Self Catering Accommodation

About The Bush Camp

Our Bush Camp is a rustic getaway, further from the madding crowd in the heart of the bush where you are even closer to the sights and sounds of nature.  Nearby is a dam frequently visited by the Cape buffalo and all the plains game on the farm. Marlboro storks and other birdlife are seen frequently at the dam too.

There are 5 Gemsbok tents, simply furnished each with 2 beds and a side table. They are made up of linen and duvets. 

Self-catering facilities include 

  • a big braai pit, grid area, and tripod to hang pots and kettle over the fire;
  • kitchen fully stocked with utensils and a 2 plate gas cooker and 2 fridges with a small deep freeze section.
  • Wood is supplied for the duration of your stay. If you require extra, please ask our staff and it will be arranged at an additional cost.
  • There are 2 ablution facilities with shower, toilet and basin. The geyser is a form of donkey boiler, called a Rocket. You need to make your own fire for the Rocket, a decent fire will heat the water up in 15 minutes.
  • The water is drinkable, it comes from our trusted borehole.

While taking a shower, you have the opportunity to view game at the small watering trough, encourages the animals to drink close by including the herd of Buffalo, who cruise by inquisitively. But don’t fear, there is an electric fence for guest’s protection. For your safety from leopard and buffalo, walking around the bush is not permitted, and driving on the trails too, unless one of our trackers accompanies you.

The rest of the camp is solar and gas energized. An electric point is available nearby for those campers with electric gadgets. Lighting is provided in the form of Solar Consol jars and the moon of course!

Bring your own:

  • Torches, extra blankets, fire lighters and matches, toiletries.

Please refrain from playing loud music.

Only high axle vehicles can access the camp. It is a dirt road, with some steeper sections and humps. A 4×4 vehicle is not necessary.

Activities Include

The Shayamoya lodge activities such as tiger fishing, game drives and boat cruises are very popular however the lodge guests have priority choice on their availability. We can assist in booking fishing trips with other local operators though so please communicate with our reservations office. We can also arrange guided rhino tracking.
There is lots of entertainment for the whole family in and around the area. Visit the Activities section of the Shayamoya website for suggestions.
Enjoy relaxing massages at Shayamoya’s Sanctuary 034 435 1110 or 078 745 2564
While the Bush Camp is self-catering, you are welcome to enjoy meals at the Shayamoya restaurant.

If you wish to order packed breakfasts and lunches while out on activities, please notify our staff so that we can arrange these for you.


R500 p/p/p/n, Minimum charge of R2000 p/n (or 4 people).

There is an inventory list that guests sign on arrival. There are charges for any breakages and missing items.


Frequently Asked Questions

No, especially in Winter you should bring an extra blanket. The beds are made up of a sheet and duvet.

It is a good idea to bring lamps and torches although the camp is set up with Solar Glass Jars and in the kitchen some LED lights linked to a battery. Power banks are also a good suggestion to charge cell phones etc.

No, please bring your own.

Yes, however there is an extra charge for additional wood. The camp is supplied with wood for the duration of your stay you should use the stock with this in mind. Some folks love making huge bonfires and leave the fire burning all night!

About 20 meters from the nearest tent and 70 meters from the furthest tent.


An open land cruiser comfortably seating 9 people is used for these events. The morning game drive departs between 6am and 7am seasonally. The afternoon game drive departs between 3pm and 4pm. The drives are 3hrs of fantastic bush experience where our rangers enlighten you on all aspects of nature.

The boat cruise takes place up the Pongola River and into the Lake. The boat is flat bottomed with 12 seats and has a canvas cover overhead. The boat cruise is wonderful for bird watching, sighting of hippo, crocodile and where game can be seen at the water’s edge making an interesting perspective.