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  • Vast stretches of untouched, un-fenced wilderness with unrivaled game viewing
  • One of the largest game populations in Southern Africa
  • Annual zebra migration
  • The Big Five as well as the rare and endangered African wild dog
  • Over 600 indigenous bird species
  • Home to the world’s largest inland delta and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta
  • The largest elephant herds in the world in Chobe National Park
  • Over 3 500 San rock paintings at the World Heritage Site of the Tsodilo Hills

There’s an old saying that great things come in little packages… Selinda Explorers Camp is no exception! Small – catering for only 8 guests – but perfectly formed, its “wow” factor lies in the experience it offers, treading in the footsteps of Livingstone and Selous, both of whom wandered right through the area in which the camp is situated. It’s also in the grandeur of the expedition-style decor, with campaign furniture and vintage travelling trunks lending an authentic, transient atmosphere to the camp’s traditional canvas tents.

The camp is located on a remote stretch of the Selinda Spillway, close to the heart of the pristine 320,000-acre private Selinda Reserve. It used to have another home – the Selous game reserve in Tanzania – but was moved here in its entirety a few years ago and has never looked back since opening in 2012.

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    Under a canopy of towering jackalberry and mangosteen trees, the four custom-designed tents embody the philosophy of exploration, sitting squarely on the earth, connecting guests directly with the pulse of the wild. They’re spacious and stay true to the classic age of safari, when the journey was more important than the destination.

    In an effort to rekindle the magic of a proper expedition camp, hot and cold water are provided in large jugs on demand for the copper vanities and the en-suite flush toilet and bucket shower, although enclosed at the sides, are open to the stars above.
    Hot water for the bucket shower is brought to your tent on request, and should the hopeless romantic in you prove to hard to resist, brass hipbaths could be portered to a nearby sandbank on the edge of the Selinda Spillway for a bath like no other – it doesn’t get more spectacular than that!

    With the wildlife viewing activities mainly focused on guided walks and canoe trips followed by open vehicle game drives, this area is a wildlife hotspot which is home to huge herds of elephant and buffalo. It is here that lion, wild dog, sable and roan antelope are all spotted on a regular basis.

    And because at Selinda Explorers Camp the focus is on walking, you will be seeing the small, incredibly interesting things often missed on vehicles.
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    • Light aircraft transfers from Kasane (50 mins) and Maun (45 min) airports;
    • Private Air charter access available;
    • Selinda Explorers Camp is a 50-minute drive from its airstrip;
    • Co-ordinates: S18.30'45.16 : E23.24'28.50
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    Total Number of Bedrooms: 4 double or twin configuration tents & 1 guide room.
    Triples for children sharing with adults can be arranged upon request..
    BEDROOM
    • Two-room custom-designed canvas tents atground level consisting of main bedroom, withseparate dressing and washbasin area;
    • Either twin or double configuration;
    • Ground-level verandah with chairs and view;
    • Campaign style furniture made from recycledhard woods, and copper fixtures.
    BATHROOM
    • A private, decked, open-air en suite ‘bustani’bathroom adjoins the guest tent;
    • Includes a flush toilet, double basins and a hot/cold water shower;
    • Soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion provided.
    CONSTRUCTION
    • Double Selous style canvas tent at ground level
    TEMPERATURE CONTROL
    • Standing fans.
    MOSQUITO NETS
    • Fly netting on all tent sides.
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    A maximum of 8 guests sharing in 4 tents located alongside the Selinda Spillway plus an additional guide’s tent as required.
    Children from 10 years are welcome.
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    • All meals included. All drinks and beverages(limited selection) are included with theexception of imported champagnes and spirits;
    • Excellent: Three delicious wholesome mealsa day are provided from our ‘bush kitchen’.Most are produced on an open fire, includingcanapés, multi-course meals using local freshingredients. It is quite amazing!
    • We are extremely flexible on timings. Picnicbreakfasts or lunch (or both) are commonlyenjoyed while out on safari;
    • All dietary requirements are catered for fromregular to vegan to children, prior warningrequested.
    USUAL BOARD BASIS
    • Full board.
    DINING STYLE
    • Group meals.
    DINING LOCATIONS
    • Indoor and outdoor.
    ROOM SERVICE
    • No.
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    LAUNDRY
    • None.
    CENTRAL FACILITIES/ COMMON AREAS
    • Main tented area with separate lounge anddining areas;
    • Coffee/tea/bar station;
    • Fire pit with seating;
    • Hammocks.
    EQUIPMENT
    • Canoes provided.
    PRIVATE VEHICLE
    • Not available.
    POWER & COMMUNICATIONS
    SOURCE
    • Limited power is available;
    • Tents have individual solar panels for 24-hr electricity;
    • A battery charging station is in the main area with international plug sockets including UK, Europe and US.
    INTERNET & MOBILE
    • Neither is available.
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    MALARIA
    • Minimal – Malaria prophylaxis are recommended if guests are concerned but this is a remote area with little occurrence.
    MEDICAL CARE
    • Guests must hold comprehensive medical insurance and emergency evacuation insurance;
    • Senior staff all has first aid training;
    • Nearest decent medical facility is in Maun, and then Johannesburg.
    RISK OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS
    • Moderate – high predator density area.
    SECURITY MEASURES
    • None. There are no populations nearby, and no uninvited guests.
    FIRE SAFETY
    • Fire extinguishers in every tent.
    POSSIBILITY OF DISABLED ACCESS
    • No due to sandy pathways.
    MONEY MATTERS
    SAFES
    • Available in each guest tent.
    ACCEPTED PAYMENT ON LOCATION
    • All-inclusive. Staff gratuities can be paid in Botswana Pula, South African Rands, US Dollars (2004 bills or later only) or GB Pounds.
    • No credit cards are accepted.
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    • We look forward to having children stay with us who are 10 years and older;
    • Young children must be supervised as the camp is open, with high predator densities in and around camp and there is water surrounding camp;
    • Walking activities will be designed based on children’s age;
    • Young Explorers program – thoughtfully designed to explore a range of experiences and topics from birding to cooking to art to tracking wildlife.
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Selinda Explorers Camp
4 Guest Tents + Pilot / guide tent
  01 April - 14 June &
01 - 30 November 2017
15 June - 31 October 2017
- US$   per person per night sharing $ 750 $ 1 095
- US$  single supplement No Charge $ 548
- US$  children sharing with adults rate (10-15 years) $ 375 $ 548
- US$  guide/pilot rate per night $ 240

