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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 114 Reviews
              8/10 from 114 Reviews

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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 6 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.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Tony Burton 27 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 11 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 129 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 3 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.

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