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From a mail I recieved from them.

 

 

 

Welcome to the newest Great Plains Conservation camp...

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In a country known for its diamonds, Great Plains Conservation opened another gem in August – Selinda Explorers Camp – located in the Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana.

 

The Selinda Explorers Camp has just four tents, each designed in the style of the early explorers, with campaign–style furniture, glass decanters, Persian rugs, flush toilets, copper sinks and bucket showers. Selinda Explorers Camp is located on the banks of the Selinda Spillway and only accommodates a maximum of eight people

 

In balance with the wild location, the camp is ecologically sensitive with 100% solar power, grey water treatment and fresh borehole water for drinking.

 

Activities concentrate on getting closer to nature: guided walking and canoeing, and both day and night game drives that explore the eastern reaches of the 320,000–acre Selinda Reserve. This is a wildlife hot–spot, with huge herds of elephants and buffalo, lion, wild dog, sable and roan antelope.

 

Why not check out the latest photos from the camp on our Facebook page - Great Plains Conservation - or our website under the galleries section?

 

We look forward to having you stay with us at the brand new Selinda Explorers Camp in the very near future

 

Best regards,

 

 

Hilton Walker

 

Great Plains Conservation

Sales & Reservations Director

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BOOKINGS

How to book? Contact reservations@greatplainsconservation.com or book through your preferred local travel agent or tour operator.

 

 

 

THE CAMP

Set away from any other camp, and in a pristine location on the Selinda Spillway’s banks, this camp offers a chance for a different type of safari experience. Getting out of the vehicle, and onto ground and water connects you with Africa, the motherland. This is by no means at the expense of wildlife, which remains prolific and regularly spotted. Couple Selinda Explorers with our more traditional safari camps, and it’s a stellar combination for all types of travelers.

 

 

 

LOCATION

Selinda Explorers Camp is poised in a remote, treasured location on the famous Selinda Spillway. As the lifeline of the Selinda Reserve, the Selinda Spillway is a crucial gathering point for the wildlife of this pristine 320,000-acre Reserve.

 

 

 

EXPERIENCE

Selinda Explorers Camp is an ideal location for those that want to experience the wildlife offering of Botswana in a very private setting. The camp comes with a guide, but also has a guide’s tent for your accompanying specialist guide. Your guide will plan the whole itinerary for the duration of your stay for you, or in conjunction with your specialist guide.

 

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I believe it's the re-located camp from Selous shifted to Selinda. I think you have to book the whole camp to stay here.

 

I recently met a guide based in Bots who is doing about a 70 KM walking safari in the Selinda and return on the canoe trip on the spillway - that sounds a great trip!

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I believe it's the re-located camp from Selous shifted to Selinda. I think you have to book the whole camp to stay here.

 

I recently met a guide based in Bots who is doing about a 70 KM walking safari in the Selinda and return on the canoe trip on the spillway - that sounds a great trip!

 

I didn't know it was the relocated Selous camp, but my understanding also is that it is only bookable for groups taking the whole camp.

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Yup - they re-located the Selous camp which didn't work out ......... they could not win the battle against the hunters in that part of the Selous

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I heard they lost the lease because they weren't generating enough revenue because they didn't get enough guests.

Hardly surprising- you had to have enough people to book out the whole camp, and pay a premium to fly into a remote part of Selous (I think you needed a charter flight to get in there). It was a pretty niche market they were aiming at.

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What's campaign-style furniture?

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Confirming what Hari said- the tents at Selinda Explorer Camp came from East Africa. Also, the camp, as StokeyGirl said is only available for a group booking of all four tents. You also obviously get a private vehicle for the four tents, perhaps two if 8 persons are there. Also, there is no extra cost for private guide accommodation. I was told" To get to the camp it is about an hour or so through Mopane from the main Selinda area, so they can do game drives, but prefer to focus on the other activities and on a 3 night stay would do a game drive". So presumably a three day minimum stay. The rack rate seems reasonable for Botswana- $590 PPPN in HIGH season and discounted down in shoulder and Green season but again, you need to book all four tents.

 

 

Sangeeta, Campaign furniture refers to furniture used by armies and in sea travel during the 18th and 19th century, basically furniture that can be folded/broken down. Napoleon famously used a traveling desk and bar that could be folded down and the British in India also used similar furniture while traveling and for the senior officers during military operations.

