Selinda Adventure Trail
Selinda Concession, Linyanti, Botswana
At a Glance
The ultimate safari adventure in Botswana – 4 days traversing a remote and pristine waterway
Explore untouched areas which are unreachable by vehicle
Impromptu exploration and bush walks, camping under the stars by tent on uninhabited islands
Small group size led by the most qualified guides provides a safe and memorable trip
Operates from mid April to early October during the annual flooding of the Selinda Spillway
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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.
The Adventure Trail operates as a small group set departure, with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 guests per departure. The Trail runs in April, May, June, July, August and September each year.
To start planning your vacation to Selinda Adventure Trail
An exciting and active trip through some of the Selinda’s most picturesque channels, exploring both by canoe and on foot, accompanied by one of Selinda’s very top guides, reaching those areas of the Reserve that would otherwise remain locked away.
In the Kwando-Linyanti area of Botswana lies the Selinda Spillway, a dry riverbed for nearly thirty years until Summer 2009 when the Kwando-Linyanti river system and the Okavango delta both overflowed into the spillway. These waters crept along the riverbed and finally met, creating the spillway that we know today – a seasonal flowing river and a mecca for all the wildlife which moves between the Delta and the Linyanti. The area was transformed, with lily-covered lagoons and tributaries springing up, waiting for adventurers to explore them! Depending on the season and water levels, canoeing is not always possible, so you will either enjoy a combined canoeing and walking safari, or if the water levels are too low, a purely guided walking safari experience - both offering a true safari adventure.
The Selinda Adventure Trail takes perfect advantage of these wonderful surroundings, offering a 5-day, 4-night fully serviced mobile camping trip along the banks of the spillway. Your accommodation is in a comfortable flycamp, with a new setup every evening. After a day’s canoeing, the spirit lamps of your camp will guide you in, warm water will be waiting for you along with a cool drink, and you can relax around a roaring camp fire as the friendly camp staff prepare a delicious dinner.
The Adventure Trail is by no means a routemarch – the pace is gentle and unhurried, with frequent stops along the way to birdwatch, or drift slowly up to larger game such as elephant and buffalo. Frequently, the canoes will be moored and the party will set out on foot to explore remote islands, or meander along the bank whenever something has been spotted. The trail is led by a professional and experienced guide, who will gently introduce his guests to the wonders the Spillway has to offer. The canoes used on the trail are large, stable Canadian canoes, with comfortable seats (each with a back-rest), and a bit of space for each guest to take along their day pack and camera – the photo opportunities are incredible! The trail starts with a stunning scenic helicopter transfer, an incredible way to arrive and begin your journey.
The Selinda Adventure Trail works perfectly in conjunction with other camps in the Okavango or the Kwando-Linyanti – and also forms part of the spectacular “Saddle and Paddle” trip which we are delighted to recommend! Ask us for more details!
The safari team sets up 3 x 2.4m canvas dome tents for you each night. They are furnished with comfortable bed rolls with thick foam mattresses, linen and pillows. Communal bathroom facilities containing a bucket shower facility and bush lavatory are also set-up. Towels are provided. The camping is fully serviced, so you will arrive to find camp ready and set up, so no need to worry about assembling tents yourselves!
Children over 14 years are welcome to join the Selinda Adventure Trail. Parents should be warned that as the trail runs though a wilderness area with no fences to stop dangerous wildlife cutting across your path, children will need to remain under close supervision by their parents at all times.
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.
Game Drives in Botswana
Viewing wildlife from a vehicle is the best way to get up close to big game. Allow your professional safari guide to cover ground to guarantee you some unforgettable sightings in Africa's premier safari destination.
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.
Botswana for Teenagers
Makgadikgadi Pans, Linyanti & Victoria Falls
from $10700 pp 10 nights
- Active teenagers will love the chance to do a canoeing safari along the Selinda spillway, and horse ride in the Makgadikgadi
- Explore the untamed wilderness of the Selinda Concession and the Makgadikgadi Pans to see how vastly different they are
- Head across the Makgadikgadi Pans on a quad bike or by horseback to see what this moonscape landscape is really like
Location & directions
Selinda Concession, Linyanti, Botswana
The Selinda Adventure Trail runs along the Selinda Spillway (also known as the Magwegqana Spillway), located in the 1,350km² Selinda Reserve. The reserve extends from the Okavango Delta to the south, to the Linyanti/Kwando rivers ecosystem to the east, with the Spillway connecting the two.
How to get there
Fly into Selinda airstrip (a 30-minute flight from Maun or a 50-minute flight from Kasane). Then two to three hour transfer by 4 wheel drive to the start of the trail. Fly out from Selinda airstrip at the end of the canoe trail.