Selinda Reserve is located in the northern part of Botswana and provides an excellent safari destination for adventurous travellers to this part of the continent. The private wildlife sanctuary is centred around the Selinda Spillway which carves its way through the reserve, eventually linking up with the outer reaches of the Okavango Delta to the west and the Linyanti Swamps to the east.
Selinda Reserve spans 300,000 acres and is defined by a varied and game-rich landscape made up of floodplains with clusters of palm trees. Nestled upstream from the Chobe River and the Savuti system, the reserve boasts an abundance of wildlife and birdlife, adding to the incredible safari experience to be had here. The alluring landscape is undisturbed by the crowds of tourists in more popular parks, which means safari-goers can reconnect to the great outdoors of Africa with ease.
Because of its location, the only way to get to Selinda Reserve is by charter plane from Maun, Kasane, or another camp in the country.
The only way to visit the Selinda Reserve is by charter plane from Maun, Kasane or another camp in Botswana.
Generally speaking, yes. However, always use your common sense as the animals are wild, meaning their behaviour can be unpredictable. You always be escorted by a professional guide with extensive knowledge of the area and its residents.
Selinda Reserve boasts an excellent location, upstream from major players like Chobe and the Savute system. This means that safari-goers can enjoy all the advantages of wildlife-viewing of those famous areas. The wildlife sanctuary is home to all the Big Five, except the rhino, and is renowned for sightings of large herds of elephants around the waterways in the dry winter months.
Aside from the Big Five, safari-goers can expect to see zebras and wildebeest, as well as African wild dogs who tend to den and breed in the area. Additionally, big and small cats are common in Selinda and include cheetahs, lions, leopards, hyenas, and jackals. As for birdlife, Selinda offers unsurpassed birding opportunities. The varying landscapes of riparian woodlands and grasslands attract diverse birdlife and include the ostrich, kori bustard, and the secretary bird. Furthermore, many of the resident raptors can be seen throughout the year.
Like most reserves in the area, the best time to visit for exceptional wildlife viewing is during the dry winter months—from April to October. This dry season means that wildlife seeks out water and is much easier to spot due to sparse vegetation. For bird watchers, November to March is the ideal time to dust off the binoculars and admire these feathered wonders.
Selinda Reserve is a privately-owned wildlife sanctuary and only allows 18 guests on the reserve at a time. This means safari-goers can enjoy unrestricted and exhilarating adventures in the wild. Guided game drives are the most popular safari activity, and Selinda is the perfect place to get off the vehicle and venture into the bush on foot. For the truly adventurous at heart, there are trekking expeditions that combine days of walking along the Selinda Spillway and gliding across the water on a canoe for the ultimate safari experience.
The guided walking and canoe safaris offer a truly unadulterated experience in Africa, and a chance to see where large herds of elephant and buffalo roam freely and some parts of the reserve have yet to be explored by man.
Various small camps offer accommodation in and around Selinda. Each of the camps offers a different experience, and some are more rustic and remote than others. Those looking for a true African safari experience will enjoy a stay in the wild, surrounded by roaming wildlife, along with the alluring sights, sounds, and smells of Africa.