Selinda Explorers Camp
Selinda Concession, Linyanti, Botswana
Unfortunately, Selinda Explorers Camp has closed. Please speak to our Africa specialists for alternatives in the Linyanti and beyond.
At a Glance
A remote camp in a pristine location on the banks of the Selinda Spillway
Offers adventurous guests a totally different type of safari experience
Leave the vehicles behind and explore on foot and on the water
Wildlife along the Selinda Spillway is prolific and regularly spotted on walks and boat trips
Just four en-suite customised tents give guests a truly personal experience
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Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.
To start planning your holiday to Selinda Explorers Camp
Selinda Explorers Camp is a luxury mobile tented camp situated on the mighty Selinda Spillway. A stay in this camp puts you in a wonderful game-rich location combined with excellent service, fantastic guiding and beautifully appointed tents.
With a maximum of just four luxurious tents, Selinda Explorers Camp takes mobile safari in this area of Botswana to a new level. The Selinda Spillway, dry for many years, started to flow again in 2009 - at first just a trickle, but now the spillway is a wide ribbon of water, snaking through the game-rich plains and bush of the Selinda Reserve.
Selinda Explorers Camp provides exclusive accommodation for up to eight guests. In the company of your world-class guide you'll explore on foot or by canoe or vehicle along the banks of the spillway. You can bring your own private guide if you so wish. At opening in August 2012, Selinda Explorers operated on an exclusive-use, private basis. However, the popularity of the experience with couples has pushed Great Plains Conservation to offer each of the four tents on an individual basis. Now you can either have the camp to yourself, friends and family, or join other discerning visitors to this remarkable area and share the experience.
The camp boasts many comforts, but retains the style and atmosphere of the early explorers, with a bush elegance and a relaxed bohemian style throughout. You'll even find brass hip-baths which can be taken to a nearby sand bank along the spillway for a unique 'bathing-in-the-bush' experience.
Head out early in the morning with your guide to canoe down the spillway before returning to a delicious brunch prepared by the camp's chefs over a camp fire. The Selinda Explorers camp makes the perfect beginning or end to a wonderful Botswana holiday.
Each luxury guest tent has its own en-suite bathroom and a private verandah that overlooks the Selinda Spillway. The tents have a feel of authenticity and a bohemian flair, creating an idyllic setting to fall asleep to the sounds of nature outside.
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.
Kelly Connor (Staff)
This camp will make you feel as if youve gone back in time to the early exploration as the camp is set up to look temporary and airy with trinkets and beautiful copper vases. Sit on a pillow sipping afternoon tea and be enchanted by the remote wilderness of Africa. Your time here will feel like a dream and a step back into history.
Boat safari in the Okavango Delta
Travel through the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a boat safari, exploring the papyrus reeds and hippo habitats with your guide. The smooth ride offers a soothing alternative to time spent in a vehicle. Always subject to water levels.
Game Drives in Botswana
Viewing wildlife from a vehicle is the best way to get up close to big game. Allow your professional safari guide to cover ground to guarantee you some unforgettable sightings in Africa's premier safari destination.
Great Plains Young Explorers club
Children of all ages have the opportunity to experience a safari like no other with the Great Plains Young Explorers club. With a huge variety of activities to take part in, kids will love this interactive and educational adventure.
Helicopter ride over the Delta
The Okavango Delta is a vast patchwork of deep-water channels, shallow lagoons and date palm islands, fringed with the ubiquitous papyrus reeds. A doors-off scenic helicopter flight is an exhilarating way to take in these sights and a real treat, too!
Mokoro trips in Botswana
Botswana's northern safari areas are full of water channels just waiting to be explored. Larger boats can be used to explore the wider channels but for the aficionado, mokoro trips into the smaller channels are a real treat. Always subject to waterlevels
Walking Safaris and Nature Walks
Walking in the African bush with a professional safari guide is a fantastic experience. Enjoy a completely different perspective on foot than from a vehicle.
Location & directions
Selinda Concession, Linyanti, Botswana
Slinda Explorers Camp is located within the 320,000-acre private Selinda Reserve in the Linyanti region of northern Botswana. Just one and a half hours west of Selinda main camp, Selinda Explorers Camp is poised in a remote, treasured location on the famous Selinda Spillway.
How to get there
Fly into Johannesburg, followed by a 2-hour international flight to Maun. Flying times from Maun to Selinda Airfield is a 45-minutes. The road transfer to camp from the airstrip is approximately 45-minutes, allowing time for game viewing en route. When water levels rise, boat for transfers may be used. This transfer is a combination of a 15-minute drive to the boat dock and then a 15-minute boat ride to camp.
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