Shinde Camp

Reviews of Shinde Camp

Excellent(93%) From 87 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 87 of our travellers who have visited Shinde Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Louise & David from UK
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Shinde Camp surpassed all expectations!

Our first trip to Botswana and the Okavango Delta and we fell in love with this place! Everything was absolutely first-class, from the immaculate accommodation to the attentive service and from the delicious food to the exceptional guiding but above all to the beauty of Shinde and the people who work here.

On our first morning our wake-up call at 5.30am was a ‘Hello Good Morning’ before a woman in African dress came into our room balancing a tray on her head carrying a tea pot, cups and saucers, milk, biscuits!

In spite of the heat (36 to 40 degrees!) we joined in every activity: mokoro, motorboat, fishing, guided walk, game drives - we made the most of every moment at Shinde and enjoyed the company of other guests as well as many of the guides and managers who joined us for meals when we exchanged tales and experiences. On return from our mokoro trip two elephants had wandered into camp and were barring our way. The Guides assured us all was fine and that they would browse on the Amarillo tree fruits for a while and move on, we were more than happy to wait and enjoy their company!

The birdlife here is incredible, we noted down more than 60 different birds but there were many many more we didn’t have time to record. The lion sightings were remarkable, lions in trees, a lioness with cubs, elephants and hippos happily crossing the water in front of our little boat and so much more.

A paradise! It was very hard to leave!

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Ms D from Ireland
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great Safari at Shinde Camp

The camp is in a lovely setting by the lagoon. It has a lot of similarities with Dinaka (both are owned by Ker & Downey). The staff is very attentionate and always happy to share a dance and a song..

The game drives with my eternally smiley guide Simon were great - he was incredibly patient when we decided to "follow" a cheetah for a few hours... to witness a kill.

I also went fishing on 2 occasions and the chef kindly prepared the breams that night to share at dinner with the other guests. During the boat and mokoro excursions, I was very lucky to have 5 sightings of the elusive sitatungas! Overall, a lovely camp with varied activities and great sightings.

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AS. from Northwood
Arrived on: 29-May-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful site by the lagoon.

A delightful camp, in a lovely setting by the lagoon, and with very attractive communal areas. Relaxed and friendly staff, led by the manager, Thuso. Excellent food, and the tea with our wake-up call was most welcome.

Our guide, Lucky, was outstanding, with great knowledge of the flora and fauna, which he shared extensively with infectious enthusiasm. He also talked freely about life and society in Botswana. We very much enjoyed the time we spent with him.

Good for wildlife, and our mekoro trip was enchanting. Our paddler, BT, succeeded in spotting a sitatunga (not on your checklist for this camp). Lots of lechwe, reedbuck, tsessebe, a side-striped jackal and many different birds.

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Birdy from Cheadle
Arrived on: 22-Mar-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Shinde Camp review

Superb erudite guide kenny

Plane nearly,crash landed on arrival

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Mr G from Canada
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Shinde

We enjoyed the Shinde Camp and were glad to have gotten there as there was no email from Expert Africa to let us know what time are flight was to leave on Oct 15. Very luckily for us the woman at the Maun guest house did the research for us & delivered us where we needed to be.
Great walking safaris with Simon.

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Ms J. from London
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Shinde Camp review

Shinde Camp was the highlight of the trip.

The staff were wonderful, so friends and engaging. Their singing was wonderful. The camp is on the edge of the Okavango Delta so we had excellent trips in a mokoro and on the motor boat.

The guide, Sam, was also excellent and very informative. I felt quite safe when he took us on a walking safari and also a night safari.

Can't recommend this camp highly enough

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Mr & Mrs from Carshalton
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Shinde Camp review

Lovely location and staff were very helpful. Food delicious and plenty of it.Loved that there was a choice of land and water activities. The only downside I would have to say it that when sharing a jeep with other people is that you don't learn as much. One day we were lucky enough to have the jeep to ourselves and then the next day we had to share, so we found that we were being given the same information for the new couple that had arrived. Rather frustration when we have come all that way and didn't feel we had learnt anything new. It would be great somehow if each campsite did a short questionaire to see what knowledge visitors already had and would like so that they could put similar people together in a jeep.

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Wendy from Melbourne
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Shinde camp

Another good guide - Lucas.

A great place.

I was a bit disappointed that there was no staff recognition of my birthday.

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Mr D from Richmond
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful camp on edge of delta

Amazing lodge - very well managed with outstanding guides / drvivers

Saw cheetah plus cubs twice , lion , hyena plus cubs , elephant and baby elephant , most antelope inc rare to see tsitatunga and one or two giraffe .Numerous birds .

Night drives excellent and saw numerous hippo plus rare civet and hyena and jackal .... plus the night sky

Power boat / fishing trip good but makoro not very interesting as reeds too high to see anything

Rooms were very well appointed and well serviced including laundry

Food was good but rather short of staff for its service

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Ms B from Victoria
Arrived on: 19-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Shinde Camp review

It was a bit of a shock coming from the solitude of a mobile camp to a lodge with other tourists, however it was a great lodge and the rooms were fantastic - so spacious and comfortable.

In fact the whole lodge was designed really well - loved how it's been built to incorporate existing trees. Loved the staff and loved the fact that the managers and guides ate with the guests. Far more interesting talking to them rather than just other tourists 😊 Impressed too with how they remembered everyone's names! Food not as good as Andrew's camp but I'm not sure anyone could match that.

Our guide, Ezekiel, was fantastic and really knowledgeable - he also had the most amazing eyesight. Was so easy to arrange different activities through him. Felt that nothing was too much trouble for him - that goes for all the staff there.

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