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Welcome to Selinda Explorers Camp

“Selinda Explorers Camp feels like a 1930s African family safari expedition camp you might have set up while collecting butterflies or dreaming up Latin names for new species you diligently catalogued in your field journal.

I do not think dreaming yourself into a scripted movie when on safari is a bad thing, especially if you are the main character.”

– Dereck Joubert

Welcome to Selinda Explorers Camp

“Selinda Explorers Camp feels like a 1930s African family safari expedition camp you might have set up while collecting butterflies or dreaming up Latin names for new species you diligently catalogued in your field journal.

I do not think dreaming yourself into a scripted movie when on safari is a bad thing, especially if you are the main character.”

– Dereck Joubert

Great Plains Explorer Collection Brand

The Camp

Selinda Explorers Camp, a Great Plains Conservation Explorer-Collection safari camp, is located on the banks of the Selinda Spillway in the private 130,000-hectare (320,000-acre) Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana.

This Explorer-Collection safari camp is located in prime predator habitat and is perfect for experiencing Botswana’s extraordinary wildlife in a private setting.

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“Selinda Explorer’s Camp is where you can sit with your feet in the sand and listen to, or tell, stories of your safari adventures whilst staying at an intimate safari camp.”

Dereck Joubert continues, “In fact, this Explorer-Collection safari camp follows the kind of camps Beverly and I have used for filming or research our whole lives. It is perfect for a family safari in Botswana! With its Persian carpets and other personalised touches, the camp exudes a real explorer’s camp feel. The decor includes a lot of brass and copper and is handmade by us, just for you.”

Subtly placed under the shade of the riverine forest, the camp’s style is reminiscent of early African explorers’ philosophies and practices. Whiling away afternoons under the canopy of African ebony and Mopane trees, interspersed with guided walks, canoeing (when the Selinda Spillway is in flood), and early morning and late afternoon / early evening safari drives, make this affordable Botswana safari camp a respite from a traditional safari camp’s typical routine. The flexibility of routine is what makes this camp ideal. Consider including this safari camp when planning your perfect African family safari.

It is beautifully detailed with campaign-style furniture made from recycled hardwoods and soft furnishings from Zanzibar and the East.

Selinda Explorers Camp is an unassuming camp, light on its footprint but focused on its experiential luxury. The atmosphere of the camp is one of bush elegance with a relaxed style, complemented by attentive staff, private, professional service and fabulous food.

Consider extending your African family safari to our other Explorer-Collection safari camps. Duba Explorers Camp is located in the northern reaches of the private Duba Plains reserve. Explore the unique habitat found at Okavango Explorers Camp. Both perfectly complement the safari experiences of Selinda Explorers Camp.

Safari Tents

The custom-designed canvas guest tents provide comfort and style imbued with a magnificently raw, authentic safari spirit.

There are three standard guest tents and one 2-bedroomed family tent, ideal for those seeking the perfect Botswana family safari.

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Each tent offers guests a well-appointed bedroom, covered, private veranda, and private bathroom with hot water showers and a flush loo.

All the guest tents are on slightly raised wooden platforms.

Rates

$1 105 to $1 915 per person sharing per night

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$1 915 per person sharing per night
15 June – 31 October 2024 & 20 December 2024 – 10 January 2025

$1 330 per person sharing per night
01 November – 19 December 2024

$1 105 per person sharing per night
11 January – 31 March 2025

$1 330 per person sharing per night
01 April – 14 June 2025 & 01 November – 19 December 2025

$1 915 per person sharing per night
15 June – 31 October 2025 & 20 December 2025 – 10 January 2026

The above rates are in US$ and based on a per person per night sharing basis. Single guest, child rates, private safari drive and guide rates are available on request.
These rates include accommodation, scheduled activities, all meals, laundry service, and non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, including premium brand spirits and champagne. Return scheduled seat in plane inter-camp air transfers, including air transfers from Maun and/or Kasane Airports, are included in the US$ nightly rate – subject to a minimum 2-night stay.

Safari Experiences

Selinda Explorers Camp is an ideal property for those guests who want to experience Botswana’s extraordinary wildlife, in the most private of settings, at an affordable safari cost.

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Selinda Explorers Camp is perfect for individual travellers, couples, families and small groups of friends.

The camp sits in prime predator habitat, in a handpicked location based on Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Great Plains Conservation owners and National Geographic Explorers, who explored the area for years.

Enjoy heading out on guided walks, canoes (water level dependant) or early morning and late afternoon/early evening safaris drives to see lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dogs, giraffe, buffalo, and antelope – including the unique eland, roan and sable. At the peak of the dry season, over 9,000 elephants traverse the private Selinda Reserve.

There is phenomenal birdlife along the Selinda Spillway’s banks for those looking for some ‘lifers’.

Enjoy a delicious sundowner at the Hippo pool

Take a guided bush-walk along the famed Selinda Spillway

Enjoy an astronomy lesson along the Selinda Spillway

Lasting Impact

Great Plains Earth Academy: Bringing training to rural communities to increase employment

The Great Plains Earth Academy provides vocational training and supplemental education with a conservation and tourism focus to youth and adults living alongside Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The academy’s goals are to improve participants’ understanding of their local environment and wildlife and promote conservation and sustainability.

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