Reviews of Shinde Camp
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Wonderful stay at Shinde camp
We had a brilliant time at Shinde. The camp is just delightful, our tent superb. The guides, Bee, Banolo and Aubrey, never failed to make each outing fascinating. The game drives, boat trip and walk were all excellent, plenty of wildlife to watch, sometimes to track, which is amazing.
The food at shared mealtimes was very good, and conversation never faltered. Really enjoyed the staff singing.
We had a surprise romantic meal in Shinde enclave on our anniversary, just perfect. Won't forget that! Thank you, Angela and Benny.
The best part of staying at Shinde is that you feel like you are part of the Shinde family. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. The camp itself is in a lovely spot, right near the water. It is peaceful and beautiful. Rooms are clean and comfortable and the food was great.
We didn't see as much big game at Shinde as in Chobe, but the location is so beautiful that you barely notice. A big plus is being able to drive off road and do walking safaris. A mekoro trip is a must!
Thank you to everyone at Shinde for a wonderful stay
Wonderful stay at Shinde
We completely fell in love with Shinde. It was exceptional. The staff were so warm and welcoming, the accommodation was superb, beautiful tents and bathrooms and lovely living areas - all with a slight colonial feel to them. The food was delicious.
Shinde went out of their way to make this memorable - sundowners laid up by the river, a meal down by the river with all the guests one evening with dancing and singing round the fire from the Batswana. The Okavango is stunning - we saw very varied game and followed a pride of lions over a few days which was fascinating. Lots of bird life too and boat trips.
Absolutely amazing. Can't wait to go back one day....
Botds at Shinde
The best in terms of luxury and facilities, with beautiful views. Wide range of animals spotted. Special bush walk with excellent guides.
Food, service and ambiance were perfect, with very relaxing evening campfires.
The Best of Botswana!
The first thing that impresses at Shinde Camp is the quality of the people and the welcome they give on arrival. Following a musical greeting the staff introduce themselves individually, taking care to hear, repeat and remember your name. The rooms are beautifully appointed and very comfortable. I loved the hot water bottles to warm the beds at night.
The management team and the guides make sure you have an individual experience and are happy to do what they can to ensure that you get what you came for... really good game viewing. The guides have one eye for the animals and one eye for the guest. Everyone is looked after, animals and people!
You will not go hungry... breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are generous and the home cooking offers plenty of healthy options. The bar is always open and you can help yourself to a Bloody Mary heart starter to nightcaps before turning in. Sundowners while out on Safari are a real treat.
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Glad to be there after Lagoon Camp! Staff good but not as friendly as Kanana. No complaints re management.
Guides ok but had to be questioned often rather than offering information. Good game drives though.
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We loved Shinde camp. It was different then the other camps and offered new vistas of Botswana.
The people were very friendly and we had a great time there.
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Fantastic setting in the trees - very pretty and the best structure for a camp during our stay. All facilities are excellent and the staff wonderful. Loved the singing as they welcomed you and also the pre-dinner singing on a couple of evenings.
Game viewing was excellent - super leopards and on the final morning lions. Well-informed guides who were friendly and articulate. Trips on the Moroko boat and river boat through the delta were great fun - and we saw a Sitatunga on the riverbank from the Moroko which is apparently very rare and caused a lot of excitement on our return to camp!
Being English ladies of more mature years we really appreciated the early morning call with tea and the sherry provided on our return in the evening! Food was excellent - my friend though it was the best on the trip. There was a problem with our vehicle - which broke down on several occasions - once in front of a tree with a leopard in it. This did cause a few delays - especially to those in the other vehicles who had to give us a tow. And on the last day our vehicle, in turn, had to give another vehicle a tow. I guess this is part of the safari experience, and we didn't mind, however others were getting annoyed.
I was also surprised at a french gentleman in our car who on several occasions fell asleep and started snoring!! Our guide/driver was coped very well with this - although it was a first for him! How he slept over all those off road bumps I'll never know.
Great camp, good location, needs renovating
The location and camp are good on the Ocavango delta . However rooms are a bit run down and need renovating.
The food was good at all three meals. Staff hospitable and welcoming.
The guide although very knowledgable, had an attitude problem and was a bit offish with us.
The night talk on the southern sky was very good.
It is unfair to compare but what I say is based on comparison with our previous two camps.
This camp seemed to be rundown and leaderless. The service seemed to be routine and we missed the large variety of foods the we have come to expect. Pierre was the temporary manager and he was like lighting bolt of energy, delightful, but contrasted with the ho-hum atmosphere by the staff.
We were lead to believe that Pierre was there to give the camp a facelift and the work was to start soon. I know that he will be successful, but my experience would lead me to not recommend this camp until the facelift is complete.