Selinda Concession, Linyanti, Botswana
At a Glance
Morning and afternoon game drives in the fascinating and diverse Selinda Reserve
After a delicious brunch, relax around the refreshing plunge pool
Seasonal fly-fishing is on offer on a catch-and-release basis
Drift lazily up the river on a boat cruise
With a strong photographic focus, this camp is highly recommended for both professionals and amateurs
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Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.
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Situated in The Selinda Reserve, a 1350km private reserve, that straddles the Selinda Spillway, Selinda Camp offers nine luxury tents on raised decks under cool thatch canopies with wonderful views over the floodplains and their resident game.
Selinda Camp is built on a shady island overlooking the waters of the dramatic Selinda Spillway, an ephemeral waterway which is the focal point in a vast private concession in northern Botswana. With its large, game-rich floodplains, Selinda Camp offers a unique wildlife experience.
The nine large, luxury tents have exceptional views across palm studded floodplains. The en-suite bathrooms are uniquely "open air" with lots of natural light, yet screened and virtually bug-proof. Four-poster beds with mosquito nets and overhead fans form the centerpiece of each room, surrounded by furniture and artifacts collected from around Africa. The main areas comprise a series of expansive decks, and set apart is the photo/art gallery built above a temperature-controlled wine cellar. The Selinda is host to a wide variety of bird species (300+) and wildlife, including hippo, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, cheetah, wild dog, lion, plenty of elephant and several species of antelope. Night drives allow guests to see nocturnal species such as porcupine, springhare, hyena and perhaps even the elusive leopard.
The camp is partly owned by the renowned wildlife documentary filmmakers Dereck and Beverley Joubert - examples of their work, particularly Beverley's photographs, dot the walls of the lodge, and the game drives are very tailored to those who have a photographic bent. The Selinda Reserve is noted for its large population of Wild Dog, with many documentaries being made here, charting the lives of these fascinating animals.
Selinda Camp's nine spacious, luxury tents are erected under cool thatch canopies, with all units having panoramic views across palm-studded floodplains. Each tent has en-suite facilities - a stone bath being the highlight. The bathroom is uniquely "open air" with lots of natural light, yet is screened and virtually insect-proof. The tents are spacious and beautifully appointed with furniture and features that have been collected from around Africa. Four-poster mosquito nets and overhead fans are standard at Selinda Camp and there is also a family room. There is also wifi available in each guest tent.
The camp welcomes children over the age of 8 years. Food and meal times can be adapted to suit younger guests and babysitting can be provided on request. There is a family room at Selinda making it the perfect base for a family safari.
The camp has a plunge pool for guests to enjoy between safaris and there is also a curio shop, a hide for game viewing and a wine cellar.
Daily activities at Selinda Camp revolve around morning, afternoon and night game drives with experienced, professional guides in custom-built 4x4 Land Cruisers. Short walks from camp accompanied by a guide are encouraged to get to know some of Selinda's smaller creatures. Seasonal boating is also available.
Katie Fewkes (Staff)
This is a safari camp designed by people who love, live and breathe safari - you can just tell! The location is breathtaking, with the mix of grassy floodplains, the Selinda spillway, and towering palm trees in the distance, and arriving by boat is delightful, with a pod of hippos waiting to greet us near camp. The atmosphere is serene and relaxed, with charming and friendly staff who are all keen to meet you and shake your hand, and who have an impressive knack for remembering your name!
All the little details are what makes Selinda special - a deck big enough to do a spot of yoga during siesta time; a light switch by your head so you can switch on the lights when your early morning wake up call comes without scrabbling around a tent in the dark, plenty of drinking water; and a bucket of ice so you can have a cool drink whenever you want; a pair of Swarovski binoculars to borrow; a multiple plug-point for charging your camera batteries. As I say, a safari camp designed by people who have done this many many times before - I really appreciated all of these little touches.
You can please yourself here, whether you want to spend as long as possible out game-viewing or if you'd rather just have a relaxed afternoon and just pop out for a sundowner. Although for me, the game here is too good to justify sitting around in camp - but that's just me!
My guide Mkombe was a real legend, with a great sense of humor and superb knowledge of the wildlife and the terrain. We were lucky enough to see the Selinda Spillway as it started flowing again near Explorers camp, and drove to where the water had stopped for the day, watching as storks lurked in wait of fish who were about to unwittingly reach the end of the road. It was such a privilege to see nature in action like this, and we heard that the next day the spillway had traveled a further 2km downstream. We also spotted a rare antelope, one of a kind, a cross between a waterbuck and a red lechwe, who was rather popular with the lady waterbuck crowd! So it was a game-drive of firsts and lasts, I doubt I'll ever see either of these phenomenons of nature again, and for that I'll always remember this very special spot.
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Location & directions
Selinda Concession, Linyanti, Botswana
Selinda Camp is built on a 320,000-acre private island, Selinda Reserve, overlooking the waters of the dramatic Selinda Spillway, in the Linyanti region of Northern Botswana.
How to get there
Fly into Johannesburg, followed by a 2-hour international flight to Maun. Flying times from Maun to Selinda Airfield is a 45-minutes. The road transfer to camp from the airstrip is approximately 45-minutes, with time for game viewing en route. When water levels rise, boat for transfers may be used. This transfer is a combination of a 15-minute drive to the boat dock and then a 15-minute boat ride to camp.