Selinda Adventure Trail
Great Plains Conservation
Selinda Adventure Trail takes travelers to the remote interior of the 330,000 acre Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana. The Selinda Adventure Trail is a walking and canoeing expedition along the Selinda Spillway run under the guidance of professional guides whose intimate knowledge of the bush curates a memorable physical, spiritual and cultural journey through the wilderness. The trail replicates the safari experiences of old as adventurers chart a course along the Selinda Spillway and into the remote woodlands of the vast Selinda Reserve on a 4 Day / 3 Night adventure.
The best time of year for canoeing is generally June to end of August but water levels vary annually. All three nights are spent in fly camps along the Selinda Spillway at pre-arranged sites. The days are spent paddling or walking along the Spillway and into the woodlands of the reserve. Along either route travelers can expect to come across several diverse species of wildlife that inhabit the Selinda Reserve. The area is well known for some of Botswana’s largest herds of buffalo, elephant, roan antelope, African wild dog leopard and over 300 species of bird.
When canoeing, each canoe has two guests as well as their bed-rolls and soft bags. Participants paddle their own canoes each day. No previous paddling, canoeing or walking safari experience is needed as tuition and safety briefings are given – but participants must be fit enough to paddle their own canoes and be prepared to walk between camps when water levels are not sufficiently high on the Selinda Spillway. When walking each guest will be supplied with a day backpack, which will include water and snacks. An armed, qualified walking guide as well as an experienced tracker will be with you at all times as you explore the banks of the Spillway as well as the more remote areas of the Selinda Reserve. Walking is an integral component of the adventure and allows for access to new islands and lagoons. Even when you are on a canoe safari, each day includes walking experiences to investigate areas of regular predator activity or wildlife sightings.
Brunch is taken around mid-morning and light snacks are available throughout the day for sustenance until dinner. At night, the deep silence is punctuated by nocturnal sounds, from croaking frogs to roaring lion or the hyena’s whooping call. Guests are not expected to put up their tents or help with the cooking and camp chores as our staff are always on hand to ensure your meals are spent relaxing. Walk-in canvas Kodiak tents are provided as they are comfortable and large enough for two people. Separate screened bucket showers with hot and cold water are also supplied. On the last morning of the Selinda Adventure Trail, after a short morning walk or canoe, we end with a relaxed game drive from the final camp to the Selinda Airstrip for your onward departure.
The Selinda Adventure Trail truly defines adventure whilst bringing you closer to nature and creating a sense of being immersed within the wilderness.
Mobile Kodiak Tents
This safari is all about taking ourselves away from today’s world. The Selinda Spillway runs through a remote part of the private Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, in areas where you will be completely removed from the modern world. We will be carrying all of the equipment on the canoes with us, or transporting them via vehicle when on the walking safari. Your camp sites will be of a rustic but comfortable nature. Walk in Kodiak tents are provided as they are comfortable and large enough for two
people. They are furnished with comfortable bedrolls and quality linen. There are safari ‘bucket showers’ with hot and cold water in the evenings and ‘long drop’ toilets.
Activities & features:
Canoeing, Bush Walks, Game Drives (limited),
The Selinda Spillway is an ideal setting for this canoeing or walking adventure safari. The route begins downstream from the Selinda airstrip in the north-east of the Okavango Delta and migrates eastwards along the Selinda Spillway through the private 330 000-acre Selinda Reserve, ending near Selinda Explorers Camp.
DAY 1: On arrival at the starting point of the adventure trail along the spillway, your guide will brief the group, before taking guests on a short, late-afternoon walk or canoe paddle to aclimatise to
your surroundings before arriving at your first night in camp, where the evening is spent around the fire discussing the adventures that lie ahead.
DAY 2: After an early wake-up call, tea or coffee and a light breakfast is served, before we head off on foot or canoe along the Selinda Spillway enjoying the natural splendours of the Selinda Reserve as they appear before us. Dependant on water levels, most of the day will be spent canoeing, with a few stops before lunch is served en route to the fly camp for that night. A lunch stop is served en route and if the water levels are too low, the group will then head “inland”, exploring on foot, before arriving at our second camp which will be your base for the next two
DAY 3: An early breakfast fuels us for a morning of exploration as we head off on foot, to remote meanders of the complex Selinda Spillway. Expect to see antelope a plenty and large herds of elephant and buffalo; a truly humbling experience. The length of day is tailored around the wildlife in the areas, with cold refreshments and a lunch stop.
DAY 4: Our last morning is a final canoe or walk to the trail-end along the Selinda Spillway. From there we take a slow paced game drive allowing you to see as much wildlife as possible before you get to our airstrip. Once at the airstrip we share our highlights one final time and bid farewell to the adventure.