Selinda Camp

Reviews of Selinda Camp

Excellent(96%) From 61 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 61 of our travellers who have visited Selinda Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr K and Ms S from Roswell, GA
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great camp and the best guide

Selinda is a wonderful camp. Service and food is very good (as it was at every camp). The setting is very scenic and the Selinda Spillway provides for some water activities not available at some other camps. The tents have sliding doors (vs. a trio of zippers). Ventilation is adequate. Selinda is the only camp with a ceiling fan - which I thought would be great, but it didn't produce as much air movement as I had expected.

We were fortunate in having our guide, Donald, as our private guide for our three day stay. (There are advantages to going during the hottest time of year). Donald is a photographer, as are my wife and I, so he was usually able to get us into the best position for great shots.

Donald found a pair of cheetahs who had been absent from the concession for several months. We were able to witness a couple of hunts with them (Warthogs 2, Cheetahs 0). There was a huge breeding herd of elephants (around 50) on the shores of the spillway. Donald found some purple gallinule. We saw the dominant male lions of the area, as well as two different prides of females and cubs. We found a leopardess with whom we spent some up-close-and-personal time (she walked right under the safari car). There were many red lechwe, some impala and waterbuck and kudu, and even a lechwe/waterbuck hybrid.

A hippo was out cropping the grass right on the front yard of the tent, and there were numerous hippos in the spillway.

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Nick and Kate - London and West Sussex
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Stunning camp in great location

This was perhaps the most beautiful traditional camp we have stayed in on our various safaris, a fabulous design and a stunning location overlooking the spillway, and populated with many different animals. This was less like a luxury hotel and more of a fabulous upmarket traditional safari lodge.

The communal area was well laid out, large, open, with great views and fresh breezes, and included a lovely little swimming pool, a viewing deck, and a place to have afternoon tea and communal dining. There was also a boma and you can ask for private dining if you want (we did this on our last night, and the camp will come up with a surprise location!).

There is a very good wine list, and you can choose your own bottle direct from their cellar. The rooms are big, and airy and comfortable. The staff were delightful, and the temporary managers we encountered (Alistair and Jessica) were dedicated to ensuring everything was designed to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

The game was perhaps a little sparse for Botswana, although we had two outstanding sightings (over 3 days) - a pride of lion hunting (unsuccessfully, needless to say) and two six week old leopard cubs hidden in a fallen tree. Although these were amazing sights, there was very little other activity in the park while we were there.

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Mr and Mrs J from UK
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selinda

Excellent camp, friendly staff and Ben/Bianca (managers) had excellent knowledge - and gave everyone assurance despite elephant crashing into the camp at night. Rooms large but perhaps lacked comfortable sitting area inside. Swarovski bins a welcome addition and plunge pool a unique experience.

Guide and trips all very good, with particular mention to sundowners - was not expecting to be able to have cap classic in the bush. Cheetah spot was best part and ability to stay with it throughout with hardly any other vehicles makes all the difference. Only possible comment would be that the guides work very hard and ours seemed a little tired by the end.

Also, no books on birds available - we would have brought one with us but assumed would be one with guide/in camp somewhere.

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A, T and H from London
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Superb Wildlife Drives

Selinda is a luxurious camp, attentive to the smallest detail. In the context of the camp itself this sometimes borders on the excessive and makes for a slightly ceremonial atmosphere, particularly if the camp is not full. But in terms of wildlife, there is a great deal of activity here with walking, boating and drives on offer. The guiding is knowledgeable and undertaken with professionalism and enthusiasm.

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Ms S & Mr K. from Hot Springs USA
Arrived on: 22-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful setting at Selinda

Selinda is a beautiful camp in a beautiful setting. The surprise outdoor dinner was amazing!

Although we didn't see a lot of wildlife, we were able to spend time with a pride of lions which was wonderful.

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Miss C. from São Paulo
Arrived on: 20-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Selinda Camp review

Wonderful place. The guide was not as incredible as in Kwara.

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Prof. J. from Salt Lake City
Arrived on: 16-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Selinda Camp review

Tough to compete with Sandbibe, but the people were great and we really enjoyed it.

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Mr & Mrs LB, from Alderney, Channel Islands
Arrived on: 29-May-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selinda a great camp

Selinda was excellent and the sightings of animals was super, the highlight being a drive alongside a pack of wild dogs as they started out on their hunt.

A surprise special sundowner was a great way to finish our holiday.

Food and accommodation very good too, a choice of a main course at dinner was appreciated.

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Dr S. from Cambrai
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Selinda Camp review

Very nice camp,good food,very good guide.

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The H Family from Germany
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Selinda - amazing location, camp & wildlife

Selinda Camp is located in the Linyanti area and can be reached by vehicle or boat (shortest way from the airstrip). The location is stunning with the perfect view at beautiful sunrises! The chalets are wonderful and the people of management and staff very friendly and helpful. The meals are excellent with a choice of 3 meals for dinner - served under the Botswana sky - amazing!!!!

The game drives were great and Joseph was a very good guide and an enthusiastic tracker with big endurance: one day he tracked lions and finally found 6 cubs almost perfect hidden under a bush - the other day he tracked the pride for a long distance and got them after 2 hours at a kill! Really impressive!!! We also saw 2 leopards, at a lagoon a crowd of 100 or more elephants and many more species! We haven't seen wild dogs but other guests saw them several times the days before we arrived (but that's claiming on a very high level!).

Besides the game drives we also had an amazing boat cruise with lots of birds, hippos, crossing elephants and finally one of the most spectacular sunsets ever (and we've seen many of them - even in Africa!): the colors reflected in the water were surreal and indescribable!!!

In conclusion: Although we've visited other wonderful locations and lodges - and although haven't seen the dogs ;) - Selinda was a fantastic experience and our favorite on this trip!!!

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