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 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.
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.
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.