Best Short Okavango Safari

Experience the best of the Okavango with both land and water activities guaranteed year round at Shinde Camp. Set in a game rich private concession in the east of the Okavango, with permanent waters and wide open plains, Shinde delivers a fantastic safari experience at any time of year. A luxurious tented camp delivering a traditional safari experience at excellent value, this is a great camp. Only 4 people per vehicle ensures this is an exclusive safari experience. A great choice for those short on time.

Being set on a private concession allows greater freedom of activities- Shinde offers a full range of experiences with morning, afternoon and evening game drives, off-roading, walking, mokoro, boating and fishing (mainly tilapia and tiger fish). Scenic helicopter flights can also be arranges and are highly recommended.

Shinde lies on a beautiful palm island on the banks of Shinde Lagoon. The area is noted for its varied habitats, with glittering waterways, riverine forest and wide open plains attracting a variety of wildlife. The game is wonderfully varied, large bull elephants roam the plains between herds of antelope. Lions are frequently seen and even cheetah and wild dog are spotted regularly .

The area enjoys good resident game ensuring productive game viewing year round. A great choice for those short on time looking to get the maximum out of their short time in the Okavango.

Day 1 - Shinde Camp

On arrival in Maun, Botswana you will be met by a representative to assist you with your connection on to a light charter flight to Shinde Camp, a short flight of about 25 minutes. This is a scenic flight and a fantastic introduction to the Okavango, you will see elephant and much more if you keep your eyes peeled.

Your guide will be waiting on arrival and will transfer your to camp, a game drive of about 15 minutes, depending on sightings along the way.

After some refreshments and having been introduced to the camp and team you will set off on your afternoon activity, perhaps taking to the water for a mokoro ride or boating along the lagoon and surrounding waterways. Alternatively you may wish to explore more of the land by 4x4 game drives, stopping at a scenic spot to enjoy sundowners as the skies turn pink. Returning to camp with a spotlight you will look out for nocturnal animals as they begin to stir.

The camp fire will be roaring when you return, enjoying a drink around the fire as you meet your fellow guests. Over dinner you will plan your activities for the following day with your guide, who will then escort you to your room for your first night in the Okavango.

Day 2 - Shinde Camp

The next morning you wake early with your choice of hot drink delivered to your tent, followed by a light breakfast. Then you are off on your first safari activity, as agreed with your guide. Mornings are a great time to track the movements of the night before when predators are most active, so perhaps you will head out in the 4x4 and see if you can catch some of the action before the animals retreat to the shade. Alternatively you may enjoy a guide walk in the cool of the morning, a chance to learn more about this unique and beautiful eco-system and for your guide to share his tracking skills.

After a few hours you will stop for a coffee break and some snacks and after about 4 hours you will return to camp, around 10-11am for a hearty brunch and a few hours to relax. No activities run in the heat of the day when most animals rest in the shade- as do you! A great chance to enjoy your lovely room or the common areas of the camp, like the swimming pool and lounge.

Meeting at around 3.30pm for high tea you enjoy some light refreshments and then head out on your afternoon activity- perhaps this time exploring the waterways which are truly beautiful at sunset and attract many animals who come to drink at the end of the day. This is a truly peaceful end to the day.

Over dinner in camp you will plan your final day on safari with your guide.

Day 3 - Shinde Camp

The next morning is another early start, and after a quick breakfast you set off for your final full day in Shinde. Perhaps a game drive to track any interesting movements from the cats and predators that may have occurred overnight. Returning for brunch you will then have a few hours of siesta, relaxing on your private deck or by the pool. The safari never stops and if you keep your eyes open there is always something going on around camp. Around 4pm, after tea and snacks, you set off for your last afternoon activity returning after sunset for your final dinner beneath the stars of an African sky .

Day 4 - End of Safari

The time for your flight to Maun will be finalized the day before and your guide will advise you what time you will be leaving camp. Time permitting you will still enjoy a morning activity though this may be a little shorter than usual.

The flight will always be scheduled to connect with any onward travel arrangements. Depending on the time of departure, as discussed with your guide, you will enjoy one final morning activity and brunch before bidding farewell to the Okavango. The flight to Maun will take approximately 25 minutes, depending on any stops along the way. On arrival a representative will meet you to ensure you connect to your onward travel arrangements.

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Shinde Camp

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