Rating: Deluxe Price from: £330 - £635 pp full board
Shinde Camp is nestled on a lush palm dotted island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta. Located at the edge of a lagoon, it is surrounded by clear waterways, which flow over yellow sands and past palm-fringed islands teeming with birdlife and game. This is a delight particularly for photographers. Its remoteness has ensured that the innocent wildlife has not been subject to the pressures of mass tourism. The island is especially favored by members of the antelope family, including the elusive sitatunga whose elongated and splayed hooves enable it to walk on the unstable beds of reeds floating on the water. The camp's delta craft take guests on an interesting trip to see breeding colonies of herons, egrets, pelicans and storks. The guide will arrange walks, show guests insects, as well as a wide variety of bird life and game.
Shinde has all year round water making it a great base for mokoro and boat trips. Day and night drives are offered here as well as bush walks. The camp is surrounded by open plains areas which are good sighting places for elephants and wild dogs.
Accommodation is in 8 large, twin-bedded safari style tents with windows, including one honeymoon tent. These private deluxe tents include en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, walk-in showers and flush toilets. Shinde accommodates only 16 guests in total. Each tent has a private viewing deck offering incredible views of both worlds - grasslands and the delta. This full service tented camp includes incredible cuisine and dining in the Treehouse is a multi-tiered dining area and eating here is a special experience.
A unique feature of Shinde Camp is its exclusive private-use camp called The Enclave at Shinde, separate accommodation with all of the amenities. 3 new tents elevated on teak platforms overlook vast papyrus and reed expanses dotted with palm islands where frequent sightings of the elusive sitatunga occur. Guests may reserve the Enclave section of Shinde Camp for private use and includes a private boma and a private bar/dining area/lounge overlooking the lagoon and a personal chef and waiter/barman are specifically assigned to this facility and its exclusive guests. A senior guide hosts guests and will escort them on private game activities: morning, afternoon and evening game drives, game walks, mokoros, motor boats and excellent fishing. The minimum reservation is for three nights.
Open: Open all year.
Location: Nestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta.
Rooms: 8 large en-suite tented rooms with private verandas. Hot and cold running water, walk-in shower and flush toilet. The rooms were refurbished in 2015.
Activities: Guided walks, mokoro excursions and night drives in addition to game drives and motorboat trips.
Facilities: There is a bar, lounge and dining area, a small pool. There is also a campfire area where guests can enjoy evening drinks.
Dining: Meals are served communally in the dining room.
Children: The camp accepts children 10 years of age and over. As the camp is unfenced, children need to be supervised at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no mobile reception, no direct ‘phone or fax and no internet. Communication is maintained with the head office in Maun by radio.
"I simply cannot find words to say how wonderful the camp was. The camp had a real family atmosphere and you really felt everyone did their best to cater to your very wish. The tents were great but it would be good to have electricity all night long to use the ceiling fan. The electricity was turned off at 10.30pm (bedside lamps and bathroom lights worked all night) and came back just before 5am. The nights were very hot and it was rather uncomfortable to sleep. I asked Walter if it's possible to keep it longer and he moved the switch off to 11pm but it just was not enough. I appreciate they don't have solar power but they need to do something to make guests more comfortable at night. All the staff, including senior management, were great and mixed with the guests all the time to provide a real home from home feeling. We cannot thank everyone, who works at the camp, enough but our special thanks go to Renee, Walter, Angie and Sam. We will be back."
I liked the intimate feel of this camp, and the managers are very professional hosts. The food was really excellent and the guides know their stuff!
I would very happily return here again."