Reviews of Shinde Camp
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Superb Shinde: needs met;thoughts anticipated
We chose Shinde (our 3rd camp) to give us the chance to experience mokoro and motorboat rides, together with a shortish walk (about 1 hour). A couple of game drives were also provided. The mokoro ride was a lot more comfortable than I had anticipated, as the craft have been adapted for tourists. I got an excellent close-up shot of a painted reed frog, after my guide Patoki had very patiently pointed it out with his pole. My wife and daughter were in a separate mokoro with a guide called Colin. Both guides manoeuvred and glided so that we could take photos of each other. This experience is so peaceful and relaxing.
The previous evening we had a motorboat ride and on our way back, news came over the radio of a sighting of lions. We were asked if we wanted to try and see the lions. When we agreed we made a bee-line for the water's edge, landed and quickly transferred to a waiting vehicle. We then sped off in pursuit. This was a true James Bond-like experience. It also showed what lengths this camp will go to make your stay fulfilling, of which more below. We found the lions just before dark and were able to use an infra-red lamp to light them up. They were unbothered by this and we had another great experience.
On our walk, our main guide Aubrey explained the nutritional significance of the different grasses and trees. And the effects of elephants on various types of tree. We also learnt about the relative efficiency of the digestion systems of elephants, zebra and giraffe. Later we were instructed in how lions digest and excrete the remains of a meal; this after we came across a pile of fur which had once been a red lechwe.
A special mention to Jono and Justine, the camp managers. They are excellent. Nothing is too much trouble for them; they treat everyone individually and their attention to detail is a lesson for many hotels. One example is the provision of a decanter of sherry and glasses in your lodge prior to evening meal!
Shindi Camp was as I expected, fabulous. There are water based activities and land based activities, and that was what we had asked for. The camp was full and we met some very interesting people here, including one of the original owners of Shindi….he had many interesting tales to tell us round the camp fire. The camp staffs were outstanding, working hard to make your stay special and the guides of good quality.Read more about the whole safari
Beautiful location, beautiful lodge.
A nice place in a great environment, with interesting land and water activities.Read more about the whole safari
Shinde Camp review
A "luxurious" feel to this camp, both in communal facilities and individual accomodation. Latter had good views over either wetland or grassland depending on location, was very comfortable and even had a sherry decanter topped up every day!
Staff friendly and helpful and good management on site.
Laundry facilities good - we flew in a small plane in a thunderstorm and our baggage got soaked, but was dried and pressed as soon as we arrived.
Guides managed to find pretty much every animal we hoped for (leopards every day, jackals, hyenas, baby giraffes as well as the usual elephants, lions and a huge variety of zebras, wildebeest, antelopes etc).
Food and drink excellent.
Best all round camp we have stayed at !
This rates as the best camp we have stayed in over a number of safaris. This is primarily due to the staff, their knowledge, attention to detail and all with a smiling face. Jono and Justin should be proud of the camp they run and the quality of their team. The tents aren't up to the same standard as Kanana but your not there for the bedroom and they are more than adequate. We loved the decanter of sherry at the end of a hard day's viewing.
We were extremely lucky to see leopard on every game drive together with assortment of lions, elephants etc and we owe so much to our guide Adam.
Not the best time to be at Shinde?
I have rated this camp as good, as it probably is compared to many places, but it was our most disappointing camp on this trip. The common areas were impressive, but our room was small and dark, under a tree that constantly shed stuff onto the canvas so it sounded like it was raining! Sounds like others had better rooms.
No-one was in overall charge; there were 3 young trainee managers who were all very polite but didn't always respond to requests. The wild life was mixed: not much to see on the boat trips and the game drives had been affected by a large bush fire three months ago - this meant no small mammals but easy to see the big game without the normal long grass.
But the main problem was our guide - he seemed grumpy and it felt like he didn't want to be doing the job. We tried hard to make a connection with him, but it was difficult and we certainly didn't feel looked after, as we did in the other 2 camps. But we enjoyed the company of other guests and the plentiful good food!
Shinde gets the holiday off to a great start!
Shinde provided an excellent introduction to the Okavango Delta region of Botswana. From the welcome choir onwards, the staff were attentive and knowledgeable and made every effort to make sure our stay was enjoyable.
The tents were comfortable and well spaced with a wonderful view over the savannah. The food was varied, plentiful and well presented. It was nice that the guides had dinner with the guests.
The area provided a mix of water and land based outings enabling us to see some wildlife that we hadn't seen elsewhere in Africa including a rare sighting of a rock python thanks to the eagle eyes of our guide.
great safari at Shinde camp
nice variation from Lagoon camp, with land and water game viewingRead more about the whole safari
Great fun on the water
Although only staying for 2 nights we did manage to squeeze a lot in while we were at Shinde camp, game drives with B, a highly successful fishing trip with B and Betoki, and a Mokoro trip where we saw an otter and soaked up the serenity of the wetlands. Such a lovely camp with great staff especially the effervescent Benny. A bushfire had burnt across areas of the reserve nearby, and rather than reducing the animals grazing, it seemed to draw them in to the freshly burnt grassland and gave us a different perspective on the wildlife cycle.Read more about the whole safari
Shinde Camp review
another excellent camp but views were not as good as okuti. food excellent as the same menu as okuti. room was excellent . activities were very good with more choice. the mokoro trip was a special treat. managers were not in the same league as okuti but still very helpful and friendly.Read more about the whole safari