"The most common item of campaign furniture is the chest of drawers, often referred to as a military chest or campaign chest. A standard campaign chest will be made of either mahogany or teak and break down into two sections with removable legs. The brass corners and strap work offer some protection and typify the distinctive ‘campaign look"

"The Roorkhee chair was designed by British Army Engineers stationed at the town of the same name in India. It became instantly popular for its simple but practical construction. Kaare Klint recognised its qualities and he made a version of the Roorkhee called the Safari Chair in 1933. The Paragon Chair folds down to a very compact size once the canvas seat is removed and the Harrods catalogue of 1895 described it as ‘the most Portable Chair in the Market’. It is thought that this chair was first designed in the 1870’s but it has been re-designed since under different names. Italian officers used a version in Ethiopia in the 1930’s which was known as the Tripoli chair. In 1940, Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy, Juan Kurchan and Antonia Bonet designed the well known Butterfly chair, made of dismantling metal sections and clearly inspired by the Paragon. Knoll International made a version called the Hardoy and today the Conran Shop sell a version called the Bush chair.

Campaign furniture is evocative of luxurious travel and a time gone by. There is more likely to be an owner’s or makers name on a piece of portable furniture than a domestic version and it is easier to put it into a social context. The appeal of its nature has been picked up on and modern furniture made in a campaign style is produced by a number of makers today. Often, the consideration of portability has not been a factor with the overriding concern being to achieve the look by adding brass corners and strap work. Another group of manufactures have produced direct copies of period campaign furniture seeing that there is still a call for it today be it for safaris or the high class camper". Wikipedia

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That area in the mopane is well known for "mad Elephants" ......... i.e., a sarcastic term for Elephants that like to charge vehicles. The area is also remote and what animals you do see will be very skittish. Mopane veldt itself is not photogenic at all ...... I'd much rather suggest you stay at Selinda camp for the game viewing or the canoe trail for something different.

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Is this basically a revamped Motswiri Camp? It was called Ketumetse when we stayed there as part of an overland safari in 2006. Unless wildlife densities have increased dramatically, I would not recommend it very highly.

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Hi there folks

 

Selinda Explorers Camp is indeed the original Lukula Selous camp that we brought down from the southern Selous to the Selinda Reserve. It wa snot because we did not generate enough revenue at all, but rather that our concession was handed back to a hunting consortium without consultation with ourselves toward the end of last year. So instead of loosing the asset totally we decided that it would compliment that of our Selinda reserve camps but having this adventure styled camp available for guests to enjoy

 

In terms of cost you do not have to pay for all beds. It is true that any one party of guests will enjoy exclusive use of the camp when staying there and a 2-3 night minimum stay is highly recommended, but the minimum charge for the camp is 4 guests sharing rate. If you look at the nightly rates and where it is located, being on the 320 000 acre Selinda Reserve we believe this gives guests a fantastic offering at good value for money

 

The area where the camp itself is located is stunning. I was up there with a few select agents and all were blown away by the location. It is an hour away from the Selinda REserve that is true and yes you do drive through some Mopane areas, but while we were there we saw huge herds of buffalo and elephants (none of which were "mad" to charge us at all). Activities focus on what the early explorers to Botswana would have enjoyed - that being exploring the Selinda Spillway by canoe, enjoying breakfast in the field, sundowners in the river. We offer drives, but we also ensourage guests to get off the vehicle should they wish and track animals by foot.

We chose this particular location due to feedback we are constantly getting from the canoe trail guides, particularly Josh, who has been paddling past this spot every week for the last 2 years at least. All of them advised that it was in this area that some of the best game viewing was seen while they were on the water and so it was antural extension for us to want to locate Selinda Explorers here

 

Motswiri just as matter of interest is still going strong but the folks from Ride and Walk (RAW) Botswana are the ones running it with the horse safaris. Bear in mind the size of the Selinda Reserve itself so Motswiri is miles away from where Selinda Explorers, Selinda or Zarafa are located

 

Hope that helps clarify some info for you on Selinda Explorers - feel free to conatct me on hilton@greatplainsconservation.com if you would like further info etc

 

Best wishes

Hilton Walker

Sales & Reservations Director

Great Plains Conservation

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Excellent, thanks for the update Hilton: do feel free to publish some pictures here of the new camp and surrounding areas. Matt.

