Game drives and walks
Guests staying at Shindzela Tented Camp can enjoy the following safari activities:
Two game drives a day (in the morning and late afternoon into the early evening) in open 4×4 safari vehicles, accompanied by qualified guides.
One morning walking trail and one afternoon game drive into the early evening, accompanied by qualified guides.
Important: Should you wish to participate in a morning walking safari, please chat to your guide upon arrival in camp to arrange this.
Children 10 years and older may participate in game drives. Unfortunately, no one under 16 years of age is allowed on walking safaris. An upper age-limit does not apply to driving safaris, but the limit is 60 years for walking safaris. Should you be over the age of 60 years, you are welcome to present a medical certificate from your doctor, stating that you are in a good physical condition to walk for about 2.5 to 3 hours in the South African bush terrain.
Our open Land Cruisers can comfortably accommodate 10 guests per vehicle. A maximum of 8 guests are allowed on a walking safari.
Your safari guide will give you a safety briefing before your driving or walking safari, so that you are aware of 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 is ample opportunity 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 during all activities, but under the guidance of the safari guides.
Important: Also read the Camp Safety Rules.
We offer two game drives a day – one drive early morning and one late afternoon and early evening, lasting for approximately 3 to 3.5 hours, depending on animal movements.
Since we operate within a private concession area, we are permitted to drive off-road into the bush to follow predators or for unusual sightings; we can stay out longer during activities (depending on the animal sightings), including late-afternoon/early evening drives.
Walking safaris 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 armed trails guides. A maximum of 8 guests are allowed on a guided walk. No children under 16, no adults over 60 years of age. Should you be over the upper age-limit, please present a medical certificate from your doctor, stating that you are in a good physical condition to partake in the walking activity. Children 16 to 21 years of age are to be accompanied by their parents/guardians.
For your own safety and enjoyment, guests participating in walking trails should adhere strictly to the instructions given by the guides. All those wishing to participate in walking safaris should be in a good physical condition and understand and speak English
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, wildebeest and impala), the habitats of certain smaller animals, and the vegetation. There is, however, always the possibility of encountering larger animals on foot. If this happens, remember to follow 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.
A typical day at Shindzela Tented Camp
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.
Shindzela Tented Camp contact number
Office/Emergency: +2782 307 9493.