Reviews of Selinda Camp
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The best leopard sighting ever!
David & Alice Murray are excellent hosts The food was excellent including delicious fillet of Kudu! The staff were very friendly and afficient.
As with Sendibe, it was extremely cold last thing at night and early morning. Supplying storage heaters of some sort, would make undressing & dressing less frantic!
Selinda Camp....our best out of four!
Selinda camp was a little difficult to get to; their airstrip was flooded so we landed at Lebala airstrip. But once we got there, it was a great camp. The tents were a little tired but very nicely decorated with great mosquito nets that had openings marked with sewn in shells (if you have ever tried to find your way out of a mosquito net in the dark you would appreciate this). The indoor/outdoor bathroom is unique and once you realize that the open shower throws water in a wide circle you allow for that. The common areas are well designed and have unique features in the dining tables, and in a sitting area used for tea. The staff seem genuinely interested in you as an individual and are the most efficient that we encountered in the 4 camps. The food was also the best of the 4 camps.
The camp managers, David and Alice, are capable, professional, and a lot of fun. We had the best "social evenings" at this camp mainly due to David and Alice's conversational skill at putting folks at ease. A few camp-wide problems arose during our stay but Alice or David always apprised the guests of the situation, so everyone knew what was going on, and there were few difficulties.
Our guide, Jonah, was the best that we had among all 4 camps. He was a great tracker in very difficult terrain, and he was an excellent driver in very difficult terrain. Jonah was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in this area. We once again had some downpours during our game drives, but Jonah managed to make this interesting and even enjoyable. He once provided coffee on the vehicle in the rain as we watched over 30 hippos cavorting in a lake.
Our only problem here was the drive to the airstrip at the end of our visit. Selinda and it's neighbor's air strips were flooded so we and another couple would need to be driven to another strip that was usually 40 minutes away but with the recent rains it would take maybe 2 hours. It was decided we would combine this 2-hour trip with a game drive. The plane was due at 12:30 and we were to leave at 8:30. The driver and vehicle got stuck in mud at camp so we had to get another vehicle, so our departure was a little after nine. The only extended stop for photo's was made by the driver who wanted to photograph a lechwe that hung out with bush buck.
About 2 hours into this drive the guide (who had not been our camp guide/driver) said we were behind schedule and he had to drive very fast to make it to the air strip. This was a drive from hell! Sitting right behind him we could see that he was going sometimes 40 miles an hour on this bush track. He would brake suddenly with no warning and throw us out of our seats. If a large animal had stepped into the track, we would have hit it due to our speed. This was the most dangerous aspect of our trip. If someone had driven like this on a game drive we would have refused to drive with them again.
We would return to this area again, there were many animals and the area is diverse and lovely.
Interesting change of scenery
Food and hospitality were outstanding but very lacking in game and from this aspect was very disappointing.
However we enjoyed our stay here.
Expert Africa comments
We were sorry that these travellers didn’t experience the usual densities of game that would be expected from a stay at Selinda; put this in context by reading about about their trip as a whole.
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Loved every moment and we were sorry to leave!Read more about the whole safari
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The best rooms of the three lodges we stayed at with lots of character in the main lodge and gift shop. Wonderful game viewing!Read more about the whole safari
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Much recomended. Our best Safari camp.
We saw an amazing selection of game on our initial ride from the air-strip to the camp.
We had a superb canoe ride. One of our game drive excursions included lunch on a boat moving along one of the waterways.
Beautiful camp and very good guiding
Selinda is a beautiful camp in a lovely setting. The reserve is beautiful and with the river and lots of waterholes, it was very green.
Rose, Ishmael and Kea are great hosts and everything at the camp runs extremely smoothly. The staff were not in any way over-attentive but there were always people on hand to greet you with a towel (cold or hot depdning on the weather), get you a drink and check whether there was anything that you needed.
The tents were very nicely furnished and extremely clean and we really liked the semi-outdoor bathroom with its open shower and huge bath. Of the 3 places that we stayed on our trip, the tents at Selinda were our favourite. Everything felt new and fresh thanks to the refurbishment not so long ago and we appreciated the quality of the little things (towels, bed linen, toiletries) that added to our stay.
The food was excellent - good selection of cereals, pastries, toast and fruit for early breakfast; for brunches we had all manner of amazing salads, meats, cheeses, eggs cooked to order, bread and fruit; for dinner, we had a choice of main courses with set starter and dessert; the homemade cakes for afternoon tea were a particular highlight. We could not fault the food and, on our last night, they set up dinner for just the 2 of us which was lovely.
On to the important bit - guiding and wildlife. Marks was our guide and he was a nice chap as well as being very knowledgeable. There had been a heavy storm the day before we arrived and we had rain on our first day which had dispersed the game so for our first few drives we did not see many animals. That said, the bird life was amazing and we spent some happy drives learning about the birds and Marks' enthusiasm was infectious. Watching 2 eagles of entirely different species sit next to each other rain drenched on a tiny branch was very memorable.
When the sun and animals returned, there was a lot more to see including some great sightings of lewchwe, kudu, zebra, babboon and giraffe plus separate pairs of female and male lion. We looked for leopard and wilde dogs without success and the cheetah had not been seen for nearly 2 months but there was a lot of variety of other animals and we really enjoyed our drives.
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This was the first camp that we visited of three, and was excellent in every way. Marks, our guide, did a brilliant job of finding wildlife to see and photograph on our game drives ( a hungry leopard hunting and stumbling across a wildcat, which lost the fight and became dinner).
We encountered a thunderstorm during our stay, which was to be expected as our holiday was at the beginning of the rainy season, but this was an adventure in itself and didn't really alter our activities.
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This was out last and the largest camp. We felt a bit swamped by the size after the previous ones, but all was extremely good.Read more about the whole safari
A lovely camp in all respects.
This was a lovely camp in all respects. We were made very welcome and no doubt helped by some very nice guests, it felt more like we were staying as house guests than tourists.
The manager Ellie, was extremely good and did not miss a thing. Things not possible one minute, became possible once she knew what had been requested. She was also extremeley personable and by observation treated all guests as well as ourselves.
All meals were of good quality, fresh and varied with three choices for dinner (white or red meat and a vegi option). Food presentation was also good. It might be nice to have some fruit available for snacking on, but I guess thought has to be given to animals helping themselves!
On reflection, given the degreee of attentiveness, guests could be given a little more space when in the public areas at times.
There was a nice little curio shop for the ladies!
There is a socket in every tent to re-charge batteries etc which would have been useful to know in advance for cameras and the like.
Our guide, Dennis was very pleasant. The drives had a maximum of 4 people in the vehicle and on a couple of occasions just the two of us. There was no issue about safety, even when we got stuck in the sand in the dark. Help was soon at hand.
Transfers were fine, with no delays. We did have to make two stops to Chitabe and Savute after our flights to J'burg and Maun which was tiring and made our arrival at Selinda late in the afternoon with only a short time to dump our things before the first game drive. This could be improved.
I never imagined staying awake to listen to hippos telling jokes, nor did I imagine seeing animals so close to our tent.......fabulous.
The amount of game was less than I expected I think with one game drive having been really quiet. We did see lovely wild dogs and pups which were a delight to observe.