Overlooking the Selinda Spillway, a unique seasonal waterway which links the Okavango Delta with the game-rich floodplains of the Linyanti Swamps is Selinda Camp. The Selinda Reserve, within which the lodge lies, is upstream from both Savute Channel and Chobe, so it has all the advantages of both of those impressive landscapes.
The area is home to some of the largest herds of buffalo and elephant in Southern Africa and it is one of the last great bastions of the endangered African wild dog. Prior to Great Plains Conservation taking over the Selinda Reserve in 2006 the wildlife had been hunted down to virtually nothing. It is now one of the finest wildlife areas in Botswana, if not Africa, and is now used as a base from which researchers are working to protect iconic species like elephants and Africa's big cats.
Selinda Camp has been rebuilt in recent years to an even higher standard of luxury, and the nine spacious, luxury tents, including a family room, stand under cool thatch canopies, and boast open air bathrooms and panoramic views. Authentic African furniture and features complete the luxurious ethnic atmosphere.
Guests can enjoy the surrounding views and wildlife from a series of expansive decks. Fine cuisine is served on the open "star deck". The lodge also offers an art gallery over a wine cellar and curio shop. Guests can also enjoy a small plunge pool and the traditional campfire as well as massages from the onsite therapist.
Selinda Camp uses only natural material wherever possible, from locally procured timber and thatch to harnessing the sun for the camp's energy uses. Even vegetable matter is recycled into methane and then used for cooking in the biogas facility.
How to get to Selinda Camp
Situated in Northern Botswana on the 320,000-acre private Selinda Reserve, accessible by light aircraft. From Maun to Selinda Airfield is 45 minutes and from Kasane it is 50 minutes. From the airfield its either a 45 min drive or, during flood season, a 15 min boat ride followed by a 15 min drive.
Activities at Selinda Camp
Early morning and late afternoon/early evening game drives in an open 4x4 vehicle, guided bush walks, boat-based activities when water levels permit and in-room massages.
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Alan and Claire5
Our favourite, great wildlife and birds, and the food was fantastic.Read full trip review