Selinda Camp Bostwana
Selinda Private Reserve, Northern Botswana
Great Plains Conservation
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Dorian Hoy – Managing Director, Botswana
5 Star Classic Safari Camp
When we rebuilt Selinda Camp in 2007 we ensured that its impact on the environment was as low as possible. We have achieved this to the extent that if we packed up the camp there would be no evidence of its existence in less than six months.
We use natural materials wherever possible, which is evident in the locally procured timber and thatch. All of our energy comes from the sun and all solid waste is separated and transported to Maun where it is recycled. Nothing is burnt or buried on the reserve itself. Vegetable matter is recycled into methane and then used for cooking through our biogas facility and our biogas units have increased our recycling of solid waste by as much as 25%.
History & Story
The sky slowly lightens and then turns dark orange, with groves of magnificent borassus palms thrown sharply into silhouette against the onset of dawn… Sunrise at Selinda Camp is nothing less than spectacular and to be savoured as only life-changing memories can.
Set in one of the most pristine wilderness areas left on our planet, the Selinda Camp rests on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana’s startlingly beautiful and remote 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve.
The Selinda Spillway is an ancient waterway which flows in two directions, weaving its way as it links the far-reaches of the vast Okavango Delta in the south with the Linyanti wetlands in the west, receiving water from both. Further west is the Savute Channel, Chobe and the mighty Zambezi. North lays Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and Angola…
Home to some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo left in Southern Africa, this powerful place is one of the last great bastions of the endangered African wild dog – lycaon pictus – the “painted wolf”.
Designed with the elements in mind, Selinda Camp pays homage first and foremost to water, with splashes of blue and a crystal-clear swimming pool offering views over the equally immaculate Selinda Spillway. The billowing silks, which adorn the ceilings of the lounge area, are a tribute to air, and the afternoon breezes that ripple the endless sea of grasses. Earth is represented in the cornucopia of home-grown meals lovingly prepared in our kitchens and the bright flames of our evening fire complete the ethos of being in harmony with nature.
Extensive raised decks give a sense of being part of forever as you gaze out over seemingly endless floodplains where wildlife abounds. But it wasn’t always this way. When Great Plains Conservation took over the Selinda Reserve in 2006 it was to rescue it – the concession and its wildlife had been hunted down to virtually nothing. Now it’s one of the finest wildlife areas in Botswana, if not Africa, and provides a base from which researchers are taking important strides in the effort to conserve and protect iconic species like elephants and Africa’s big cats.
There are no plans to renew Selinda at this stage
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Private Wildlife viewing concession with limited guests
Private 130 000 hectare Selinda Reserve
Key sites/activities in the area
Open vehicle game driving and wildlife viewing activities in the early morning and late afternoon/evening
Private game drive vehicle and guide available for hire at additional cost
Boating activities to view wildlife on the myriad of water channels that are on the Reserve (water levels permitting)
For those guests that are avid birders and who manage to see 111 different birds during their stay with us, they will presented with a unique gift recognising their extra ordinary achievement
All rooms at Selinda include a quality pair of binoculars for guests to use on a complimentary basis
Selinda Camp accepts children from 6 years old
All children that stay at Great Plains Conservation safari camps have the opportunity of participating and joining our Young Explorers Club
• Number of suites:
• Selinda Camp has a total of 8 Luxury guest tents including a 2 bedroom family unit
Each tent is under thatch on raised platform with private verandah and offers en-suite bathroom with indoor shower and large bathtub
Each rooms offers wifi, a writing desk and private verandah
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all:
• Selinda Camp has 8 tents including a 2 bedroom family unit
Restaurants & Bars
• Selinda Camp has a number of dining options. These include a central dining area in the main camp area, but guests are also able to dine under the stars out on the expansive deck of the main area. There is also dining opportunities for guests to dine in the air-conditioned wine cellar or Library area which contains a sélection of images taken by National Geographic wildlife photographer, Beverly Joubert.
Bush breakfasts and/or dinner options are available at times. These are confirmed by the camp manager on a daily basis and are subject to confirmation.
• A brand new wellness offering is currently being developed
Corporate & Celebration Events
Extra Notable Features
• Early morning and late afternoon/early evening wildlife viewing game drives
• Guided boating opportunity on channels available on the Reserve (Water levels dependant)
• Private wildlife viewing vehicle and guide available at additional cost for guests
Number of employees