Botswana – Selinda Reserve & the Salt Pans

Craft a unique journey through Botswana’s varied and breathtaking landscape, from the lively river delta to the stark beauty of the salt pans.


Paddle the Selinda Canoe Trail, ride across the vast salt pans, and get up close and personal with amazing wildlife on this African adventure. Botswana offers unmatched delights to the ambitious traveler, and your journey will be as unique as your interests.

Start in the Selinda Reserve, paddling the river in canoes with expert guides who ensure that you see as much wildlife as possible: elephants and giraffes coming down to the water to drink, lions stalking the shores, and flocks of herons taking flight. You’ll be lulled to sleep in comfortable camps by the sound of peeping frogs, and wake each morning to a hearty breakfast to fuel your day’s adventures. After your canoe journey, experience a completely new landscape when you ride on horseback into the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, white sun-baked expanses interspersed with “islands” of sand dunes and palm trees. You’ll have the chance to encounter unique desert species such as the springbok, red hartebeest, and brown hyena in this starkly beautiful environment.

The options for experiences in this incredible country are truly endless. Ride across an ancient lakebed and camp under a sky filled with uncountable stars in one of the most silent places in the world. Hone your wildlife photography skills with a National Geographic photographer. Encounter habituated meerkat clans to experience up close how these incredibly social animals interact. Take a night game drive to look for nocturnal desert-dwellers—you may even spot an elusive black-maned Kalahari lion! At each stop on your journey, you’ll stay at camps ranging from comfortable and rustic to grand and luxurious, with outdoor showers, meals al fresco, and five-star service that anticipates every need.

Suggested Additions to Complement Your Journey

  • Sleep out under the stars in an ancient lakebed in the Salt Pans
  • Track rhinos with a top anti-poaching group
  • Fish for tiger fish in the Zambezi River
  • Raft the biggest rapids in the world

Journeys Equestrian Travels Experience
Your journey will be a private, customized travel experience, based on your individual schedule, interests and budget. Programs are designed for riders and non-rider companions alike.

Suggested Experiences:

  • Adventure
    Go on safari through Botswana’s Selinda River Delta and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, staying at rustic but luxurious camps along the way
  • EcoTourism
    Paddle the canoe trail in the Selinda Reserve to witness the diverse wildlife of the teeming river delta; encounter habituated meerkat clans to learn about the habits of these incredible animals
  • Culinary
    Enjoy delicious meals prepared by guide staff to fuel your day’s adventures, as well as afternoon teas and evening cocktails watching the sunset
  • Local Immersion
    Walk with the San Bushmen to experience the daily lives of these traditional hunter-gatherers, whose ancestors were the first inhabitants of the area
  • Education
    Work with a National Geographic photographer to hone your photography skills and capture treasured images to take home with you
  • Landmarks
    Visit the famous Greens Baobab tree, whose trunk bears the initials of travelers on the Missionary Road dating back 150 years