Kitich Forest Camp

Set in one of the most pristine wilderness areas left on our planet, the brand new Selinda Camp rests on the banks of the Selinda Spillway, as it enters the Linyanti River. The private 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve boasts elephants by the thousands, regular sightings of the Selinda pack of African wild dogs as well as the famous Selinda Lion Pride recently feature in the National Geographic film “Birth of a Pride” by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The area has a sense of remoteness, a true spirit of Africa, and is a great example of Botswana bush embodying a variety of species and rare animals.

The new Selinda Camp represents the meeting place of three cultures; European, Mokololo and Bayei and is themed to resemble that of the thatched village of Sangwali, one that used to house 3,000 warriors and sufficient enough to loan David Livingstone 200 men during his travels. Spears, shields and an African version of Robinson Crusoe is the enduring theme through the camp, and its architectural design elements center around Water, Air, Earth and Fire, all of which ground the design.

Selinda Camp’s design pays homage first and foremost to water, with splashes of blue and crystal-clear swimming pools offering views over the equally immaculate Selinda Spillway to ease your arrival, usually by boat. The billowing silks, which adorn the ceilings of the lounge area, are a tribute to Air and the afternoon breezes that ripple the endless sea of nearby grasses. Earth is represented in the cornucopia of home-grown meals lovingly prepared in our kitchens, fresh from the earth, and the bright flames of our evening Fire complete the ethos of being in harmony with nature’s natural elements.

The camp has three expansive guest tents, each covered under thatch and with large en-suite bathrooms, large private veranda and private swimming pool. Each guest tents is unique, designed with its own color palette and theme. There is in some cultures a fifth element, ‘metal’, which is also incorporated into the design.

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.

In addition to the three main tents, the Selinda Suite (like its fellow Zarafa Dhow Suite and the Duba Plains Suite), consists of a two-bedroom tented villa. The Selinda Suite operates exclusively, as guests enjoy their own private vehicle, safari guide, chef, manager/butler and entrance to their residence.

The safari drives, walks, boating, tracking, birding and other bespoke viewing activities are designed to place you in front of the best wildlife the area has to offer for a unique one on one life changing experience, from leopards to elephants and hippos and aim to tick off as many as the 200 or more bird species in the area.

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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