Lodges

Selinda Camp

Live the good life in the African wilderness

Selinda Camp

From the moment you set eyes on Selinda Camp from your boat (yes, you arrive via water taxi during flood season), with its open-air thatched lodge, the smiling staff welcoming you from the jetty and the surrounding game-rich floodplains, you know you’ve arrived somewhere very special. This luxury lodge is situated in one of Botswana’s most pristine wildlife areas, the famous Selinda Reserve. It's the “office” of some the world’s most respected wildlife filmmakers, Derek and Beverly Joubert, and home to some of the largest elephant and buffalo herd concentrations in Africa.

At the lodge

The hotel

The raised communal area of the lodge is open-plan and airy with a thatched roof and leather couches. It’s not uncommon to raise an eye off your book to catch the movement of hippos and elephants in the watery shallows in front of you. Decorated with a colonial-contemporary feel, the lodge blends into the environment. An inviting swimming pool is located on the main wooden deck overlooking the spillway. There is also a bar, upstairs library, wine cellar, boma and open-air dining area.

The rooms

Selinda Camp has nine permanent tented chalets under thatch and you don’t have to worry which tent is best because they are all identical (except for the family tent) and wildlife sightings can be enjoyed from each private deck overlooking the spillway. The colonial decor is complimented by wooden floors, a four poster bed, crisp white linen, writing desk and spacious en-suite bathroom with a full-sized stone bathtub, dual vanity basins and sliding doors opening onto a private outdoor shower.

On safari

Experiences

Games drives happen in the morning and evening at Selinda Camp, often returning after sunset so you can enjoy spotting the nocturnal creatures of the bush. Guided walking safaris can be arranged putting you on foot and in touch with your senses as you track down the Big 5. Because Selinda is situated between the Okavango Delta in the west and the Linyati waterways and savannahs in the east, guests get to sample the different wildlife that these wet and dry terrains offer. The guides here have a excellent reputation and are renowned for their exceptional tracking skills and interpretative bush knowledge.

When to go

Linyanti by month

January

Season: Wet
  • Weather is characterised by high temperatures, a drop in humidity and relatively high rainfall.
  • A month of high excitement, due to the many newborns afoot, predator hunts are a frequent occurrence.
  • A wonderful time for photography, vegetation is green and in bloom, migratory birds are present and in breeding plumage, the animals are all in prime condition.
  • Make sure the mosquito repellent is packed during this time of year.

February

Season: Wet
  • Weather is characterised by high temperatures, a drop in humidity and relatively high rainfall.
  • A month of high excitement, due to the many newborns afoot, predator hunts are a frequent occurrence.
  • A wonderful time for photography, vegetation is lush and in bloom, migratory birds are present and in breeding plumage, the animals are all in prime condition.
  • Make sure the mosquito repellent is packed during this time of year.

March

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are still quite hot, with the number of rainy days decreasing, expect the occasional afternoon shower.
  • Although wildlife is still more spread out than the dry months, wonderful diversity more than makes up for this.
  • An interesting time for photography, vegetation is green, migratory birds are present and the animals are all in prime condition.
  • Make sure the mosquito repellent is packed during this time of year.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures begin to cool, the average daily sunshine hours begin to climb and rain is relatively rare.
  • Some of the animals will still be spread out, however lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah usually add to the safari excitement .
  • Enjoy the last opportunity to view the migratory birds before they head North for the dry winter months.
  • This is the last opportunity to capture a lush green wilderness before the dry winter months set in, changing the landscape drastically.

May

Season: Dry
  • A transition month from wet summer to dry winter, offering moderate temperatures and little to no rain.
  • The "emerald season" is coming to an end, vegetation will slowly begin to thin and animals will migrate into the area following the year round water sources.
  • Improved visibility will increase your chances of spotting the rare and endangered Sable and Roan antelope.
  • A great time of year to star gaze, with relatively few clouds and no ambient light, enjoy a sky twinkling with a blanket of stars.

June

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures drop considerably in the morning and evenings, with the daylight hours being comfortably warm.
  • Animals return to the region as water becomes scarce elsewhere, leading to increased interactions between species, as they compete for the limited resources.
  • This is usually the best time to view the elusive wild dogs of the region as they begin their denning period.
  • Vegetation has started to thin, improving chances of spotting the rare and endangered Sable and Roan antelope.
  • Remember to pack a winter jacket, as frost can occur on particularly cold June mornings.

July

Season: Dry
  • The best time to visit, with warm daytime weather, low humidity and not a cloud in the sky.
  • July offers ideal photographic conditions, the low humidity and sparse vegetation means wonderful image clarity and no shortage picture perfect moments.
  • Vegetation is thin due to the lack of rainfall, causing animals to cluster around the remaining water sources and the Savute Channel.
  • This is usually the best time to view the endangered wild dogs of the region as they den over this month.
  • Be sure to pack a warm jacket for the early morning and late evenings, as temperatures can get chilly.

August

Season: Dry
  • The best time to visit, with warm daytime weather, low humidity and not a cloud in the sky.
  • Vegetation is thin due to the lack of rainfall causing, animals to cluster around the remaining water sources and the Savute Channel.
  • August offers ideal photographic conditions, low humidity and sparse vegetation means wonderful image clarity and no shortage of picture perfect moments.
  • This is usually the best time to view the wild dogs of region as their denning period slowly approaches an end.
  • Be sure to pack a warm jacket for the early morning and late evenings, as temperatures can get chilly.

September

Season: Dry
  • The best time to visit, with warm daytime weather, low humidity and not a cloud in the sky.
  • Be sure to pack a warm jacket for the early morning and late evenings, as temperatures can get chilly.
  • Vegetation is thin due to the lack of rainfall causing animals to cluster around the remaining water sources and the Savute Channel.
  • September offers ideal photographic conditions, low humidity and sparse vegetation means wonderful image clarity and no shortage of picture perfect moments.
  • A great time for landscape photography with the crisp mornings ensuring views for miles around.

October

Season: Dry
  • October is also a transitional month with temperatures being hot and humid preceding the arrival of the wet season.
  • This is the harshest month of the year, water and food is scarce causing animals to congregate along water sources.
  • Game viewing is still very good with vegetation sparse, ensuring quality sightings of a wide variety of wildlife.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water during the day to avoid dehydration in this month.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures and humidity are still high with the arrival of the summer rains, expect afternoon showers only.
  • The arrival of the rains causes animals to spread out once more, enjoying a time of plenty as water sources are replenished for the coming months.
  • Migratory birds begin to return, creating a hive of activity and colour in the tree tops.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water during the day to avoid dehydration in this month.

December

Season: Wet
  • A wonderful time of year to get out on foot, experiencing all the smaller details often missed during game drive.
  • Weather is becoming less hot and humid, with afternoon showers providing solace from the African heat.
  • The birthing season kicks off towards the end of the month, causing a buzz of predator excitement.
  • The "emerald season" is the perfect time for photography, plants are green and in bloom, migratory birds are in full breeding plumage and the animals are all in prime condition.

Wildlife


The Linyanti's diverse environment is composed of woodlands, marshlands, savannah and palm islands, attracting a wide variety of species. The area is famous for large herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, roan, sable, zebra, and more. However, it is the predators that take centre stage in the Linyanti, with the rare wild dog, lion, cheetah and leopard producing some thrilling encounters.

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