The Selinda Canoe Trail offers your five days and four nights of unparalleled adventure on a canoe and walking safari like no other, taking you deep into the Spillway’s islands and lagoons that cannot be accessed by any other means. The stretch of the Spillway the camp traverse is well known for some of Botswana’s largest herds of buffalo and elephant, roan antelope and the famed Explorer’s pack of African wild dog. Other possible sightings include cheetah, lion and leopard, as well as the “usual suspects” of plains game.
Days are spent paddling gently along the Spillway; stopping regularly for breaks and walks wherever there is something of interest on the banks. Nights are spent in makeshift fly camps consisting of two-man 3m x 3m dome tents, which are prepared for you by the staff, as are all meals. Each canoe has two guests, their bedrolls and bags. Guests should be strong enough to paddle their own canoes but no previous experience is necessary as tuition is readily given to beginners and novices. The only must is a desire to really explore wild Africa!
  • Day 1

    The trail begins at Selinda airfield in the mid-afternoon, with a transfer from the airstrip to the starting point of the actual canoe trail. Once the guide has briefed the group, the trail starts with a short late afternoon canoe experience before arriving at the evening's first camp. As there is a minimal distance to be covered on the first day and also due to the fact that all the equipment is carried with the group, the camp paddle until we are ready to stop, just before sunset, at a suitable site on the banks of the Spillway.

  • Day 2

    After an early wake-up call, tea or coffee and light breakfast while the camp is being dismantled, head out on the canoes for a full day of paddling, with lunch en route and the possibility of stretching legs if come across something worth investigating on foot.

  • Day 3

    An early breakfast once again, as camp is taken down, before continue along the water course by canoe for another full-day excursion.

  • Day 4

    After breakfast, head out aiming to finish before the noon. Met by the vehicle and transferred by road to the Selinda airstrip, farewell to the safari.


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The Selinda Canoe Trail begins and ends at the Selinda Airstrip, which is accessible to guests by scheduled air transfers or private charters. The private Selinda Reserve (Category B) airstrip is licensed for aircraft as large as a King Air, Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Caravan. The co-ordinates are S18″33.95′; E23″30.73′. Flying time in a Cessna Caravan from Maun to Selinda Airstrip is 45 minutes and from Kasane it’s 50 minutes. Flying times vary depending on the type of aircraft being used and prevailing weather conditions.
When it comes to ordering your equipment in Johannesburg, you will be able to choose between Canon or Nikon specialist camera equipment. A suggested kit to choose would be:
  • Canon EOD 7D  Lens: 100-400 F4.5-5.6 L IS
  • Nikon D300       Lens: 28-300 F3.5-5.6 VR
You can also customise the equipment you would prefer to take with you from camera bodies, to lenses, to supporting equipment – even GoPro’s are available to hire!
  • Day 1   The dome-tented camp is erected and the camp enjoy a well-deserved sundowner around the campfire before dinner, followed by a good night's sleep.
  • Day 2   Camp in another suitable location, gradually make your way down the Spillway.
  • Day 3   Camp for the last night of this trail.

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