Selinda Camp, another Great Plains Conservation masterpiece, is nestled into the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway – an ancient watercourse linking the world-famous Okavango Delta with the lush green Linyanti Swamps. There are just nine superbly simple but luxurious tented villas overlooking the water channel and the abundance of iconic African wildlife that thrives in the flood plains. The décor is a tribute to water, air and earth while the service and meals exemplify Botswanan hospitality at its friendly best.
A piece of restful seclusion
The main area at Selinda boasts expansive raised decking where you can find a secluded spot – covered or open to the sky – from which to watch the epic of African wilderness unfold beyond. You could see some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo in Africa meander past from the comfort of a soft leather sofa, a chaise lounge, an opulent armchair or from the edges of the crystal pool – whose waters are rivalled in clarity by the flowing spillway.
The décor pays tribute to the wilderness in which Selinda Camp was birthed – with subtle blues for water, flowing silks for the uniquely scented Botswana air, dark wood for the life-giving earth and beautifully crafted home-cooked meals for African abundance.
There are just nine simple but stylish tented villas at Selinda. Each is a secluded and cosy haven where you can enjoy the vastness of Africa beyond from the comfort of your private deck or the freshness of your open-air bathroom. Dining in privacy on your deck while the African night unfolds beneath you, is an experience of unimaginable romance.
For families, there is a family villa that can accommodate intrepid younger travellers with their parents.
Out or in – immersed in the wilderness
You will experience some of the best game viewing that the Selinda Game Reserve has to offer from the raised solitude of your deck or from the main area. The bird life is prolific all year round and there are always animals feeding in the floodplains or slaking their thirst in the untainted waters of the spillway.
Away from camp, dawn and dusk game drives are for exploring the rest of the magnificent 320 000acre Selinda Game Reserve – where wild dogs den in the winter, leopard hunt in the woodlands and giant herds of buffalo and elephant move with the transient waters between the Okavango and the Linyanti swamps. Of course, the ultimate in wilderness immersion is to experience Selinda on foot where you become an active participant in the African wild.
What better way to end the day than around a blazing fire on the deck, a billions stars littered above, a mighty Selinda lion calling in the distance. You might also dine out on the floodplain – a hundred lanterns joining the countless stars above or perhaps even a romantic dinner on a jetty in the spillway, the frogs a peaceful chorus to the wonder of the night.
Travelling to Selinda Camp
Daily flights from Johannesburg, Windhoek and Kasane will place you in Maun from where a light aircraft will convey you right into the Selinda Game Reserve. The flight is an incredible chance to appreciate the extent of one of Africa’s most beautiful wilderness areas from above. From the airstrip in Selinda, an open game viewer and experienced safari guide will transfer you to the wonderment of the camp.
So much more
There is a plethora of adventure, relaxation and gob-smacking natural awe to be experienced in southern Africa. Iconic Africa suggests that Selinda Camp form one part of your trip which might begin in Cape Town – either on the magnificent Atlantic coast, or in the world’s most beautiful wine lands. From the Cape, Selinda is the next stop before heading on to the awesome power, panoramas and adventures of the Victoria Falls. For wildlife enthusiasts, the Sabi Sands – part of the greater Kruger National Park – is excellent way to finish your trip with ultimate luxury and exceptional South African game viewing.
With Selinda Camp, Great Plains Conservation has exemplified chic simplicity, Botswanan hospitality and true wilderness joy. The tented villas are secluded wilderness immersions and the Selinda Game Reserve is a sense of primal wilderness like no other.