Selinda Camp – Okavango, Botswana
Semi-camouflaged, moulded around the trees, in the 500 square mile elephant rich plains of the Selinda Reserve, this luxurious camp promises one of the best safari experiences in Africa. The vast, remote wilderness is one of the most pristine left on the continent. With only a handful of guests at any one time, it is also one of the more intimate ways of getting up close and personal with the abundance of game found here.
Exquisitely furnished in dark wood, rugs and hung with bold prints and original art, the camp leaves no stone unturned when it comes to luxury. And the service and guiding are second to none. Guests are greeted with traditional singing by the whole team and looked after royally.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:Safari chic in the heart of the private concession, famous for its high concentration of predators as well as its large herds of elephant.
Style:Sophisticated safari chic.
Location:In the private 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve on the banks of the Selinda Spillway as it enters the Linyanti River, in the Okavango Delta.
Rooms:3 deluxe tented suites.
Swimming:Your own private plunge pool.
Children:Families with children over the age of six are welcome.
Accessibility:Due to the nature of the terrain, there are no facilities for guests with reduced mobility.
Open From:All year round.
Three deluxe tented suites with en-suite bathroom, large living area, private veranda, hammocks & plunge pool, plus an exclusive two bedroom suite with private chef – all with savannah views and kitted out with binoculars and cameras for guest use.
Dining at Selinda is a delight. Breakfasts in the bush, or a large continental spread with fruit and freshly baked pastries and eggs cooked to order to start your day, to delicious lunches, afternoon teas and four course dinners. Eat in the open sided dining room, or on your veranda under the stars. Wherever possible, special requests are catered for and everything is grown locally and responsibly sourced. There’s also a very well-stocked wine cellar.
The expansive Selinda Reserve covers savannah, woodland, floodplains and waterways, and is home to an inordinate number of species. Early morning and late afternoon game drives are the best time to see the surrounding wildlife. Four of the Big Five are often spotted (no rhinos) and an abundance of smaller predators including cheetah, hyena, jackal and the rare wild dog.
Knowledgeable and experienced guides take guided walks directly from the camp, allowing guests to appreciate the fabulous birdlife (over 200 species) and plants and insects of the reserve. You can also track larger game. During the green season you can take to the Spillway in a boat, where you’re very likely to see hippo and crocodiles. A stay at Selinda is to immerse yourself fully into the plains, and there’s no better way to end the day listening to the sounds of Africa with your favourite sundowner in your hand.
Selinda Camp welcomes families with children over six, with the two-bedroom suite being ideal and bushcraft activities for their younger guests.
The entire camp is run on solar power – an initiative that the camp owners have developed and pioneered with local villages. The Great Plains Foundation enables “Solar Mamas” to establish and run businesses in order to improve the quality of life in surrounding communities. Each guest pays a conservation levy as part of the cost of staying here, enabling Selinda to work closely with a number of conservation and development initiatives, including Rhinos without Borders.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
In the private 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve is on the banks of the Selinda Spillway as it enters the Linyanti River, in the Okavango Delta - a 40 minute drive from the nearest airstrip.