- Canoeing and walking
- Mobile fly camping
- Superb wildlife
- Off the beaten track
The Selinda Adventure Trail leads travellers along a meandering course into the beautiful and remote woodlands of the vast Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana. There is superb wildlife to be seen in and around these secluded waterways, from hippos and spectacular birdlife to antelope, wild dogs, lions, cheetahs and plentiful herds of elephant and buffalo. Each trail lasts five days, with four nights spent fly-camping along the Selinda Spillway at no pre-arranged site. The trail begins at the Selinda airstrip where guests are transferred by helicopter to the starting point of their journey, a short 20-minute flight away.
Variations in water availability mean that two distinct adventures are offered; either a mixed canoeing and walking experience, or a walking-only experience for times when water levels limit or prevent canoeing. Given the level of activity and distances involved, the trail is available to anyone aged 14 or over, with children and young people necessarily remaining under the constant supervision of parents in this truly wild location. Groups of two to eight guests can participate at any one time and trips take place in either late May or late September each year.
The canoes are fitted with cushioned seats and back rests. Every passenger receives a life jacket and has a small amount of storage space for personal items such as binoculars and sun cream and the safari team and guests carry all of the overnight equipment. On arrival at the camp site selected for the night, the safari team sets up canvas dome tents complete with comfortable bedroll mattresses, linen, pillows and towels. Communal bathroom facilities are set up with a bucket shower enclosure and short drop ‘bush toilet’. Facilities are inevitably rustic but comfortable.
The Selinda Adventure trail combines physical activity with ultimate relaxation, offering a truly wild safari experience for those with a pioneering spirit. Experienced, professional guides share their in-depth knowledge of this fascinating location and guests are well looked after. Whilst visitors must come prepared to accept the consequences of unpredictable water levels, nothing can detract from this amazing adventure experience which is nothing short of breath-taking and not to be missed.
Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.
Renowned safari adventure exploring the Selinda Spillway by canoe and foot.
Small Group Adventure 4 days
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019