Rating: Deluxe Price from: £525 - £845 pp full board
Selinda Camp is a small, luxury tented safari camp on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway, which links the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and Kwando marshes.
It is in the 320,000 acre private Selinda Reserve, so exclusivity is guaranteed. The co-owners of the camp since 2007 are world renowned wildlife film makers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, who have filmed and photographed many of the animals of the Okavango. There is an art gallery in camp and an area where guests can download and view their photographs.
This region borders Chobe National Park's western boundary and is an area rich in wildlife with varied habitats. Much of the concession is wooded but there is a strip of floodplains along the Linyanti River. The Savute Channel also feeds water to this area, now flowing again after many years being dry. This area is famous for large herds of elephants but other abundant species include zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, lechwe, reedbuck and kudu. Predators here include lion, spotted hyena, leopard, cheetah and wild dog.
At the peak of the dry season in late September, the Selinda Reserve has been documented to hold up to 9000 elephants. All the major predators are present: lion, leopard and cheetah and this region is well known for wild dog (which den in June / July). There are good densities of giraffe and buffalo (in the dry season) and all the antelope - including roan and sable.
Location: The camp is in the Selinda Private Concession, bordering Linyanti and Savuti. It is about a 45 minute flight from Maun to Selinda. From the airstrip it is about another 45 minutes to camp if it's taken as a game drive - or partly a boat transfer if the water is high.
Rooms: Selinda has 9 guest tents under thatch, accommodating a maximum of 18 guests. Each tent has comfortable beds with luxury bathrooms. There are spacious en-suite bathrooms, with full sized stone baths, antique showers, dual vanity basins. Each tent has a large private veranda where you can relax looking out over the wonderful views over the floodplains, waterways and palm islands. Binoculars are provided in each room. All rooms have battery charging facilities.
Activities: There are early morning and late afternoon open vehicle game drives. Both day and night game drives are offered. The nature walks accompanied by an armed guard are excellent here. Water levels permitting, you can go on boating safaris. Canoeing is also a good way to explore. There are some viewing hides near the camp. There is also the chance to enjoy a night under the stars at the new sleepout. If you're in need of pampering, in-room massages can be arranged.
Facilities: There is a library, a plunge pool, and even a small photo gallery. There is also a wine cellar. On an evening most guests like to chat by the campfire.
Dining: There is a raised thatched dining room with great views overlooking the Spillway. There is also an open deck area for when eating under the stars is the perfect thing to do! Breakfast and lunch are buffets and dinner is a set menu.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no mobile signal. There is Wi-Fi but for emergency use only.
"Larger than Duba Plains, the nine tents are again situated looking over a channel. Regular visits from elephants during the lunch period. Even walk right through camp as the head for a drink or to cross the channel. Luxurious rooms include a bath, should you have the time to use it. The larger size does mean it can feel quite busy (if you are used to a bush camp type experience)"