Aardvark Safaris recommended we mix this up with some luxury camps in the Okavango Delta. We can’t thank them enough. Though very rustic, the experience of being truly immersed in Botswana’s magnificent country for three glorious days was the highlight of our safari.
E & J, Somerset, England
A thrilling three day canoe safari, Selinda Canoe Trail in Botswana runs on specific annual dates between mid-May and mid-October. The safari runs with a maximum of eight people and can also be booked for as an exclusive trip for a private group. The safaris take place along the beautiful Selinda Spillway, which links the Okavango Delta and Kwando water channels. For over 20 years it had been parched but since it filled again in 2009 it offers a unique way to explore this isolated but majestic landscape. Without the sound of engines that accompany regular land safaris, this tranquil canoe safari gets you unusually close to a selection of large game species including elephant, hippo and buffalo, plus an abundance of bird life such as fish eagle, kingfisher and bee-eaters.
Accommodation at Selinda Canoe Trail comprises basic but comfortable dome tents with tables and chairs to enable you to enjoy your meals under the night sky. Guests share two bucket showers and a private long-drop toilet set at the back of the camp. Each day the camp moves to a new location, with all your tents and belongings being moved by the head guide and support staff. Hot water for showers and delicious meals are provided at each stop. You can expect to cover around 30 miles in total.
A safari with Selinda Canoe Trail in Botswana does not require you to be an experienced canoeist. However, you will need to be in good health and have a thirst for adventure. In addition to your water-based pursuits there are also opportunities for bush walks, which give you a contrasting perspective on the area and its wildlife. Your itinerary will be planned to suit the time of year, the likely temperatures, local wildlife and your personal requirements.
E & J - SOMERSET, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2010 POSTED: OCT 2013
Selinda Canoe Trail
Aardvark Safaris recommended we mix this up with some luxury camps in the Okavango Delta. We can’t thank them enough. Though very rustic, the experience of being truly immersed in Botswana’s magnificent country for three glori... Read More
Aardvark Safaris recommended we mix this up with some luxury camps in the Okavango Delta. We can’t thank them enough. Though very rustic, the experience of being truly immersed in Botswana’s magnificent country for three glorious days was the highlight of our safari. Less
John Spence - CALIFORNIA, USA
TRAVEL DATE: 2011 POSTED: OCT 2013
Selinda Canoe Trail
Selinda Canoe Trail is an adventurous multi-day canoe safari. Wild, exciting and very unqiue.
When is the best time
to go on a safari holiday in Botswana?
There are advantages throughout the year, depending on what you’d like to do and see, and how well you cope with different temperatures. Here are some guidelines based on our experience of Botswana’s climate and wildlife viewing across a typical year.
January and February
The larger part of Botswana’s rains generally fall in these months in short hard downpours, turning the landscape increasingly lush, and encouraging migrating birds and antelope to drop their young. Photography is good as skies can be dramatic and the air is very clear. Safari camps and lodges can be quiet and prices are lower than other times of year.
March and April
These months are ‘mid-season’ for both numbers of safari visitors and prices, but the rains have generally stopped, the landscape is very green, and it’s a good time of year to combine a safari in Botswana with a holiday in Cape Town. With warm days and cool nights, it’s an idyllic climate.
May and June
As Botswana enters its winter grass starts to die back, the leaves fall, and the Okavango Delta begins to fill, making wildlife viewing easier as you can see across greater distances and the animals are concentrated onto the decreasing areas of dry land. Cool mornings and late afternoons can be a shock on an open safari vehicle, but they mean animals are active for longer, and the climate is pretty much perfect for visitors.
July to October
Thought of as the best months for wildlife viewing, these are Botswana’s high season, as animals are drawn to water since the bush has died back. The Okavango Delta has its highest water levels through these months bringing even higher densities of wildlife into this lush oasis. Sunsets are magnificent as the dust in the air leads to incredibly rich reds and oranges.
An interesting, very beautiful and rather hot month in Botswana, the clouds build up and the first rains fall, generally in short sharp showers, taking some of the heat and dust out of the air. Relatively few people safari in November, so tented camps and lodges are empty, game viewing is quiet, and prices reflect the demand. The land turns green as soon as the rains have fallen, wildlife begins to give birth, and many migrant birds arrive.
Very similar to November, January and February climatically, and for prices and game viewing, with some rain, but not usually too much. If you’ll take a chance then a Christmas safari in Botswana can be a bargain compared to high season.