Ornate camp with a great wildlife reputation and services to match
Linyanti - Selinda Reserve
2018 $820 - $1740
Linyanti - DRY Camp
Price Range (2018)
$820 - $1740
It is no secret that we, at Safari Lifestyles, believe that the Greater Linyanti area which includes the Selinda reserve, is probably the best area to visit in Botswana, certainly in terms of wildlife activity.
We have given Selinda Camp a 4 star rating due to the combination of its area, game densities, activities and the the fact that the management company here is one of the best and most respected. Located on the Selinda Spillway, the camp almost has an unfair advantage with the game densities it has. They take full advantage of this with the brilliant day and night drives with the ability to go off road, a huge advantage especially when the wild dogs are around.
This is not really an area for water activities and that's not why you would come to this camp in the first place. However, under a separate product, the company offers an exceptional Canoe Trails experience, which is based out of the same area. Click here for further details.
The lodge itself has been recently refurbished and is beautifully appointed. It is after all a bush camp and not a high class hotel, but there are finishing touches here that will make you feel completely comfortable. We highly recommend a visit to Selinda Camp, its a true "Safari" camp.
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Dry camp. Day and Night game drives. Boating and walking excursions
Selinda Reserve, Greater Linyanti
By Light aircraft transfer to airstrip then private vehicle transfer to camp
Great Plains Conservation Camp with 8 tents with thatched roofing
Children of 6 and over accepted with conditions
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A patchwork of microhabitats, Selinda Reserve hosts a staggering diversity of wildlife. The open plains are an ideal habitat for cheetah and the thicker woodlands are refuge for leopard. It is famous for elephant and lion, wild dog and hippo, buffalo and giraffe and the more rarely seen roan and sable. Some days we will spend hours with a single herd of elephants; other days we may track predators, or wait in a hide for Slaty egrets to arrive and fish. Each winter we wait hopefully for the Selinda pack of African wild dogs to pick their den, which is often near camp.
The Selinda Reserve is west (upstream) from Savute Channel and Chobe, so it has all the advantages of both of those famous areas but with the tremendous advantage of exclusivity. It is a truly spectacular and unique landscape.
Selinda Camp is located in the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana along the eastern banks of the Selinda Spillway, near the confluence of the Linyanti, Savute and Kwando Rivers.
At the peak of dry season, this concession boasts elephants by the thousands and regular sightings of the Selinda pack of African wild dogs. Set under an impressive thatch structure, Selinda’s décor is centered on the four elements of air, water, fire and earth with art by Keith Joubert.
The camp has eight expansive tents, each cooled by thatch and with large en-suite bathrooms and private verandahs. It is a very careful blend of humble bush camp with some extra bells ‘n’ whistles, making for a home away from home atmosphere. This careful mix makes Selinda Camp a popular favorite.
Selinda is a classic African bush camp with a sense of style and elegance. 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. 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.
Just adjacent to the fire pit, “Zanzibari” doors lead down to a generous wine cellar. Here, a selection of wines of the region and Europe are available. Meals are generally table d’hôte and include a light breakfast at dawn, a hearty brunch on return from the morning activity, afternoon tea and snacks before the afternoon activity, rounded off with a sumptuous dinner in the evening. Special meals and dietary requirements can be catered for on request.
Next to the cellar is a gallery, where inspiration comes in the form of fine art, including a sample of the collected photographic works of Beverly Joubert paying tribute to her stunning work with National Geographic. The gallery is a place for quiet reflection, reading and learning. Above the gallery, many other local wares are available for purchase in the curio shop.
At the time of writing a lovely new swimming pool has been built to the front of the lodge and juts out of the swamp and flood waters beyond. This is a welcome change from the old pool where its position was limited and this new pool now completes this excellent camp.
Rooms are all reached via a pathway through the bush. Tents are designed in East African Meru style and are on a raised teak platform. Through a viewing deck at the front with seating, double glass sliding doors lead you into the accommodation itself.
A small but elegant nook with wooden flooring and grass matting hold the bed with and other ancillary furniture including wooden wardrobe and dressing table and lovely leather clad seating. The overall style is done very smartly in a "campaign" fashion and much attention to detail has been placed in making sure the furniture etc... are of high quality and different.
En-suite bathroom as at the rear, is quite large and is generally beautifully finished with a free-standing oval shaped bath and large shower area.
There is one larger honeymoon suite which is similarly furnished but is built from timber and thatch, and allows a good level of privacy.
Great Plains Conservation came to Selinda Reserve in 2007, reclaiming this magnificent area from the shadows of hunting, and placing all the acreage under photographic tourism. Recent census (2013) shows a considerable overall increase in wildilfe density and diversity, with Selinda and its guests as a key component of this conservation success story.
The area surrounding Selinda Camp is blessed with a variety of habitats: wide-open savannah dotted with attractive palm trees; thirst-quenching waterways surrounded by dry woodland; and the river systems and floodplains themselves. These waterways draw thousands of animals seeking to quench their thirst in the dry season.
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 dry countryside to connect the Okavango Delta in the west to the Linyanti and Kwando wetlands and rivers in the east. The full length of the Selinda Spillway winds its way through the Selinda Reserve and forms a magnet for the wildlife of the region.
The Selinda Reserve is ecologically similar to the Linyanti Reserve, but differs in the increased extent of its floodplains. Like the Linyanti, in the dry winter months, enormous herds of elephant remain close to the permanent water of the Zibadianja Lagoon (the Savute Channel's origin) and the Linyanti waters.
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