Reviews of Selinda Camp
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Selinda Camp review
Very nice camp,good food,very good guide.Read more about the whole safari
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!!!
What a way to end our holiday!
This was the only camp where we were offered tea and coffee to be brought to our room at the wake up call which made the 5.30 am start more enjoyable.
The camp is usually approached by boat which differentiates it from the other camps we stayed at. It was also the only camp where we had the jeep and guide to ourselves. This allowed us to spend one entire drive birdwatching with our guide Koops. Although I had been impressed by the guides at every camp being willing to address everyone's wish list and therefore give photographers their opportunities without ignoring our interest in birds, this was a treat for us.
I was also impressed by the way that if an interesting sighting was made e.g. a wild dog pack devouring a kill, guests were transferred in to other jeeps to minimise the number of vehicles.
The meals were extremely well presented and cooked. The cakes and ice creams were outstanding. It was the only camp where you ordered your main dinner dish in advance and it was served to you. In all the other camps the main dishes were served buffet style which I liked as it allowed me to try a little of everything, however it also encouraged over-indulgence!
But we will never forget our last evening when we returned to our room to find the verandah decorated with lights and messages wishing us a happy 46th wedding anniversary. A table was set ready for us to enjoy our dinner. This continued in the bedroom where towels had been twisted into amazing shapes and leaves used to spell out greetings. We spent so long trying to get flash to work on our cameras that it was only later that we went into the bathroom to find a bubble bath waiting for us with a bottle of bubbly to share! What a lovely experience!
The staff here, led by a good management team, were focused on making their guests stay as enjoyable as possible, and provided an excellent conclusion to our very special holiday.
This was a friendly camp managed by two young people who were very helpful. They were very gracious and always available to help with any query.
We didn't like the group in our jeep the first day so they arranged for us to go with another guide and jeep which worked out well.
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.