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.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

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.

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Selinda Explorers Camp £££££

  • Botswana
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

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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