Selinda Adventure Trail

From USD $2,985.00
  • Duration: 4 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Maun
  • Product code: BO-SAT-GP-19

"An adventure exploration safari experience of 4 days / 3 nights the Selinda Reserve’s Selinda Spillway, offering either a canoeing and walking adventure or pure walking safari experience.This is an authentic African adventure discovering hidden wonders of an ancient waterway in the tradition of the explorers of old…"

~ Itinerary Description ~

Day 1 – 4: Selinda Reserve

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 in the west. This enabled adventurers the opportunity to experience a rare first, canoeing along the Selinda Spillway.

The Selinda Adventure Trail team is run under the guidance of professional guides and occasionally led by Kane Motswana, a River Bushmen from the Gudikwa village located in Botswana’s Okavango Panhandle – an area to the west of the Selinda Reserve. Your guide’s intimate knowledge of the bush curates a memorable physical, spiritual and cultural journey through the wilderness.

The trail replicates the safari experiences of old as we chart a course along the Selinda Spillway and into the remote woodlands of the vast 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve. The experience either entails a traditional canoe and walking safari following the route, whilst exploring side channels of the Selinda Spillway (subject to high-enough water levels); or a pure guided walking safari following a similar route (should the Spillway be dry or too shallow to canoe).

Please make sure you arrive at the Selinda Reserve airstrip by lunch-time on day 1 of the Adventure Trail so that you are able to join us on the scheduled helicopter air transfer which takes you to the starting point of your 4 day adventure. This may require you to overnight prior to commencement of the Selinda Adventure Trail, ideally at one of our camps such as Duba Expedition Camp or Duba Plains Camp.

The distance of the Selinda Adventure Trail differs depending on whether it is a walking or canoeing adventure. Walking distance is just over a total of 20 kilometers over the 4 days and canoeing is approximately 40 kilometers over the 4 days. Along either route we expect to come across several diverse species of wildlife that inhabit the Selinda Reserve. The area is well known for some of Botswana’s largest herds of buffalo, elephant, roan antelope and African wild dog.

Other possible sightings include cheetah, lion, leopard and a wide variety of other species. It is also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species possibly seen. The best time of year for canoeing is generally mid-June to end of August but water levels vary annually.

All three 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.

When canoeing, each canoe has two guests as well as their bed-rolls and soft bags. Participants paddle their own canoes each day. No previous paddling, canoeing or walking safari experience is needed as tuition and safety briefings are given – but participants must be fit enough to paddle their own canoes and be prepared to walk between camps when water levels are not sufficiently high on the Selinda Spillway.

Guests are not expected to put up their tents or help with the cooking and camp chores as our staff are always on hand to ensure your meals are spent relaxing. Walk-in canvas Kodiak tents are provided as they are comfortable and large enough for two people. Separate screened bucket showers with hot and cold water are also supplied.

When walking each guest will be supplied with a day backpack, which will include water and snacks. An armed, qualified walking guide as well as an experienced tracker will be with you at all times as you explore the banks of the Spillway as well as the more remote areas of the Selinda Reserve.

Walking is an integral component of the adventure and allows for access to new islands and lagoons. Even when you are on a canoe safari, each day includes walking experiences to investigate areas of regular predator activity or wildlife sightings. In addition if there happens to be wildlife activity that warrants investigation whilst canoeing, we stop on the banks and take a short walk into the bush.

Brunch is taken around mid-morning and light snacks are available throughout the day for sustenance until dinner. At night, the deep silence is punctuated by nocturnal sounds, from croaking frogs to roaring lion or the hyena’s whooping call.

On the last morning of the Selinda Adventure Trail, after a short morning walk or canoe, we end with a relaxed game drive from your final camp to the Selinda Airstrip for your onward departure. Ideally you could and should elect to stay on for an additional night or two at our Selinda Explorers Camp, Selinda Camp or Zarafa Camp and Dhow Suite.

The Selinda Adventure Trail truly defines adventure whilst bringing you closer to nature and creating a sense of being immersed within the wilderness.

