Reviews of Selinda Camp
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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.
Selinda Camp review
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.
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A really well run camp - excellent attention to detail in rooms etc. Very knowledgeable and pleasant guides. Shortage of leopards!
I particularly liked the fact that each room had mammal and bird guide books, a nice touch.
Wild dogs and luxury
This was our last camp in our visit to Botswana and one that really started to help us unwind. Gracious and welcoming staff and service; Ella and Ishmael were terrific. And the best food of all the camps - lots of grains, vegetables and fruits - including a very salutary bush lunch on our last day.
Our guide Steve did an admirable job in explaining the welcome changes that are happening in the Selinda area due to its unique geology and high water levels. On safari, we tracked cheetah (no luck) and wild dogs, having the opportunity to observe pack behaviour at rest and in pursuit of a kill.
At night, we were serenaded by hippos.
Lovely camp, beautiful landscape.
Excellent safari at Selina
We were welcomed into the Selinda family immediately. Ella was an excellent Host who made sure that all guests were introduced and brought together.
Whilst game wasn't plentiful during our time, the anticipation was always high because Marks (our guide) was first rate. Having said that, we saw wild dogs mating, watched wild dogs chase a kudu through a large herd of elephant, saw two lionesses chasing a kudu and the same two lionesses later chasing a warthog so we were kept on our toes the whole time.
Food was fantastic at all times. The tents were comfortable and we loved having a glass of sherry (decanter in the room) whilst sharing the granite bath talking about our game viewing that day.
The only minus was the leaking hot water bottles - on one night, both bottles leaked in our bed so sleep was difficult.
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Selinda was another great camp located on the spillway and offered walking safaris and boating safari which were nice change of pace from the typical 4x4 safari. More great game viewing and the location was fantastic.
The food was good, not great like the other camps though we did get treated to a private dinner on our verenda overlooking the spillway.
It was very romantic and a total surprise.
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Overall luxurious, very well organised, management and staff very competent and genuinely friendly. Food and service receive the highest notes from us. One really feels the complete personnel is proud to work at Selinda.
Our guide, Mots, he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastistic. All other guides appeared to be as well.
We were most satisfied for our stay there!
extremely good altogether
Very difficult to find anythign at all to crtiicise - all very well organsied with an extremely hihg and consistetn stadnard. The camp provse thta very high standadr aer possible adn can be maintained.
good game viewings and covered cars were much appreciated