Selinda Explorers Camp
There’s an old saying that great things come in little packages… Selinda Explorers Camp is no exception!
Small – catering for only 8 guests – but perfectly formed, its “wow” factor lies in the experience Selinda Explorers Camp offers, treading in the footsteps of Livingstone and Selous, both of whom wandered right through the area in which the camp is situated. It’s also in the grandeur of the expedition-style decor, with campaign furniture and vintage travelling trunks lending an authentic, transient atmosphere to the camp’s traditional canvas tents.
The camp is located on a remote stretch of the Selinda Spillway, close to the heart of the pristine 320,000-acre private Selinda Reserve. It used to have another home – the Selous game reserve in Tanzania – but was moved here in its entirety a few years ago and has never looked back since opening in 2012.
Under a canopy of towering jackalberry and mangosteen trees, the four custom-designed tents embody the philosophy of exploration, sitting squarely on the earth, connecting guests directly with the pulse of the wild. They’re spacious and stay true to the classic age of safari, when the journey was more important than the destination.
In an effort to rekindle the magic of a proper expedition camp, hot and cold water are provided in large jugs on demand for the copper vanities and the en-suite flush toilet and bucket shower, although enclosed at the sides, are open to the stars above.
Hot water for the bucket shower is brought to your tent on request, and should the hopeless romantic in you prove to hard to resist, brass hipbaths could be portered to a nearby sandbank on the edge of the Selinda Spillway for a bath like no other – it doesn’t get more spectacular than that!
With the wildlife viewing activities mainly focused on guided walks and canoe trips followed by open vehicle game drives, this area is a wildlife hotspot which is home to huge herds of elephant and buffalo. It is here that lion, wild dog, sable and roan antelope are all spotted on a regular basis.
And because at Selinda Explorers Camp the focus is on walking, you will be seeing the small, incredibly interesting things often missed on vehicles.
This authentic tented camp draws on traditions of the classic East African safari with beautifully detailed campaign style furniture made from recycled hard woods, and soft furnishings from Zanzibar and the East. The custom-designed semi-permanent tents consist of two rooms plus verandah, as well as a private open air ‘bustani bathroom’ with hot water bucket showers and flush loo. All tents are at ground level, including the main lounge and dining area. This is an unassuming camp, light on its footprint but heavy on its experiential luxury. The atmosphere of the lodge is one of bush elegance with relaxed bohemian style, complemented by attentive staff, private professional service and fabulous food.
Selinda Explorers Camp is an ideal property for those guests who want to experience Botswana’s extraordinary wildlife but in the most private setting. The camp comes with a guide, but also has a guide’s tent for an accompanying specialist guide. Our guide will plan the whole itinerary for the duration of their stay for the guests, or in conjunction with the specialist guide. This camp combines beautifully with Zarafa Camp.
Fully inclusive of all wildlife viewing activities, meals, park fees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium spirits). Flights are additional and can be arranged on your behalf. A maximum of 8 guests sharing in 4 tents located alongside the Selinda Spillway plus an additional guide’s tent as required. Children from 10 years are welcome.
The camp draws on traditions of the classic East African safari with beautifully detailed explorer-style furniture and soft furnishings from Zanzibar and the East.
Each of the four luxury guest tents are en suite, their open air bathrooms with hot water bucket showers and flush porcelain toilets. A private verandah affords dramatic views out over the Selinda Spillway.
- En-suite shower only.
- Outside area.
Recommended for honeymooners, adventurous couples or groups of friends, Selinda Explorers Camp is located in an exclusive-use concession and caters for a maximum of eight guests, making it ideal for those who wish to experience a pristine wilderness in a very private setting.
And what a setting: the Selinda Spillway is an ephemeral waterway that links the Okavango Delta with the Linyanti wetlands and the Chobe River system. After years without water, the Spillway is once again flowing and is consequently flourishing with life.
- Set on the unique Selinda Spillway.
- Exclusive use for 8 guests.
- Luxurious & spacious tents.
- Elegantly eco-friendly.
- Expert guides & friendly staff.
- Wholesome fire-cooked meals.
- An authentic wilderness experience.
- Game drives, walks & canoeing.
Elegant without being fussy, the camp is your comfortable base from which to explore the area. By day, the tented lounge area is shaded and cool; in the evenings it provides an intimate gathering place by the fireside. The emphasis at Selinda Explorers Camp is very much on being ‘out there’ in the wilderness. Nature makes the call for each day’s itinerary, and the movements of wildlife will dictate the route you take in the company of your experienced guide.
Morning game drives are usually the best way to start the day but you can also canoe down the Spillway and, as the camp sits in a private reserve, enjoy guided walks before your afternoon game drive. Sip a sundowner drink as you watch the day ebb away and then wrap up for an early evening night drive, complete with spotlight and a host of nocturnal animals.
Your guide will wake you with a revitalizing flask of tea or coffee before a light breakfast sees you off on your morning safari. Meals at Selinda Explorers Camp are often served in open-air surroundings. Alfresco picnics enable you to remain out on safari all day while a candlelit table under the stars is considered the best way to finish the day. The cuisine is simple yet surprisingly delicious, often cooked on an open fire.
Selinda Explorers Camp focuses primarily on the traditional safaris of walking and canoeing. All guides are firearm trained and will be armed on walks and canoes. Game drives are offered, both day and night, but are a supplement to other activities as opposed to the emphasis. Rod/reel kit is available for those who want to try their cast in the Spillway. If the cool shade of the canvas and trees simply isn’t enough to quell the midday heat, then grab the guide and go for a swim in the refreshing waters of the Spillway.
- Boat excursions.
- Full-day safari.
- Game drives.
- Guided walks.
- Private game-drive vehicles on offer.
Selinda Explorers Camp Reviews
“Selinda Explorers was the 2nd and final camp we stayed at on safari in Botswana. Everything about this place was amazing. We always planned to return to Africa and visit another country, but now I just can’t imagine a trip back to Africa without returning to Botswana and this camp. First, the location and game are amazing. We saw an incredible amount of game every day, including two prides of lions (~24 lions total), wild dogs, 400+ cape buffalo, etc. Second, the staff is so welcoming. We still keep in touch with Bonno, and will always remember fondly our nights around the camp fire and the unforgettable surprise outdoor bubble bath the staff prepared for our wedding anniversary. Third, our guide, Kane, made the entire experience. We saw two male lions at a kill within five minutes of landing near camp, and he called a hyena to us during our final night at Selinda. Plus, the canoeing and walking safaris gave us an amazing perspective. We can’t wait to go back.” – Megan R
“Authentically African tented camp, at the river, comfy, great food (especially the last night with African fare & dancing), great guides! Parks was so knowledgeable…he could spot an animal before it was even visible! Saw all the big 5, except Rhinos, and even spent time with the Wild Dogs…a real treat. Thanks to Cary for her sweet & friendly hospitality.” – Lori D
“Selinda Explorers Camp is in a lovely location, on a curve of the Selinda Spillway. Our tent was very comfortable, and decorated in “campaign” style with travel desk and travel cases for a wardrobe to get into the spirit of the original explorers. From the day bed or hammock outside the tent you could relax and look downstream – at different time seeing elephants and buffalo close to th camp.” – David T