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Shamba Holidays
230 Ringwood Road
St Leonards
New Forest
Hampshire   (Browse area)
BH24 2SB   See Map
Tel: 01202 873302
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Pitches: 150
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 122 Reviews
                8/10 from 122 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available    Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool On Site   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding <1 mile   Cycle Hire <5 miles   Golf <1 mile   Tennis 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports <10 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport 

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Date of Visit: January 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Wooliew 6 reviews from this member

An unusual name for a caravan park. Stayed last weekend and enjoyed our stay there. There is an indoor swimming pool which is good. The shower block is very good, clean and very warm which made washing a pleasant experience. There was what seems to be the obligatory bucket of dirty water and mop, but that was the only downside. Good to see a covered potwash area.

The clubhouse/restaurant was very good, enjoyed a good meal there.

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Pickupsticks 28 reviews from this member

Broke our journey home from France with a 4 night stay here so we could visit family. In the area. We paid 14. 95 per night with camping cheques which was good value. The site has a swimming pool we did not use but it did look inviting. Shower and toilet block warm and with spacious shower cubicles. Disconcerted by male cleaners who do not close the block for cleaning and work around you. Pitches were in 2 large fields with no dividing hedges so there was no sense of having your own space. Loads of rules. Departure time 11am and costs £5 for an extra 2 hours. An ok site for the price we paid but would not have thought the standard rate was good value.

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: AdrianMoore 6 reviews from this member

The major positive this site has is the swimming pool. We stayed in July and had three afternoons with the pool pretty much to ourselves. It truly is a heated pool - it is like entering a sauna when you go in. A pity the bar and kitchen were only open at the weekend as there has obviously been a lot of investment in the facilities. We did get into the clubhouse one evening. The food was OK but very slow in coming. The entertainment was indeed entertaining. Our pitch was quite close to the main bar entrance and we were happily surprised at how quiet closing time was. There is not really anything we found of interest in the immediate area, having a bit of a drive to even find a chinese take-away. Bournemouth is about a half hour drive away. The main road the site is located on is very busy and gets congested at peak times. Staff friendly and accommodating. The site is very clean. The facilities are spotless. The kids loved the play area. The site however to us just seemed to lack atmosphere.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Gee06 5 reviews from this member


1. There are so many rules, I witnessed lots of kids being told off for such petty things. Kids simply werenít allowed to have fun. No riding bikes, no scootering, no skateboarding etc etc. I even witnessed a warden really shouting at two boys and another boy reduced to tears!

2. The whole place is dusty, its next to some sort of earth works / scrapyard and at the end of 3 days our awning was covered in dust. There was a dusty smell to them air and this played on my sonís chest and constant sound of machinery.

3. The roads were not tarmac or gravel they were just dusty mud.

4. The pitches were not very large although they were adequate. There were no hedges, bushes or any niceties between pitches, they were just marked out dusty dead grass patches all next to each other.

5. The water points were located on pitches so you needed to walk on several peoples pitches to go and fill your water containers.

6. There are power cables overhead, and we were pitched under one and right next to the pylon this didnít sit comfortable with me.

7. We were in the shade under a large tree (attempting to hide the pylon) and didnít get any sun whatsoever on any of our pitch no matter the time of day.

8. There is a notice saying the toilets are cleaned by male and female staff, which is fine, but there is no respect in my opinion. Two male wardens were in the ladies between the loos and washbasins having a chat for ages on one occasion and on another opening the doors to the boiler room which in turn had doors open to the ladies. Gents were at the urinals.

9. The gates are padlocked at 10. 30pm so you canít enter or exit at all until 7. 30am which I feel is unnecessary. Most sites have cards swipe or VRN recognition. With all the money spent on toilet locks so your 8 year canít get in the toilets on their own would have been better spent on a swipe card system on the main gate instead of padlocks. This again seems to show some form of control these people want to have over their so called guests which is a general theme throughout.

10. The road leading to and from the site resembles as cement factory with concrete blocks and dust everywhere. This in turn leads to a duel carriageway with isnít always easy to pull out on and if there is a traffic jam up you cannot get off site at all!

11. I feel the site is run but the staff for the benefit of the staff (and perhaps the seasonal people) and the holiday makers are just an inconvenience that need to be controlled!

12. The whole place has the feel of a Ďlocalsí pubÖ and a bit Ďclickyí, it looks nice but you are certainly not made welcome.

13. We booked and paid in advance for 3 nights and left after 2.

Generally, Shamba holidays like to promote their Caravan Club and Camping and Caravan sites stars rating signs all over the place. Maybe these standards have been achieved due to relatively new buildings, pool etc, but no care is spent on the pitches or to give the customer a good experience.


1. The pool is nice, quite small and busy, but nice and warm.

2. The toilets and showers are kept quite clean and tidy.

3. There are nice places to visit nearby meaning you donít need to spend much time on site.

We wont be back!

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.

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