Selinda & Okavango Delta - Botswana’s Water Wonderland
There are few places left in this world where the horizon extends endlessly, the sound of nature echoes throughout the night and lulls you to sleep and where stars overwhelm the sky, not the other way around. This is Botswana, a sparsely populated nation with vast and pristine wilderness areas. A place which has put conservation at the forefront, and in doing so, offers a traveler places to learn, explore, reflect, relax, adventure and breathe deeply. Selinda and the Delta while famous for their wildlife, exude balance and peaceful energy. Let’s take you away from the smart phone, and the mass transit. Come join us here, where time stands still, wildlife abounds and beauty is ubiquitous.
WHAT WE LOVE
- Fly by light aircraft to the remote northern reaches of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, RAMSAR’s flagship wetland and the largest inland wetland in the world.
- Selinda Camp overlooks the Selinda Spillway, a unique seasonal waterway which links the Okavango Delta with the game-rich floodplains. A perfect place to observe elephants, hippos, giraffe, and lion drink in the waterways of Selinda.
- Meet Ma di Tau, star of National Geographic’s The Last Lions film, at Duba Plains Camp
- Zip through the Okavango Delta’s interlaced waterways by speedboat, encountering hippos, buffalo, elephant and endless water birds
- 4x4 through water and over land in search of some of the world’s last free-ranging populations of predators. Watch the famous lion / buffalo interaction which makes these camps so incredible.
- Get up close and personal by walking in the 300,000-acre Selinda Reserve. Selinda Camp is characterised by its game-rich floodplains which are teeming with antelope, lion, elephant, zebra, cheetah, leopard and giraffe.
- Enjoy sundowners under the stars, sharing stories while hyenas laugh in the distance
- Canoe the famous Selinda Spillway, the waterway connecting the Okavango Delta to the Zambezi river
- Revel in the contradictions – such a remote place, but still a world-class wine cellar and fine cuisine tempt your palate.
- Visit Dereck & Beverly Joubert’s filming sites for documentaries, The Last Lions and Relentless Enemies - filmed around the Duba Plains and Selinda Camps.
- Stay in four very different camps, giving a wide range of experiences from rustic to luxury.
REST & REJUVENATE
- Vumbura Plains: Vumbura Plains sits in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta. The lodge inconspicuously mimics the design of a contemporary beachside ranch getaway – a modern, airy design accentuated by light fabrics and pale wood. Each freestanding thatched villa features a large deck, a private plunge pool and an outdoor shower, all with spectacular views of the surrounding plains. Sit back and relax from your deck as elephants, hippo, leopard and famed ‘Golden Pack’ hyena parade by. The land and water safaris will thrill you, the sumptuous outdoor lounges designed for stargazing and convivial camp fires with immobilize you, the entire experience will beg the simple yet dangerous question – “why leave?”
- Zarafa Lodge: If you’re wondering whether you’ll like it here or not, just ask National Geographic filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert who loved the region so much they were prompted to conceive this magical property (possibly the most extravagant disguised excuse to never leave the African continent). Their expertise and passion combined with dream-like surroundings and one of the greatest game viewings in the world has allowed for a truly extraordinary safari experience. The intimacy of this four-tent camp sweeps you off your feet with an unparalleled attention to detail: Swarovski binoculars, private plunge pools, romantic dining aboard a boat on the Zibadianja Lagoon teeming with hippo and elephants, outdoor beds for stargazing – it’s personal and intimate luxury at its best.
- Selinda Camp: Selinda is a luxurious, delightfully unpretentious and classically tasteful safari camp, composed of eight raised, elegant tents. Traditional artwork and decor can be found throughout the premise and bathrooms feature deep stone baths and antique showers. The main lodge boasts a wide open deck, perfect for watching animals graze and migrate by as well as the breathtaking African sunset accompanied by dinner around a pitted campfire.
- Duba Plains Camp: Duba Plains is one of Okavango Delta's most remote safari camps, nestled in the furthermost reaches of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. The camp is built on an island shaded by large ebony, fig and magosteen trees and surrounded by expansive plains - the ideal location for game sighting and outdoor activities. The camp hosts 6 roomy tents with en-suite bathrooms, outside showers and private verandas. The thatch-roof lounge, dinning room, swimming pool and bar areas are all raised on platforms, affording gorgeous panoramic views.
WHAT TO KNOW
- Botswana offers amazing animal sightings year-round. The green season from December through March brings intermittent showers, but also lush vegetation and lots of young babies.
- One-hour flight from Maun, Botswana or 1.5 hours from Kasane, Botswana by light aircraft.
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