Adventurer Botswana's Canoe Trail

4 days

Adventurer Botswana's Canoe Trail

Highlights

  • Idyllic bush experience far from the crowds
  • View wildlife from your canoe and on foot with an experienced guide
  • Encounter elephant herds and hippo pods
  • Comfortable camps with thoughtful touches
  • Campfire dinners in tranquil settings
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Overview

Experience the pristine world of the early explorers of Southern Africa on a 4-day, low-impact canoe and fly camping safari through unspoilt African wilderness. Spend a few idyllic days gently paddling up the Selinda Spillway surrounded by open plains and riverine forests.

This meandering waterway connects the Linyanti Channel to the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana and is home to roan and sable antelope, plenty of hippo and large herds of elephant. Free of roads and major human settlements, the Selinda provides a truly remote and wild experience for the adventurous spirit, and birders will delight in the over 300 species that flock here.

By exploring the reserve on foot, you tread quietly and unlock the gift of a thrilling, up-close and personal perspective on the wilderness.

Your party of explorers is limited to eight travellers, with three support staff and a guide who is passionate about sharing his knowledge and love of the bush with you. Each evening, the staff erect a very comfortable fly camp at a scenic riverbank location; each tent features a comfortable bed and thoughtful touches, like a hot-water bottle. After an indulgent bucket shower, join your fellow travellers around the campfire to sip on sundowners before tucking into the remarkable feast prepared in a rugged, wood-fired kitchen. Before the satisfied fatigue of a day well seized takes you off to bed, gather around the campfire to toast marshmallows and trade stories with your companions.

You are also able to opt for a walking-only adventure over a 20km / 12.5mi course (the canoeing route covers about 40km / 25mi.

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Summary

  • Tour Duration: 4 Days

Accommodations Visited

Camping

3 Nights
Day to day

Itinerary

Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Paddle the serene Selinda Spillway | 3 Nights

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Your canoe adventure begins as you arrive at Selinda Airstrip with a short briefing and introduction to your guide and support staff. The excitement mounts as you take a short walk to the Selinda Spillway and board your mode of transport for the next few days, a sturdy, 18ft canoe. Each canoe takes two people, your bed rolls and soft bags with your personal effects.

Each canoe is comfortably equipped with two cushioned seats and a backrest. The pace of paddling is gentle, giving you the time and space to appreciate the pristine wilderness around you. There is no set distance to be covered on the first day and your guide maintains the leisurely pace until the light begins to fade.

Your support staff sets up camp on a suitable site along the riverbank. Their practiced efficiency ensures that you are sipping a sundowner at the campfire, tantalized by mouth-watering aromas from the cook’s preparations, and mesmerized by a brilliantly coloured Delta sunset.

Each walk-in, stand-up Flex-Bow tent sleeps two with a private, screen bucket shower attached.

Days 2-3: Explore a pristine Eden

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Rise early each morning, awakened by the dawn chorus of birds, to savour a steaming cup of coffee over a light breakfast. Steer your canoe back out onto the water for a full day of paddling.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at a tranquil, sheltered spot with the option of stretching your legs on a game walk. Your guide keeps an eye out for the spoor and 'scat' (droppings) that alert him to opportunities to track wild dog and other rare game.

Camp is set up in another charming riverside location at the end of the day. Enjoy the campfire camaraderie and a freshly prepared meal before retiring to your tent, where the gentle murmurs of the bush lull you to sleep.

Day 4: Homeward bound

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Rise to the delicious smell of breakfast being prepared on an open fire. Fuel up before a full day of paddling as your guide shares his fascinating insights into the diverse animal, bird and insect life encountered along the river. Around midday, you tuck into a picnic lunch in another scenic spot.

Spend your final evening trading campfire stories over toasted marshmallows dipped in Amarula (a deliciously creamy liqueur made from the fruit of the African marula tree).

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Inclusions

  • Canoeing activities when water levels allow
  • Conservancy fees
  • Helicopter airstrip transfer from Selinda Airstrip
  • Scheduled activities
  • Services of a private walking and / or canoeing guide
  • Services of a tracker when on the walking experience
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Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Rates

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Dates Price
2019-05-02 — 2019-09-13 $2,985
Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Departure Dates

  • 2019 Departures
    May
    Start date End date
    2019-05-02 2019-05-05
    2019-05-08 2019-05-11
    2019-05-15 2019-05-18
    2019-05-21 2019-05-24
    2019-05-27 2019-05-30
    June
    Start date End date
    2019-06-02 2019-06-05
    2019-06-10 2019-06-13
    2019-06-17 2019-06-20
    2019-06-22 2019-06-25
    2019-06-29 2019-07-02
    July
    Start date End date
    2019-07-05 2019-07-08
    2019-07-11 2019-07-14
    2019-07-17 2019-07-20
    2019-07-24 2019-07-27
    2019-07-30 2019-08-02
    August
    Start date End date
    2019-08-05 2019-08-08
    2019-08-11 2019-08-14
    2019-08-17 2019-08-20
    2019-08-23 2019-08-26
    2019-08-29 2019-09-01
    September
    Start date End date
    2019-09-04 2019-09-07
    2019-09-10 2019-09-13