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Selinda Camp

Selinda Camp is situated on the Selinda Reserve in remote northern Botswana. The Reserve is roughly 300,000 acres in size and , with a maximum of 32 guests allowed on the Selinda at any one time (spread across four camps), it is one of the most sparsely touristed 'big game' reserves in Africa.

 

selinda camp luxury safariThe ecological highlight of the Selinda Reserve is the Selinda Spillway and its adjacent floodplain. This ephemeral waterway connects the Okavango Delta with the Linyanti River and wetland. Wildlife concentrates along the banks of the Spillway, attracted by water and the lush grass of its floodplain. The northern portion of the concession also contains Zibadianja Lagoon, source of the Savuti Channel. Falling within the greater Chobe-Linyanti ecosystem, game-viewing highlights are very similar to the adjacent Linyanti Reserve, including the spectacular herds of elephant that congregate towards the end of the dry season.

 

selinda camp botswana luxury safarisSelinda Camp is nestled into a shady island overlooking the waters and lush vegetation of the eastern Selinda Spillway. Its nine large tented-rooms have been designed with comfort as a priority. Each is erected under a cool thatch canopy to insulate from the sun. The tents are spacious and well-appointed with noteworthy pan-African furniture and decorative elements. En suite bathroom facilities feature extraordinary "stone" bathtubs, and private decks afford sweeping views across the floodplain in front of camp.

 

selinda camp safari botswanaThe main area is open in plan, comprised of a series of expansive decks and platforms placed to take full advantage of the views around camp. The design of the main area is such that there is never a barrier to these views: whether guests are relaxing in the lounge, having brunch under the cool shade of the thatched roof, or enjoying a three course dinner on the uncovered "star deck", Africa's panorama is omnipresent. Set apart from the main area is Beverly Joubert's photo/art gallery built above a temperature-controlled wine cellar. Guests can also enjoy a small plunge pool and a traditional campfire.

 

selinda camp safari chobe parkThe Selinda Reserve is home to a wide range of species, including over 300 bird species and myriad mammals. High profile species include elephant (in vast numbers), giraffe, zebra, hippo, buffalo, several species of antelope, and the full spectrum of major predators (lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, and wild dogs). Guests at Selinda are offered the full range of 'land' activities: game drives, night drives, and walking excursions. Drives are conducted by experienced professional guides in custom built 4x4 Toyota Landcruisers. Only the most highly trained guides in Botswana are qualified to lead walks, making this a particularly rewarding and educational experience.

The Selinda concession and its focal point, the Selinda Spillway, provide a unique 'bridge' between Botswana's two major wildlife ecosystems: the Chobe/Linyanti and the Okavango Delta. Perhaps the most impressive feature of the Selinda is its vastness - even at full occupancy the reserve offers over 9,000 acres per guest. No risk of overcrowding in this area! Selinda Camp combines this sense of solitude with all the game-viewing strengths of its prime location in the Chobe/Linyanti ecosystem to provide the quintessential Botswana safari experience.

 

        Conservation Dimension

 

The Selinda Reserve is owned by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, award-winning filmmakers for National Geographic for over 25 years. Their mission in life is conservation, and they are driven by the desire to create meaningful films that influence the way we all respond to the natural world. Filming to the Jouberts is a means to show the stunning beauty and spiritually satisfying value of nature and the world's wild places. Their films have been screened around the world in over 50 languages, have been seen by more than a billion people, and are used in schools and universities for educational purposes.

In keeping with their philosophy, the Jouberts decline to allow hunting on the Selinda Reserve, even though they are entitled to by the terms of their lease with the Botswana Government. By doing so they forego significant revenues, but secure a wildlife sanctuary in which photographic safari travelers can experience, at close quarters, the magnificence of Africa's unmolested wildlife and wilderness.

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