Welcome to Selinda Camp
You could easily spend a lifetime in this amazing place and still find wonder in everything you see…
Fully inclusive of all activities, meals, park fees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium spirits). Flights are additional and can be arranged on your behalf.
We normally accommodate a maximum of 18 guests sharing in 9 tented villas, including a family room for those travelling with children. An additional guide’s tent is also available.
Children from 6 years are welcome.
Early morning and late afternoon/early evening game drives in an open 4×4 vehicle, guided bush walks, boat-based activities when water levels permit and in-room massages.
Northern Botswana on the 320,000-acre private Selinda Reserve.
The sky slowly lightens and then turns dark orange, with groves of magnificent borassus palms thrown sharply into silhouette against the onset of dawn… Sunrise at Selinda Camp is nothing less than spectacular and to be savoured as only life-changing memories can.
Set in one of the most pristine wilderness areas left on our planet, the Selinda Camp rests on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana’s startlingly beautiful and remote 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve.
The Selinda Spillway is an ancient waterway which flows in two directions, weaving its way as it links the far-reaches of the vast Okavango Delta in the south with the Linyanti wetlands in the west, receiving water from both. Further west is the Savute Channel, Chobe and the mighty Zambezi. North lays Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and Angola…
Home to some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo left in Southern Africa, this powerful place is one of the last great bastions of the endangered African wild dog – lycaon pictus – the “painted wolf”.
Designed with the elements in mind, Selinda Camp pays homage first and foremost to water, with splashes of blue and a crystal-clear swimming pool offering views over the equally immaculate Selinda Spillway. 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 grasses. Earth is represented in the cornucopia of home-grown meals lovingly prepared in our kitchens and the bright flames of our evening fire complete the ethos of being in harmony with nature.
Extensive raised decks give a sense of being part of forever as you gaze out over seemingly endless floodplains where wildlife abounds. But it wasn’t always this way. When Great Plains Conservation took over the Selinda Reserve in 2006 it was to rescue it – the concession and its wildlife had been hunted down to virtually nothing. Now it’s one of the finest wildlife areas in Botswana, if not Africa, and provides a base from which researchers are taking important strides in the effort to conserve and protect iconic species like elephants and Africa’s big cats.
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.
Selinda Camp’s (Category B) airfield 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 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.
When we rebuilt Selinda Camp in 2007 we ensured that its impact on the environment was as low as possible. We have achieved this to the extent that if we packed up the camp there would be no evidence of its existence in less than six months.
We use natural materials wherever possible, which is evident in the locally procured timber and thatch. All of our energy comes from the sun and all solid waste is separated and transported to Maun where it is recycled. Nothing is burnt or buried on the reserve itself. Vegetable matter is recycled into methane and then used for cooking through our biogas facility and our biogas units have increased our recycling of solid waste by as much as 25%.
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the Gudikwe School Initiative and the Gudikwe Artist Initiative, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.
Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our projects.