Selinda Camp

Selinda Camp is located in the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana along the eastern banks of the Selinda Spillway, near the confluence of the Linyanti, Savute and Kwando Rivers. At the peak of dry season, this concession boasts elephants by the thousands and regular sightings of the Selinda pack of African wild dogs.  Set under an impressive thatch structure, Selinda’s décor is centered on the four elements of air, water, fire and earth with art by Keith Joubert. The camp has nine expansive tents, each cooled by thatch and with large en-suite bathrooms and private verandahs. It is a very careful blend of humble bush camp with some extra bells ‘n’ whistles, making for a home away from home atmosphere. This careful mix makes Selinda Camp a popular favorite.

Each of Selinda Camp's eight spacious, sturdy canvas tents is shaded with thatch roofing and raised on wooden decks with a large private verandah for a slice of one’s own private Africa. Each tent has a small seating area and desk. Selinda’s little surprise is the extended en suite dressing and dual basin vanity area complete with a deep stone bath and antique shower. One of the tents is a family unit, consisting of one main bedroom, a kid’s room and two bathrooms connected by a wrap-around deck.  Selinda’s commanding main lounge and dining area is raised with views of the Spillway. Nearby is the large walk-in wine cellar and art gallery as well as the curio shop. After the day’s events, the pool is a welcome respite, and then a drink around the fire pit rounds out the day.

A patchwork of microhabitats, Selinda Reserve hosts a staggering diversity of wildlife. The open plains are an ideal habitat for cheetah and the thicker woodlands are refuge for leopard. It is famous for elephant and lion, wild dog and hippo, buffalo and giraffe and the more rarely seen roan and sable. Some days we will spend hours with a single herd of elephants; other days we may track predators, or wait in a hide for Slaty egrets to arrive and fish. Each winter we wait hopefully for the Selinda pack of African wild dogs to pick their den, which is often near camp.

The Selinda Reserve is west (upstream) from Savute Channel and Chobe, so it has all the advantages of both of those famous areas but with the tremendous advantage of exclusivity. It is a truly spectacular and unique landscape

Selinda Camp offers game drives throughout the day focusing primarily on early morning and afternoon and early evening game drives but full day drives are common if guests prefer. The camp has four custom built Land cruisers specially designed for our conditions and photography (fold-down screens, raised roofs, photographic bars, multi-plug invertors). With just four to six guests each, the Cruisers are fully stocked with drinks and snacks.

Selinda is primarily a land-based camp; however, boating is possible on the Spillway in one of the camp’s two powerboats, water level dependent; and you can toss the bait with some rod/reel fishing from March to December each year.  If stretching one’s legs and getting a feel for Africa by foot is the guest’s preference, then it’s possible to arrange morning walks. In the mid-day, during siesta, guests can take refuge in our hide overlooking the Spillway and do some birding.

Sleep outs under a mosquito net on a raised platform in the African wild are available for those who want an extra adventure.

Selinda Camp is only accessible to guests by scheduled air transfers or private air charters. On arrival at the airfield, the road transfer to camp is approximately 45 minutes, allowing time for game viewing en route. During flood season, when water levels rise, we often use a boat for these transfers. This transfer is a combination of a 15-minute drive to the boat dock and then a 15-minute boat ride to camp. We prefer to use the boat for transfers whenever logistically feasible.

Flying time in a Cessna Caravan from Maun to Selinda Airfield is 45 minutes and from Kasane it is 50 minutes. Flying times vary depending on the type of aircraft being used and prevailing weather conditions.

CAMP SIZE 
• 8 (or 9 for groups) double or twin configuration tents & 1 guide room;    
• Triples for children sharing with adults can be arranged upon request.

LODGE SEASON & OPENING  
• Year Round.

IDEAL LENGTH OF STAY   
• 3-4 Nights,

TENT DETAILS
BEDROOM
• Large tents under thatch on raised, wooden decking with private verandah connected by sliding wood door;
• Each tent has a small sitting area and desk;
• Either twin or double bed configuration;
• Canvas is green, with netted windows, overhead fans and wood-framed doors;
• Special two-room family tent two bedrooms and bathrooms.

