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Why photographers love Selinda
The concession in Botswana’s Selinda Reserve at which some of National Geographic’s premier documentaries have been filmed is one of the best game-viewing areas in Africa. Here, three entirely different camps offer a great range of experiences for photographers.
- Selinda’s wilderness is great for lion, leopard, wild dog, elephants and buffalo.
- Part of the Great Plains Conservation Project, headed by National Geographic’s Derek and Beverly Joubert.
- Game drives, night drives, walks, canoeing, boating.
- Excellent guides.
- Outstanding conservation, service and attention to detail.
- Guests at Zarafa Camp have access to the camp’s Canon cameras and lenses.
How we rate Selinda
Selinda at a glance
- Premier camp on the Zibadianja
- Relais & Châteaux five-star service
- Four tents plus a family suite
- Massages if required
- Boat trips on the lagoon
Selinda Camp is currently being upgraded to Zarafa standards
- Nine tented rooms
- Large public areas
- Art gallery
- Swimming pool
- Boat trips when water levels permit
- Four luxury tents
- Two public area tents
- East African décor
The camps lie in the private Selinda Concession, which covers 1,350 square kilometres in the eastern Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana. The spillway is an ancient waterway that links the northern part of the Okavango Delta with the Linyanti Swamps, winding through thousands of kilometres of prime African wilderness, receiving water from both sources. It is home to some of the largest remaining herds of elephant and buffalo in southern Africa.
When to go
- March to early December is the dry season.
- Game-viewing becomes increasingly good during the dry season.
- Boating from late March.
- 50-minute flight from Maun.
Photographers need to know
The concession allows off-road. Other vehicles are rarely encountered.
The good news
Great Plains has an excellent conservation record and has been involved in reintroducing rhino to Botswana.