Selinda Camp is only accessible to guests by scheduled air transfers or private air charters. On arrival at the airfield, the road transfer to camp is approximately 45 minutes, allowing time for game viewing en route. During flood season, when water levels rise, we often use a boat for these transfers. This transfer is a combination of a 15-minute drive to the boat dock and then a 15-minute boat ride to camp. We prefer to use the boat for transfers whenever logistically feasible.

Selinda Camp’s (Category B) airfield is licensed for aircraft as large as a King Air, Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Caravan. The co-ordinates are S18″33.95′; E23″30.73′.

Flying time in a Cessna Caravan from Maun to Selinda Airfield is 45 minutes and from Kasane it is 50 minutes. Flying times vary depending on the type of aircraft being used and prevailing weather conditions.

  • Fully inclusive of accommodation, scheduled wildlife activities, meals, laundry (only available at Selinda Camp & not at Selinda Explorers Camp), conservancy fees, return airstrip road transfers, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding champagne).
  • Exclusive of flights and relevant spa services.
  • Selinda Camp guest tents include the complimentary use of a pair of Swarovski HD binoculars.


CHILD POLICY

  • Minimum age is 10 years.
  • Activities of canoeing and walking will cater to family ability & safety.
  • Child rates are applicable for up to one child aged 15 and younger sharing with two adults in a tent.
  • Children 16 and older will pay applicable adult rates and be accommodated in a separate tent.
  • Families will be combined with other guests on all activities.

GENERAL NOTES
• All city services and ground transfers, conservation/park fees, levies, and air transfers are excluded unless otherwise noted.
• Standard Terms and Conditions apply - a copy of which is available on request.
• Rates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as, but not limited to, currency fluctuations, fuel levies, surcharges, government decree, or items of this nature.
• Comprehensive medical and travel insurance is required for all guests travelling to the properties and is a condition of travel and stay.

Great Plains Conservation Child Policy
These general guidelines apply to all of the Great Plains Conservation properties:
• Families at all our camps will be on shared activities with other guests.
• The minimum age requirement for walking and canoeing is 12 years in all camps except Selinda Explorers Camp where activities will be adjusted for children 10 years and older.
• Children 15 and younger must share a room with at least one adult.
• On the Selinda Adventure Trail, children 10 to 15 years (inclusive) are welcome on departures that have been booked on a private basis. This allows the guide and crew to adjust the daily walking and/or canoeing distances to suit the family’s needs.
• The child rate is based on a child sharing with two adults (except ol Donyo Lodge, Mara Plains and Selinda Camp family rooms where is is up to two children sharing with two adults). If this configuration is not possible, then it may be that the child will be charged the applicable adult rate.
• We evaluate each booking to ensure we deliver the best possible safari experience to all our guests in camp. In some cases, we may need to turn away a family booking in order to do so; we will do everything possible to try and avoid that outcome.
• Our camps are located in wildlife zones that are not fenced in and there are no child care facilities in our camps. Parents/guardians must be watchful of and responsible for their children at all times.
• Each of our camps has a unique child policy based on the size, location and structure of the camp. Please consult each camp’s rate page for specifics.

