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Shamba Holidays
230 Ringwood Road
St Leonards
New Forest
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 118 Reviews
              8/10 from 118 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes Caravan Storage Storage 

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Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mrsbutcher16 1 review from this member

We will not be staying here again. There are plenty of rules and regulations but not all are enforced. The main problem I had was ball games. No ball games allowed with a recreational field provided. I had to repeatedly tell individuals this rule who seemed to think it was acceptable to kick football's at the side of our caravan. They were strict on the noise times on an evening but again no-one enforced this rule on a morning. My pet hate is when tent's and caravans are mixed, in our experience caravans and people in tent's holiday very differently. 'Tenters' enjoy early nights and very early mornings, neither do most not understand the issue we have with ball games at the side of our brand new caravan. The rule 'do not intrude on your neighbours privacy or pitch', again overlooked with individuals thinking it was acceptable to have children riding their bikes and running around our caravan. 'Musical instruments are not permitted' also overlooked. And the list goes on. The only thing I can say was very impressive was the dog walk and the shower block. Very impressed with this.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Kencain 3 reviews from this member

WE have just spent a month away in our 5th Wheeler. Obviously, a variety of sites in that time. This one (Shamba) is probably the best of those visited. Should probably be re-named 'Carling' campsite. Very wide pitches and long enough for our 5th wheeler. Plenty of water points. Easy access to chemical toilet point and grey waste disposal point. Free use of showers which is becoming rarer these days and yet still excellent value for money (especially if you use ACSI).

Staff were both friendly and helpful. The bar / restaurant wasn't open when we were there because we didn't stay for the weekend and it was not the busy season. We suspected that would be the case and were not disappointed, especially as there is a pub/restaurant within walking distance. The lane leading to the site looks a bit daunting but was no problem, even with our unit. A great campsite and will definitely return some time. Ideal for sightseeing around the area. Only reason for the 9 out of 10 for the 'location' is that you have to turn left on the exit as it is a dual carriageway. Small point really as there is a roundabout not far up the road.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bobgraham 1 review from this member

Just got back from a four day stay and I have to say all the other reviewers are spot on with their report, , , apart from a few gripes they may of encountered this site on the whole is very very good with top notch toilet facilities heated flooring yes heated flooring you did read that right!good showers with a sit on seat for us oldies who can't put your socks back on without sitting down. Hand dryers hair dryers look its got everything!

You can walk though into the swimming pool area which is again very good nice and warm and a great place to be if the heaven's open. (note children must be accompanied by an adult if under14)as no life guard fare play.

The staff are friendly and don't bite also show you to your pitch which is a nice touch. Then there's the shop which sells most things if your stuck for a pint of milk or fancy an ice cream if its hot. Clubhouse is good lots of seating and a bar with pub prices not too bad then, , , there is food available but don't expect fine dining this is for people who setup and can't be bothered to cook on their first day. Next to that is a games room with a pool table and arcade machines to keep kids entertained while you have a pint or two, , , ,

Right here comes the negatives, , , well none really as everyone is there to have fun on holiday, yes it can get a bit noisy if your camped by the kids play area they are kids right!

Yes you can here the traffic slightly its not far from the road, , , yes the neighbour snores for England your in a tent!

My personal one and only gripe being the lack of water fill up points feeling uneasy going onto someones pitch for water felt invasive of their privacy but as I say very small gripe.

So all in all a very nice stay thank you and will be back for more in the future! Did I mention the heated floors!

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sparkiesdad 7 reviews from this member

Yes this is a very good site (in many ways) not quite so good in others. Firstly agree with all that has been said about the facilities, cleanliness thereof etc etc. Hottest water I have ever come across in the wash up, take your rubber gloves!

There are around 30 seasonal caravans which surround most of the pitching area, these are mostly unoccupied during the week some are occupied at weekends. At first sight the pitching area that remains available is very flat with grass surface which is very hard and you would be wise to bring rock pegs and a heavy hammer. These are marked out like a chequer board effect with a double row each side of access roads which are not more that 2 meters wide. The pitch area you are allocated is only just big enough for caravan, awning, towcar. Our first few days we had plenty of room around us but then this filled up during the second part of our week partly because of the arrival of a large group of Dutch who erected a flag post to form their own meeting area. The second reason was that on arrival we noticed posters announcing that for June there would be a £5 discount per pitch. Of course this did not apply to silly people like us who had booked in advance, paid a non-returnable deposit and the full balance in advance. This would have saved us £40. My advice therefore is NOT TO book in advance outside of school holidays or like us you will be caught. Naturally this had an effect on the numbers arriving later.

I should also say that the bar and café were only open on Friday and Saturday evenings newspapers were available Sat/Sun.

