Rating in Botswana
$ 3500

Selinda Adventure Trail

Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking
min $ 3500
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Selinda Camp, Botswana
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 3500
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  • Overview
  • Itinerary

Overview

The Selinda Trail is a real adventure experience done in fully backed-up style as either a combined canoeing/walking option, or as a pure walking safari experience.  The activities on offer are dependent on the ebb and flow of the waters.  So chart a course along the Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana as in the days of old.

Selinda Adventure Trail

The Selinda Trail is a real adventure experience done in fully backed-up style as either a combined canoeing/walking option, or as a pure walking safari experience.  The activities on offer are dependent on the ebb and flow of the waters.  So chart a course along the Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana as in the days of old.

Embarking on foot or by canoe on the first afternoon quickly creates a real sense of wildness. On the pure walking option we cover around 20km’s over the entire route. The canoeing covers a longer distance of 40 km’s route over 4 days.  Every trip begins with a thrilling helicopter flight from the airstrip to the start point.

  • Walk and paddle (subject to water level)
  • Excellent game viewing area
  • 5 days/4 nights

Flood waters in Botswana in 2009, along with some subtle tectonic shifts, caused the water to pour into channels that had been dry for years. This allowed a rare first – canoeing on the Selinda Spillway. Since then the waters have receded somewhat, but still there are opportunities to canoe now and again. But our walking is an amazing, exclusive guided adventure to areas not normally visited on the famous reserve.

Highlights of  the Selinda Trail

  • The 320 000 acre private Selinda Reserve is an excellent spot for wildlife. Species include elephant, buffalo, sable and roan antelope and African painted wild dog.
  • The canoe trail covers a distance 40 km’s, and is easy. We stop off for impromptu explorations along the shoreline on foot.
  • On walking only trails we cover around 20 km’s.
  • Evenings are the time for a little relaxation under the stars.
  • Camp set-up is done by the back up team on one of the Spillway’s islands.
  • Meals are freshly cooked and served around the camp fire.
  • Birders paradise.

When is the best time to do the canoe trail?

April to early October – weekly set departures. Max. 8 guests canoe with our experienced guide. Extend the canoe trail and stay at the one of the two permanent tented camps on the Selinda Reserve.

For an exciting alternative see the Mana Pools Explorer  For more canoe safari options look at the lower Zambezi Valley  For more walking safari options see our Walk through Hwange safari.

(Canoeing the Selinda courtesy Great Plains Conservation)

Itinerary

Day 1 - Selinda Spillway You'll be met at the airstrip mid-afternoon, followed by a helicopter transfer to a remote point on the Selinda Spillway. Receive a safely briefing, then a short, late-afternoon canoe to camp.
Days 2 - Canoe the Selinda Spillway Early wake-up, tea/coffee, light breakfast. head out for a full day of paddling, with walking opportunities when something exciting appears. Lunch en route. Tonight camp further along Selinda Spillway
Day 3 - Spent on foot We explore the maze of back channels and smaller island. Viewing antelope, large herds of elephant and buffalo, a humbling experience on foot. The length of day is tailored to you. Camp awaits.
Day 4 - Canoe the Selinda Spillway Up again for early breakfast before we continue along the water course by canoe for another full-day excursion before arriving in camp for the last night of this trail.
Day 5 - Game drive - Selinda Airstrip We head out after breakfast, aiming to finish around mid-morning at Selinda Explorers Camp for a celebratory drink. We will then be transferred by road to the Selinda Airstrip, for our final farewell.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Zambezi
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