Reviews of Selinda Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
66 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Selinda Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"A great camp where we had unusually good game"
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." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 3n in South Africa; 2n in Zambia
"Great stay at Selinda"
The staff were lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed their impromptu song and dance on two nights and the surprise venue for dinner one night." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 3n in Zambia
"Selinda Camp review"
The game viewing was good." See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia; 9n in Botswana
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana; 2n in South Africa; 2n in Zimbabwe
The staff was very professional and the food incredible." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia; 6n in Botswana
"Selinda Camp review"
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana; 3n in Zambia
"Selinda Camp review"
Staff was great overall with one important exception - we were not thrilled with our guide. Although we saw a ton of wildlife, our guide often seemed elsewhere and was not very interested in interacting.
Great food and we enjoyed very much the manager and his wife who have all kinds of ideas to entertain the guests when not out on game drives. Other than the guide though, this camp is fantastic." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"The best leopard sighting ever!"
As with Sendibe, it was extremely cold last thing at night and early morning. Supplying storage heaters of some sort, would make undressing & dressing less frantic!" See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana
"Selinda Camp....our best out of four!"
The camp managers, David and Alice, are capable, professional, and a lot of fun. We had the best "social evenings" at this camp mainly due to David and Alice's conversational skill at putting folks at ease. A few camp-wide problems arose during our stay but Alice or David always apprised the guests of the situation, so everyone knew what was going on, and there were few difficulties.
Our guide, Jonah, was the best that we had among all 4 camps. He was a great tracker in very difficult terrain, and he was an excellent driver in very difficult terrain. Jonah was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in this area. We once again had some downpours during our game drives, but Jonah managed to make this interesting and even enjoyable. He once provided coffee on the vehicle in the rain as we watched over 30 hippos cavorting in a lake.
Our only problem here was the drive to the airstrip at the end of our visit. Selinda and it's neighbor's air strips were flooded so we and another couple would need to be driven to another strip that was usually 40 minutes away but with the recent rains it would take maybe 2 hours. It was decided we would combine this 2-hour trip with a game drive. The plane was due at 12:30 and we were to leave at 8:30. The driver and vehicle got stuck in mud at camp so we had to get another vehicle, so our departure was a little after nine. The only extended stop for photo's was made by the driver who wanted to photograph a lechwe that hung out with bush buck.
About 2 hours into this drive the guide (who had not been our camp guide/driver) said we were behind schedule and he had to drive very fast to make it to the air strip. This was a drive from hell! Sitting right behind him we could see that he was going sometimes 40 miles an hour on this bush track. He would brake suddenly with no warning and throw us out of our seats. If a large animal had stepped into the track, we would have hit it due to our speed. This was the most dangerous aspect of our trip. If someone had driven like this on a game drive we would have refused to drive with them again.
We would return to this area again, there were many animals and the area is diverse and lovely." See all these reviews: 13n in Botswana
"Interesting change of scenery"
However we enjoyed our stay here." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia; 6n in Botswana; 3n in Zambia; 3n in South Africa
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