WELCOME TO SELINDA CAMP
“When I designed Selinda Camp as a real indoor/outdoor experience when on safari in Botswana, I wanted to pay homage to elephants, what we have done to them, and how we should apologise in many ways. The art in the camp, starting with life-sized elephant skull sculptures as you enter the main area, reflect that. My brother, Keith Joubert’s art, hangs on the wall, and Beverly’s images adorn the suites. Selinda is a handmade camp in so many ways. Moulded around the trees, Selinda visualises five essential elements: Earth, Wind, Water, Fire and Metal. The managers will tell you, though, if you are interested. But as a result, I think that Selinda Camp has a perfect balance. Oh, and elephants swim in front of camp too!” says Dereck Joubert, CEO and owner of Great Plains Conservation
Set in one of the most pristine wilderness areas left on our planet, the new Selinda Camp rests on the banks of Botswana’s Selinda Spillway as it enters the Linyanti River. The private 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve boasts large elephant herds, regular sightings of the Selinda pack of African wild dogs, and the famous Selinda lion pride recently featured in the National Geographic film “Birth of a Pride” by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The area has a sense of remoteness, a true spirit of Africa, and an excellent example of Botswana bush embodying various species and rare animals, offering the perfect safari experience in Botswana.
The camp has three expansive guest suites under thatch, indoor en-suite bathrooms, a large private veranda with outdoor seating, and a private swimming pool. Each guest suite is unique, designed with its particular colour palette and theme. A fifth element, ‘metal’, is also incorporated into the design. Every space enhances what Livingstone would have had, what he would have travelled with and found along with his expeditions. But beyond that, we go back to the Robinson Crusoe feel, including rope textures, suites under thatch, hammocks, lots of space, nautical elements, and salvaged wood.
In addition to the three main suites, the separate 2-bedroomed Selinda Suite (like its fellow Zarafa Dhow Suite and the Duba Plains Suite) consists of a two-bedroom tented suite. The Selinda Suite operates exclusively, as guests enjoy their private vehicle, safari guide, chef, manager/butler, and entrance to their residence.
The open vehicle safari drives, guided bush walks, boating, tracking, birding and other bespoke viewing activities are all designed to place you in front of the best wildlife the area has to offer. The unique one-on-one life-changing experiences include sightings from leopards to elephants and hippos and aim to ensure you tick off as many of the 200 or more bird species in the area as possible.
Selinda Camp is one of only a handful of Botswana based Relais & Châteaux member properties. The other members are our Selinda Suite, Duba Plains Camp and its Duba Plains Suite and Zarafa Camp with its Zarafa Dhow Suite.