The area consists of flood plains which are covered in wide open savannah dotted with real Fan Palm trees. The rivers are surrounded by dry woodlands. The rivers themselves are surrounded by floodplains which used to be fairly dry, but in recent years have become true wet floodplains once more. This trend of strong flooding looks set to continue as heavy rains continue to fall in Angola.
The area contains some permanent game whose numbers swell in the dry winter months. The Selinda floodplains are home to diverse numbers of antelope, and on an Okavango safari you are likely to see animals including Impala, Kudu, Tessebe, Reedbuck and Steenbuck. The area is also home to Southern Giraffe, Buffalo and plenty of Elephants. The floodplains are home to large numbers of Red Lechwe as well as large herds of Wildebeest, small herds of Elephants and Roan Antelope. Large herds of Burchell’s Zebra and Wildebeest arrive in May to be near the permanent waters in the Selinda and Linyanti River.