Shipandani Sleepover Hide
Shipandani Sleepover Hide is a unique spot from which to see all kinds of bird and animal life. By day, it is the perfect place to quietly sit and gaze out at all the wildlife passing through the area while at night it is transformed into the ideal overnight hide. Situated deep in the heart of wildest Africa, guests in search of solitude will find it here. Few people get to experience the Kruger National Park this way, as most will spend their evenings in a camp. A stay at Shipandani is made to be unforgettable.
As this is a sleepover hide, there are no facilities here. Instead, guests will have to stock on up necessities from Mopani Rest Camp. Guests can also arrange guided game drives and game walks at Mopani.
Shipandani Sleepover Hide is about 3 km south of Mopani and it is situated on the Tsendze River.
Although every evening spent in the Kruger is special and certainly unforgettable, there is something unique about staying over in a hide. Sleepover hides are completely different from any other kind of camp accommodation. They are designed for one nights’ stay and guests will usually only arrive early in the evening and leave early the next morning, giving guests a secluded night in the middle of the bush. Sleepover hides are generally quite rustic and only made to sleep one or two people. They are comfortable and spacious enough to never feel cramped.
Guests staying in an overnight hide can look forward to seeing the best of the nocturnal park life. Given the quiet nature of the hide, animals tend to come very close to the hide, giving guests some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities.
There are many who say that you haven’t experienced the bush unless you’ve spent the night in one of the Kruger National Park’s overnight hides.
Shipandani is one of the best. The layout of the hide allows you to look out at the bush as you rest in bed, a view that will have you looking out over the nearby river. The nights are the most beautiful time of day when in a hide, and if it is just you and your partner, it can be very romantic. With not a soul nearby, the sounds of wild Africa become more pronounced and every sound, from croaking frogs to roaring lions is amplified. Staying in an overnight hide is unlike any other park experience and every part visitor should do it at least once.
Shipandani Sleepover Hide is capable of sleeping between 2 and 6 guests at a time. Guests will need to collect the hide keys, bedding and braai grid along with lamps from Mopani Camp when they check-in.
Sleeping units are attached to the inside of the wall of the hide during the day. The units are set up in wooden structures.
When the sun goes down, the structures are unfolded and turned into a bed base. The mattresses are locked safely in a cupboard in the hide and bedding and cutlery need to be collected at the Mopani Camp reception once you have paid a deposit. The bedding you receive includes a pillow, pillowcase, duvet, duvet cover, sheet, and a mattress protector.
Guests will have to use an environmental toilet which is located on the hide’s perimeter.
The hide has a boma with braai facilities and while the hide doesn’t have electricity there are 2 rechargeable lamps for lighting. These are provided on request and last for 5 hours at a time. Guests are advised to bring their own lighting.
Only the outer perimeter of the hide is fenced in. Guests are advised to be cautious at all times and should not leave the safety of the hide in the evening.
Cutlery and crockery are provided when you check in. Guests will have to cater for themselves so proper planning is essential.
When planning your stay in any of the Kruger camps and hides, having the following information can go a long way towards making your stay both relaxed and that little bit safer.
This bit of information is especially important for those staying in one of the camps overnight hides. The Kruger has, and always will be, a place where wild animals roam free and guests are “enclosed”. Wherever you are staying in the park, and wherever you travel, you need to know that approaching wild animals, leaving your vehicle, or leaving the safety of your camp, is dangerous. The park's animals are there to be admired from a safe distance.
The other thing you need to be aware of is the insects and reptiles who have a tendency of getting into camps and other places where guests might frequent, such as communal bathrooms. For the most part, they are shy creatures but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be on the lookout for them.
Always wear shoes when walking around and at night you should carry a torch wherever you go.
Regardless of the time of year you visit the park, you should know that you are visiting a malaria area and the chance of infection, especially in the summer, is a real concern. Malaria is transmitted by certain mosquitoes and infection is avoidable when you take the necessary precautions.
Sleeping under a net and applying insect repellent can reduce your chances of falling ill. Taking preventative medication is, however, the best precaution you can take.
The time of year that you visit the park is another factor that will influence your stay. Summers are exceptionally hot and humid, and this can make your time in the park a little uncomfortable. Most summer days end in a rainstorm. If you are planning on visiting in the summer, plan your safaris for early in the mornings and late afternoons. Winter is often the preferred season as the days, while warm, are not as overbearing as they are in the summer.
Guests staying at Shipandani will need to arrive at the hide at least half an hour before gate closing times. The following day, guests will be able to leave the hide half an hour after the gates open.
Any sleep hide is going to have flora and fauna that differ from most camps in the park as they are situated deeper in the park.
When staying here guests can see numerous huge trees of all kinds. The hide is situated right on the edge of the Tsendze River and the trees have become home to an abundance of birds.
Guests can expect to see animals of all kinds coming close to the hide for a drink of water. Buffalo and elephant are the most commonly spotted animals.