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SILVER ISLAND SAFARIS 

The word safari originated from the word "safar", an Arabic verb meaning "to make a journey." From there, you get the noun "safariya," or journey and then safari which is a Swahili synonym of the Arabic version.

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As many of you know Lissa and I were born in Southern Africa and so it holds a very special place in our hearts. During the winter months of the Northern hemisphere we like to head south in search of some winter sun. And we are thrilled that you are joining us!

 

We have taken over a beautiful camp called Shinde in the Okavango Delta to offer 14 of our guests a week yoga safari of a lifetime. Lissa and I will be there along with fellow South African, Lisa Wright, one of our first teachers on Silver Island who will be hosting the Yoga.

The dates for our retreats are WEEK 1: 14-20th of January 2024, WEEK 2: 20-26th of January 2024 and as well as the yoga we will explore this beautiful private concession on game drives, walks and gently mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) cruises along the waterways.

 

Below you will find all the information about the camp and what is on offer. We hope that this will be the first of many Safaris with us, especially those who have never been to Africa before.

 

We can't wait to share this with you.

 

With love

Claire and Lissa.

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MORE ABOUT SHINDE OUR HOME FOR THE WEEK

 

Shinde is built in a “treehouse style” comprising of lounges, dining areas (indoor and outdoor) and a fire deck all with beautiful views over a permanent lagoon and under the shade of ebony and mangosteen trees. The newly refurbished tents and main area provide a luxury experience with a touch of historical charm. The décor of the new camp can be described as “the best of nature within an authentic safari design – still with the understated, friendly and intimate Ker & Downey Botswana feel”. Elegant, Classic, Opulent., a ‘worldly’ sophisticated safari experience.​

 

Shinde has an excellent team to take care of our every need and they have specially prepared a vegetarian or vegan menu for you to choose from.

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ACTIVITIES

Shinde is situated on a private concession, so in our free time before and after our yoga classes, we can participate in guided walks, mokoro excursions, game drives and motor boat trips in addition to night drives. 

 

Shinde’s excellent location in the Okavango Delta ensures a combination of permanent water access for year-round water activities and large dry areas for game drive routes. This blend of environments provides the habitat for a consistently wide variety of wildlife, including the elusive sitatunga antelope and a healthy population of the most iconic African animals like elephant, lion, leopard, giraffe and antelope. 

 

Mokoro trips provide a chance to experience the incredible bird, plant and reptile species found in the aquatic habitat of the Okavango Delta. Game drives are conducted by a personal guide in comfortable, specially designed game drive vehicles. For the more adventurous, guided walks are also available.​ Or you can just relax by the pool and watch the animals come by! 

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ACCOMMODATION​

Each tent comprises of a large bedroom, en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower. There is the choice of either a double or twin bed configuration. Every possible comfort has been catered for.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS RETREAT

  • Chartered return flights from Maun to the Okavango Delta.

  • All meals - Vegetarian or Vegan.

  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

  • Twin or double tent accommodation.

  • Morning & evening outdoor yoga on the deck overlooking the Okavango.

  • Complimentary Toiletries.

  • All yoga equipment.

  • Private concession offering both land and water activities.

  • Game drives and night drives with spot light.

  • Exploring the delta by motor boat and mokoro.

  • Walking safaris accompanied by expertly trained and armed guides.

  • Laundry. 

  • Gratuities to camp employees based on the tipping guidelines of Ker & Downey. Customarily, $10 per person per day can be placed in the Tip Box provided in the camps, Camp Managers distribute the latter among the camp employees.

 

Shindi has been Awarded five star status by Botswana Tourism Board and is EcoTourism Certified. You can participate in as many or as few of the activates as you would like. It’s your holiday, we want you to find a pace that is enjoyable for you.

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights to Maun, Botswana via Johannesburg

  • Gratuities to guides based on the tipping guidelines of Ker & Downey. Tipping is not obligatory. It is, however, appropriate if you feel that the measure of service you received warrants a show of your personal appreciation, this is purely discretionary. $20 per day will go to your driver/guide directly.