Live the good life in the African wilderness
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 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.
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.
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.