Welcome to Selinda Adventure Trail

An authentic African adventure discovering hidden wonders of an ancient waterway in the tradition of the explorers of old…

An Overview of Selinda Adventure Trail

Many travellers that visit Africa each year do not ever really experience a true, authentic adventure – exploring the wilderness in the same way that Livingstone and Selous did in days of old, immersing themselves totally in the living, breathing essence of Africa’s wilderness, capturing the spirit of this amazing continent on a journey of discovery.

The desire from our guests to find the magic of the undiscovered has given rise over the years to requests for forays into territory only accessible on foot, far from the beaten track. And in 2009 Mother Nature gave us a way to fulfill this desire for impromptu exploration, thanks to epic floodwaters which once more opened the Selinda Spillway, causing it to flow in full for the first time in almost three decades of being bone dry. The annual flooding of the Selinda Spillway now allows us to offer a magnificent, fully guided four-night, five-day canoe trail along almost 45km of this ancient waterway, fly camping on its banks at night and exploring its snaking bends by day.

The Selinda Adventure Trail offers your five days and four nights of unparalleled adventure on a canoe and walking safari like no other, taking you deep into the Spillway’s islands and lagoons that cannot be accessed by any other means.

The stretch of the Spillway we traverse is well known for some of Botswana’s largest herds of buffalo and elephant, roan antelope and the famed Explorer’s pack of African wild dog. Other possible sightings include cheetah, lion and leopard, as well as the “usual suspects” of plains game.

Days are spent paddling gently along the Spillway; stopping regularly for breaks and walks wherever there is something of interest on the banks. Nights are spent in makeshift fly camps consisting of two-man 3m x 3m dome tents, which are prepared for you by our staff, as are all meals.

Each canoe has two guests, their bedrolls and bags. Guests should be strong enough to paddle their own canoes but no previous experience is necessary as tuition is readily given to beginners and novices. The only must is a desire to really explore wild Africa!

Camp Access

The Selinda Adventure Trail begins and ends at the Selinda Airstrip, which is accessible to guests by scheduled air transfers or private charters.

The private Selinda Reserve (Category B) airstrip is licensed for aircraft as large as a King Air, Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Caravan. The co-ordinates are S18″33.95′; E23″30.73′.
Flying time in a Cessna Caravan from Maun to Selinda Airstrip is 45 minutes and from Kasane it’s 50 minutes. Flying times vary depending on the type of aircraft being used and prevailing weather conditions.

Our Footprint

The Selinda Adventure Trail is about as environmentally friendly as a safari gets, using nothing but human energy to paddle the canoes.

Our fly camps are literally here today, gone tomorrow and we leave no trace behind. All food and beverages are canoed by trail staff to camping spots. The small group size and low volume results in minimal impact on the pristine wilderness along Botswana’s Selinda Spillway. The trail operates on a scheduled weekly departure basis seasonally each year, depending on water levels, during the annual flooding of the Spillway.

Location

A 45km stretch of the Selinda Spillway in the private 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana.

Accommodation

Fully inclusive of all meals, all related activities, limited but good selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and park fees. Feel free to bring your own favourite beverage at no additional charge if we don’t have stock of it! Flights are additional.

Number of Guests

Each departure is guaranteed with a minimum of two guests and each departure accommodates a maximum of 8 guests sharing in 4 tents. Should you be the only guest on a particular departure we may have to charge you for 2, but that should not stop you from experiencing one of Africa’s best safari experiences!

Children from 8 years are welcome. Where families travel with children between the ages of 8 & 11, the relevant departure will be closed off as a private departure to allow the guide and staff to maximise the experience around the younger travellers.

Activities

Full day canoeing and bushwalks whilst on the adventure trail with a game drive airstrip transfer in an open 4×4 vehicle at the start and end of the Selinda Adventure Trail.