- The superlative Selinda Camp overlooks the spectacular Selinda Spillway (a seasonal waterway linking the renowned Okavango Delta and the floodplains of the Linyanti swamps)
- Guests can savour mouth-watering three-course meals on the camp’s open “star deck” or delectable brunches in the cool shade of the uniquely-designed thatched roof at the main lodge area.
- A wine cellar, media library, plunge pool and boutique store add to guest delight. Treat yourself to holistic therapies at the spa and hone your photography skills with the complementary set of Canon professional camera equipment and binoculars in all suites for your personal use.
- Enjoy the journey to the camp with a wildlife drive and boat excursion. Adventures include twice-daily game drives (including night drives) in open 4×4 safari vehicles, boating and short guided walks from camp to discover the smaller creatures of this pristine wilderness.
- Experience a sleep-out under a blanket of stars.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
While at Selinda Camp there is no set routine, the wildlife knows the most forgiving times of day, and we take its lead. Early morning, late afternoon and evenings are the prime game viewing times – it’s when the colors are vibrant, the sun is low and spirits are up. Setting out at dawn, when predators are active, our guides are as keen as the guests to discover the riches of each day in Selinda Reserve. Usually, once the sun is high and strong, we retreat with the herds to our midday resting post, Selinda Camp. Then, as the sun begins to wane again, we head out for the late afternoon to evening, searching for nocturnal wildlife and the action that comes with sunset. But nothing is regimented. Regimes don’t suit Selinda, which is why we all love being out here in the first place..
Another huge benefit of staying within the conservancies is that here guests are allowed to appreciate the stunning landscape on foot, peacefully, without the noise of engines. We highly recommend this unforgettable experience. Talk to the managers to arrange a good time and location for a walk. Usually early morning or evening is the best time, as the middle of the day is too hot to venture out of the shade. Wear good walking shoes, a hat, and neutral coloured clothing so as not to alarm the wildlife, and take binoculars. Your guide will have water for you.
Selinda is primarily a land-based camp; however, depending on seasonal water levels boating is possible on the Spillway in the camp powerboat. Zipping through the Okavango’s network of waterways is an invigorating way to get a sense of the scope of this huge wetland. You’ll undoubtedly have wonderful birding and maybe even some hippo, buffalo and elephant sightings.
This is a great activity during mid-day siesta or in place of a game-drive. During January and February there is a moratorium on fishing. All fishing it catch-and-release.
This is a full syllabus of bush craft skills for young explorers. This is a complimentary program that follows in the footsteps of National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, Dereck and Beverly Joubert. An extensive pack will be provided to eager children on arrival, so they can learn about animal calls, how to track wildlife, and other facts and figures about the wild. At the end of a child’s stay, he/she will become a Young Explorer and Conservation Ambassador – ready to go out and tell the world about what they have learned and what they too can do to help protect this beautiful environment
Situated in The Selinda Reserve, a 1350km private reserve, that straddles the Selinda Spillway, Selinda Camp offers nine luxury tents on raised decks under cool thatch canopies with wonderful views over the floodplains and their resident game. Selinda Camp is built on a shady island overlooking the waters of the dramatic Selinda Spillway, an ephemeral waterway which is the focal point in a vast private concession in northern Botswana. With its large, game-rich floodplains, Selinda Camp offers a unique wildlife experience.
The nine large, luxury tents have exceptional views across palm studded floodplains. The en-suite bathrooms are uniquely “open air” with lots of natural light, yet screened and virtually bug-proof. Four-poster beds with mosquito nets and overhead fans form the centrepiece of each room, surrounded by furniture and artefacts collected from around Africa. The main areas comprise a series of expansive decks, and set apart is the photo/art gallery built above a temperature-controlled wine cellar. The Selinda is host to a wide variety of bird species (300+) and wildlife, including hippo, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, cheetah, wild dog, lion, plenty of elephant and several species of antelope. Night drives allow guests to see nocturnal species such as porcupine, springhare, hyena and perhaps even the elusive leopard.
Selinda Camp’s nine spacious, luxury tents are erected under cool thatch canopies, with all units having panoramic views across palm-studded floodplains. Each tent has en-suite facilities – a stone bath being the highlight. The bathroom is uniquely “open air” with lots of natural light, yet is screened and virtually insect-proof. The tents are spacious and beautifully appointed with furniture and features that have been collected from around Africa. Four-poster mosquito nets and overhead fans are standard at Selinda Camp and there is also a family room. There is also wifi available in each guest tent.
Luxury Safari Tents on raised platforms
On 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.
Selinda Camp has a number of dining options. These include a central dining area in the main camp area, but guests are also able to dine under the stars out on the expansive deck of the main area. There is also dining opportunities for guests to dine in the air-conditioned wine cellar or Library area which contains a sélection of images taken by National Geographic wildlife photographer, Beverly Joubert. Bush breakfasts and/or dinner options are available at times. These are confirmed by the camp manager on a daily basis and are subject to confirmation.
The main lounge and dining area is graced with a series of expansive decks for game watching and vitalizing repose—one of safari’s sometimes overlooked charms. Three course meals, accompanied by wines from the camp’s well-curated cellar, can be taken al fresco, in the main tent, or on Selinda’s magnificent star deck, from which we revel at “the Milky Way, arch[ing] the heavens like a vast and incandescent plume of smoke,” as Elspeth Huxley saw it.
The camp has a plunge pool for guests to enjoy between safaris and there is also a curio shop, a hide for game viewing and a wine cellar.
In the stunning main area are plenty of comfortable seats, indoor and outdoor dining spaces as well as a sparkling swimming pool.