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Selinda Canoe Safari

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Fast Facts


  • Fully catered and guided
  • Wild camping at its best
  • 5 days/4 nights
  • The best fun

Selinda Canoe Safari

An active 5-day canoe safari along Botswana's remote Selinda Spillway for wild camping with big game

A magical experience appealing to travellers of all ages, the Selinda Canoe Trail is a canoeing and walking adventure safari that replicates the safari experiences of old as it navigates along the Selinda Spillway into the heart of the Selinda Reserve.

Your days will be spent paddling eastwards along the Spillway, in stable Canadian-style canoes with cushioned seats, viewing wildlife and bird species as you float along. Nights are spent in fly camps (dome tents with hot bucket showers and short-drop toilets) along the way.

This trip really constitutes wild camping at its best as the entire area evokes remoteness and solitude. The region is well known for elephant, buffalo, sable antelope, roan antelope and wild dog, as well as some 300 bird species. Cheetah, lion and leopard are occasionally seen.

Brief Itinerary:
Days 1, 2, 3 & 4: Game drive transfer from Selinda airstrip to starting point on the spillway, paddling downstream, 4 nights wild camping.
Day 5: Transfer by road to Selinda airstrip for onward arrangements.

NOTE: A night spent at Selinda or Zarafa camps before or after the Trail is highly recommended.

 

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UK+44 (0) 1752 878858
+44 (0) 1752 878858
USA+1 (347) 708 1794
+1 (347) 708 1794
Canada+1 (647) 694 1402
Australia+61 (2) 8417 2176
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  • All the facts
  • This Exploration has the following unique features:

    • The Selinda is characterised by floodplains with excellent possibilities of sightings such as the rare roan and sable antelope - and plenty of elephant.
    • Each trail group has its own armed, professional guide for the duration of the trail.
    • 18-foot, very stable Canadian-style canoes are used, each with either two or three cushioned seats. 
    • The area evokes remoteness and solitude - guests are unlikely to see anyone for majority of the trail.
    • Accommodation comprises dome tents, comfortable bedrolls with quality linen, hot bucket showers and short-drop toilets.

    Itinerary in brief

    Day 1:
    The trail begins at Selinda airfield in the mid-afternoon, with a transfer from the airstrip to the starting point of the actual canoe trail. Once the guide has briefed the group, the trail starts with a short late-afternoon canoe experience before arriving at the evening's first camp.

    As there is a minimal distance to be covered on the first day, we paddle until we are ready to stop, just before sunset, at a suitable site on the banks of the Spillway. The dome-tented camp is erected and we enjoy a well-deserved sundowner around the campfire before dinner, followed by a good night's sleep.

    Day 2:
    After an early wake-up call, enjoy tea or coffee and light breakfast while the camp is being dismantled. We head out on the canoes for a full day of paddling, with lunch en-route and the possibility of stretching our legs if we come across something worth investigating on foot. Tonight we camp in another suitable location as we gradually make our way down the Spillway.

    Day3:
    An early breakfast once again, as the camp is taken down, before we continue along the watercourse by canoe for another full-day excursion. Around sunset, we'll set up camp for the last night of this trail.

    Day 4:
    We head out after breakfast, aiming to finish at around 10am-10.30am. At this point we are met by the vehicle and transferred by road to the Selinda airstrip, where we bid farewell to the safari.

     

Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

This Exploration has the following unique features:

  • The Selinda is characterised by floodplains with excellent possibilities of sightings such as the rare roan and sable antelope - and plenty of elephant.
  • Each trail group has its own armed, professional guide for the duration of the trail.
  • 18-foot, very stable Canadian-style canoes are used, each with either two or three cushioned seats. 
  • The area evokes remoteness and solitude - guests are unlikely to see anyone for majority of the trail.
  • Accommodation comprises dome tents, comfortable bedrolls with quality linen, hot bucket showers and short-drop toilets.

Itinerary in brief

Day 1:
The trail begins at Selinda airfield in the mid-afternoon, with a transfer from the airstrip to the starting point of the actual canoe trail. Once the guide has briefed the group, the trail starts with a short late-afternoon canoe experience before arriving at the evening's first camp.

As there is a minimal distance to be covered on the first day, we paddle until we are ready to stop, just before sunset, at a suitable site on the banks of the Spillway. The dome-tented camp is erected and we enjoy a well-deserved sundowner around the campfire before dinner, followed by a good night's sleep.

Day 2:
After an early wake-up call, enjoy tea or coffee and light breakfast while the camp is being dismantled. We head out on the canoes for a full day of paddling, with lunch en-route and the possibility of stretching our legs if we come across something worth investigating on foot. Tonight we camp in another suitable location as we gradually make our way down the Spillway.

Day3:
An early breakfast once again, as the camp is taken down, before we continue along the watercourse by canoe for another full-day excursion. Around sunset, we'll set up camp for the last night of this trail.

Day 4:
We head out after breakfast, aiming to finish at around 10am-10.30am. At this point we are met by the vehicle and transferred by road to the Selinda airstrip, where we bid farewell to the safari.