On arriving at Selinda Camp, one is struck by the grand architecture of the main area. The high-beamed ceilings and traditional thatch roof coupled with the raised wooden foundation keep the area cool in the African sun.
The main lounge has been designed around the four basic elements of nature: water, air, earth and fire. Each element is also complemented by local art.
Upon entering the open-air thatched main area, bright touches of blue evoke the imagery of water. Large sculpted mekoros (dugout canoes), painted by world-renowned artist Keith Joubert are the focal points. Perched off the main lounge, is a quaint tea verandah. Here, billowing soft fabrics in light colors provide shade and ambiance in the spirit of air. And the journey continues to the element of earth, manifested in the dining spaces - either under thatch or under the stars - where naturally wholesome food and African wines served table d’hôte providing sustenance. And as the day ends, a tradition continues: the exchange of philosophy, laughter, folklore and stories of safari often communed by nature's final element of fire. The evening open-air fireside is a seductive end to the day in the bush.
Just adjacent to the fire pit, “Zanzibari” doors lead down to a generous wine cellar. Here, a selection of wines of the region and Europe are available. Meals are generally table d’hôte and include a light breakfast at dawn, a hearty brunch on return from the morning activity, afternoon tea and snacks before the afternoon activity, rounded off with a sumptuous dinner in the evening. Special meals and dietary requirements can be catered for on request.
Next to the cellar is a gallery, where inspiration comes in the form of fine art, including a sample of the collected photographic works of Beverly Joubert paying tribute to her stunning work with National Geographic. The gallery is a place for quiet reflection, reading and learning. Above the gallery, many other local wares are available for purchase in the curio shop.
Each of Selinda Camp's nine spacious, sturdy canvas tents are shaded with thatch roofing and are raised on wooden decks. Comfortable three-quarter sized beds dressed in fine linen are draped with flowing mosquito nets to complete the romantic atmosphere. Each bed can be joined seamlessly to create a grand extra-large double bed. Ceiling fans, combined with roof vents, bring the African breeze in, cooling the surrounds. For moments of reflection, a writing desk and lounge furniture provide a private respite. A large private verandah, extends into the bush and provides each tent with a slice of it's own private Africa. Selinda’s little surprise is the extended en-suite dressing and dual basin vanity area and bathroom complete with a deep stone bath and antique shower - accessible via sliding wood doors, for privacy or an open-air feel and guaranteed luxury.
If the cool shade of the thatch simply isn't enough to quell the midday heat, then a plunge pool is tucked away from the main area. Offering privacy and lush surrounds, it is a fabulous afternoon retreat. In-room massages are available (at additional cost).
Laundry is done on a daily basis and is complimentary.
The camp operates on a 220V electricity system powered by a generator that operates a few hours a day, when guests are generally not in camp. The generator charges a set of batteries, which in turn pass through an inverter system capable of converting battery power to 220V power. This conversion supplies power 24 hours a day to the entire camp. A set of universal plug points is available in each tent. It is recommended to bring a spare set of batteries so one set can be charged while the other is out on safari.