BATHROOM
• Each tent has en-suite bathroom with deep stone tub, indoor shower, flush loo, dressing area and double basins;
• The large bathroom is connected to the main tent by double sliding wood doors;
• Hot and cold running water;
• Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and hairdryers provided.

CONSTRUCTION
• Canvas tent on raised wooden decking.
 
TEMPERATURE CONTROL
• Overhead ceiling fan.

MOSQUITO NETS
• Fly netting on all tent sides and over beds as well as ultrasound repellent device.

FOOD & DRINK
• All meals included. All drinks and beverages are included with the exception of imported champagnes and spirits;
• Excellent: three delicious meals a day are provided. We are extremely flexible on timings. Picnic breakfasts or lunch (or both) are the norm due to very active game drives, often delivered to the bush! • All dietary requirements are catered for from regular to vegan to children, prior warning requested.

DINING STYLE
• Group meals and/or individual tables, a la carte (menu options).

DINING LOCATIONS
• Indoor and outdoor.

ROOM SERVICE
• No.

CENTRAL FACILITIES/ COMMON AREAS
• Large thatched main area with two lounges and large dining area;
• Central pool area;
• Climate controlled walk-in wine cellar;
• Art gallery and curio shop;
• Coffee/tea station;
• Fire pit and seating.

POSSIBILITY OF DISABLED ACCESS
• The camp layout is not conducive to wheelchair bound guests due to dirt pathways and uneven terrain;
• For the walking impaired, Tent 3 is in close proximity to the main area with minimal steps.

LAUNDRY
• Included in nightly tariff - next day service, weather permitting.

SHOP/BOUTIQUE
• Selling locally and regionally produced crafts, many of which support local community projects in the nearby Okavango panhandle.

SPA/GYM
• Yoga mats, weights and bands are provided in each suite;
• In-room massage is available at additional cost.

EQUIPMENT
• Swarovski 8x42 binoculars in every guest tent.

PRIVATE VEHICLE
• Available at additional cost, based on availability.
 
CHILDREN
• We look forward to having children stay with us that are 6 years and older;
• Families with children 6-11 could be accommodated in the same vehicle as other guests;
• Children under 6 will be considered, if the group books the entire camp on exclusive use;
• Young children must be supervised as the camp is open with high predator densities in and around camp and there is water surrounding camp;
• Children must be a minimum of 12 years old to participate in extensive walking activities (Young Explorers program excepted);
• Young Explorers program – thoughtfully designed to explore a range of experiences and topics from birding to cooking to art to tracking wildlife.

POWER & COMMUNICATIONS SOURCE
• The camp is run by a combination of solar and generator power;
• The system produces 220V, 24-hour electricity to the tents and main area;
• Universal plug points in each tent.

HEALTH & SAFETY
MALARIA
• Minimal – Malaria prophylaxis are recommended if guests are concerned but this is a remote area with little occurrence.

MEDICAL CARE
• Guests must hold comprehensive medical insurance and emergency evacuation insurance;
• Senior staff all has first aid training; • Nearest decent medical facility is in Maun, and then Johannesburg.

RISK OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS
• Moderate – high predator density area.

SECURITY MEASURES
• None. There are no populations nearby, and no uninvited guests.

FIRE SAFETY
• Fire extinguishers in every tent.

MONEY MATTERS
SAFES

• Safes are provided in every room.
 
ACCEPTED PAYMENT ON LOCATION
• All-inclusive. Staff gratuities can be paid in Botswana Pula, South African Rands, US Dollars (2004 bills or later only) or GB Pounds;
• Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted (No Amex or Diners).



 

 

Selinda Camp is a  member of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few pounds or kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for our Conservation Education Program and our Women’s Craft Groups operating in Gudigwa and Seronga, you will make a priceless impact in the lives of local children and families.

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