The Selinda Adventure Trail is an expeditionary canoe and walking safari along Botswana’s captivating Selinda Spillway, connecting the northern part of the Okavango Delta with the Linyanti Swamps. This length of water—previously bone dry for 30 years—has only flowed since 2009 and won’t be around forever, which makes this pristine watercourse a must-do wilderness experience. Learn more about this Botswana canoe safari below.

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The Selinda Adventure Trail reverts back to the spirit of safaris of old, sparking impromptu game explorations and camping under the stars. The Selinda Adventure Trail accommodates only eight guests at a time, with two paddlers per 18-foot Canadian canoe. Each canoe is fitted with two or three cushioned seats, a bedroll, and a small day-bag for guests to keep with them while they paddle. Guests are accompanied by a professional guide, while a four-member support team paddles ahead to set up camp at a suitable site.

The Selinda canoe trail begins north-east of the Okavango Delta, exploring the Selinda Spillway eastward following this meandering route through the 300,000 acre Selinda Reserve. The 27 mile journey travels close to the convergence of the Linyanti and Kwando waterways. This Botswana canoe safari trail is unique due to the fact that the annual floods in 2009 opened the Selinda Spillway, causing it to flow in full for the first time in almost three decades of being bone dry.

The Selinda Adventure Trail camps consist of roomy dome tents with comfortable bedrolls containing thick foam mattresses, linens, and pillow. The communal bathroom facilities are outfitted with hot bucket shower enclosures and bush toilets.

Enjoy early breakfasts before a leisurely morning paddle, making occasional stops along the riverbank for lunch and siestas as well as the occasional game walk through the surrounding bush. The Selinda Spillway winds its way through vast tracts of terrain, home to huge herds of elephant, buffalo, lion, roan antelope, hippo, giraffe, and much more. Birding is also phenomenal here.

Every evening is met with a sundowner drink around the campfire and a delicious meal paired with a selection of beer, wine, and soft drinks. Fall asleep serenaded by the sound of the bush, a delightful mix of lions roaring, owls calling, hippo grunting, and peaceful silence. Click here for a preview of life on the trail.

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