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Welcome to Okavango Explorers Camp

Discover the hidden secrets of wild Africa in the time-old tradition of the continent’s great explorers…

Okavango Explorers Camp is a brand-new Great Plains Conservation Explorer-Collection safari camp located in the southwest area of Botswana’s private Selinda Reserve. This area may be new to guests but has been known to us for many years as one teeming with wildlife. The camp’s location is a unique combination of two iconic ecosystems at the upper Okavango Delta water system and the famed Selinda Spillway.

The 130,000-hectare Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana is a prime predator and elephant habitat. This new Okavango Delta safari camp’s location has been handpicked for its access to some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the region, along the southernmost section of Selinda Spillway. Lion, leopard and wild dogs hunt these parts regularly. There are good densities of giraffe, buffalo and exciting and now rare antelope like roan, sable and eland. At the peak of the dry season in late September, the Selinda Reserve is home to over 9,000 elephants concentrated along with this river system. This is the place to be in the dry season for lovers of elephants. There is phenomenal birdlife in this area for those looking for some ‘lifers’.

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Okavango Explorers Camp creates a safari experience reminiscent of exploring the unknown African hinterland in a 1920’s style. This Okavango Delta safari camp exudes a spirit of the romance of yesteryear whilst ensuring that adventure and discovery are an essential part of the journey.

Enjoy moments where wildlife congregates along the Selinda Spillway to drink and marvel at the setting of the African sun across wildlife-filled plains. The safari experiences include wildlife viewing drives, canoeing and walking because Okavango Explorers Camp is in one of the most remote parts of this private reserve.

In early 2023, Okavango Explorers Camp will close for a short period. We will be rebuilding the camp, bringing in raised decking, a new main camp area, refreshed guest tent décor, new safari game drive vehicles, a swimming pool and a solar energy plant.

Okavango Explorers Camp is the perfect safari camp to combine with its fellow Explorer-Collection safari camps, Selinda Explorers and Duba Explorers Camps. This camp is ideal for friends or families wanting to take the whole camp for extended stays and make it their own.

Engaging youth in local communities living alongside conserved land is critical to long-term conservation. Our conservation education programs engage youth with the natural world at a pivotal time in their lives. Great Plains Conservation believes that through thoughtful engagement, environmental education, fun and mentorship, youth in nearby communities can learn to appreciate their ecosystems’ uniqueness and become conservation champions. Great Plains Student Conservation Camps are one of our longest-running community programs. Since the program began more than ten years ago, hundreds of children have benefitted from the program in both Kenya and Botswana. Botswana’s annual residential “kids camps” were held at Selinda Explorers Camp for years!

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In addition to our own programs, Great Plains Foundation keeps a list of school needs in the countries where we work.

Needed items can be hand-carried by travellers or we can help purchase them locally. To learn more or to help support students and educators as part of your trip please reach out to