The endangered wild dog's backyard

Stretching across 129,500ha and comprising of the Selinda Spillway, dense marshes, riverine woodlands, and sprawling savannahs, the Selinda Reserve’s animal population is thriving in this remote oasis in northern Botswana. This is, no doubt, spurred by its participation in the Great Plains Conservation initiative which strives to find a balance between commerce, wildlife conservation, local community involvement and upliftment.

Crowds of elephants and buffalo line the spillway’s banks. Trees cradle sleeping leopards while lions, hyena, and cheetah observe the grasslands that may contain their next meal. Wildlife interaction is at its best in the dry season where the reserve’s residents compete for permanent water sources. The rainy season brings life to the bush and attracts the area’s array of birdlife, some 300 species having been recorded in the reserve.

With the small number of camps in the reserve, visitors are treated to an intimate and exclusive safari with the added benefit of night drives which may see you stumble across wild cat, honey badger, or springhare. Off-roading is permitted in the reserve – perfect for following predators on the hunt, particularly packs of the rare wild dog. Selinda Reserve can easily be reached via the Maun and Kasane airports which have direct flights from Johannesburg and Gaborone.


  • Selinda’s spillway connects the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti Swamps and Kwando wetlands 
  • Selinda is part of the Great Plains Project, geared towards conservation tourism
  • Selinda offers off-roading, night game drives, fishing, guided walks, water and photographic safaris, and the Selinda Canoe Trail
  • The reserve is easily reached from Maun and Kasane Airports which have direct flights from Johannesburg and Gaborone

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