Selinda Explorers Camp Bostwana
Selinda Explorers Camp
Selinda Private Reserve, Northern Botswana
Great Plains Conservation
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Dorian Hoy – Managing Director, Botswana
4 Star Expeditionary and Explorers Class Safari Camp
As with all our camps, and in keeping with our philosophy of touching the earth lightly, Selinda Explorers Camp has been hand-built to have as little impact on the environment as possible. We run on 100% solar power, have instituted a grey water treatment plant, use bore-hole water for drinking and focus on activities which get back to nature and away from the need for engines – namely more walking and canoeing.
We limit our light and noise pollution to an absolute minimum and all our drinking water goes through an Ultra Violet reverse osmosis system, which leaves no impurities. And we are working on a new black water treatment plant called “Blackbox” which will enable us to process black water in the most ecologically sensitive way possible.
SELINDA EXPLORERS CAMP
History & Story
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 it 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.
Rekindling the magic of a expedition camp of safaris gone by, hot and cold water are provided in large jugs on demand for the copper vanities. The separate en-suite flush toilet and shower area, although enclosed at the sides, are open to the stars above.
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 under stars – 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.
December 2016 – March 2017 – Outdoor bathrooms were redesigned. Main Dining and Lounge areas raised up slightly higher off ground. Guest tents raised slightly higher off ground on solid earth footprints
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Wildlife viewing in private Selinda Reserve with limited guests
Guided walking in the Reserve
Canoeing actitivies (water level dépendant) on offer along Selinda Spillway
Private 130 000 hectare Selinda Reserve
Key sites/activities in the area
Open vehicle game driving and wildlife viewing activities in the early morning and late afternoon/evening
Guided Walking safaris on offer
Canoeing opportunities to view wildlife available on the Selinda Spillway (water levels permitting)
For those guests that are avid birders and who manage to see 111 different birds during their stay with us, they will presented with a unique gift recognising their extra ordinary achievement
Selinda Explorers Camp accepts children from 10 years old
All children that stay at Great Plains Conservation safari camps have the opportunity of participating and joining our Young Explorers Club
• Number of suites:
• Selinda Explorers Camp has a total of 4 Expeditionary and Explorers style guest tents
Each tent offers private en-suite bathroom with indoor shower and vanities
No wifi, private game drive vehicle or laundry services available at this property
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all:
• Selinda Explorers Camp has 4 tents
Restaurants & Bars
• Selinda Explorers Camp has a number of dining options. These include a central dining area in the main camp area, but guests are also able to dine under the stars on the banks of the Selinda Spillway.
Bush breakfasts and/or dinners may be available at times. These are confirmed by the camp manager on a daily basis and are subject to confirmation.
Wildlife viewing activities focus on Canoeing along the Selinda Spillway as well as daily guided walking safari opportunitiesfollowed by exploring the Selinda Reserve in open game viewing vehicles
Corporate & Celebration Events
Extra Notable Features
• Early morning and late afternoon/early evening wildlife viewing game drives
Guided canoeing opportunity on Selinda Spillway (Water levels dependant)
• Guided daily walking safaris
Hotel and restaurant Awards
2015 Tripadvisor, No.1 Speciality Lodging in Okavango Region
2013 Robb Report, Essential Safari Guide – Selinda Explorers Camp
Number of employees