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Lion, Selinda Reserve, Botswana

Okavango Delta and Selinda Concession Safari

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

7 Days

Prices Start from

£5,450 ex. flights

Discover the wilderness of northern Botswana, beginning amidst the floodplains of the Okavango Delta, before transferring to the unique landscape of the Selinda Reserve. Both areas are packed with animal and birdlife, whilst the camps here have exclusive rights to explore these concessions.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Wild dog, Selinda Reserve, Botswana 1

Wild Dogs

Look out for the packs of African wild dogs that maraud across this wild landscape.

Photographing elephant from boat, Motswiri Camp, Selinda Reserve 2

Boat Safari

Cruise across this watery landscape, cutting through ever-changing reed beds.

Spillway Aerial View, Selinda Canoe Travel, Selinda Reserve, Botswana 3

Selinda Concession

Explore the exclusive Selinda Concession, renowned for its unique spillway.

Game drive over floodplains, Okavango Delta, Botswana 4

Game Drives

Drive off road and at night, in search of the reserve’s more elusive inhabitants.

Why we like it

This safari explores two of Botswana’s most beautiful and wildest areas, staying at camps that are designed to blend in with their surroundings without compromising on style or comfort. With this seclusion comes exclusivity; have the chance to drive off-road and at night, accompanied by some of the region’s best guides, all without seeing another vehicle.

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Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Maun - Okavango Delta
  • Day 2-3
    Okavango Delta
  • Day 4
    Okavango Delta - Selinda Reserve
  • Day 5-6
    Selinda Reserve
  • Day 7
    Selinda Reserve - Maun
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Private Concession in the Okavango Delta

As the rains of southern Africa cascade down on the Angolan Highlands, the water surges south along the Okavango river, before fanning out into a natural wonder that is packed with endemic species and incredible wildlife. Begin here, in the northern reaches of the delta, close to the panhandle – where the water first starts to spread outwards over the floodplains.

Stay at Duba Plains Camp, which sits atop an isolated island. Protected from the seasonal floods, it lies within the remote Kwedi Concession. Around the camp, wildlife is abundant – crocodiles and hippos roam the lagoons and channels.

Drive or walk across this fascinating wetland landscape, with boat trips an exciting possibility if water levels are high enough. Away from the lagoons, lions roam the grassy plains, hunting without abandon during daylight hours. Here, a clash between the plains’ indomitable lions and the vast herds of truculent buffalo is always likely; watch as Africa’s biggest cat takes on the continent’s most aggressive herbivore.

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Male Leopard, Botswana
Botswana

The Remote Selinda Concession

From the riches of the Okavango, travel to the seclusion of the Selinda Concession. Tucked away in the wilds of Northern Botswana, this private reserve offers an exclusive, intimate game-viewing experience. The renowned Selinda Spillway cuts through the heart of this unique ecosystem, linking the delta with marshlands of Linyanti.

Here, night drives, bush walks and off-road excursions are all possible – making the most of this fantastic landscape. Wildlife abounds, with cheetahs and lions commonly spotted, whilst packs of endangered African wild dogs roam the reserve.

Accommodation

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

Duba Plains £££££

  • Botswana
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

A remote and intimate tented camp, Duba Plains Camp is situated in the very northern reaches of the Okavango Delta in the 30,000-hectare Kwedi Concession. Set on a tree-covered island, Duba Plains has beautiful views over the delta flood plains. Accommodation is in six large walk-in luxury safari tents that are raised off the ground. All tents have en-suite bathrooms including an outdoor shower, king-size beds, fans, mosquito nets, use of Swarovski Optik High Definition binoculars and verandahs with panoramic views over the floodplains. The central areas are under thatch and raised on decks. There is a lounge, dining room, bar, swimming pool and a shady outdoor brunch area. Activities offered at Duba Plains are largely land-based, however, boating activities are available if water levels allow.

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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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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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When to travel

Botswana in January

A hot time of year, with thunderstorms periodically clearing the air. The peak of the wet season brings lush grass and the chance to spot newborn animals and birds.

Botswana in February

It remains hot and wet throughout the country, with the Central Kalahari turning into lush grasslands. Fruit sweetens and many different species scour the trees for a tasty meal.

Botswana in March

The high temperatures continue but the rains start to abate as the rainy season draws to a close.

Botswana in April

Temperatures start to drop, and days become drier. Antelope are breeding at this time, and are visible trying to flaunt themselves to their respective females.

Botswana in May

The start of the dry season. A good time of year to travel with pleasant temperatures, before the peak season.

Botswana in June

The winter brings warm days but chillier nights, so it is worth bringing a jacket. There is very little rainfall now, so wildlife is easier to spot around watering holes.

Botswana in July

The driest and coolest month across the country, with almost no rainfall at all. The waters of the Okavango rise as the rains finally filter down from the mountains of Angola. The aridity means that there are fewer mosquitoes at this time of year.

Botswana in August

Temperatures rise again, meaning less chilly nights and hot days, still with very little rainfall. A great time to spot wildlife in the Okavango delta as the waters reach peak levels.

Botswana in September

Continued rising temperatures and clear blue skies make for hot days and pleasantly warm evenings. Much of the country becomes dry and dusty as it has now been many months since any significant rains. Wildlife can be spotted easily around receding watering holes.

Botswana in October

The hottest month with some temperatures close to 40C, and the first signs of rain approaching. Water levels fall in the Okavango delta, causing catfish to migrate upstream, feeding on smaller fish along the way.

Botswana in November

The heat continues, as the rainy season begins. Greenery starts to return to the plains, and it is possible to spot some newborns.

Botswana in December

The rains return in full swing, with regular thunderstorms providing some relief from the heat. Grass carpets many of the landscapes, providing plenty of food for the young.

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