This highly sought-after adventure comprises a mix of walking and canoeing in order to access the most remote and beautiful areas of this pristine part of Botswana. A helicopter flight will transport you to the starting point of the trail in a private concession on the Selinda Spillway (a small channel of water linking the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti); well known for some of Botswana’s largest herds of buffalo and elephant, roan antelope and African wild dog. Other possible sightings include cheetah, lion, leopard.
On the 3-night/4-day adventure you will paddle in your 2-man canoe between strategic points, then jump out to explore wooded islands and grassy plains on foot. You’ll be guided by local “water-bushmen” indigenous to the area, the perfect leaders on your physical, spiritual and cultural journey through this private wilderness.
Each night is spent in extreme comfort in an already-set-up camp, and evenings spent around the camp fire, under bright starlight are an absolute highlight. This is a unique African adventure that will get you close to a raw, unspoilt nature, and an experience that will quite simply blow you away.
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This adventure trail has set departures in the dry season between May – September when water levels are at their highest (and allow for canoeing). Children from 14 years of age are welcome on this trail, and no prior canoeing experience is necessary. You’ll paddle your canoe every day and also walk for around 4 hours a day, exploring islands and floodplains in search of wildlife. Please ensure you are in relatively fit walking condition before booking the trail.
This Selinda Adventure Trail can easily be added to the beginning, middle, or end of your traditional wildlife safari to give you a taste of adventure; and offer you a truly eye-opening and soul-widening African safari experience.
Escaping civilization and experiencing peace in the private Selinda Reserve.
Seeing elephants cross the channel in front of your canoe.
Glamping in a true African wilderness.
Connecting to nature in a non-disruptive way.
A deeply spiritual experience with “water bushmen”.
Seeing wild dogs and lions on foot.
IN A NUTSHELL
DAY 1-3 – Selinda Adventure Trail
DAY 4 – Selinda Airstrip, Depart
4 Days (including final travel day)
DAY 1: Arrive in Selinda
From Maun, you’ll take a light-aircraft flight to the Selinda concession (arrival before 1pm), and get flown via helicopter, to the remote starting point of the trail.
Each day begins in the early morning after a hearty breakfast, when the Spillway is at its most peaceful. Walking is an integral component of the adventure and allows for access to new islands and lagoons. Even when you are on a canoe safari, each day includes walking experiences of up to four hours to investigate areas of regular predator activity or wildlife sightings.
Brunch is taken around mid-morning and light snacks are available throughout the day for sustenance until dinner. Often your guides will set up a table and chairs in the shallow, crystal-clear waters of a slow moving channel, surrounded by animal and birdlife!
Walk & Canoe
As each day passes, you will make your way along peaceful waterways and explore wooded islands on foot and by canoe. Walking distance is just over a total of 12 miles (20 kilometres) over the 4 days when canoeing is approximately 25 miles (40 kilometres) over the 4 days. When canoeing, each canoe has two guests as well as their bed rolls and soft bags. Participants paddle their own canoes each day.
This trail is a truly luxurious “glamping” experience, and guests are not expected to put up their tents or help with the cooking and camp chores as our staff are on hand.
Walk-in Kodiak tents are provided as they are comfortable and large enough for two people. Screened, amazing bucket-showers with hot and cold water are also supplied to freshen up after each active day.
When walking, each guest will be supplied with a day backpack, which will include water, and an armed, qualified walking guide as well as an experienced tracker will be with you at all times as you explore the banks of the Spillway as well as the more remote, beautiful areas of the Selinda Reserve.
At night, the deep silence is punctuated by exotic nocturnal sounds, from croaking frogs to roaring lion or the hyena’s whooping call. The atmosphere is magical and the highlight of any African safari.
Enjoy sunset drinks over floodplains and marshes, and spend the evenings around the camp fire, surrounded by true wilderness. Listen to stories of the bush while you enjoy a delicious three-course meal prepared over open flames.
Without a doubt, a highlight of the Adventure Trail is meeting and interacting with the area’s indigenous “water bushmen”, who will accompany you on the trail, and teach you about “their” land.
DAY 4: Selinda Airstrip, Depart
On the last morning of the Adventure Trail, we end your adventure with a treasure hunt game drive from your final camp to the Selinda Airstrip for your onward departure back to Maun.
You can also choose to stay on for an additional night or two at one of the luxurious bush camps situated in the Selinda Reserve. Or extend your trip to see more of Botswana (Kalahari Desert, Savuti, Okavango Delta), Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique or even South Africa!
2018: US$ 2,985 per person sharing | 2019: US$ 3,120 per person sharing
(including a conservation levy)
05 – 08 July 2018
11 – 14 July 2018
17 – 20 July 2018
24 – 27 July 2018
30 July – 02 August 2018
05 – 8 August 2018
11 – 14 August 2018
17 – 20 August 2018
23 – 26 August 2018
29 August – 1 September 2018
04 – 07 September 2018
10 – 13 September 2018
02 – 06 May 2019
08 – 12 May 2019
15 – 18 May 2019
21 – 24 May 2019
27 – 30 May 2019
02 – 05 June 2019
10 – 14 June 2019
17 – 20 June 2019
22 – 25 June 2019
29 June – 02 July
05 – 08 July 2019
11 – 14 July 2019
17 – 20 July 2019
24 – 27 July 2019
30 July – 02 August 2019
05 – 8 August 2019
11 – 14 August 2019
17 – 20 August 201
23 – 26 August 2019
29 August – 1 September 2019
04 – 07 September
10 – 13 September 2019
*includes camping accommodation, services of a private walking and/or canoeing guide, services of a tracker when on the walking experience, canoeing activities when water levels allow, all meals, scheduled activities, one-way helicopter airstrip transfer from Selinda airstrip, return road transfer to Selinda airstrip or Selinda camps after the Trail, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium drinks) – or bring your own, no corkage will be charged. Conservation fees.
*excludes imported alcoholic drinks, inter-camp flights and Maun/Kasane transfer.
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