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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
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
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
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