Selinda Suite, Linyanti, Botswana

Set in one of the most pristine wilderness areas left on our planet, Selinda Suite offers the best safari in Botswana possible. This two-bedroomed private suite rests on the banks of the Selinda Spillway as it enters the Linyanti River. The private 130,000-hectare Selinda Reserve boasts elephants by the thousands, regular sightings of the Selinda pack of African wild dogs, and the famous Selinda Lion Pride as featured in National Geographic’s film “Birth of a Pride” by Dereck and Beverly Joubert.

For those looking for the best safari in Botswana experiences available, The Selinda Suite, a Relais and Châteaux member and Great Plains Réserve-Collection property, represents the meeting place of three cultures; European, Mokololo and Bayei. This 2-bedroomed private suite is themed to resemble that of the thatched village of Sangwali. Spears, shields and an African version of Robinson Crusoe are the enduring themes throughout the camp. Its architectural design elements centre around Water, Air, Earth and Fire, all of which ground the design.

The afternoon breezes that ripple the endless sea of nearby grasses are a tribute to Air. Earth is represented in the cornucopia of home-grown meals lovingly prepared in our kitchens, fresh from the earth, and the bright flames of our evening Fire complete the ethos of being in harmony with nature’s natural elements. In some cultures, a fifth element, ‘metal’, is also incorporated into the design.

In addition to the three main suites, the Selinda Suite (like its fellow Zarafa Dhow Suite and the Duba Plains Suite) consists of a two-bedroom tented suite. The Selinda Suite operates exclusively, as guests enjoy their own private vehicle, safari guide, chef, manager/butler and entrance to their residence. This all ensures the best safari in Botswana possible. The safari drives, walks, boating, tracking, birding and other bespoke viewing activities are designed to place you in front of the best wildlife the area offers for a unique one-on-one, life-changing experience.

The Great Plains Foundation’s Solar Mamas developed the initiative to address the lack of economic opportunities and electricity deficit in remote villages bordering Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Nine Solar Mamas left their villages in Botswana to attend a six-month solar power training program in India through Barefoot College International. They each returned home with the skills to build, install and maintain solar home lighting systems.


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