Selinda Camp

Maun, Botswana

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Selinda Camp

The Selinda Camp is located in the Selinda Reserve – 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. At the peak of dry season, this concession boasts elephants by the thousands and regular sightings of pack of African wild dogs.  

UNLEASH IT: AT SELINDA THAT OVERLOOKS A WATERWAY LINKING OKAVANGO DELTA WITH THE WILDLIFE-RICH FLOODPLAINS OF LINYANTI.

We Love
  • Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s passion to create meaningful films that can influence the way we all respond to the natural world.
  • Watching their films and understanding the emotions that wild places and the animals evoke within us all.
  • The waterways around Selinda Camp draw thousands of animals seeking to quench their thirst in the dry season.
Need to Know
  • Only recycled hardwoods and canvas were used in the construction
  • Camp’s electricity comes from its solar farm while ‘bio gas’ plants recycle waste into usable cooking gas.
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated. The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.
  • Walking safaris are offered from camp on request basis.

The Review

Set under an impressive thatch structure, Selinda’s décor is centred on the four elements of air, water, fire and earth with art by Keith Joubert. The camp’s has nine tented rooms are cooled by thatch, and expansive with large en-suite bathrooms and private verandahs. It is a very careful blend of humble bush camp with some extra bells ‘n’ whistles, making for a home away from home atmosphere. This careful mix makes Selinda Camp a popular favourite.

Wildlife
The area surrounding Selinda Camp is blessed with a variety of habitats: wide-open savannah dotted with attractive palm trees; thirst-quenching waterways surrounded by dry woodland; and the river systems and floodplains themselves. These waterways draw thousands of animals seeking to quench their thirst in the dry season.

The Selinda floodplains are host to a wide diversity of antelope and plains game. Game drives are fruitful with a multiplicity of antelope, Burchell's zebra, southern giraffe, blue wildebeest, and plenty of elephant and buffalo to be seen. Predator viewing is exceptional, including the incredible hippo-killing lions of Selinda, leopard, wild dog and cheetah.

Your Stay
Each of Selinda Camp's nine spacious, sturdy canvas tents is shaded with thatch roofing and raised on wooden decks with a large private verandah for a slice of one’s own private Africa. Each tent has a small seating area and desk. Selinda’s little surprise is the extended en suite dressing and dual basin vanity area and bathroom 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.

Experience
Daily activities revolve around guided morning, afternoon and night game drives in custom-built 4x4 Land Cruisers, boating and seasonal fly-fishing. Nature walks accompanied by an armed guide are a Selinda speciality.

Getting There

Selinda Camp is located in the Selinda Concession north of the Okavango Delta. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short flight on a light aircraft. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

 
Selinda Camp Maun, Botswana

Classic Camp

Rating                      Classic Camp
Type                        Safari Lodge
No of rooms              9
Max Occupants          18
Special Interests        Birding, Nature, Wildlife

Tent Types
Each of Selinda Camp's nine spacious, sturdy canvas tents are shaded with thatch roofing and are raised on wooden decks. Comfortable three-quarter sized beds dressed in fine linen are draped with flowing mosquito nets to complete the romantic atmosphere. Each bed can be joined seamlessly to create a grand extra-large double bed.

Ceiling fans, combined with roof vents, bring the African breeze in, cooling the surrounds. For moments of reflection, a writing desk and lounge furniture provide a private respite. A large private verandah, extends into the bush and provides each tent with a slice of it's own private Africa.

Selinda’s little surprise is the extended en-suite dressing and dual basin vanity area and bathroom complete with a deep stone bath and antique shower - accessible via sliding wood doors, for privacy or an open-air feel and guaranteed luxury.

Facilities
Property – 24-hour security, bar, pool, spa and kiddies club
Room – with ensute bathroom with an outdoor deck, lounge area
Airport shuttles and laundry services
Credit card services available

Activities
Selinda is primarily a land-based camp; however, boating is possible on the Spillway in one of the camp’s two powerboats usually year-round; and 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 at one of our hides overlooking the Spillway or waterhole 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. Sleep outs must be booked in advance and are subject to extra cost and availability.


Policies

General
    Minimum check-in age is 18 years.
    Children below 12 years are permitted at no additional cost using existing bedding.
    Airport transfer to/from local airport can be arranged by the property at a charge.
    Internet access to WiFi is complimentary.
    Smoking rooms are available

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:         2:00 PM
    Check out:     12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:    1 night

 

Selinda Concession

Lying adjacent to the Linyanti, the 135 000-hectare Selinda Concession is ecologically similar, but differs in the increased extent of its floodplains. Like the Linyanti, in the dry winter months, enormous elephant herds dominate the large mammal landscape and concentrate close to the permanent Zibadianja Lagoon (the 'source' of the Savute Channel). In addition, plains game such as lechwe, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe, together with their rarer counterparts such as roan, are found, followed by predators — lion, cheetah, leopard, hyaena and wild dog. Birding too is unique here including Arnott's Chat, Collared Palm-Thrush and brilliant flocks of Carmine Bee-eaters hitching rides on Kori Bustards.

Selinda Passion
Selinda Camp is owned 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 the region (elephant, rhino, zebra and leopard) 'because we need to focus our attention on the intrinsic value of nature, and if we can't see it in lions, whales or elephants, then what hope would there be for the lesser known and often far more endangered species?'

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.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides - £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff - £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) - £6.00 per person per day.


When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.


Getting There

Selinda Camp is located in the Selinda Concession north of the Okavango Delta. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short flight on a light aircraft. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.