Reviews of Selinda Camp
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Selinda: luxurious but lacking
There were many things we loved about Selinda: the gorgeous public areas and beautiful views, excellent food, an enthusiastic and helpful staff, a great wine cellar (from which guests can choose a bottle for sundowners or dinner). But it doesn't quite come together as the terrific experience it could be.
I found the rooms almost over the top. Why spend so much on a stunning bathroom (great though it may be) and still have older, less comfortable vehicles? Most important, why not put more resources into getting or training experienced guides...rather than more luxurious surroundings?
The experience just seemed quite uneven -- not uniformly excellent the way it was at Shinde. Our guide, BB, seemed bored with guiding (unlike his younger brother Alberto who was our Footsteps guide and clearly loved what he was doing.)
So we saw interesting animals but without him exhibiting the enthusiasm and interest of all of our other guides...and without sharing additional information as our other guides did. Even if our guides at Jib were less experienced, they tried harder.
Selinda Camp review
The tents were the highest standard on the trip and the position of teh lodge was fab. A really friendly welcome.Read more about the whole safari
Selinda Camp review
Sad only to be there for one night - probably the most comfortable camp we stayed in.
Outstanding guide - Mats - made the most of the luck of seeing wild dogs etc
Better food than average too
Would happily have had 2 nights here (despite having done the walking trails first - you see very differnt things)
Off to a good start!
Of our more famous camps this was our least favorite for safety yet our all out favorite for what we saw.
We witnessed 3 lions chasing a warthog across the veld, across a wide but shallow part of the delta and then it dove into an aardvark hole and survived!! Our guide, the camp manager (can't remember his name, sorry, a wonderful Greek name), was knowledgeble and passionate about the Delta and the animals!
On our last morning 3 lionesses paraded past our vehicle with 5 adorable cubs! They were followed by the most healthy male lion we had yet seen!!
Upon arrival at Selinda we were assigned to the last tent out. On the walk there we saw many trees, some quite large, ripped apart - by elephant, we were told. That night at 1230 a.m. a bull elephant spent 1 1/2 hours leaning against our tent whilst ripping 2 trees down right next to the tent. I was afraid that a branch would come right thru the tent. My 13 yr old grandaughter and I devised a plan for hiding should that or anything else happen. We had no way to call for help had we needed it.
I feel that the last tent, knowing that elephants were around at night, should not have been given to a single woman with a child. Also we should have been given some way to get help. This event was not exciting, even in retrospect. I was responsible for my grandaughter's safety and the camp should have been more responsible for our safety.