Selinda Explorer Camp

Selinda Reserve
Selinda Explorers Camp is located in the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana and is built on the banks of the Selinda Spillway, about one hour west of its sister camp, Selinda. This classic camp transports us back to the time of authentic safaris, but with a modern twist and hospitality. The camp’s focal point is the Bedouin-style main area consisting of a lounge and separate dining room. The four guests tents provide comfort and style but with a magnificently raw spirit. Subtly placed under the shade of the riverine forest, the camp is designed in the style of the early explorers both in philosophy and practice. Whiling away afternoons under the canopy of African ebony and Mopane trees, interspersed with walks and canoeing, make this a respite from the ‘daily grind’ of a traditional safari. This authentic tented camp draws on traditions of the classic East African safari with beautifully detailed campaign style furniture made from recycled hard woods, and soft furnishings from Zanzibar and the East. The custom-designed semi-permanent tents consist of two rooms plus verandah, as well as a private ‘bustani bathroom’ with hot water..
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showers and flush loo. All tents are at ground level, on slightly raised platforms, including the main lounge and dining area. This is an unassuming camp, light on its footprint but heavy on its experiential luxury. The atmosphere of the lodge is one of bush elegance with relaxed style, complemented by attentive staff, private professional service and fabulous food.

Selinda Explorers Camp is an ideal property for those who want to experience Botswana’s extraordinary wildlife but in the most private setting. This camp combines beautifully with Zarafa Camp.

The camp sits in prime predator habitat, in a location which we handpicked based on exploring this area for years. Lion, leopard and cheetah and the recently discovered Explorers Pack of African wild dog hunt these parts regularly. Good densities of giraffe, buffalo (in the dry season) and all the antelope – even including roan and sable and recently spotted eland – are possible sightings. At the peak of the dry season in late September, the Selinda Reserve has been documented to hold up to 9,000 elephants. There is phenomenal bird life along the Spillway’s banks for those looking for some ‘lifers’.

Selinda Explorers Camp focuses primarily on the traditional safaris of walking and canoeing when the spillway is flooding. 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. A rod/reel kit is available for those who want to try their cast in the Selinda Spillway. If the cool shade of the canvas and trees simply is not enough to quell the midday heat, then grab your guide and go for a swim in the refreshing waters of the Selinda Spillway.

Canoeing the Selinda Spillway is one of the most unique experiences in southern Africa. The two person Canadian style canoes are situated in front of the camp for use at any time. An ideal morning or afternoon trip would be to paddle down the spillway and to then walk back to camp, or be met by a vehicle for a game drive on your return. Canoeing is seasonal and dependent on water levels in the Selinda Spillway.

One of the core activities at Explorers is to enjoy a guided walk. It’s also a huge benefit of staying within the conservancies. Walks allow you to appreciate the stunning landscape around us on foot, peacefully, without the noise of engines. Talk to the managers to arrange a good time and location for a walk. Usually early morning or evening is the best time, as the middle of the day is too hot to venture out of the shade. Wear good walking shoes, a hat, and neutral colored clothing so as not to alarm the wildlife, and take binoculars. Your guide will have water for you.


  • 3 two-room custom-designed canvas tents at ground level on slightly raised platforms consisting of main bedroom, with separate dressing and washbasin area
  • 1 two-bedroom family custom-designed canvas tent at ground level on a slightly raised platform consisting of two bedrooms, each with their own separate bathroom, dressing and washbasin areas
  • Verandahs with chairs and views
  • Campaign style furniture made from recycled hardwoods, and copper fixtures
  • Standing fans
  • Private, decked, open-air en-suite ‘bustani’ bathrooms that include flush toilet, double basins and hot and cold showers
  • Main guest area includes separate lounge and dining area
  • Outdoor fire pit
  • Hammocks
  • Situated on 330,000 acre Selinda Reserve
  • Twice daily game drives
  • Canoe trips
  • Guided bush walks
  • All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, safari activities, laundry
  • Solar panels provide 24-hour 220v electricity
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