The high waters flowing through northern Botswana in the last few years has caused the Selinda Spillway to flow more strongly than any time in the last three decades and this gives Botswana safari adventurers the opportunity to experience a rare first – canoeing through the magnificent Selinda reserve.
The Selinda Canoe Trail replicates the safari experiences of old as you navigate along the Selinda Spillway over four days, camping along the banks of the river wherever the canoe safari finds itself at the end of the day.
The total distance is a gentle 45km. Along the river you encounter many species of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, sable antelope, roan antelope, wild dog and you could also come across cheetah, lion, leopard… As you may imagine, it is also a birding paradise, but it has relatively few hippos or crocodiles, making for a relaxing canoe safari…
Each Canadian canoe takes two guests who paddle their canoe downstream under the guidance of the trail leader. Even though the canoeing is mostly with a gentle current behind you, ideally you should be reasonably fit to enjoy this canoe safari. The days are spent paddling along the Selinda spillway with stops whenever there is something of interest on the banks. All 3 nights are spent in fly camps.
Each day begins with the break of dawn. Whilst paddling, we encounter wildlife along the Spillway’s banks, and leave our canoes to enjoy bush walks, looking for tracks and signs. After brunch and a bit of a siesta at midday we continue onward through afternoon and arrive at our campsite before dark.
The Selinda Canoe Trail ends at Selinda Camp mid morning on the fifth day, where after you can be transferred to Selinda Reserve airstrip for your connecting charter flight. However we recommend adding a night or two at either Selinda Camp, Selinda Explorer Camp or the ultra-luxurious Zarafa Camp.
Practicalities & Accommodation on the Selinda Canoe Trail:
Each safari is hosted by 4 staff members – a cook, two camp hands and a canoe guide. They carry all the equipment for the safari on their canoes so the camp site is of a rustic nature. However the dome tents have been selected for their practicality and comfort. They are furnished with comfortable bedroll and quality linen. The ablution facilities are bucket showers with hot water in the evenings. Meals will be prepared on the fire by the cook to enhance that ‘old school’ safari experience.In the evenings you sit around the campfire , chatting and relaxing under the African stars.
Selinda Canoe Trail Departure Dates (assuming 2 people minimum)
May 2016: 20th & 26th
June 2016: 1st, 7th, 13th, 19th, 25th
July 2016: 1st, 7th, 13th, 19th, 25th, 31st
Aug 2016: 6th, 12th, 18th, 24th, 30th
Sept 2016: 5th and 11th
Note: The Selinda canoe trail makes for a wonderful family adventure for children over 8 years old. However 45km is still quite a way to paddle for children under 12 years. So families with 8-11 year olds should book the safari on a private basis. This allows for the children to paddle with the guide and also allows the crew to shorten or extend daily distances based on the family’s endurance and energy. 12 year olds should be able to manage the scheduled Selinda canoe safari.
The Selinda canoe trail price given above is includes all meals, return charter flights from Maun or Kasane to Selinda, 4 nights’ accommodation on the trail, canoe activities and park fees. It does not include any pre or post safari nights at Selinda’s traditional camps. These can be booked as extras.