Reviews of Shinde Camp
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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
A good experience at Shinde
We enjoyed Shinde. The accommodation was very comfortable with all our needs catered for. We particularly enjoyed being brought an early morning cup of tea. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was also good.
We found the landscape very appealing with expanses of open grassland and the view from our tent was great.
The first day we arrived we were taken out on a motorized boat. We were accompanied by one guide. The guide took us into a very shallow area and the propeller became entangled with weeds and clogged up with thick mud, the motor very quickly overheated with the frantic efforts of the guide to try and disentangle us. This went on for a considerable amount of time, we even had our sundowner whilst waiting for the engine to cool! Eventually we suggested that the guide ought to radio in and let the camp know where we were situated, I felt very vulnerable and was thankful no hippos or crocs appeared as we would have been sitting ducks. We did actually manage to limp home but the engine was damaged and it wasn't an experience that I'd care to repeat.
In saying that we did have some amazing game experiences at Shinde. The best of which involved a leopardess, who posed quite regally for us in a tree for a considerable length of time enabling us to get some great shots.
I think in conclusion we overall enjoyed our time at Shinde, every camp we stayed at had something amazing to offer. The vehicles used by Kwando seemed superior to those used by Ker and Downy. Kwando Jeeps had 3 sets of seat and 2 people could sit together whereas K and D,s vehicles only had 2 sets which meant 3 people sharing. The Kwando vehicles also had a longer wheelbase and therefore were nothing like as bumpy as K and D's.
At Shinde, as noted by the above experience on water where only one guide accompanied us, it also applied in the jeep with one guide and no tracker. At Kwara we always had a guide and a tracker both in the vehicle and on the motorized boat. This felt a much more satisfactory and safer arrangement!