Linyanti, Selinda Camp
Selinda Camp rests on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway in the 320,00-acre Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana. This prime location is deep within rich wildlife territory. Completely rebuilt in 2007, Selinda Camp is a relaxed, yet luxurious tented safari camp and has established itself as one of the gems in the region with a harmonious blend of a classic tented bush camp interwoven with contemporary amenities.
The shaded camp affords extraordinary views over the Selinda Reserve’s prolific floodplains and savannas. Dotting the landscape is commanding borassus palms, where nesting birds roost and baboon spy. The extensive raised decks, surrounding both the main lounge and guest tents, allow guests to enjoy a meal or a relaxing afternoon while still enjoying wildlife viewing. There is a hardly a moment in camp where there isn’t an animal in sight.
There are few places in northern Botswana as dynamic as the Selinda Reserve, which is centered on the famous Selinda Spillway, which weaves its way east, linking the far reaches of the Okavango Delta in the south with the Linyanti water systems in the east.
The Selinda Reserve is west (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. It is a truly spectacular and unique landscape.
On safari it is possible to see a tremendous diversity of species, from resident prides of lion to huge herds of elephant and packs of wild dog. It is also home to the ungulates, from the rare roan to the ubiquitous zebra. Nocturnal wildlife is prolific as well, and there are frequent sightings of aardwolf and civet. Exploration of this vast area defies imagination… by foot, 4×4 open game drive vehicle, boat or simply sitting quietly in a hide.
On arriving at Selinda Camp, one is struck by the grand architecture of the main area. The high-beamed ceilings and traditional thatch roof coupled with the raised wooden foundation keep the area cool in the African sun.
The main lounge has been designed around the four basic elements of nature: water, air, earth and fire. Each element is also complemented by local art.
Upon entering the open-air thatched main area, bright touches of blue evoke the imagery of water. Large sculpted mekoros (dugout canoes), painted by world-renowned artist Keith Joubert are the focal points. Perched off the main lounge, is a quaint tea verandah. Here, billowing soft fabrics in light colors provide shade and ambiance in the spirit of air. And the journey continues to the element of earth, manifested in the dining spaces – either under thatch or under the stars – where naturally wholesome food and African wines served table d’hôte providing sustenance. And as the day ends, a tradition continues: the exchange of philosophy, laughter, folklore and stories of safari often communed by nature’s final element of fire. The evening open-air fireside is a seductive end to the day in the bush.
Just adjacent to the fire pit, “Zanzibari” doors lead down to a generous wine cellar. Here, a selection of wines of the region and Europe are available. Meals are generally table d’hôte and include a light breakfast at dawn, a hearty brunch on return from the morning activity, afternoon tea and snacks before the afternoon activity, rounded off with a sumptuous dinner in the evening. Special meals and dietary requirements can be catered for on request.
Next to the cellar is a gallery, where inspiration comes in the form of fine art, including a sample of the collected photographic works of Beverly Joubert paying tribute to her stunning work with National Geographic. The gallery is a place for quiet reflection, reading and learning. Above the gallery, many other local wares are available for purchase in the curio shop.
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 and activities
If the cool shade of the thatch simply isn’t enough to quell the mid day heat, then a plunge pool is tucked away from the main area. Offering privacy and lush surrounds, it is a fabulous afternoon retreat. In-room massages are available (at additional cost).
Laundry – Laundry is done on a daily basis and is complimentary.
Electricity – The camp operates on a 220V electricity system powered by a generator that operates a few hours a day, when guests are generally not in camp. The generator charges a set of batteries, which in turn pass through an inverter system capable of converting battery power to 220V power. This conversion supplies power 24 hours a day to the entire camp. A set of universal plug points is available in each tent. It is recommended to bring a spare set of batteries so one set can be charged while the other is out on safari.
Why Stay Here – Selinda Camp is full of character. It is often referred to as a ‘home away from home’ for its peaceful energy and sincerity. It is a combination of elements that make it possible – the people, the atmosphere, the wildlife and care in every decision that handcrafts this special place into its own type of contemporary authenticity. Selinda Camp is designed around the concept of camaraderie coupled with exceptional wildlife viewing and the freedom to explore. It’s relatively small size; prime location and amenities make it a notable value in the safari circuit.
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