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The sky slowly lightens and then turns dark orange, with groves of magnificent borassus palms thrown sharply into silhouette against the onset of dawn… Sunrise at Selinda Camp is nothing less than spectacular and to be savoured as only life-changing memories can. Each of Selinda Camp’s eight spacious, sturdy canvas tents is shaded with thatch roofing and raised on wooden decks with a large private verandah for a slice of one’s own private Africa. A patchwork of microhabitats, Selinda Reserve hosts a staggering diversity of wildlife, it is famous for elephant and lion, wild dog and hippo, buffalo and giraffe and the more rarely seen roan and sable.
Selinda Explorers Camp’s “wow” factor lies in the experience it offers, treading in the footsteps of Livingstone and Selous, both of whom wandered right through the area in which the camp is situated. Under a canopy of towering jackalberry and mangosteen trees, the four custom-designed tents embody the philosophy of exploration, sitting squarely on the earth, connecting guests directly with the pulse of the wild. With the wildlife viewing activities mainly focused on guided walks and canoe trips followed by open vehicle game drives, this area is a wildlife hotspot which is home to huge herds of elephant and buffalo. It is here that lion, wild dog, sable and roan antelope are all spotted on a regular basis.
The Relais & Châteaux accredited Zarafa Camp is where Dereck and Beverly Joubert lay their weary heads many long years ago, exhausted from filming. Just four magnificent tented villas and a spectacular main area, all raised on decking to take advantage of views over the lagoon, reflect the desire for exclusivity and privacy which inspired Zarafa’s design. Its villa, the Dhow Suites, consist of two tents and private main area and operates entirely independently of main camp with its own staff – a definitive private retreat for a small assembly of family or friends. Adventures include morning and evening game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles, short guided walks, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife at the pontoon.