Selinda Camp

distinctive Camp | Linyanti / Savuti Reserves, Botswana

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Selinda Camp overlooks the Selinda Spillway, a seasonal waterway linking the Okavango Delta with the wildlife-rich floodplains of the Linyanti. Built on a shady island near the ephemeral channel, the camp sits within a private wildlife concession in northern Botswana. Selinda Camp offers an authentic safari experience featuring panoramic views, exciting nature drives and plenty of hunting lions.

Photo of Wendy Klausner

Our Expert Says

Selinda Camp offers an optional canoe safari into the Spillway that must be arranged in advance. It is one of the few camps in the Okavango Delta that offers the unique experience of gliding through the water to view animals at eye level. The location is simply stunning, and there is an amazing amount of wildlife here.

– Wendy Klausner


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The Camp

Location: Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Number of Tents: 8

Selinda Camp's eight spacious luxury tents, with scenic views across the palm-studded floodplains, are erected under cool thatch canopies. Each tent has en suite facilities featuring a dressing area and double basin vanity hidden at the back of the room and opening into a large bathing area with an egg-shaped stone bathtub and open shower under an antique, brass shower head. The tents are beautifully appointed with furniture and artifacts collected from around Africa. Four-poster, mosquito-netted beds and overhead fans are standard. The camp’s common area is built on a series of expansive decks with views of the Selinda Spillway to enjoy whether relaxing in the lounge, having brunch under the shade of the thatched roof, or delighting in a fine dinner served on the “stargazing deck.” An art gallery sits above a temperature-controlled wine cellar and curio shop, a plunge pool promises quick relief from the day’s heat, and a massage therapist is on duty for relaxation.

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Selinda Camp, an exquisite en suite bathroom with a massive wash tub centered in the middle of the walk in bathroom with two separate rooms in Africa

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and shower
  • Family Accommodation: 1 family tent with two bedrooms and one and half bathrooms
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and insect repellent
  • Hair dryer
  • Room fan
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Swarovski binoculars provided for guest use
  • Yoga mats, bands and weights provided for guest use
  • Central plunge pool
  • In-room massage (extra cost)
  • Wi-Fi in room
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa and MasterCard)
  • No air conditioning, telephone or cellular coverage

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

The Selinda Reserve is a private 333,000-acre wildlife area. The Selinda Spillway, connecting the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti wetlands, winds its way through the Selinda Reserve and forms a magnet for the wildlife of the region. The area surrounding Selinda Camp is blessed with a variety of habitats: wide-open savanna dotted with attractive palm trees; thirst-quenching waterways nestled by dry woodland; and wildlife-rich floodplains which are home to antelope, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, buffalo, elephant and a profusion of more than 300 vibrant bird species. Wildlife drives are fruitful and feature exceptional predators, including the renowned hippo-killing lions of Selinda Camp, leopards, wild dogs and cheetahs. Nocturnal animals such as serval, porcupine, and springhare also abound. Activities include day and night wildlife drives in custom 4x4 Land Cruisers, guided nature walks, boating as well as seasonal fly-fishing. An open-air deck enables sweeping views of wildlife congregations alongside the shimmering waterways under brilliantly crimson sunsets.

The below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced in the Linyanti Reserve adjacent to the Chobe National Park. This area is well known for elephant herds, which are at their peak in the drier months of July to October, and it's a great location to track wild dogs and see lion. A variety of other mammals, birds and reptiles may be seen as well. Exact sightings will depend on weather trends and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Buffalo
Cheetah
Eland
Elephant
Giraffe
Hippo
Hyena
Leopard
Lion
Sable Antelope
Wild Dog
Wildebeest
Zebra
Botswana Linyanti / Savuti Reserves

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Climate

Month Max Min Rainfall
January 88° F 63° F 5.55 in
31° C 17° C 141 mm
February 86° F 63° F 4.96 in
30° C 17° C 126 mm
March 82° F 61° F 2.99 in
27° C 16° C 76 mm
April 81° F 61° F 0.94 in
27° C 16° C 24 mm
May 75° F 57° F 0.12 in
23° C 13° C 3 mm
June 72° F 48° F 0.0 in
22° C 8° C 0 mm
July 70° F 45° F 0.0 in
21° C 7° C 0 mm
August 70° F 50° F 0.0 in
21° C 10° C 0 mm
September 75° F 57° F 0.12 in
23° C 13° C 3 mm
October 91° F 64° F 0.71 in
32° C 17° C 18 mm
November 86° F 63° F 2.28 in
30° C 17° C 58 mm
December 88° F 64° F 4.53 in
31° C 17° C 115 mm

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Selinda Camp, African elephants clash tusks as they fight over a mate in the African savanna, palm trees dot the skyline behind the tussle, Botswana

Conservation

Selinda Camp is owned by Great Plains Conservation, co-founded by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, award-winning filmmakers at National Geographic for over 25 years, who have spent much of that time filming in and around the Selinda Spillway. Most of their filmmaking has revolved around the larger, more famous animals in Botswana (elephant, rhino, zebra and leopard). Their mission in life is conservation, and filming is a means to show the stunning beauty and spiritually satisfying value of nature and, in particular, wild places in the world. While their passion is in the need and desire to create meaningful films that can influence the way we all respond to the natural world, it is worth noting that their earnest intentions have won them Emmy, Peabody, and Jackson Hole awards. Some of their award-winning films include “Ultimate Enemies,” “Relentless Enemies” and “Eye of the Leopard”, all filmed around Selinda Camp.

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