Selinda Canoe Trail

Canoe and walk the remote and pristine waterway linking Botswana's Okavango Delta and Linyanti and Kwando water systems known as the Selinda Spillway for a 5 day and 4 night adventure in utter peace.

Begin the trail about 45 kilometres downstream from Selinda Camp, northeast of the Okavango Delta. Explore the Selinda Spillway eastward following this meandering route through the 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve. The group will be led by the most qualified guides to provide a safe and enjoyable experience while they unveil the stories of the bush along with a cook and 2 camp hands. The cook will prepare your fresh and hearty meals by open fire. The camp hands help where they can and even set up your dome tents which are comfortable and safe with easy access. There are no laundry services available or electricity however the camps are well lit with Hurricane lanterns.

Complete the journey close to the convergence of the Linyanti and Kwando waterways. The safari involves 3 full days and 2 half days of relatively easy paddling with 3 nights in fly camps along the way. Each canoe accommodates 2 travellers, who are responsible for their own paddling. The majority of the paddle is with a gentle current, but the experience does require reasonable fitness.

Each day begins at the break of dawn. Whilst paddling, encounter the wildlife along the Spillway's banks with an array of birdlife but relatively few Hippos and Crocodiles. Disembark the canoes to enjoy bushwalks while looking for tracks and signs of: elephant, buffalo, giraffe, wild dog and possibly predators. After brunch and a bit of a siesta at midday, continue onward through the afternoon and arrive at the campsite before dark where you will camp under the stars.

What to pack:

Luggage space is limited and restricted only to the space available among the canoes. (no suitcases and/or large bags) Personal gear in a soft bag or backpack (preferably waterproof)

  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • T-shirt/s
  • Long-sleeved shirt/s
  • Swimsuit
  • Shorts
  • Long trousers
  • Undergarments
  • Walking shoes (broken in and sturdy)
  • Sandals (preferably of the outdoor variety - Teva, Chaco, Merrell, Hi-Tec)
  • Flashlight or headlamp (powerful) with charged batteries and spares
  • Binoculars and camera equipment – remember there are no charging facilities on the canoe trail so bring spare batteries
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner (biodegradable)
  • Sunscreen (preferably waterproof)
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Personal toiletries
  • Waterproof bag or Pelican case for camera equipment

For the cooler months of June, July and August:

  • Gloves
  • Stocking cap/beanie
  • Long underwear
  • Jersey
  • Wind-proof jacket


  • Accommodation,
  • All related activities
  • Meals
  • Park fees
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

Not Included:

  • Charter flights