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Shinde Footsteps

Shinde Footsteps is an exclusive camp in the lovely Shinde Concession in the north-eastern Okavango Delta.

Shinde Footsteps is a wonderful little camp with an exclusive and beautiful location and operates with only six guests at any one time. Its recent refurbishment and rebranding (formerly Footsteps Camp), while certainly raising the level of accommodation, has still retained an authentic bush camp feel where you feel very much a part of the natural environment, often with game strolling through camp. There is a small and friendly team to look after you and activities are led by excellent guides. While no longer a purely walking-focused camp, Shinde Footsteps does offer the option to book a specialist walking guide and so is a great option for those who want to explore the Delta in more depth, without losing too many creature comforts. With its intimate size, Shinde Footsteps makes the perfect choice to book exclusively for small groups and families; and with Ker and Downey’s excellent Young Explorers programme, the camp is a fantastic option for families with children aged from seven years. Footsteps offers good value for money, with flexible options for a more specialist safari.


Accommodation is offered in four tents, including one family tent, which are built on to raised timber decks with a verandah to the fore. The bedroom includes double or twin beds, a writing desk and storage for clothes/luggage. To the side of each bedroom are en suite facilities including a vanity, flush toilet and indoor and outdoor plumbed showers. The family tent has two bedrooms sharing a bathroom.

Central Areas

The central area consists of an open sided lounge and dining tent, each built on to timber platforms, and camp fire and all overlooking the lagoon.


Wi-Fi – Yes
Power for charging – Yes
Swimming pool – No (coming later in 2024)

Habitat & Wildlife

The Shinde Concession covers just over 90 sq. kilometres and is located on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta. There is a varied habitat from permanent waterways and vast papyrus swamps to wide open plains and open woodland. Footsteps is located beside a river system in the northern part of the concession, a beautiful area set aside principally for walking. Resident wildlife includes lion, leopard, hyaena, elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and plenty of general game. Roan, eland, sitatunga, wild dog and cheetah are sometimes seen.


Activities include morning and afternoon game drives, night drives, walking safaris, boat cruises and mokoro excursions. Fishing is also offered from March to December. For those interested in a more serious walking safari, a specialist walking safari guide can be booked at extra cost to explore the concession in depth and itineraries can be created to walk between Shinde main camp and Footsteps Camp.


Shinde Footsteps is open year round, though game viewing is best from June onwards.

Children from seven years and above are welcomed and there is a dedicated family tent with two bedrooms sharing a bathroom. Ker & Downey, the camp’s owners, operate an excellent Young Explorers programme which can be booked at extra cost and includes a specialist family guide to host the safari with flexible activities focusing around the needs of the children whilst allowing the adults to learn about the bush and also get some well-earned relaxation time.

Ker & Downey Botswana, owners of Footsteps, supports Maun-based NGO Bana Ba Letsatsi (Children of the Sun) which assists northern Botswana’s orphaned and vulnerable children by providing them with food, clothing, education and counselling as well as sporting, art and musical activities. Ker & Downey provide monthly donations to the organisation based on a percentage of their safari sales. The children also regularly attend the BBL Wildlife Club which is run by Ker & Downey’s specialist guides who encourage them to develop an interest and respect for their wildlife. Bana Ba Letsatsi has been introduced to the Pack For A Purpose organisation which means that Ker & Downey Botswana’s guests may use the space in their luggage to bring in donations of clothes, toys and educational materials for the children.

Ker & Downey Botswana also support Rhino Conservation Botswana where a donation is included in each booking fee for one particular camp.