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Selinda Explorers Camp

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- Secluded location
- Tranquil activity programmes
- Canoeing and guided walks
- Game drives

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Selinda Explorers Camp is a high quality tented camp located in northern Botswana in the heart of the vast, open plains of the Selinda Reserve. Accessible via light aircraft, the camp is found on the banks of the Selinda Spillway in prime predator habitat with lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dogs and elephants here in abundance during the dry season.

The main area includes two open-sided tents, one housing a simple dining area and bar, the other a lounge. There is an emphasis on relaxation and privacy, with attentive staff offering highly professional service.

Activities include land and water-based safari. Game drives are offered both day and night but, in contrast to other camps in the area, these are presented as a supplement to other more gentle activities such as guided walks and canoeing (both seasonal), rather than being the main focus. The birdlife is spectacular with plenty of raptors to see, such as hawk and martial eagles.

The accommodation comprises just four ground-level, Meru-style tents which makes for an intimate feel. All tents are custom-designed with spacious, comfortable beds made up as doubles or twins. Each has two rooms and a veranda as well as a private open air ‘bustani bathroom’ with hot water bucket shower and flush toilet. There are fans in the rooms, although it can be chilly at times so do come prepared with warm clothing. Whilst somewhat ‘outdoorsy’ in feel, the camp’s facilities are very good.

Children aged ten years and older are welcomed by Selinda Explorers Camp. Guides offer flexibility and can tailor activities such as fishing or short canoe trips to the needs of families. The camp is really best suited to children aged twelve and over due to the focus on walking safaris which are not suitable for the very young. Note that whilst there is no extreme risk, children must be supervised at all times, since the camp is surrounded by water and animals are free to roam through the camp.

Selinda Explorer’s Camp is a modest but stylish lodge providing unassuming luxury in a stunning waterside location. The focus on walking and canoeing provides a relaxed feel and the heightened sense of tranquility makes for a wonderful stay. This is the perfect choice for travellers with high expectations looking for a restful wilderness experience.

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  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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