Reasons to Visit
The Okavango Delta is a labyrinth of waterways linking secret lagoons and marshlands, where hippo splash in the water and elephants drink at the shallows. Boat trips take you to inaccessible locations and hidden islands for a glorious spot of solitude and wildlife spotting, before a relaxing sundowner drink amongst the reeds.
On a game drive in the Delta, Linyanti or Chobe, you soon discover Botswana’s phenomenal array of wildlife. Lions are often on the prowl in the morning while night drives increase your chances of spotting leopard and other nocturnal species. As well as the cats there are thriving populations of elephant, hippo, giraffe, buffalo and even wild dog.
From the water birds of the Delta to the sand grouse of the Kalahari and flamingos on the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana is a twitcher’s paradise. Rare species like the Pel’s fishing owl, and African pygmy goose are commonly found, with a trip to Chobe, the Delta and the Kalahari offering an unrivalled level of ornithological interest.
Bushman history is an intrinsic element in the evolution of humanity, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Botswana. Bushman communities have survived on the Makgadikgadi Pans and in areas of western Botswana for centuries. A visit there now allows you to interact with them, experiencing first hand how they cook, hunt, eat and live.
Slipping through the Delta's mazy waterways and tall papyrus in a mokoro is the most relaxing way to view game. Serenely moving along with only the gurgle of the water passing under your craft, you encounter lechwe grazing in the shallows, kingfishers perched on overhanging branches and crocodiles lurking in dark corners.
On the Makgadikgadi Pans you experience an ethereal lunar landscape unlike anywhere else in Africa. It is possible to see the curvature of the earth, sleep out under the stars, and at some times of the year watch a great wildlife migration. Although more thickly vegetated, Nxai and Tau Pans also offer unique landscapes and habitats.
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Shinde Camp is tucked away on a palm island surrounded by reedbeds full of birds and tiny painted reed frogs. Shinde has a variety of activities including game drives, walking safaris and mokoro trips.
Shinde Camp is nestled on a vast palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta, surrounded by clear waterways teeming with birdlife and game.
The camp has eight spacious, twin-bedded safari style tents raised up on decks overlooking the Delta, all with lovely en-suite bathrooms. The camp has recently enjoyed a total refurbishment and inside each tent you'll find fabrics in subtle and natural hues, wonderfully firm mattresses, bedside tables, an open armoire for clothes and a luggage rack.
Three of the tents make up The Enclave, which is set a little further away from the main lodge and has its own deck and small dining area. This can be booked as a private camp with completely independent activities, dining and guide. Alternatively, when the camp is full, extra guests are put into The Enclave tents, but still use the main lodge, dine with all the other guests and use a shared guide. The tents in The Enclave are the same as the other five at Shinde.
The open sided central self-service bar and dining area is built on an impressive structure comprising raised wooden decking on various levels, rising towards a canvas roof that's bowed, a little like an old ox-wagon. The camp also has a swimming pool and small curio shop. Shinde boasts a great range of wildlife and a wide variety of activities, including game drives in open 4WD's and walking safaris.
Mokoros and boat trips are also a highlight in the area, while boat trips to Gadikwe Island heronry, which is approximately one hour away, are also possible during the nesting season.
The annual flooding of the Okavango Delta into the rippling sands of the Kalahari, disperses in a myriad of waterways and twinkling lagoons, creating a delicate web of life. Using interactive maps, find out the best time to visit and our recommended Okavango accommodation options.
The Shinde Concession is located in the northeastern Delta and shares a long southern boundary with the Moremi Reserve. There are a large number of big cats including lion, leopard and cheetah, and given the open nature of the environment it's a good area for wild dog.
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