Motswiri Ketumetse is the third lodge in the private Selinda Reserve, and is situated in the south west of this 1 200 square kilometre area, and thus enjoys a different habitat, and therefore some different wildlife to the 2 camps to the east (Selinda and Zibadianja). Motswiri Ketumetse is in the area of a different water system – the eastern edge of the Okavango Delta.
The Camp is small, and designed along traditional lines. It is set on the banks of the Selinda Spillway, making it in one of the most remote areas of Botswana. With accommodation for a maximum of 8 guests, this is an intimate camp, and is only available for small private groups or families. The camp is more traditional, but the 4 custom designed Safari tents are luxurious, and the en suite outdoor bathrooms are accessed through the back of the tent. The tents have been placed at ground level, under shade giving leadwood trees, and there is a veranda from which you can look onto the Spillway and forests beyond.
The main camp area consists of a comfortable, traditional ‘mess’ tent, where there is an intimate dining area and small lounge. In addition, and set apart is the open-air bar and Boma campfire, overlooking the waters of the Spillway, and thus forms the central gathering point for pre-dinner drinks, or afternoon tea.
Although the camp lighting is powered by a solar charged 12 volt system, there is a small back-up generator which serves all the other power requirements. It only runs for a few hours a day, when guests are out of camp, thus allowing for peace and tranquillity when you are in camp.
Activities are varied, as there are game drives, walks, and seasonal canoeing (usually only from April to October, but this can vary slightly). This annual flooding brings with it abundant birdlife, along with the numerous species of game which gather around the combined waters of the Delta and Spillway. When the floodwaters have receded, the camp maintains a small waterhole where a sunken hide provides some interesting sightings at close quarters.
Game viewing is varied, with elephant being commonly sighted, as are lion. Cheetah enjoy the northern floodplain, and the elusive leopard make the most of the forested areas. You will have the chance to see some of the less common antelope species such as the sable and roan, and the majestic eland.
Night drives allow you to see the nocturnally active species, and to gain a new insight into the bush.