is the extended en suite dressing and dual basin vanity area complete with a deep stone bath and antique shower. One of the tents is a family unit, consisting of one main bedroom, a kid’s room and two bathrooms connected by a wrap-around deck. Selinda’s commanding main lounge and dining area is raised with views of the Spillway. Nearby is the large walk-in wine cellar and art gallery as well as the curio shop. After the day’s events, the pool is a welcome respite, and then a drink around the fire pit rounds out the day.
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 wildlife density and diversity, with Selinda and its guests as a key component of this conservation success story.
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 offers game drives throughout the day focusing primarily on early morning and afternoon and early evening game drives but full day drives are common if guests prefer. The camp has four custom built Land cruisers specially designed for our conditions and photography (fold-down screens, raised roofs, photographic bars, multi-plug invertors). With just four to six guests each, the Cruisers are fully stocked with drinks and snacks.
Selinda is primarily a land-based camp; however, boating is possible on the Spillway in one of the camp’s two powerboats, water level dependent; and you can toss the bait with some rod/reel fishing from March to December each year. If stretching one’s legs and getting a feel for Africa by foot is the guest’s preference, then it’s possible to arrange morning walks. In the mid-day, during siesta, guests can take refuge in our hide overlooking the Spillway and do some birding.
Sleep outs under a mosquito net on a raised platform in the African wild are available for those who want an extra adventure. Must be booked in advance, subject to extra cost and availability.
AT A GLANCE
- 8 large tents under thatch on raised, wooden decking with private verandah connected by sliding wood door
- Sitting area and desk
- Netted windows, overhead fans and wood-framed doors
- En-suite bathroom with deep stone tub, indoor shower, flush loo, dressing area and double basins
- Hot and cold running water
- Private, decked, open-air en-suite ‘bustani’ bathrooms that include flush toilet, double basins and hot and cold showers
- Main thatched guest area includes two lounge and large dining area
- Central swimming pool
- Climate controlled walk-in wine cellar
- Outdoor fire pit
- Art gallery and safari shop
- Situated on 330,000 acre Selinda Reserve
- Twice daily game drives
- Seasonal boating
- Guided bush walks
- All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, safari activities, laundry
- Wi-Fi in guest areas
- Solar panels and generator provide 24-hour 220v electricity