Reviews of Selinda Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
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.
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Our game drive guide Mots was also very good and found use a leopard and lots of good views of lion, antelope, birds and elephant.
Selinda Camp was very luxurious and the staff were excellent. The managers John and Liz anticipated our every want and were very thorough and kind.
We really enjoyed our stay
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The camp is in a beautiful setting and we had the honeymoon suite which was extremely comfortable. It was nice to see a herd of elephants walking around and through the camp. Personally for us, we felt that the camp was slightly too big, and that eating as a large group of 17 guests plus staff around a huge circular table did not work. Unlike at Stanley's camp where you were very discretely asked what your dinner choice was, here you were asked in front of everyone.
Dinner could be served slightly earlier as soon as dessert had been served, there was a rush of people wanting to be escorted back to their rooms.
However it is difficult to judge a camp when you are there for only a day as they all have their own character. Our highlight was seeing the Selinda pride of lions feasting on a buffalo.
Expert Africa comments
After writing this, these travellers contacted us to put their comments about Selinda Camp into context.
They observed that they came here from a very small, intimate camp (on the Selinda Canoe Trail) where they'd spent three days with just four other guests. So they commented that after such an intimate experience, they found it a bit difficult to re-adjust to a bigger camp with more guests - especially with such a short stay here.
Selinda - the roar of the lions.
Fantastic low flight over swamps, rivers and spillway meant we could see herds of elephant and buffalo and birds below us. Beautiful contrasting scenery: dry grasslands, dead trees, brilliant green pastures and the blue water slipways: great for photography.
On our first afternoon drive we came on a family of lions with 3 cubs: when a lone and magnificent intruder lion arrived the family set up a roar to let him know that he was on their territory. To name a few other animals we saw: incredible herds of zebra, buffalo, wildebeest and red lechwe all together in the same grazing area! A pack of wild dogs drinking, hyaena bathing, red lechwe, tsessebe and herds of elephant. Red crested Korhaan (the suicide bird) and the Umbrella bird were just two that we saw.
Beautiful camp site set on waters edge and tents of wood and thatch. The all-local managers, staff and guides were fantastic and we had some great talks round the table and the campfire about life in Botswana. Food was magnificent -everything homemade including bread and cakes - don't know how they manage to do it with only one delivery a week! They also dance and sing very well!
A great camp where we had unusually good game
The camp facilities were luxurious, tasteful, well kept. The food was outstanding as it was at Tubu. The gift shop had beautiful local craft.
We had an outstanding guide (Kops) who made it possible for us to watch a remarkable scene of an approach of a cheetah to make a kill of a kurdu, followed by an approach of a leopard, a confrontation between the 2 cats, and the ultimate triumph of the leopard to take over the kill while the cheetah watched and finally backed off. The 2 of the other 3 afternoon game drives were also exciting and wonderful.
However, the 3 morning game drives a woman insisted on finding a pack of wild dogs to the exclusion of any other game viewing. We sped past zebras, giraffs and elephants bouncing uncomfortably through the bush in the vain search for her obsession. She intimidated the guide and we were too inexperienced and polite to object. To avoid further futile searches for wild dogs we opted for a short boat ride, which John, the Manager was kind enough to arrange, which turned out to have its own spectacular animal viewing. John is a particularly good manager who accommodated us and others in any way that he could.
We later discussed the problem of a domineering individual on a grame ride and suggested that he announce when guests arrive that the viewing and trip preferences have to be fairly shared by all. We suggest that this be established as a general camp policy for all camps.
Great stay at Selinda
This was our third camp and like the two previous camps it was delightful.
The staff were lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed their impromptu song and dance on two nights and the surprise venue for dinner one night.
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David and Alice ran a happy and well managed camp. Food and organisation were excellent.
The game viewing was good.
Our stay here was great. Our guide, KB, was very personable. We were only in the car with one other couple.
They tried hard to find the animals we were most interested in seeing. Unfortunately, the dogs were denning up near Lagoon and the large pride of lions was down in Savuti.
We did see glimpses of leopard and lion. We saw lots of other game as well. The camp is in a beautiful location. The managers David and Alice were exceptionally nice. David even loaned me his monopod for my camera.
Selinda offered excellent food, staff and animal viewing. Taking the mokoros out on the Delta was wonderful.
The staff was very professional and the food incredible.
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Selinda is a beautiful camp. We were very lucky that when we stayed there we not only were only two of three guests in the entire camp that night, we also were treated to a lunar eclipse.
The rooms were extremely luxurious - the only camp that we stayed in with an individual power supply to each chalet, bath robes and slippers, full laundry service and a few other little extras which made it notable. The food also was exemplary - a choice of main course at dinner, access to a well stocked wine cellar, a wine tasting evening and a very comprehensive breakfast menu.
We had a great time fishing at Selinda with success from both the jetty right outside the lodge as well as from the boat a little way away (pike and bream). The camp managers were incredibly attentive, pleasant and very interesting people to talk to - it was nice for us to meet a couple who seem to be so genuinely enjoying their work.