The Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana, is west of Savuti and Chobe National Park, so it has all the advantages of both of those famous areas but with the tremendous benefit of exclusivity. There are few places in northern Botswana as dynamic and exciting as the Selinda Reserve. Centred on the Selinda Spillway which, when it flows, weaves its way east, linking the far reaches of the Okavango Delta in the south with the Linyanti systems in the east.
A patchwork of varied landscapes, the Selinda Reserve hosts a staggering diversity of wildlife. Red lechwe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, sable, roan, giraffe, baboon, monkey, warthog, crocodile, wild dog, hyena and buffalo are some of the animals to be found here. There is also a host of nocturnal species – bush babies, spring hares, aardwolf, serval, genet, pangolin – as well as the smaller predators.
Birding is fantastic here. From the Okavango ‘specials’ such as Slaty Egret and Wattled Cranes, to the bushveld species, there is great birding in both the marshes and in the dry country. But Selinda is most famous for its enormous elephant concentrations which can build up to thousands and thousands of animals in the height of the dry season.
The reserve protects the spillway and it is a truly spectacular and unique landscape of wide, dry grasslands dotted with small palm-forest islands, offering one of Africa’s most exhilarating wildlife experiences. In addition to its brilliant concentration of wildlife, space and privacy set the Selinda Reserve. Private concessions allow visitors to experience their incredible wildlife sightings all to themselves without other vehicles. This is wild Africa, unpredictable and magical, where each day is different, and each game drive more exciting than the last.
Aside from watching hundreds of elephants pass by from the comfort of your morning coffee, the Selinda private concession provides wonderful walking safaris in addition to standard game drives. Walking in Selinda allows visitors to discover a whole different perspective of this diverse landscape and focuses on the smaller, intricate details of the bush which are integral to its survival year after year; from botany to beetles to elephant shrews and tracks, you will learn a lot from getting out a vehicle and exploring Selinda by foot.
Botswana is a veritable Land of Plenty but also a country of contrasts: from the lush greens and blues of the Okavango Delta, with its thick vegetation and gleamingly healthy wildlife, to the haunting and eerie Kalahari desert, home to bushmen. With the right itinerary design, game viewing in Botswana can be outstanding.
Botswana is a veritable Land of Plenty but also a country of contrasts: from the lush greens and blues of the Okavango Delta, with its thick vegetation and gleamingly healthy wildlife, to the haunting and eerie Kalahari desert, home to bushmen.
The Kalahari Desert is an extraordinary wildlife area and offers completely contrasting scenery to the Okavango Delta.
The Okavango Delta is a watery paradise filled with great diversity; islands, tree-lines, river bends and waterholes form the evolution of this dynamic ecosystem.