Highlights of Selinda Camp
- Selinda Camp is on the Selinda spillway
- Great game-viewing area with plenty of elephants & wildlife close to camp
- Offers luxurious tented bedrooms with spacious bathrooms
- Game-viewing from the comfort of your own private deck
Selinda Camp is a small luxury tented camp on the eastern banks of the Selinda spillway in the Selinda Reserve (320,000 acres) which links the Okavango Delta with the Linyanti, Savute and Kwando rivers. The shaded camp is slightly raised with glorious views over the Selinda Camp floodplains and wide open savanna broken by attractive palm trees. It is these views, from your private decks and the main lodge, that are one of Selinda’s most compelling features. There is hardly a moment which goes by without animals in front of camp.
Selinda Camp is small and intimate, with only nine spacious guest tents under thatch. Each tent has two comfortable twin beds and fine linen. Luxurious, flowing mosquito nets add to the romantic atmosphere of the rooms and ceiling fans cool your living space when needed. Outside a large private veranda offers game-viewing from the comfort of your own tent. There are spacious, en-suite bathrooms, with full sized stone baths and antique showers. Sliding doors allow for privacy or create an open-air bathroom feel as well. (One of the tents is a family unit, consisting of one main bedroom, a kid’s room and two bathrooms connected by a wrap-around deck.)
The main living area at Selinda Camp is under cool thatch with a spacious lounge and dining area as well as a raised outdoor dining deck for evening meals under the stars. Evenings end around the campfire, a tradition that takes you back to the stories of the day’s safari, shared philosophies, laughter and African folklore. Above the wine cellar is a quiet reading area where you can enjoy the fine art selection of Beverly Joubert’s images collected over the years from her work with National Geographic. Under shade, the camp’s plunge pool is surrounded by lush grass and is tucked away from the main area for privacy, an ideal way to cool off on a hot afternoon.
Selinda Camp is the domain of the big cats and game-viewing is both private and riveting. However at the peak of dry season, the Selinda reserve boasts elephants by the thousand and regular sightings of the Selinda pack of African wild dogs. Activities at Selinda are not regimented. Inevitably though, your activities are driven by the best game viewing times, the animal movements, or the weather. Wildlife and nature drives often start at dawn because this is the best time and when the predators are active. You usually return mid to late morning for brunch, and head out again in the mid to late afternoon. During the siesta time, you can also enjoy an elevated hide overlooking a waterway watching the passing wildlife. Short walks with their fully qualified guides are offered from the camp.
Elephant conservation at Selinda Reserve
Elephants in Africa are under increasing pressure from expanding human population, from hunting, poaching and now even culling. The Elephant footprint programme has just begun on the Selinda Reserve and will grow in time. The project is centered on the Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, in the heart of Africa’s last great elephant range. At the end of the dry season each year Selinda is home to around 9000 elephants!
The Selinda Reserve lies in amongst the great rivers of central-southern Africa. This 300,000 acre private wildlife haven has the Selinda spillway meandering through the reserve for over 70km, linking the eastern reaches of the Okavango Delta with the Kwando River and Linyanti Swamps – a truly spectacular and unique landscape.
At Selinda there are places so wild that no man has ever walked there. It is a place where elephants roam free and huge herds of buffalo wander without boundaries. Birds abound here and against this backdrop of wilderness, all kinds of animals from silent stalking leopards to the endangered wild dog play out their lives.
What makes the Selinda Reserve even more unique is that it is shared by a maximum of only 32 guests in the tented camps at any time, a staggering 9000 acres per guest, thus adhering to their formula of extremely low impact and low footprint.
Guests at Selinda and Zarafa camps can venture out on safari and experience vast, beautiful, palm studded plains and anything from lions, or elephants, cheetah and wild dogs to the smaller animals that are typical of the wild in Botswana. They will slowly explore the bush, dine under the stars and sleep under canvas, but may also want to walk, watch birds or learn about plants. Selinda offers the perfect non-consumptive safari experience that in time will form the core of the elephant footprint project.
Luxury Safari Tents on raised platformsOn arriving at Selinda Camp, one is struck by the grand architecture of the main area. The high-beamed ceilings and traditional thatch roof coupled with the raised wooden foundation keep the area cool in the African sun.
The main lounge has been designed around the four basic elements of nature: water, air, earth and fire. Each element is also complemented by local art.
Upon entering the open-air thatched main area, bright touches of blue evoke the imagery of water. Large sculpted mekoros (dugout canoes), painted by world-renowned artist Keith Joubert are the focal points. Perched off the main lounge, is a quaint tea verandah. Here, billowing soft fabrics in light colors provide shade and ambiance in the spirit of air. And the journey continues to the element of earth, manifested in the dining spaces - either under thatch or under the stars - where naturally wholesome food and African wines served table d’hôte providing sustenance. And as the day ends, a tradition continues: the exchange of philosophy, laughter, folklore and stories of safari often communed by nature's final element of fire. The evening open-air fireside is a seductive end to the day in the bush.
Just adjacent to the fire pit, “Zanzibari” doors lead down to a generous wine cellar. Here, a selection of wines of the region and Europe are available. Meals are generally table d’hôte and include a light breakfast at dawn, a hearty brunch on return from the morning activity, afternoon tea and snacks before the afternoon activity, rounded off with a sumptuous dinner in the evening. Special meals and dietary requirements can be catered for on request.
Next to the cellar is a gallery, where inspiration comes in the form of fine art, including a sample of the collected photographic works of Beverly Joubert paying tribute to her stunning work with National Geographic. The gallery is a place for quiet reflection, reading and learning. Above the gallery, many other local wares are available for purchase in the curio shop.
Each of Selinda Camp's nine spacious, sturdy canvas tents are shaded with thatch roofing and are raised on wooden decks. Comfortable three-quarter sized beds dressed in fine linen are draped with flowing mosquito nets to complete the romantic atmosphere. Each bed can be joined seamlessly to create a grand extra-large double bed. Ceiling fans, combined with roof vents, bring the African breeze in, cooling the surrounds. For moments of reflection, a writing desk and lounge furniture provide a private respite. A large private verandah, extends into the bush and provides each tent with a slice of it's own private Africa. Selinda’s little surprise is the extended en-suite dressing and dual basin vanity area and bathroom complete with a deep stone bath and antique shower - accessible via sliding wood doors, for privacy or an open-air feel and guaranteed luxury.
If the cool shade of the thatch simply isn't enough to quell the midday heat, then a plunge pool is tucked away from the main area. Offering privacy and lush surrounds, it is a fabulous afternoon retreat. In-room massages are available (at additional cost).