The high waters flowing through northern Botswana in 2009, together with subtle tectonic movements, caused the waters of the Okavango River to flow in a way that it has not done for nearly three decades, pushing east along the previously dry Selinda Spillway to meet the waters of the Linyanti. This enabled adventurers the opportunity to experience a rare first, canoeing along the Selinda Spillway.
The trail replicates safari experiences of old as guests chart a course along the Selinda Spillway and head into the remote woodlands of the vast 320,000 Selinda Reserve over five days. As the experience is governed by the availibility of sufficient water in the Selinda Spillway, there are two distinct adventures on offer. Depending on water levels at the time of arrival, guests can enjoy either a canoeing and walking experience, or a purely guided walking experience.
All four nights are spent in fly camps along the Selinda Spillway at pre-arranged sites. The days are spent paddling or walking along the Spillway and into the woodlands of the reserve, depending on which option is available at that time, with regular stops whenever there is something of interest to be seen along the way.
Guests are not expected to put up their tents or help with the cooking and camp chores as dedicated staff are on hand. Walk-in 3m x 2.4m Flex-Bow tents are provided as they are comfortable and large enough for two people. Screened, bucket showers with hot and cold water are also supplied.