Opening 1 June 2019 and set in one of the most pristine wilderness areas left on our planet, the brand new Selinda Camp rests on the banks of Botswana’s Selinda Spillway, as it enters the Linyanti River.
The private 130,000-hectare Selinda Reserve boasts large elephant herds, regular sightings of the Selinda pack of African wild dogs as well as the famous Selinda Lion Pride recently featured in the National Geographic film “Birth of a Pride” by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The area has a sense of remoteness, a true spirit of Africa, and is a great example of Botswana bush embodying a variety of species and rare animals.
The new camp represents the meeting place of three cultures; European, Mokololo, and Bayei. Spears, shields and an African version of Robinson Crusoe is the enduring theme through the camp, and its architectural design elements center around Water, Air, Earth, and Fire, all of which ground the design.
Selinda Camp’s design pays homage first and foremost to Water, with splashes of blue and crystal-clear swimming pools offering views over the equally immaculate Selinda Spillway to ease your arrival, usually by boat.
The billowing silks, which adorn the ceilings of the lounge area, are a tribute to Air and the afternoon breezes that ripple the endless sea of nearby grasses.
Earth is represented in the cornucopia of home-grown meals lovingly prepared in our kitchens, fresh from the earth, and the bright flames of our evening Fire complete the ethos of being in harmony with nature’s natural elements.
The camp will offer three expansive guest suites, each covered under thatch and with large en-suite bathrooms, large veranda, and private swimming pool. Each guest suite is unique, designed with its own colour palette and theme. Every space enhances what Livingstone would have had, what he would have travelled with and found.
In addition to the three suites, the Selinda Suite (like its fellow Zarafa Dhow Suite and the Duba Plains Suite), consists of a two-bedroom tented villa, offering the ultimate in privacy, service and experience, where you can enjoy your own private vehicle, safari guide, chef, manager/butler and separate entrance to your residence.
Open vehicle safari drives, guided bush walks, boating, tracking, birding and other bespoke wildlife viewing activities are designed to place you in front of the best wildlife the area has to offer for a unique one on one life-changing experience, from leopards to elephants and hippos and aim to tick off as many as the 200 or more bird species in the area.
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