The sky slowly lightens and then turns dark orange, with groves of magnificent borassus palms thrown sharply into silhouette against the onset of dawn… Sunrise at Selinda Camp is nothing less than spectacular and to be savoured as only life-changing memories can.
Set in one of the most pristine wilderness areas left on our planet, the Selinda Camp rests on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana’s startlingly beautiful and remote 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve.
The Selinda Spillway is an ancient waterway which flows in two directions, weaving its way as it links the far-reaches of the vast Okavango Delta in the south with the Linyanti wetlands in the west, receiving water from both. Further west is the Savute Channel, Chobe and the mighty Zambezi. North lays Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and Angola…
Home to some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo left in Southern Africa, this powerful place is one of the last great bastions of the endangered African wild dog – lycaon pictus – the “painted wolf”.
Designed with the elements in mind, Selinda Camp pays homage first and foremost to water, with splashes of blue and a crystal-clear swimming pool offering views over the equally immaculate Selinda Spillway. The billowing silks, which adorn the ceilings of the lounge area, are a tribute to air, and the afternoon breezes that ripple the endless sea of grasses. Earth is represented in the cornucopia of home-grown meals lovingly prepared in our kitchens and the bright flames of our evening fire complete the ethos of being in harmony with nature.
Extensive raised decks give a sense of being part of forever as you gaze out over seemingly endless floodplains where wildlife abounds. But it wasn’t always this way. When Great Plains Conservation took over the Selinda Reserve in 2006 it was to rescue it – the concession and its wildlife had been hunted down to virtually nothing. Now it’s one of the finest wildlife areas in Botswana, if not Africa, and provides a base from which researchers are taking important strides in the effort to conserve and protect iconic species like elephants and Africa’s big cats.
Hidden Item +
Access Directions+• Light aircraft transfers from Kasane (50 mins) and Maun (45 min) airports;
• Private Air charter access available;
• Selinda Camp is a 40-minute drive/boat from its airstrip;
• Co-ordinates - S18 31’ 58.46” : E23 31’ 19.64” .
• Large tents under thatch on raised, woodendecking with private verandah connected bysliding wood door;
• Each tent has a small sitting area and desk;
• Either twin or double bed configuration;
• Canvas is green, with netted windows, overheadfans and wood-framed doors;
• Honeymoon tent is not specific, but usually Tent 5or 9. Closest to main area is Tent 3;
• Special two-room family tent two bedrooms andbathrooms.
• Each tent has en-suite bathroom with deep stonetub, indoor shower, flush loo, dressing area anddouble basins;
• The large bathroom is connected to the main tentby double sliding wood doors;
• Hot and cold running water;
• Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion andhairdryers provided.
• Canvas tent on raised wooden decking.
• Overhead ceiling fan.
• Fly netting on all tent sides and over beds as well as ultrasound repellent device.
Food & Drink+FOOD & DRINK
• All meals included. All drinks and beverages are included with the exception of imported champagnes and spirits;
• Excellent: three delicious meals a day are provided. We are extremely flexible on timings. Picnic breakfasts or lunch (or both) are the norm due to very active game drives, often delivered to the bush!
• All dietary requirements are catered for from regular to vegan to children, prior warning requested.
USUAL BOARD BASIS
• Full board.
• Group meals and/or individual tables, a la carte (menu options).
• Indoor and outdoor.
Extras+POSSIBILITY OF DISABLED ACCESS
• The camp layout is not conducive to wheelchairbound guests due to dirt pathways and uneventerrain;
• For the walking impaired, Tent 3 is in closeproximity to the main area with minimal steps.
• Included in nightly tariff - next day service,weather permitting.
CENTRAL FACILITIES/ COMMON AREAS
• Large thatched main area with two lounges andlarge dining area;
• Central pool area;
• Climate controlled walk-in wine cellar;
• Art gallery and curio shop;
• Coffee/tea station;
• Fire pit and seating.
• Selling locally and regionally produced crafts,many of which support local communityprojects in the nearby Okavango panhandle.
• Yoga mats, weights and bands are provided ineach suite;
• In-room massage is available at additional cost.
• Swarovski 8x42 binoculars in every guest tent.
• Available at additional cost, based onavailability
POWER & COMMUNICATIONS
• The camp is run by a combination of solar and generator power;
• The system produces 220V, 24-hour electricity to the tents and main area;
• Universal plug points in each tent.
Health & Safety+MALARIA
• Minimal – Malaria prophylaxis are recommended if guests are concerned but this is a remote area with little occurrence.
• Guests must hold comprehensive medical insurance and emergency evacuation insurance;
• Senior staff all has first aid training;
• Nearest decent medical facility is in Maun, and then Johannesburg.
RISK OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS
• Moderate – high predator density area.
• None. There are no populations nearby, and no uninvited guests.
• Fire extinguishers in every tent.
• Safes are provided in every room.
ACCEPTED PAYMENT ON LOCATION
• All-inclusive. Staff gratuities can be paid in Botswana Pula, South African Rands, US Dollars (2004 bills or later only) or GB Pounds;
• Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted (No Amex or Diners).
Great Plains Conservation.
Children+• We look forward to having children stay with us that are 6 years and older;
• Families with children 6-11 could be accommodated in the same vehicle as other guests;
• Children under 6 will be considered, if the group books the entire camp on exclusive use;
• Young children must be supervised as the camp is open with high predator densities in and around camp and there is water surrounding camp;
• Children must be a minimum of 12 years old to participate in extensive walking activities (Young Explorers program excepted);
• Young Explorers program – thoughtfully designed to explore a range of experiences and topics from birding to cooking to art to tracking wildlife.
Sundowners+SELINDA SPILLWAY BAOBAB SUNDOWNERS
Golden hour is a much anticipated event while on safari. Sunset is the colourful divide between the tranquillity of blissful safari days and mysterious antics that occur under the canopy of star spangled darkness. It’s the bridge that links day to night, and always provides the picture perfect setting to discuss the day’s events and the potential of the night. At Motswiri Camp we go out of our way to take advantage of this time of day, so much so that it has become quite an event here at camp.
Selinda Camps Gallery