Selinda Explorers is an exclusive-use camp in the Kwando-Linyanti area in Botswana.
Selinda Explorers Camp: Our full report
On the banks of the Selinda Spillway Selinda Explorers Camp is the most recent addition to the Selinda Reserve, having opened in August 2012. In style, it very like a classic mobile camp, although it is in fact permanent. Unusually for northern Botswana, Selinda Explorer’s Camp must be booked for exclusive use only, so it is ideal for a small private group.
Selinda Explorers Camp has been envisaged as a fairly fancy, old-style tented camp which caters for one party of guests at a time. This makes it ideal for a large family or group of friends wanting to experience the surroundings within a completely private setting, but a very costly option for a couple travelling on their own. Note that it’s more modest in scope than its sister camp, Selinda Camp, and much more basic than the opulent Zarafa.
We have known this area, the Selinda Concession (aka Selinda Reserve) very well for the last 15 years or so, and have had some terrific game sightings within this concession, particularly during in the dry season. This latest camp is located in a prime area for predators: lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog hunt these parts alongside huge herds of elephant and buffalo and many types of antelope.
Although we’ve known this area and its camps for many years, a member of the Expert Africa team has yet to visit this Selinda Explorers Camp. In the meantime, here is what we have been told about it:
Guests will arrive at the Explorers Camp from Selinda Airstrip by way of a 50-minute game drive into camp. While both day and night game drives are offered, the main focus here is primarily on walking and canoeing activities.
By focusing on walking and canoeing activities guests are given the opportunity to appreciate the smaller things only seen outside a vehicle. The birding along the spillway is very good. Or for those who would like to have a go at fishing, a rod and reel are available to use.
The main area of Selinda Explorers is an open-sided semi-permanent tent, which includes a dining area and lounge decorated with furnishings from Zanzibar and the east. Meals are taken either in the dining area or under the stars and cooked over an open fire. In the evenings paraffin lanterns and the campfire create a very striking atmosphere, lighting the main area in camp.
The accommodation at Selinda Explorers has four spacious Meru-style guest tents, all at ground level with good views over the Spillway. The tents are well-appointed and have adjoining ‘open-air’ en-suite bathrooms with canvas walls for privacy, hot bucket showers and flush loos.
Our viewWe expect Selinda Explorers Camp to be a great choice for friends or families travelling together and looking for a private experience – and it’s location beside the Spillway looks lovely. It promises to be very comfortable, and to focus firmly on walking safaris and canoeing trips. So we’d expect it to work really well for groups who want to be active, and are happy to spend more time looking at the birdlife and the smaller wildlife, rather than seeking big game from the safety of vehicles.
Ideal length of stay: Three or four nights is fine here. Because the activities focus on walking and canoeing, a stay here combines very well with time at
Directions: Selinda Explorers Camp is accessed by light aircraft transfer from either Kasane or Maun, it is then a 50 minute drive from the airstrip to the camp.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Great Plains Conservation
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: A member of the team Expert Africa is yet to stay at Selinda Explorers Camp but an example of a days menu is as follows;
Breakfast includes a choice of museli, toast with a selection of jams, cheese, yoghurt, scones, fresh fruit along with tea/coffee/smoothie.
On your return from the morning activity brunch is served. An example of dishes that are served are as follows; eggs, bacon, soup, chicken skewers, fresh bread, roast vegetable salad, rice salad, zucchini salad with roasted mushrooms, bream fillets, quinoa salad with avocado and broccoli and a fresh fruit and cheese platter.
Afternoon tea is served before the afternoon activity, with a choice of a savory and sweet snack; such as bruschetta, quiche, vegetable spring rolls, lemon and yoghurt cake, carrot cake or chocolate cake is served. Juice, tea and coffee are available too.
Dinner is served shortly after your return to camp in the evening. Fattoush salad, gemsquash and coconut soup, beef fillets or lamb shanks, brown rice, cous cous, butternut squash, snowpeas or greem beans, broccoli, carrots, baked aubergine and nuts, bean breyani and for dessert apple pie, chocolate pudding or sticky date pudding have been among the selection offered.
Selinda Explorers Camp is able to cater for most dietary requirements as long as they are informed in advance.
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Bottled water, soft drinks, local beers and spirits, plus a limited selection of (usually) South African red and white wines are included. Champagne, imported wines and spirits will cost extra and must be requested well in advance.
Walking safaris: Explorers is a small, smart tented camp in a first-class area for big game; it focuses on walking and canoeing – and is one of our top camps for walking safaris in Botswana. It is solely for exclusive-use, so suits small groups and families.See more ideas for Walking safaris in Botswana
Private villas & houses: Explorers isn’t a house or a villa; it is a small tented camp which is booked exclusively for the use of one group or family (kids aged 6+). With its own team and professional guide, it’s like staying at your own, slightly adventurous, tented safari villa!See more ideas for Private villas & houses in Botswana
Attitude towards children: Children aged 6 years and older are welcomed by Selinda Explorers Camp. However they are very aware that young children must be supervised at all times by their parents, as predators freely wander through camp and there is water surrounding the camp.
Equipment: A kids program can be designed based on the children’s age including activities such as walking, tracking, bush cooking and birding.
Generally recommended for children: Yes – but it’s really best for older children who are also sensible and careful, ideally at least 8 years old in our view.
Power supply: Solar Power
Power supply notes: Each tent has individual solar panel to power lights. However there is also a small generator used as a battery charging station in the main area.
Communications: No phone reception or internet.
TV & radio: None
Water supply: Borehole
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: All senior staff has medical training. The nearest medical facility is in Maun.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in each tent.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: A limited service is available, but it’s weather permitting.
Money: There are no safe boxes.
Accepted payment on location: No credit cards are accepted – but then there are no extra charges to pay. If you wish to tip, which is optional, then bring money with you.