Lodges

Selinda Explorers Camp

An elegant & intimate old-world safari camp in a sensational wildlife area.

Selinda Explorers Camp

Selinda Explorer is positioned near a main channel of northern Botswana's seasonally flooding Selinda Spillway, within the private Selinda Reserve. The region is one of the best for viewing wild dogs, especially, and often makes for a front row seat to some of the most intense predation observable on safari. In line with its back-to-basics approach - bucket showers (albeit hot bucket showers) and canvas tents - walking and canoeing activities are highly encouraged. However game drives are often very productive and should not be spurned on principle. Here the stage is set to experience the adventure and romance safari to its fullness, with carefully selected East African decor and genuinely warm hospitality.

At the lodge

The hotel

The main area consists of two large on-the-ground, open-sided tents. One serves as an intimate dining room, aglow with lanterns by night and the other is a spacious, breezy lounge, lavishly strewn with colorful cushions and Persian rugs. The decor conjures a feeling of Zanzibar - a heady mix of Africa and Arabia - with carefully selected artifacts and functional items to create a stylish but principally relaxed ambiance. Set slightly back from an offshoot on of the main channels, this is prime real estate for elephant and hippo watching. Though impeccably designed, the camp puts the beauty of the surrounds to the fore, as suggested by the outward facing cushions tracing the lounge tent.

The rooms

Just four two-person tents are strung around the old-growth forest where camp resides. Tents are spacious with double or twin beds, made of canvas with large fold-away flaps to allow for optimal airflow during the day. Decorated with a similarly exotic, East African motif, they are both posh and homely, offering all the creature-comforts you need while keeping their footprints to a minimum. The alfresco bucket showers are as hot as any and the copper basins substitute taps for jugs of fresh water. Electricity comes courtesy of 100% solar power.

On safari

Experiences

A morning and afternoon activity flank your day, with an optional night drive after dinner. Walking in the bush is at its best between May and September when temperatures aren't as scorching and the grasses aren't as high. Exploring the region via boat or dugout canoe is dependent upon the level of the floods each year but is typically done between April and September. Birding can be great in this region during the summer months (November - March) but the main draw to this area are certainly its abundance of predators - wild dog, hyena, cheetah, leopard and lion - not to mention the healthy numbers of more rare and beautiful species like sable antelope.

When to go

Linyanti by month

January

Season: Wet
  • Weather is characterised by high temperatures, a drop in humidity and relatively high rainfall.
  • A month of high excitement, due to the many newborns afoot, predator hunts are a frequent occurrence.
  • A wonderful time for photography, vegetation is green and in bloom, migratory birds are present and in breeding plumage, the animals are all in prime condition.
  • Make sure the mosquito repellent is packed during this time of year.

February

Season: Wet
  • Weather is characterised by high temperatures, a drop in humidity and relatively high rainfall.
  • A month of high excitement, due to the many newborns afoot, predator hunts are a frequent occurrence.
  • A wonderful time for photography, vegetation is lush and in bloom, migratory birds are present and in breeding plumage, the animals are all in prime condition.
  • Make sure the mosquito repellent is packed during this time of year.

March

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are still quite hot, with the number of rainy days decreasing, expect the occasional afternoon shower.
  • Although wildlife is still more spread out than the dry months, wonderful diversity more than makes up for this.
  • An interesting time for photography, vegetation is green, migratory birds are present and the animals are all in prime condition.
  • Make sure the mosquito repellent is packed during this time of year.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures begin to cool, the average daily sunshine hours begin to climb and rain is relatively rare.
  • Some of the animals will still be spread out, however lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah usually add to the safari excitement .
  • Enjoy the last opportunity to view the migratory birds before they head North for the dry winter months.
  • This is the last opportunity to capture a lush green wilderness before the dry winter months set in, changing the landscape drastically.

May

Season: Dry
  • A transition month from wet summer to dry winter, offering moderate temperatures and little to no rain.
  • The "emerald season" is coming to an end, vegetation will slowly begin to thin and animals will migrate into the area following the year round water sources.
  • Improved visibility will increase your chances of spotting the rare and endangered Sable and Roan antelope.
  • A great time of year to star gaze, with relatively few clouds and no ambient light, enjoy a sky twinkling with a blanket of stars.

June

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures drop considerably in the morning and evenings, with the daylight hours being comfortably warm.
  • Animals return to the region as water becomes scarce elsewhere, leading to increased interactions between species, as they compete for the limited resources.
  • This is usually the best time to view the elusive wild dogs of the region as they begin their denning period.
  • Vegetation has started to thin, improving chances of spotting the rare and endangered Sable and Roan antelope.
  • Remember to pack a winter jacket, as frost can occur on particularly cold June mornings.

July

Season: Dry
  • The best time to visit, with warm daytime weather, low humidity and not a cloud in the sky.
  • July offers ideal photographic conditions, the low humidity and sparse vegetation means wonderful image clarity and no shortage picture perfect moments.
  • Vegetation is thin due to the lack of rainfall, causing animals to cluster around the remaining water sources and the Savute Channel.
  • This is usually the best time to view the endangered wild dogs of the region as they den over this month.
  • Be sure to pack a warm jacket for the early morning and late evenings, as temperatures can get chilly.

August

Season: Dry
  • The best time to visit, with warm daytime weather, low humidity and not a cloud in the sky.
  • Vegetation is thin due to the lack of rainfall causing, animals to cluster around the remaining water sources and the Savute Channel.
  • August offers ideal photographic conditions, low humidity and sparse vegetation means wonderful image clarity and no shortage of picture perfect moments.
  • This is usually the best time to view the wild dogs of region as their denning period slowly approaches an end.
  • Be sure to pack a warm jacket for the early morning and late evenings, as temperatures can get chilly.

September

Season: Dry
  • The best time to visit, with warm daytime weather, low humidity and not a cloud in the sky.
  • Be sure to pack a warm jacket for the early morning and late evenings, as temperatures can get chilly.
  • Vegetation is thin due to the lack of rainfall causing animals to cluster around the remaining water sources and the Savute Channel.
  • September offers ideal photographic conditions, low humidity and sparse vegetation means wonderful image clarity and no shortage of picture perfect moments.
  • A great time for landscape photography with the crisp mornings ensuring views for miles around.

October

Season: Dry
  • October is also a transitional month with temperatures being hot and humid preceding the arrival of the wet season.
  • This is the harshest month of the year, water and food is scarce causing animals to congregate along water sources.
  • Game viewing is still very good with vegetation sparse, ensuring quality sightings of a wide variety of wildlife.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water during the day to avoid dehydration in this month.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures and humidity are still high with the arrival of the summer rains, expect afternoon showers only.
  • The arrival of the rains causes animals to spread out once more, enjoying a time of plenty as water sources are replenished for the coming months.
  • Migratory birds begin to return, creating a hive of activity and colour in the tree tops.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water during the day to avoid dehydration in this month.

December

Season: Wet
  • A wonderful time of year to get out on foot, experiencing all the smaller details often missed during game drive.
  • Weather is becoming less hot and humid, with afternoon showers providing solace from the African heat.
  • The birthing season kicks off towards the end of the month, causing a buzz of predator excitement.
  • The "emerald season" is the perfect time for photography, plants are green and in bloom, migratory birds are in full breeding plumage and the animals are all in prime condition.

Wildlife


The Linyanti's diverse environment is composed of woodlands, marshlands, savannah and palm islands, attracting a wide variety of species. The area is famous for large herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, roan, sable, zebra, and more. However, it is the predators that take centre stage in the Linyanti, with the rare wild dog, lion, cheetah and leopard producing some thrilling encounters.

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