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Selinda Camp

Home to some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo left in Southern Africa, this powerful place is one of the last great bastions of the endangered African wild dog – lycaon pictus – the “painted wolf”.
Selinda Camp, Ngamiland North, North-West District, Botswana
Rates from $820

Selinda Camp Details 


The sky slowly lightens and then turns dark orange, with groves of magnificent borassus palms thrown sharply into silhouette against the onset of dawn… Sunrise at Selinda Camp is nothing less than spectacular and to be savoured as only life-changing memories can.
Set in one of the most pristine wilderness areas left on our planet, the Selinda Camp rests on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana’s startlingly beautiful and remote 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve.
The Selinda Spillway is an ancient waterway which flows in two directions, weaving its way as it links the far-reaches of the vast Okavango Delta in the south with the Linyanti wetlands in the west, receiving water from both. Further west is the Savute Channel, Chobe and the mighty Zambezi. North lays Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and Angola… Home to some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo left in Southern Africa, this powerful place is one of the last great bastions of the endangered African wild dog – lycaon pictus – the “painted wolf”.
Designed with the elements in mind, Selinda Camp pays homage first and foremost to water, with splashes of blue and a crystal-clear swimming pool offering views over the equally immaculate Selinda Spillway. The billowing silks, which adorn the ceilings of the lounge area, are a tribute to air, and the afternoon breezes that ripple the endless sea of grasses. Earth is represented in the cornucopia of home-grown meals lovingly prepared in our kitchens and the bright flames of our evening fire complete the ethos of being in harmony with nature.
Extensive raised decks give a sense of being part of forever as you gaze out over seemingly endless floodplains where wildlife abounds. But it wasn’t always this way. When Great Plains Conservation took over the Selinda Reserve in 2006 it was to rescue it – the concession and its wildlife had been hunted down to virtually nothing. Now it’s one of the finest wildlife areas in Botswana, if not Africa, and provides a base from which researchers are taking important strides in the effort to conserve and protect iconic species like elephants and Africa’s big cats.
Selinda Camp is only accessible to guests by scheduled air transfers or private air charters. On arrival at the airfield, the road transfer to camp is approximately 45 minutes, allowing time for game viewing en route. During flood season, when water levels rise, we often use a boat for these transfers. This transfer is a combination of a 15-minute drive to the boat dock and then a 15-minute boat ride to camp. We prefer to use the boat for transfers whenever logistically feasible.
Selinda Camp’s (Category B) airfield is licensed for aircraft as large as a King Air, Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Caravan. The co-ordinates are S18″33.95′; E23″30.73′. Flying time in a Cessna Caravan from Maun to Selinda Airfield is 45 minutes and from Kasane it is 50 minutes. Flying times vary depending on the type of aircraft being used and prevailing weather conditions.
When we rebuilt Selinda Camp in 2007 we ensured that its impact on the environment was as low as possible. We have achieved this to the extent that if we packed up the camp there would be no evidence of its existence in less than six months. We use natural materials wherever possible, which is evident in the locally procured timber and thatch. All of our energy comes from the sun and all solid waste is separated and transported to Maun where it is recycled. Nothing is burnt or buried on the reserve itself. Vegetable matter is recycled into methane and then used for cooking through our biogas facility and our biogas units have increased our recycling of solid waste by as much as 25%.
Large tents under thatch on raised, wooden decking with private verandah connected by sliding wood door
Each tent has a small sitting area and desk
Either twin or double bed configuration
Canvas is green, with netted windows, overhead fans and wood-framed doors
Honeymoon tent is not specific, but usually Tent 5 or 9. Closest to main area is Tent 3
Special two-room family tent two bedrooms and bathrooms.
Each tent has en-suite bathroom with deep stone tub, indoor shower, flush loo, dressing area and double basins
The large bathroom is connected to the main tent by double sliding wood doors
Hot and cold running water
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and hairdryers provided.


Selinda Camp has 9 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms featuring pure luxury throughout


Hot and cold running water
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and hairdryers provided
Overhead ceiling fan
Fly netting on all tent sides and over beds as well as ultrasound repellent device
All meals included. All drinks and beverages are included with the exception of imported champagnes and spirits
Excellent: three delicious meals a day are provided. We are extremely flexible on timings.
Picnic breakfasts or lunch (or both) are the norm due to very active game drives, often delivered to the bush
All dietary requirements are catered for from regular to vegan to children, prior warning requested
Indoor and outdoor Dining
Group meals and/or individual tables, a la carte(menu options)
Yoga mats, weights and bands are provided in each suite
In-room massage is available at additional cost Large thatched main area with two lounges and large dining area
Central pool area
Climate controlled walk-in wine cellar
Art gallery and curio shop
Coffee/tea station
Fire pit and seating
The camp is run by a combination of solar and generator power
The system produces 220V, 24-hour electricity to the tents and main area
Universal plug points in each tent
Included in nightly tariff - next day service, weather permitting
Swarovski 8x42 binoculars in every guest tent
Minimal – Malaria prophylaxis are recommended if guests are concerned but this is a remote area with little occurrence
Moderate – high predator density area

Checking In & Out

Check-in from 2pm and check-out by 11am


11 January - 31 March 2017: US$820
01 April - 14 June & 01 November - 19 December 2017: US$995
15 June - 31 October 2017: US$1690
20 December 2017 - 10 January 2018: 1260
Checking In & Out
$820 / per night



The area offers some fantastic food options sourcing the region’s best produce and catering to a range of budgets, see some of the best below:
Caravela Portuguese Restaurant
Sanitas Restaurant
Bull & Bush Pub
Rodizio Brazilian Restaurant
Make sure you book in advance if you plan to eat at any of the above restaurants as they are very popular and easily fill for the weekend.
We also offer a concierge service on this property if you would like us to arrange any bookings.


Getting There and Distances

Selinda Camp is 1158 kms from Gaborone

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