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Selinda Canoe Trail

Selinda Canoe Trail

The Selinda Canoe Trail is a 4-day and 3-night adventure along the Selinda Spillway - the waterway linking Botswana's Okavango Delta and Linyanti and Kwando water systems.  This is the ideal setting for Botswana's leading canoeing and walking safari, hosting a mere eight guests on each departure. The 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 be enjoyed on the Selinda Canoe Trail.

The high rains of the 2009 wet season resulted in epic floodwaters. For the first time in nearly three decades the Selinda Spillway flowed in full, connecting these two ancient waterways. Then, the ample rains of the first half of 2010 ensured that the Selinda Spillway continued to flow.

The Trail begins roughly 45 kilometers downstream from Selinda Camp, northeast of the Okavango Delta. You explore the Selinda Spillway eastward following this meandering route through the 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve. The journey completes close to the convergence of the Linyanti and Kwando waterways.

The 4 day/3 night safari consists of a combined two full days and two half-days of relatively easy paddling and three nights in impromptu fly camps along the way. The stops are not pre-arranged. Whilst paddling, guests can encounter wildlife along the Spillway's banks, and disembark their canoes to enjoy walks, looking for tracks and signs. After brunch and a bit of a siesta at midday you continue onward through afternoon and arrive at the campsite before dark.

This area is well known for elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, wild dog and it is possible to encounter predators and a variety of other species en route. The Spillway is also a birding paradise but has relatively few hippos or crocodiles, making for a relaxing journey.

The Selinda Canoe Trail ends at Selinda Camp mid morning on the 4th day, where after you can be transferred to Selinda Reserve airstrip for your connecting charter aircraft. Ideally though one should consider extending your Selinda Reserve experience by staying at either Selinda or Zarafa Camps.

  • Canoeing
  • Guided bush walks
  • Small group size
  • Superb game and bird viewing

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