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Pure nature – no roads, vehicles or motor boats

Selinda Canoe Trail

  • Pure nature – no roads, vehicles or motor boats in this area
  • Focus on walking
  • Wild camping
  • Swim in crystal clear waters


This is a safari concept very much like no other. The Selinda Spillway provides the perfect setting for a canoeing and walking adventure that gets you closer to nature than ever before. This river pulses with an annual flood that arrives in May or June and sustains enough flow until mid September (so this activity is very seasonal).



The canoe trail takes you on a 4 night camping adventure down a 45km stretch of river where no boats, or vehicles can access – there are in fact no roads!. The land owners have purposely kept things this way. It is a privilege to experience it and this opportunity may be short lived if the Spillway ceases to flow as has happened over recent decades.

The trail is expertly guided by an armed walking and canoeing guide. A back up crew (also on canoes) travel ahead setting up the camp on remote islands. The food is plentiful and of outstanding quality – the crew pride themselves on this.

Early morning walks are the order of the day, with elephant, buffalo, lion and the full compliment of other big game all likely to be spotted either from the river on canoes or while out walking. Make no mistake, this is wild country and an endless wilderness that even the guides have not fully explored. Distance between the campsites is mostly covered during the day on the canoes with a picnic lunch on a shaded river bank under lofty trees. Hot from a days paddling There are safe places to swim and snorkel or perhaps a siesta until it is time to paddle again.

The canoe trail can easily be added to the beginning or end of your safari and is accessed by light aircraft from Maun or any bush airstrip.

You obviously need to be relatively able and fit to participate on this trail. Having said this, the distances covered by canoe are not excessive.

For more information, please refer to the Selinda canoe trail fact sheet and Selinda canoe trail packing list.

Selinda Canoe Trails guests can expect to see elephants whilst canoeing the Selinda Spillway with Wildland Safaris
Wildland Safaris guests having lunch whilst on the Selinda Canoe Trail
Selinda Canoe Trails guests can expect to see elephants whilst canoeing the Selinda Spillway with Wildland Safaris