Wildlife & Animals – Selinda

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Wildlife viewing in Selinda is superb. Aside from rhino, all the Big Five can be encountered. The area is renowned for big herds of elephant that congregate around waterways in the dry winter months. Zebra and wildebeest are common too. Several prides of lion are resident, and this is one of the best places to see wild dogs in action.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantAbundant
GiraffeCommon
HippoAbundant
BuffaloAbundant
ZebraAbundant
LionOccasional
HyenaOccasional
Wild DogOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

Several unusual antelope species can be spotted throughout the year. These include eland, sable and the very rare roan antelope. Aside from the big cats, smaller predators that might be encountered are side-striped jackal, bat-eared fox and colonies of dwarf mongoose. This is a good place for night drives as well. Species occasionally spotted after dark include civet, bushbaby, genet and sometimes honey badger, porcupine and aardvark.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Selinda has seasonal wildlife viewing. Big herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest arrive at the permanent water sources when it gets really dry in June, and they usually stay until December.

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