Terms & Conditions:

The tour price includes the following services

  • Meet,Greet and transfers from Selinda Airstrip to camp by your local guides 
  • Accommodation at the hotels, game lodges or rest camps specified in the itinerary, on the basis of two persons sharing a twin-bedded room with en suite bathroom, or shower / toilets. 
  • Meals from Lunch on Day one to the end of the scheduled safari and a reasonable amount of drinks.
  • Transportation by 4X4 specially designed safari vehicle, with qualified driver, for all journeys specified.
  • Scheduled activities, Conservancy fees, for sightseeing excursions specified. 
  • English Speaking tour guide and tracker services for walking experience.
  • Full Pre-departure and final documentation with detailed “Guide to Planning your African Safari”. 

Services Not Included:

  • International airfare, inter-camp airfares are not included.
  • Items of a personal nature, telephone calls, premium imported brand beverages, personal purchases, optional extra activities, etc. 
  • Any meals or activities not listed, or any services not specified. 
  • Gratuities to tour guides, drivers and restaurant staff for services rendered. 
  • Compulsory Travelers insurance and cancellation protection. 


Group Size – Min 2 / Max 8

Age Limits – Minimum of 10 years. Excursion distance will be adjusted for parties with children 10-13 years old and must be booked on a private 
basis. For all other bookings, a minimum age of 14 years is required.


2019 Scheduled Departure 

Dates: 02May, 08May, 15May, 21May, 27May, 02Jun, 10Jun, 17Jun, 22Jun, 29Jun, 05Jul, 11Jul, 17Jul, 24Jul, 30Jul, 05Aug, 11Aug, 17Aug, 23Aug, 29Aug, 04Sep, 10Sep

Deposit and Booking Requirements

This quotation is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. 

Travel insurance coverage for injury, illness or loss of effects while on tour is NOT included, is highly recommended for travel and compulsory for many lodges and adventure safaris in Southern and Eastern Africa. 

Registration:  A 25% deposit of the total land price, per person is required.  The remainder of the cost is due 75 days prior to departure date. Airline tickets must be purchased within two weeks of reservation confirmation.

Payment is accepted by personal check, company check or credit card.

Reservation Policy: All tariffs quoted include VAT and current grading levy.  The price quoted is subject to change in the event of any unforeseen increases in fuel costs including currency fluctuations and/or Government levies/taxes, including Park Fees and Entrance fees.  Safariline reserves the right to amend the quoted tariffs accordingly should the Government change the percentage level of VAT or introduce any other tax or Levy.  Safariline will not cancel a tour, holiday or other travel arrangement once the client has paid in full unless it becomes necessary to do so as a result of hostilities, war or threat of war, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist unrest, active or threatened natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions or if a group tour does not have a minimum required participants, or for any other adverse event beyond the control of Safariline.  In the event of cancellation Safariline will inform the client without delay and will make every effort to offer a suitable and comparable alternative 

Cancellations: Cancellations received more than 75 days prior to departure will be subject to the nonrefundable $500.00 per person fee plus any charge incurred by the hotels, ground handlers or operators up to the 

Entire deposit of                                                                                     25% of the total trip costs

Between 75-30 days prior to the scheduled departure date ................. 50% of total trip costs

During the last 30 days including the scheduled departure date:.. 100% of the total trip costs


Travel Insurance

Safariline is pleased to offer a Travel Protection plan designed as an exclusive insurance plan to provide broad protection.  The plan protects you and your travel investment if you need to cancel your trip for covered reasons prior to departure or if other covered unforeseen circumstances arise during your trip.  This comprehensive insurance package provides pre-departure trip cancellation, Post departure Trip interruption, Trip delay (8 hours or more), Medical Expense/Emergency Assistance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, baggage and personal effects and baggage delay.

For premium costs and coverage descriptions please see our website, home page under “Destinations” lower right side of home page – click on the blue button “Relax & Buy Trip Insurance.   Or, contact us to provide a quotation.