Re-opened in June 2019, Selinda Camp offers a deluxe base from which to head out into the Selinda Reserve! Activities available include vehicle and walking safaris, tracking, and seasonal boat trips.
Selinda Camp is owned and run by Great Plains, a company specialising in high-quality safari properties across Botswana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe – and a bit of a favourite at YZ! The camp closed in November 2018 for some fairly major rebuilding and refurbishing. It re-opened, as scheduled, in June 2019. The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, all scheduled wildlife activities, transfers between the camp and the local airstrip, and a laundry service.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via 40 minutes’ road transfer from the local airstrip. It has a fabulous location, on the beautiful banks of the Selinda Spillway within the wildlife-rich Selinda Reserve!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT SELINDA CAMP:
Guest accommodation consists of three super-spacious suites and a lavish two-bedroom tented villa. Every suite has a thatch roof, and its interiors have a particular colour palette and theme. The overall design of the camp is inspired by the four elements of Water, Air, Earth, and Fire, and the guest tents involve a fifth element, Metal, which is recognised as equally important as the classic quartet within some cultures. Another theme put to use here is Robinson Crusoe, as shown in the thatch roofing and spacious feel of the tents, as well as their rope textures, hammocks, salvaged wood, and a few nautical notes too. Furnishings include a king-size bed with mosquito netting, bedside stands and lighting, a writing desk and chair, and a pleasant seating area. Each suite also offers a generously proportioned bathroom, private veranda, and even a private swimming pool! And the two-bedroom villa, known as the Selinda Suite, is just as impressive, not least because guests have access to a private entrance, private vehicle with guide, and other staff such as a manager/butler and a chef.
The communal spaces at Selinda Camp also have a four elements theme, and they also represent the meeting place of three cultures – European, Mokololo, and Bayei. Overall the look of the camp brings to mind the thatched village of Sangwali, which was home to three thousand warriors and loaned 200 men to the explorer David Livingstone. Homage to these warriors is made through décor such as spears and shields. Gorgeous billowing silks adorn the ceilings of the luxurious lounge, echoing the sight of fresh breezes rippling through the Selinda savanna and capturing the theme of Air. Water is present in the camp’s pools and of course in the Spillway itself, while the delicious food prepared in the kitchens symbolises Earth, being grown in local soil. Finally, Fire burns brightly in the camp’s fire-pit, enticing travellers to gather together and share their safari experiences!
ACTIVITIES AT SELINDA CAMP:
Selinda Camp offers a thrilling range of activities, as follows:
Expertly guided game drives- The Selinda Reserve is made up of approximately 130,000 hectares of savanna, woodlands, floodplains, and various water sources, not least the very scenic Spillway. Drives from camp provide exciting opportunities to see the local wildlife. This includes four of the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo! Smaller predators in residence include cheetah, hyena, jackal, and the rare wild dog, and there’s also plenty of plains game. You can even look out for the famous Selinda Lion Pride, whose members featured in explorers Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s film Birth of a Pride, for National Geographic.
Walking safaris- Also accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced guide, walks from camp are the perfect activity for guests interested in getting to know the smaller lives of the reserve – its plants, insects, and birdlife.
Seasonal boating- If you stay here during green season, you can board a boat and drift along the Spillway. You’ll likely see hippos, crocodiles, and a wealth of waterbirds!
Tracking- Forming part of a walking safari, tracking is highly recommended for the adventurous. With your guide, you can track big game such as lion, elephant, and buffalo.
Birding- Spotting upwards of two hundred types of feathery friends can also be featured in your walks from camp. Just three Selinda specials are fish eagle, saddle-billed stork, and the delightful little lilac-breasted roller!
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.*