Reviews of Selinda Camp
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Selinda Camp review
Selinda was a totally different experience again. Beautiful site, common areas and tents.Lovely staff. Felt more remote than the other camps and in some ways more authentically African. The viewing was very different from Chitabe - far fewer animals, but what we saw was special and memorable (animals bathing, lion cubs feeding on a carcass, the results of a fight between an existing pride of lionesses and an "intruder" lion, etc.
Also, by the time we got to Selinda, was very hot (though tents situated in way that we could make ourselves comfortable.
Would also go back to this camp.
Very well located. The rooms are excellent. The water in the bathrooms is supposed to be filtered however the one time we filled the bath it had a sediment of mud ! Reverted to the showers .
Books water colours and binoculars are great extras. Both lunch and dinner were very good . Continental breakfast round the fire could be improved.
Staff very hospitable and welcoming. The guide was very good.
Selinda was to be a"wet camp" for us. From the protecting forests of Linyanti to the wide open spaces of Selinda was quite a contrast. The drive from the airport to the waters edge was a big change.
All the dry grass, some of it recently burned was a bit discouraging, but once we were on the water, the enchantment began. We were greeted by a large group of the staff all smiling and offering those delightful wet cloths to fresh up with. The young hosts were precious and we wish them all the best as they take on the role of being the general managers of a larger camp than Linyanti. The facilities were representative of the African experience and I appreciated the attention to detail.
I felt that we stepped back in time. We were a group of six thus we had the pleasure of having the vehicle to ourselves. I felt that the guide/tracker quickly felt part of our friendship and enjoy our company as much as we enjoyed his. Water in the bathtub was not abundant and it reminded me quickly how fragile the surrounding are, for guests, natives and wildlife. This camp was the one with the greatest infrastructure yet we missed the more informal aspects of the previous camp.
Hippo Heaven at Selinda
This camp is fabulously run by Lizzie and her Team. We stayed here 3 nights and the service from everyone was exemplary. It is not service by rote, the service experienced is both personal and flexible. We had a member of our party ill and they took care of her; we wanted a private dinner and they took care of that. Nothing it appeared was too much trouble!
Game viewing here was excellent especially of Leopard and Cheetah. However our favourite moment was that of the Honey Badger scuttling down the track in front of us, snarling as he went. Donald our guide was excellent and worked out the dynamics of our group, likes etc very quickly.
Food here was excellent and it is a lovely touch to be able to go to the cellar and choose your own wine for the evening.
Tents are comfortable and the hippos come up very close and personal at night, so close it feels like they are just about to come into your tent!
Selinda Camp review
Lizzy at Selinda made everyone feel welcome and went out of her way while I was sick to help out!!
Great camp for photography.
Great stay at Selinda
Excellent management team who worked hard to keep all the guests happy.
Food was OK although not always hot. We had Donald as our guide - top class. Transfer from Maun took longer than expected as we stopped on the way at Duba Plains. We did a drive on the way from the airstrip which meant it was dark when we got to our tent; we woiuld have liked the option of brighter lighting in the tent. Heard but never saw the hippos.
No "big" game (no leopards, cheetahs, buffalo, rhino) but interesting "small" encounters - a troupe of baboons sharing the waterhole with a warthog; two male warthogs fighting (REALLY fighting); roan antelope; brief encounter with 4 wild dogs (disappointing not to see more given reports from Selinda earlier in the year); close encounter with a herd of about 50 eles.
Selinda Camp review
On the edge of the Okavango Delta, so a different kind of experience, but still very interesting. Fewer animals.Read more about the whole safari
This was our second stay at Selinda and we were not disappointed.
The camp itself is lovely and the staff are fantastic. They seemed the most genuine and friendly staff of all the camps we stayed at on our trip . Easy to talk to (and that wasn't just the managers), attentive but in a very unobtrusive way. Plus the food was excellent as on our previous trip.
We liked the fact that our activities were varied. Our guide was Joseph and he was knowledgeable and keen to answer questions. He wanted us to have a varied time in camp so as well as our game drives, we went out on a boat trip and did a walking safari. Both different but very interesting.
It was a very hot time of year to visit (which we were prepared for) which meant very early starts but a longer break in camp during the heat of the day. Getting up that early was a great time to see the game and we had some fantastic sightings. Masses of elephants, leopard, lions, hippos, lechwe, buffalo, kudu, giraffe, water hogs, impala of course. We also saw 2 new animals for us one evening - a serval and an aardwolf. Plus wild dog with 6 tiny pups who were a lot of fun to observe.
I think our favourite sighting was out on the boat very early one morning. We came across 4 lionesses who wanted to swim across the channel. A hippo came charging out of the water to scare them off but they were very determined. They moved further down the bank and then started swimming. It was a deep channel and a long swim - they were amazing swimmers and it was something our guide had only seen once himself before. It was a wonderful few minutes and we took a lot of photos.
Selinda Camp review
This was our favourite camp. The right side of luxurious without being over the top. The view from our tent was utterly breathtaking. The management team, especially Lizzie and Dave, were very friendly and welcoming. The food was of a phenomenally high standard, as was the guiding. Koop, our guide, worked very hard and helped us to experience some terrific wildlife viewing.
For example, on our final morning we watched dogs with pups, hyenas fighting over a carcass, three buffalo crossing the spillway, a leopard eating a buffalo calf and also found a leopard up a tree.
A delightful experience.
Selinda Camp Experience touched our souls
We love Botswana, and on every level this was a fantastic beginning to tented camp experience & 1st trip to Africa. Couldn't believe how much wildlife we & our 2 friends saw--beginning within 2 minutes on the drive from airstrip to camp & in our 1st afternoon drive. By the end of our next morning drive, we had close up viewings of every animal I had hoped for & more -- Among other things, we were very fortunate to follow a pack of 5 wild dogs. Our guide, KB was terrific-- experienced, informative, & loads of fun.
Only stayed 2 days & were still experiencing jet lag--another day would have been perfect. (Megan advised us that stays should be no less than 3 days but our schedule didn't allow for that.) If we're ever so lucky as to return to Botswana, Selinda would be a must.