Drives and walks
Guests staying at Shindzela Tented Camp have the option of two safari activities per day:
1. Two game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles with an experienced guide and tracker.
2. One game drive and one morning walking safari with experienced guides.
Should you wish to participate in a morning walking safari, please speak to your guide upon arrival in camp to arrange this.
Children 10 years and older may participate in game drives. No one under 16 years of age allowed on walking safaris.
Our open Land Cruisers can comfortably accommodate 10 guests per vehicle. A maximum of 8 guests are allowed on a walking safari.
An upper age-limit does not apply to driving safaris, but the limit is 65 years for walking safaris. For various reasons, including all guests’ wellbeing and enjoyment, this is not negotiable.
Your safari guide will give you a thorough safety briefing before your driving or walking safari, so that you are comfortable with the rules and safety instructions pertaining to the particular activity.
Please do remember that you are in a wildlife environment, and it is important to listen to your guide at all times. Please feel free to ask questions.
There are ample opportunities to stop during a game drive or a walk to examine interesting features of the environment, observe animals and generally learn more about the African bush.
Photography is allowed on all activities, but under the guidance of your safari guide.
NB: Also read Shindzela Tented Camp’s safety rules.
The game drives – one drive early morning and one late afternoon and early evening last for approximately 3 to 3.5 hours, depending on animal movements, and are conducted in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve on Shindzela’s traversing concession.
The best times to view game are the early hours of the morning and during late afternoon. This is when most game species are active. During the heat of the day many animals tend to seek shade. Late-afternoon/night game drives bring you into contact with nocturnal animals such as bush babies, civets, genets, African wildcats and porcupines – in addition to the big cats.
Since we operate in a private concession area, we are permitted to drive off-road into the bush in search of predators or unusual sightings; and – depending on sightings – we can stay out later on activities, including during late-afternoon/night drives.
Our guides will do their utmost to offer guests sightings of big-five animals without neglecting the smaller creatures and other interesting facts pertaining to the African bush.
Among other things, they will endeavour to track the big mammals in the bush, inform you of the insect and plant life and point out some of the bird species in the area. Also be on the lookout for crocodiles and hippo at dams. If you’re fortunate, you may even see wild dog.
For their own safety and enjoyment, guests participating in game drives should adhere strictly to the instructions given by the guides.
A typical day on a driving safari
Summer/winter (times may vary. depending on the season and animal activity):
05:00/06:00 – Wake-up call (early but worth it!)
05:15/06:15 – Morning coffee and rusks in the dining room before departure
05:30/06:30 – Morning safari departs
07:30/08:00 – Stop for morning coffee-break somewhere in the bush
09:00/10:00 – Back at Camp for breakfast/brunch
11:00 – Check-out (for those guests leaving)
11:00-14:30 – If you are not checking out, then enjoy time around the pool or just relaxing in the lounge with a book; or take a nap in your tent
14:30/15:00 – Lunch
15:00/16:00 – Afternoon safari departs
17:30/18:00 – Stop for a sundowner
18:30/19:30 – Return to camp. Time to freshen up or just relax around the campfire before dinner
20:00/19:00 – Dinner
What to wear/bring
Neutral-coloured safari clothing, a hat, comfortable, closed walking shoes, a fleece and a light raincoat (depending on the weather), sunblock, a camera, and binoculars.
Walking safari outings usually last between 2 and 2.5 hours. During the summer months, these may be of shorter duration due to the thicker vegetation and summer heat.
All walking trails are led by experienced, armed trails guides. A maximum of 8 guests are allowed on a guided walk. No children under 16, no adults over 65 years of age. Children 16 to 21 years of age to be accompanied by an adult(s).
For their own safety and enjoyment, guests participating in walking trails should adhere strictly to the instructions given by the guides.
The walking trails are not specifically focused on seeking the Big Five, but rather on educating guests about the safari environment as a whole,
including the insect and plant life, general game (giraffe, zebra and impala), the habitats of certain smaller animals, and vegetation. There is, however, always the possibility of encountering larger animals on foot. If this happens, remember to listen to your guide’s instructions.
Please note that our walking trails are weather permitting. For example, if in the opinion of the specific guide it is too windy or rainy, no walk will be conducted.
Please do let your guide know upon arrival at the camp if you would like to participate in a walking trail.
Shindzela Tented Camp contact number
Office/Emergency: +2782 307 9493.