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.
To start planning your vacation to Selinda Camp
Newly reopened in June 2019 after an extensive rebuild, Selinda Camp is a luxurious camp located on the private 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve. This area of the Linyanti boasts wonderful views over the floodplains and elephants by the thousands.
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 new camp comprises three expansive guest tents, each under thatch with large en-suite bathrooms, a private veranda and swimming pool. Each room has been individually decorated in its own color palette and theme. The overall design of the camp pays homage to the watery surrounds, with blue hues throughout and billowing silks and natural materials to bring a unique sense of the African wilderness within. In addition to the three main tents, there is a Selinda Suite which consists of a two-bedroom tented villa, and operates separately to provide guests with a completely exclusive safari experience.
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, spring hare, hyena and perhaps even the elusive leopard. The camp is partly owned by the renowned wildlife documentary film makers 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 three spacious, luxury tents are erected under cool thatch canopies, with all units having panoramic views across palm-studded floodplains. Each tent has large en-suite facilities along with a private veranda as well as each room coming with a swimming pool. 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, as well as professional Canon camera equipment and Leica binoculars in each room for complimentary guest use. The brand new Selinda Suite also offers the opportunity for guests to have a completely exclusive stay including game activities.
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. The Selinda Site welcomes families of up to 5 people from the age of 6 years.
The main area of Selinda Camp has an interactive chef's kitchen, a wine cellar and spa, as well as artwork by Keith Joubert (Derek's late-brother). The camp also has a plunge pool for guests to enjoy between safaris and a curio shop.
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.
Boat safari in the Okavango Delta
Travel through the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a boat safari, exploring the papyrus reeds and hippo habitats with your guide. The smooth ride offers a soothing alternative to time spent in a vehicle. Always subject to water levels.
Great Plains Young Explorers club
Children of all ages have the opportunity to experience a safari like no other with the Great Plains Young Explorers club. With a huge variety of activities to take part in, kids will love this interactive and educational adventure.
Walking Safaris and Nature Walks
Walking in the African bush with a professional safari guide is a fantastic experience. Enjoy a completely different perspective on foot than from a vehicle.
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.