We carry enough camp chairs on the canoes for dinners at a well appointed dinner table and for guests to sit around a fire at night. Our meals will be prepared on the fire by the cook, enhancing that safari atmosphere of old experience. Our ablution facilities will be bucket showers with hot water in the evenings and ‘long drop’ toilets and a shovel.
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This canoeing and camping safari is guaranteed on a scheduled departure basis with a maximum group size of eight guests and a minimum number of two guests.
Depending on the size of the group, each safari will usually be hosted by between 4 and 6 staff members. There are usually 1 cook, 3 camp hands and our guide. The staff members will be accompanying the safari in their own canoes and will be carrying most of the equipment, although we will spread the weight of drinks and food for the day and other gear throughout all the canoes.
The trail begins at 13h00 latest at the Selinda Airstrip on Day 1 and ends at around 10h30 at the Selinda Airstrip airfield on Day 5; it is important that your agent has arranged the connecting flights to and from the Selinda Airstrip accordingly.
We head out after breakfast, aiming to finish around mid-morning. At this point we are met by the vehicle and transferred by road to the Selinda Airstrip, where we bid farewell to the safari.
Up again for early breakfast, camp is taken down, before we continue along the water course by canoe for another full-day excursion and set up camp for the last night of this trail.
An early breakfast fuels us for a day of exploration on foot. We will venture into the islands and lagoons formed by the flood waters each season. It is only possible to enter this area by foot. There are antelope a plenty and large herds of elephant and buffalo, a humbling experience to have on foot. The length of day is tailored to the group, and either way a cold refreshment is waiting, and stories around the camp fire are colorful.
A patchwork of microhabitats, Selinda Reserve hosts a staggering diversity of wildlife. The open plains are an ideal habitat for cheetah and the thicker woodlands are refuge for leopard. It is famous for elephant and lion, wild dog and hippo, buffalo and giraffe and the more rarely seen roan and sable.
Some days you'll will spend hours with a single herd of elephants; other days you may track predators, or patiently observe Slaty egrets to arrive and fish. Each winter we wait hopefully for the Selinda pack of African wild dogs to pick their den in the area.
This safari is all about taking ourselves away from today’s world. The Selinda Spillway runs through a remote part of the Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, in areas where you will be completely removed from the modern world.
We will be carryingall of the equipment on the canoes with us so the camp site will be of a rustic but comfortable nature.3m x 3m Dome tents are provided as they are comfortable and large enough for two people - yet are compact enough to fit onto the canoes.
They are furnished with comfortable bedrolls and quality linen.
The Selinda Canoe Trail is located in the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana along the eastern banks of the Selinda Spillway, near the confluence of the Linyanti, Savute and Kwando Rivers. At the peak of dry season, this concession boasts elephants by the thousands and regular sightings of the Selinda pack of African wild dogs.
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.
After an early wake-up call, tea or coffee and light breakfast while the camp is being dismantled, we head out on the canoes for a full day of paddling, with lunch en route and the possibility of stretching our legs if we come across something worth investigating on foot. Tonight we camp in another suitable location as we gradually make our way down the Spillway.
The trail begins at Selinda Airstrip in the mid- afternoon, followed by a three hour road transfer in 4x4 vehicles from the airstrip to the starting point of the actual canoe trail. Once the guide has briefed the group, the trail starts with a short late afternoon canoe experience before arriving at the evening’s first camp.
Weaving through the landscape of Botswana’s northern sector is not only the famous Okavango River, but also an equally vital but lesser known lifeline, called the Selinda Spillway. Banished to obscurity by decades of dry, the Spillway came back to life during the high rains of 2009. Since then, its beauty has been renewed, enabling adventurers the rare opportunity of canoeing its waters. The Selinda Canoe Trail replicates the safari experiences of old as we navigate this magnificent region, fly camping along the way. We complete the 45-kilometre journey close to the convergence of the Linyanti and Kwando waterways. Since 2009, the Selinda Canoe Trail has been the consummate favorite among those seeking a first in pristine wilderness.
4 Nights / 5 Days