drive the 54 km to the camp.
Everyone has their preferences when it comes to the type of accommodation that they want when staying in the Kruger National Park. While many will opt for a bungalow in a rest camp, there are those guests wanting a more rustic and an overall quieter stay in the park. For those guests, there is the bushveld camp. These camps give guests the opportunity to have the rustic without having to carry loads of camping gear with them. Bushveld camps are also pockets of tranquillity, as they are off limits to the day visitor crowds.
Most of the Kruger’s bush camps are in secluded areas throughout the park. Most of the camps have a mini shop from which guests can buy non-perishable goods as well as the basics for making a braai, but guests will have to bring their own meat and vegetables. Before you set off for the park, make sure you have all of the basics. These camps offer more than a fair amount of comfort, but you can always bring along anything else that you might want, such as chargers, hairdryers, etc.
The Sirheni Bushveld Camp is the most northern camp of its kind in the Kruger National Park. The name Sirheni is a Tsonga word for graveyard but don’t be alarmed, the name is a reference to the nearby elephant graveyard. The camp overlooks the plains of mopane veld and visitors are often awakened in the early hours of the morning to the sounds of lions and hyenas eating at a kill near the Mphongolo River or the Sirheni Dam, both of which are in viewing distance of the camp.
One of the biggest attractions to the camp is that the camp fence is known to provide some of the best views as it gives guests the opportunity to get very close to the wildlife. The camp has a bird hide and apart from game drives and sitting in the hide, guests can also book a one of a kind bushwalk or night drive.
The camp is a completely private one, which means it is always quiet and without the day visitors who frequent the park. This makes it the ultimate destination for anyone looking for a relaxing break. When staying here, keep a look out for the resident leopard which can often be seen getting a drink from the nearby dam.
Sirheni is a place of utter peace and quiet. Guests can look forward to superb wildlife viewing while staying here.
Sirheni has 2 styles of accommodation and the camp is powered by solar energy. There are no plugs in the units. The units are completely self-catered
The camp has 5 units with sleeping space for 4 (2 single beds). There is a separate bathroom with a shower, washbasin and toilet. The unit also has a lounge with two bench beds, an equipped kitchen with everything you need to self-cater, and a veranda with a roof.
Sirheni has 9 guest cottages capable of sleeping 6. The units have 2 bedrooms with 1 bedroom furnished with a double bed and an en-suite bathroom and 1 bedroom with 2 single beds. There are a further 2 sleeper couches in the lounge. The unit has a separate bathroom with a shower and it has a fully equipped kitchen. The unit is kept cool with ceiling fans.
Bigger groups can book the 6 sleeper unit which has 4 single beds and 2 sleeper couches. The unit has 2 bedrooms, limited access to DSTV, a bathroom with a shower, and a fully kitted out kitchen. The unit also has ceiling fans.Sirheni is the perfect place to enjoy the peace that the park has to offer. Guests can look forward to enjoying a real African bushveld experience.
There is a certain amount of park-related information that is very useful to know both while planning your trip and while staying in the park.
Everyone who visits the park has to accept the fact that the park is made for the animals and the visitors are simply visiting. In order to stay safe while here, you should never approach wild animals or attempt to touch them, even if they should come into the camp. It’s a rare occasion that big game will come into a camp, but on the occasions that they do, it is always best to contact a camp official and let them handle the situation.
Animals getting into the camp might sound quite scary, but they are nothing compared to the insects and reptiles that you fail to see before stepping on them. Spiders, snakes and scorpions live in the camps pretty much unseen, but should you step on or accidentally touch one, you could well end up with a painful bite or sting! The best advice to stick to is to make sure that you wear shoes whenever you are in the camps and to always carry a flashlight around at night.
When visiting the park, especially during the humid summers, guests should take note of the prevalence of malaria. Malaria is an illness transmitted by certain mosquitoes, and it is pretty much completely avoidable if you take the right precautions. Using a net when sleeping, insect repellent during the day and by taking the right preventative medication, you will be safe from infection. Be sure to visit your doctor before you visit the park in order to get the right medicine.
Summers and winters in the park offer two quite different experiences and the time of year will affect your planning. Summers are known for being extremely hot and humid, which can make your stay a little uncomfortable. Winters, on the other hand, can produce chilly mornings and evenings, but by midday, the temperatures can feel very much like summer. You need to pack the right clothing for the time of year you are planning on visiting the park.
The gate times of both the entry points and the camp gates are the same throughout the park and change 3 times a year. Knowing the camp times can be useful when planning your self-drive safari and they are important to take note of, as you don’t want to be locked out.
The gate times for Sirheni are as follows:
Due to the day time temperatures, many guests choose to embark on early morning safaris as well as late afternoon game drives. These are the best times of the day to see wildlife. Once the sun rises and the day heats up, most animals tend to head for shaded areas and will stay out of sight until the late afternoon.
Both in and around the Sirheni camp, guests can look forward to seeing amazing plants and all kinds of animals. The camp is in mopane woodland, which provides the camp with plenty of shade. For the most part, the vegetation consists of shrubs and grassland, making the nearby area perfect for spotting grazers.
Some of the animal species living around the camp include some of the parks most renowned and rare antelope species including reedbuck, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, tsessebe, roan and sable. Guests can also look out for wild dog, cheetah, leopard, lion and spotted hyena.
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