RAW Botswana Camp (ex Motswiri Camp) lies on the Selinda Spillway in the private Selinda Reserve. It occupies an exquisite spot on the banks of the Spillway itself. The Selinda Reserve is a fascinating tract of land, much of which is unexplored due to its limited accessibility. The Selinda Spillway courses through the Reserve, joining the Okavango Delta in the south and the Linyanti Swamps to the west, and actually flows in both directions. Here you will find floodplains, grasslands, swamps, and riverine vegetation – home to an excellent selection of wetland wildlife, super predators, and large herbivores. Not to mention the birdlife!
RAW Botswana Camp offers 5 classic tented en suite chalets, built on wooden decking, all of which look out over the water. These tented chalets are airy, naturally and subtly decorated with classic wooden furnishings and comfortable furniture. Each tent is also well-spaced allowing for privacy.
Beds can be configured for double or twin accommodation, whilst a family tent is also available (comprising two en suite 2-bedded units, which adjoin each other).
The main Camp area houses a large covered deck with a lounge and dining sections, along with a Boma, all of which overlooks the Spillway.
RAW Botswana is very much an activity-based camp and offers great flexibility. There is an excellent selection for you - including horseback safaris, walking trails, game drives, mekoro excursions, canoeing, motorised boating safaris, fishing, and birding.
With the presence of both grazers and browsers, the predator population is also diverse, and includes wild dog and cheetah. Wild dog are becoming more and more visible in the area, as are lion prides. There are also regular sightings of leopard.
The permanent presence of water in the Spillway provides a home for the larger herbivores, such as hippo, elephant, and buffalo; in addition there are also populations of both sable and roan antelope.
The Selinda Reserve’s diverse vegetation also brings a variety of bird species to the camp and its environs. The Spillway is home to a great number of water birds, such as kingfishers, herons, jacanas, and storks; with flycatchers, larks, weavers, and warblers populating the grasslands. Birds of prey are also well represented.
All activities at RAW (an acronym for Ride and Walk) are available both the morning and afternoon, and the daily schedule depends on the guests’ activity choice combinations and seasonal availability of activities.
The Riding safaris are very popular, with well-schooled horses, which are specially acclimatised to the area. The guides are highly professional, and ensure that riders have an excellent horseback experience. Groups comprise of not more than 6 guests, accompanied by a lead and a back-up guide. As you can imagine given the wildlife of the area, excellent riding competency is a requirement, and riders must be older than 12 years. You also spend up to 6 hours in the saddle on each ride.
Walking trails are also popular (again, a small group of 6 guests or less) and offer a wonderful change to explore the area in a close-up and unique way, and allow for some excellent photographic opportunities. The walks are also about tracking, and searching for wildlife, bird watching, and a more detailed study of flora and fauna. The walks are frequently interspersed with fishing and swimming.
As June to August are the wettest months of the year in the Spillway, due to the expected arrival of the flood waters from Angola, some of the game drive areas can be reduced.
RAW Botswana has no set departure times for activities, which makes each day unique for each guests.