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Shamba Holidays
230 Ringwood Road
St Leonards
New Forest
Ringwood
Hampshire   (Browse area)
BH24 2SB   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01202 873302

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Pitches: 150
Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 112 Reviews
              8/10 from 112 Reviews


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Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Tony Burton 20 reviews from this member

We stayed here just two nights as it is in an ideal location to break the journey down to the far South West. The toilet and shower block were modern and clean. The reception area was neat and efficient. The shop staff were helpful and friendly. The dog walking field was the best weíve ever used. The swimming pool was excellent and would be the main reason we would possibly return. There is good access by car to Bournemouth and Poole and the beautiful New Forest. We found this site in the Camping Cheque book and because we were able to pay by Camping Cheque Iíve awarded 10 out of 10 for value for money. Iím afraid the site would be out of our reach financially if we had to pay the full amount.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Homebird2003 10 reviews from this member

We spent the weekend here on a C&CC meet. The site is very pleasant, nicely laid out, with very big pitches and easy access to water taps. The toilet/shower blocks are immaculate as is the washing up area. Recycling bins were available and well used. Our dog enjoyed the long dog walk which was well mown - plenty of dog waste bins around.

The staff are constantly checking facilities and can be seen out and about but they are not at all intrusive, in fact they had a cheery greeting for everyone. The shop stocked most things you'd need. I'm afraid I can't recommend the food. I had cod which contained minced fish covered in a dark brown flat batter and my husbands roast chicken was dry. Our daughter enjoyed her popcorn chicken and cheesy chips.

Road noise was not a problem but I was kept awake by a regular hum occurring every 30 seconds which I think came from air conditioning units on the outside of the buildings.

All in all a pleasant site which I would visit again, but only on a rally at reduced rates as I personally find the site fees too high.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: David Klyne 122 reviews from this member

To Find Site:- From Ringwood continue on A31 towards Ferndown. Watch out for the roundabout with the Little Chef on the right. Continue on A31 and at next roundabout go round as if returning to Ringwood but then turn immediately left into Eastmore Lane which is signed to Shamba Holidays. From the main road the campsite it is about half a mile. The partly non- made up lane is narrow in places but there are passing places it can also be a bit bumpy.

Shamba Holidays is situated a few miles south of Ringwood on the edge of the New Forest where you receive a warm welcome from the site staff. The site has an open aspect with all grass pitches, about 150 in total, which are of a good size and reasonable firm even in wet weather. Pitches are set out in longish rows and are usually allocated on arrival. The site also has some seasonal pitches but these are placed on one side of the site. There are no statics on site. Water and Electric points are placed at regular intervals between the rows of pitches. The only grey waste disposal points are at the chemical emptying point or the motorhome service point. At the latter there is no facility to replenish fresh water tanks. The electrics are rated at 16 amps and connections use standard CEE17 blue connectors.

The centre point of the site is the main reception block. Not only does it contain reception and a small shop with quite a comprehensive selection it also houses the bar/restaurant although the latter has limited opening hours. The building also contains the toilet facilities and associated facilities like laundry and dish wash. The toilet showers are of a very high standard and this is reinforced by the fact that they have won Loo of the Year. The centre piece of the site is the covered swimming pool which can be used during the season the site is open. The roof can also be retracted in hot weather.

For children, in addition to the pool, there is a small adventure playground next to the pool. For older children there is a large kick about area away from the pitching areas. There is also a large dog walk area. The site normally has a WiFi system but unfortunately the system was down during our stay. On the plus side mobile reception was very good for those using their network as a WiFi source.

Being not far from the main A31 there is some traffic noise but itís more of a background hum which we did not find intrusive. We stayed here in early May and the site was far from full so it could make a good alternative to some of the very busy Club sites. The site accepts both Camping Cheques and ACSI during the low season but my understanding is that the acceptance of Camping Cheques might be in doubt for next year.

This site is a convenient stop for exploring either the New Forest or the coast towards Bournemouth. The site has an information hut with lots of information on the many local attractions. For shopping there is a Waitrose and Sainsburys in Ringwood a few miles from the site. For those not wishing to use their own transport there are bus services from the main road into Ringwood where other services operating over a wider area run from. The Woodman pub on the A31 is about a 15 minute walk from the site and offers good value meals

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Rebound 2 reviews from this member

Visited Shamba touring park for a Sunday to Friday stay. As it happens, we arrived a day early - whoops- but the staff were fine about it and welcomed us. We were shown to our pitch personally which was nice. The shower block is spotlessly clean, warm and comfortable. There are plenty of water points etc throughout the site which made filling up our Motorhome easy. The only downside we found was that for the whole of our stay the grass was pretty soggy even though the 5 days before our visit the weather had been dry. During our stay we had rain overnight and in to the next day and our pitch, along with many other became flooded and those that weren't flooded were extremely sodden.

Date of Visit: October 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sv246 13 reviews from this member

Stayed for Half term week in a party of three caravans. Staff were friendly and helpful, and the site was very tidy. The toilet block and pot wash area were spotless all through our visit. The shop was handy for the odd item but with both Lidl and Sainsburys just up the road we hardly used it. The pool was a bit cold but with the roof slid back in summer I bet its lovely! We didn't use the restaurant but did use the bar once. It has a small games room for older kids but nothing for under 8s so the kids got bored quickly!

The only (small) negatives are that there is no signage on the west bound carriageway and the site was easily missed! Also the road is very busy and even thought the site is a good 600yrds away through the trees, the traffic noise is noticeable from about 7am.

Loads to do in the area even in Oct. Would return if we revisit the area.

Date of Visit: October 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Slantie 2 reviews from this member

We were on a fact finding mission with a new motorhome. We were originally supposed to be somewhere else but this was pointed out to us.

We did not use the pool as we did not take our bathing suits with us, but we spoke to several guests which had used the pool and said it was brilliant.

The shower/toilet block was clean, warm and there was plenty of hot water.

The clubroom was warm, friendly and inviting.

The shop was sparsely stocked but with two days left to the end of season that was not surprisingly. It did have the essentials though.

The staff were very friendly and informative.

I have no doubt I will be returning to this site in the coming years.

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