One particular issue we had was with the policy of locking all access gates at 10. 30. One evening I had to take my wife unexpectedly to Accident and Emergency after something flew into her eye. On return at 01. 00am we found the gates locked and a caravan and tow car was parked in the emergency car park which left little room to get our vehicle in. After a struggle I managed to squeeze our car in and avoid delaying the early departure of this outfit but we both then had to walk the length of the site in the cold and dark mostly with my wife still suffering trauma due to the treatment she had received which, given the evening we had just had we could have done without! I cannot understand why an automatic barrier cannot be installed here after all people on holiday may surely want to be out later than 10. 30!

Finally the A31 is noisy on certain days and times. It is also very dangerous to get in and out of this site. Sadly a woman motorist was killed on this road during our stay quite nearby.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Myattmania 14 reviews from this member

Just got back home from a short break on this site. This now being the second time we have stayed here.

The site itself is clean and tidy and is away from the main road. We found it quite peaceful with just the small rumble of traffic in the distance - nothing major

The staff here are friendly and helpful

The toilet/shower blocks are very impressive with under floor heating (always kept clean to a high standard)

The pitch sizes are of a very good size and the indoor pool is an added bonus.

Unfortunately we did experience a down side to our stay on this occasion - there must have been an inspection of some kind going on as on our last morning there was a large group of men and women going about the place (all very official looking) this we did find quite intrusive when both sexes were going into the toilet/shower block. Advice for the future would be to let campers know that such inspections would be happening so campers can arrange their day around it to save any embarrassment. Also we were surprised to find half of the toilets closed, which we could only assume was to save on cleaning as there were the same amount of toilets closed in the gents to the ladies. Having stayed here before in the same week this was unexpected and considering we were still paying full price felt it a slight cheek. Due to the high prices charged for this site we felt this time round that we get a better deal and better value for your money on other sites that we visit

Less likely for us to return here again

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Loobywoof 7 reviews from this member

We had a fabulous holiday at Shamba as the park is really well placed to take advantage of the local attractions. The staff are friendly and very available and are not in general afraid to remind people of the rules. This was especially true of the 11pm quiet time.

We were pitched up by the park and normally I wouldn't be too keen but since the park was emptied and locked at dusk and hence went quiet it didn't bother me at all.

The park was of a medium size and well maintained. I even saw a staff member do a full check of every slat of the climbing frame on the Sunday night after closing and a check of the nearby fire extinguisher on the following Monday morning. It's a very well run park in most aspects.

Shower/toilet block was very good. Facilities were ample with minimal queuing for a shower in August. Various configurations provided - apart from the toilet cubicles and hand wash area and separate shower cubicles there were also basin only cubicles, basin and toilet cubicles & one shower, basin and toilet cubicle. I stayed 12 days and never once found a shortage of either soap or toilet paper. Everything was kept clean and there were even small cloths provided for cleaning up after yourself and a floor squidgy as well as the usual mop and bucket. There was a junior toilet cubicle and lower height wash basin for the little ones which I'm sure came in handy for some families.

The showers did suffer from a fluctuating temperature problem at times.

Washing up area sometimes had a queue but never for long. There were about 5 sinks provided including a lower height one again. The water in this area was excruciatingly hot and you had to be very careful but on the plus side it was great for greasy barbecues!

The swimming pool was kept at a perfect temperature and was a great addition to the site especially when the weather was iffy. We had some warm but wet weather and it felt almost tropical under the glass roof of the pool area - lovely. There was adequate seating and tables for spectators.

My only disappointment here is that the roof was never opened more than a couple of feet in all the time we stayed - even on the really nice days.

The site also had a laundry area and an adequate shop. Freezer blocks were £1 deposit and 20p per freeze. There was a tourist information hut which was really well stocked with leaflets. Reception were helpful and friendly.

So would I stay again - I'm not sure. There's a big downside to this site and that is that some pitches are rather small. Despite collecting tent size information as part of the booking process and booking months in advance we arrived after an almost 6 hr drive to find our allocated pitch to be totally inappropriate. The next 2 pitches offered were also unsuitable sizes and even though we eventually ended up on one of the bigger pitches the whole process was extremely stressful and we were still cramped. Our tent was on the boundary one side and our car on the boundary on the other side of the pitch with very little space between the tent and car. Normally we can get through an entire fortnight without tripping on a guy line but we were all tripping over them constantly & our view consisted of our car and the car on the next pitch. Being cramped is maybe worth putting up with for the site location & facilities and excellent staff and to be fair to them my tent is only just under the maximum size they say they can accommodate. Also the staff worked hard to sort the problem out but it just should never have happened in the first place & I'm not sure I'd have the confidence to book again and go through the worry of there being no suitable pitch on arrival after such a long drive.

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