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The Selinda Canoe Trail (4 Days)

- Budget  Mobile Camping and Canoe Safari.

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Run seasonally from May to October each year. A night spent at Selinda or Zarafa camps before or after the Trail is highly recommended.


The Selinda Canoe Trail is an adventure along the Selinda Spillway - the waterway linking Botswana's Okavango Delta and its Linyanti and Kwando systems. The high rains of the 2009 wet season resulted in epic floodwaters by May 2009. For the first time in nearly three decades the Selinda Spillway flowed in full, connecting these two ancient waterways. The good rains during the early half of 2010 ensured that the Selinda Spillway continued to flow with the headwaters meeting again in early May 2010 - three months earlier than in 2009!

The Selinda Spillway is an ideal setting for Botswana's leading canoeing and walking safari. The Selinda Canoe Trail hearkens back to the spirit of safaris of old, when days were spent on impromptu exploration and each night was spent camping along the banks of a river. Today, this experience can still be had on the Selinda Canoe Trail.

The Trail begins slightly downstream from Selinda Camp, northeast of the Okavango Delta. We explore the Selinda Spillway eastward following this meandering route through the 300,000 acre Selinda Reserve. We complete the 45 kilometer journey close the convergence of the Linyanti and Kwando waterways.

This 4-day/3-night safari consists of a combined three full days of paddling and three nights in impromptu fly camps along the way. Our stops are not pre-arranged. We begin each day as the peace of dawn is breaking. After an early coffee and light breakfast, we begin the day's adventure. Upon paddling, we may encounter wildlife activity along the spillway's banks, which warrant investigation. We disembark our canoes and begin walking, looking for tracks and signs. Enjoy brunch and a bit of a siesta at mid-day before continuing onward in the afternoon before arriving at our camp site in the late afternoon. Snacks and beverages will be available throughout the day for sustenance.

The area is well known for elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, wild dog and it is possible to encounter cheetah, lion, leopard and a variety of other species. The Spillway is also a birding paradise. Along the route it is likely to see considerable wildlife with little disturbance from too many hippos or crocodiles.



At the end of the Selinda Canoe Trail, guests are transferred to Selinda Reserve airstrip by mid-day and depart by charter aircraft. Ideally, guests may extend their Selinda Reserve experience at either our Selinda or Zarafa Camps.

Our stable, wide bottom Canadian canoes provide the ideal transport for this adventure. Each canoe accommodates two travellers, who are responsible for their own paddling. The majority of the paddle is with a gentle current, but the experience does require reasonable fitness. Our guide will navigate the waters, and provide assistance throughout.

Four team members, consisting of a cook, two camp hands and a guide, will host each Selinda Canoe Trail departure. The team will accompany the Trail in their own canoes, and carry the majority of the gear. The day's snacks, drinks and personal gear will be distributed amongst the travellers' canoes. The team has been carefully selected to give travellers an even more memorable experience.

Note: Should a traveller be concerned about fitness, there is the possibility of three travellers in one canoe. Please let us know in advance if this is required.


Rates From: $1,450 per person sharing (Depending on season) - Please contact us for a quote and itinerary  


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