GEOGRAPHY
ACCESS DIRECTIONS

  •  Light aircraft transfers from Kasane (50 mins) and Maun (45 min) airports;
  •  Private Air charter access available;
  •  Selinda Explorers Camp is a 50-minute drive from its airstrip;
  •  Co-ordinates: S18.30'45.16 : E23.24'28.50
TENT DETAILS
BEDROOM
  •  Two-room custom-designed canvas tents at ground level consisting of main bedroom, with separate dressing and washbasin area;
  •  Either twin or double configuration;
  •  Ground-level verandah with chairs and view;
  •  Campaign style furniture made from recycled hard woods, and copper fixtures.

POWER & COMMUNICATIONS
SOURCE

  • Limited power is available;
  • Tents have individual solar panels for 24-hr electricity;
  • A battery charging station is in the main area with international plug sockets including UK, Europe and US.
 

BATHROOM

  •  A private, decked, open-air en suite ‘bustani’ bathroom adjoins the guest tent;
  •  Includes a flush toilet, double basins and a hot /cold water shower;
  •  Soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion provided.

INTERNET & MOBILE

  •  Neither is available

CONSTRUCTION

  •  Double Selous style canvas tent at ground level.

POWER & COMMUNICATIONS
SOURCE

  • Limited power is available;
  • Tents have individual solar panels for 24-hr electricity;
  • A battery charging station is in the main area with international plug sockets including UK, Europe and US.

INTERNET & MOBILE

  •  Neither is available

HEALTH & SAFETY
MALARIA

  • Minimal – Malaria prophylaxis are recommended if guests are concerned but this is a remote area with little occurrence.

 

RISK OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS

  • Moderate – high predator density area.

SECURITY MEASURES

  • None. There are no populations nearby, and no uninvited guests.

MEDICAL CARE

  • Guests must hold comprehensive medical insurance and emergency evacuation insurance;
  • Senior staff all has first aid training;
  • Nearest decent medical facility is in Maun, and then Johannesburg.

ACCEPTED PAYMENT ON LOCATION

  •  All-inclusive. Staff gratuities can be paid in Botswana Pula, South African Rands, US Dollars (2004 bills or later only) or GB Pounds.
  •  No credit cards are accepted.

FIRE SAFETY

  •  Fire extinguishers in every tent.

POSSIBILITY OF DISABLED ACCESS

  •  No due to sandy pathways.

MONEY MATTERS
SAFES

  •  Available in each guest tent.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL

  •  Standing fans

PRIVATE VEHICLE

  •  Not available. 

ABOUT THE LODGE

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    Activities

    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. Rod/reel kit is available for those who want to try their cast in the Spillway. If the cool shade of the canvas and trees simply isn’t enough to quell the midday heat, then grab the guide and go for a swim in the refreshing waters of the Spillway.
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    Accommodation

    Fully inclusive of all wildlife viewing activities, meals, park fees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium spirits). Flights are additional and can be arranged on your behalf. MOSQUITO NETS• Fly netting on all tent sides.: ROOM SERVICE • No.: LAUNDRY • None CENTRAL FACILITIES/ COMMON AREAS
    • Main tented area with separate lounge and dining areas;
    • Coffee/tea/bar station;
    • Fire pit with seating;
    • Hammocks.
    EQUIPMENT • Canoes provided.
  • FOOD & DRINK

    FOOD & DRINK

    • All meals included. All drinks and beverages (limited selection) are included with the exception of imported champagnes and spirits;
    • Excellent: Three delicious wholesome meals a day are provided from our ‘bush kitchen’. Most are produced on an open fire, including canapés, multi-course meals using local fresh ingredients. It is quite amazing!
    • We are extremely flexible on timings. Picnic breakfasts or lunch (or both) are commonly enjoyed while out on safari;
    • All dietary requirements are catered for from regular to vegan to children, prior warning requested. 
    USUAL BOARD BASIS• Full board. DINING STYLE• Group meals DINING LOCATIONS • Indoor and outdoor.
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