Selinda Canoe Trail Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Botswana

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Pros

  • Great wildlife spotting
  • Intimate setting -- on the Selinda Spillway, with no more than 8 guests
  • Delicious food and beverages
  • Experienced and knowledgeable guide
  • Camp hands cart most of the luggage and set up the tents
  • Canoes have cushioned seats and backs
  • Foam bedrolls for sleeping

Cons

  • Secluded area means no modern conveniences
  • Portable showers using river water, and portable toilets
  • Wild animals can occasionally be dangerous

Bottom Line

The Selinda Canoe Trail is a four-day, three-night trip that takes place along the Selinda Spillway, offered from May to October. Camp is set up each night in secluded spots along the water -- far from modern conveniences such as electricity and flushing toilets, but as luxe as camping can get, with great meals and an attentive staff that does all of the setting up and packing up for you. A safari-on-water, the trip's highlight comes during the day, when wildlife such as elephants, hippos, and giraffes can be spotted. But winding down under the stars, cocktail in hand, with the sound of Africa all around you, is pretty hard to beat as well.

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 Location

In northern Bostwana, along the Selinda Spillway

The Selinda Canoe Trail runs through the Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana, on the private, 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve. The trail begins about 27 miles south of Selinda Camp.

To reach the Selinda Canoe Trail, visitors must take a short plane ride to the Selinda Airfield and then a three-hour drive to the start of the trail. Flights from Maun and Kasane both fly to the Selinda Airfield.

  • 45-minute flight from Maun to Selinda Airfield, or 50-minute flight from Kasane to Selinda Airfield
  • 3-hour drive from Selinda airfield to the start of the trail

 Bottom Line

The Selinda Canoe Trail is a four-day, three-night trip that takes place along the Selinda Spillway, offered from May to October. Camp is set up each night in secluded spots along the water -- far from modern conveniences such as electricity and flushing toilets, but as luxe as camping can get, with great meals and an attentive staff that does all of the setting up and packing up for you. A safari-on-water, the trip's highlight comes during the day, when wildlife such as elephants, hippos, and giraffes can be spotted. But winding down under the stars, cocktail in hand, with the sound of Africa all around you, is pretty hard to beat as well.

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Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Botswana
Address: Selinda River
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