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Selinda Canoe Trail, Selinda, Botswana

Selinda Reserve

Selinda Reserve is a privately owned, 135,000-hectare concession located on the flood plains of the Selinda spillway and part of the great Linyanti Reserve.

Exclusive and high-end privately owned camps combine with excellent guides to make the Selinda Reserve one of our favourite concessions. Here, it’s possible to join a unique canoe and walking safari – or just enjoy the expanse of land and fantastic wildlife in relative privacy.

Spillway Aerial View, Selinda Canoe Travel, Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Selinda Reserve, Botswana

A little more about the Selinda Reserve

The Selinda Reserve is a private 135,000-hectare wildlife area which follows the floodplains of the Selinda Spillway, the waterway that winds its way through the dry countryside to connect the Okavango Delta in the west of the Linyanti and Kwando wetlands and rivers in the east.

Selinda Adventure Trail, Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Selinda Adventure Trail, Selinda Reserve, Botswana

Where to stay in the concession

The Selinda Reserve is one of our favourite concessions located in Botswana’s north. There are three camps in this area – Selinda Camp, Zarafa Camp and Selinda Explorers Camp.

In addition to this, those who are feeling more adventurous can do a canoe trail and walking safari along the Selinda Spillway – the waterway linking Botswana’s Okavango Delta and the Linyanti and Kwando water systems.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Selinda Camp £££££

  • Botswana
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Selinda Camp is a tented safari camp situated on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway, a waterway linking Botswana’s Okavango Delta to the Linyanti Swamps. Offering excellent views over the Spillway and open floodplains, it has nine spacious tents on raised wooden decks beneath cool thatch canopies. The main camp area provides a wonderful place to sit and take in the spectacular views and wildlife and includes a plunge pool. Daily activities offered include morning, afternoon and night game drives with experienced professional guides in custom-built 4×4 Land Cruisers. The Selinda Canoe Trail, a superb five-day trail, is a wonderful addition to a stay at either Selinda, Selinda Explorers or Zarafa Camps.

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Zarafa Camp £££££

  • Botswana
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Located near the Zibadianja Lagoon, Zarafa can easily lay claim to the most exclusive, intimate and beautiful camp in Botswana. With just four marquee-style tents, on raised decks made from reclaimed teak railroad sleepers and Indonesian mahogany, they are designed to soak up the magnificent vistas in style. Inside, the combination of Oriental fabrics, deep copper claw-foot baths and soft leather chairs set the scene, with the open-sided (yet netted) canvas walls, keeps the feeling light and airy. The extensive decking around the suites themselves is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of something chilled from the leather and brass drinks cabinet, before a dip in the private pool, to keep you cool during the heat of the day. The main lounge area is reached through a thick Zanzibari door and is built around a palm island, under the canopy of a magnificent ebony tree, overlooking the floodplain savannah with the surrounding lagoon providing a cool breeze.

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Selinda Explorers Camp £££££

  • Botswana
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Selinda Explorers Camp is a simple, yet extremely elegant camp which transports you back to a bygone era with the atmosphere and style of early explorers. Located in a private concession, on the remote banks of the Selinda Spillway, the prolific game here can be explored on foot, canoe or by game drive. This exclusive camp has only 4 en-suite tents, a general mess area, and a fire pit under the stars. Breezy and bohemian, small luxurious touches are scattered around, as are large comfortable cushions on which to laze upon whilst you await dinner prepared by the chef.

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I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.
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