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Hi there Mr "Game Warden"

 

The easiest would be folks to click on the below links and check out the Gallery section on the Great Plains Conservation website as well as the Great Plains Conservation Face book page where a wide selection of shots of Selinda Explorers Camp have recently been uploaded

 

Great Plains Conservation Dispatches website

Great Plains Conservation Face book page

 

Trust this is in order and greetings to all here

Hilton

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Hi there folks

 

Selinda Explorers Camp is indeed the original Lukula Selous camp that we brought down from the southern Selous to the Selinda Reserve. It wa snot because we did not generate enough revenue at all, but rather that our concession was handed back to a hunting consortium without consultation with ourselves toward the end of last year. So instead of loosing the asset totally we decided that it would compliment that of our Selinda reserve camps but having this adventure styled camp available for guests to enjoy

 

 

I think there might be some misunderstanding about what I said- I don't mean that I thought GP closed the camp because it wasn't generating enough revenue for them- sorry, I can see it reads that way. My understanding was that the Tanzanian authorities took the concession away because it wasn't generating enough revenue (in the form of park fees) for them.

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Hi there Stokeygirl

 

Nope they were being paid by us every year for their park fees as per our lease agreement

The thing is the other guys just ended up paying a LOT more to acquire our concession and that is why we were "encouraged" to leave

The decision was not made around conservation of the land and rebuilding game numbers but who was prepared to pay the most for the land - that is not sustainable or ethical we believe and so we voted with our feet

 

Tanzania is not off the table for us though...watch this space

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Indeed it is in order sir :) The operators subforum here is for people like yourself to share links, updates, news, offers, photos, videos etc. Safaritalk is a sharing website, so always feel free to post links to your newsletters etc. BTW I hope you checked out Dereck's interview. If something comes together in Tanzania, perhaps you'd like to put together a step by step photographic article for Safaritalk?

 

Matt.

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Warm welcome Hilton...and thanks for the clarification. If this is not the thread or forum for me to ask the following then please do ignore it ( or GW delete it), but since you are around and I have had these questions in my mind for sometime, thought would ask

 

1.) Why another camp in the main Mara reserve? Isnt the reserve already choc a bloc with camps and did you guys explore the option of maybe buying a 20 bed camp and turning that into a 8 bed Toto? I understand a 4 room camp is not going to generate significant returns over breakeven and your pricing doesnt look unreasonable compared to peer camps in the main reserve but have often pondered about an institution like GPC leading by example and not opening a camp in the main reserve.

 

2.) with Selinda explorer now and the extension of Zarafa, are there too many beds in the Selinda concession? Thinking both from the point of view of guests experience and footprints? Or would there be absolutely minimal overlap?

 

3.) This one is half in zest- but why Zanzibar doors for tented camps in Selinda? :)

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Thanks for all the information, Hilton. Definitely nice to know that there aren't many of the "mad" Linyanti Elephants where your camp is located. Hate being charged by them, over the years.

 

I would so have liked to have joined the group that's doing the walk and canoe later this month. Hopefully, some day!

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Hey, Anita, how do you know I was not going to approach Hilton for an interactive interview? ;)

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Thanks for all the information, Hilton. Definitely nice to know that there aren't many of the "mad" Linyanti Elephants where your camp is located. Hate being charged by them, over the years.

 

I would so have liked to have joined the group that's doing the long walk and canoe later this month. Hopefully, some day!

 

Regards

Hari

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Hey, Anita, how do you know I was not going to approach Hilton for an interactive interview? ;)

 

Haha - point. Delete those then and keep it for the interview. Lets not have spoilers :)

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Thanks Hilton for the detailed explanation and update.

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Hi there Anita

 

Thanks for the questions - great to see the immediate response here - I should log in more often (smiles...)

To answer your questions - so that you can follow my replies I am typing in CAPS so not shouting:

 

1.) Why another camp in the main Mara reserve? Isnt the reserve already choc a bloc with camps and did you guys explore the option of maybe buying a 20 bed camp and turning that into a 8 bed Toto? I understand a 4 room camp is not going to generate significant returns over breakeven and your pricing doesnt look unreasonable compared to peer camps in the main reserve but have often pondered about an institution like GPC leading by example and not opening a camp in the main reserve.

 

This was an interesting debate for us.

 

Dereck has a mantra - "if we are to go into an area and at any stage hurt the environment, we stop, pull back, reaccess and rethink" and this is what we did with Toto.

 

The Olare Orok conservancy is basically closed now to any new camps due to the agreement with all the land owners that we have a certain "head to acres" ratio - this to prevent the concession becoming over traded like some other concessions and reserves found in the rest of Africa. This is one of the reasons why Olare Orok and by default Mara Plains has access to some of the highest cat predator population numbers in the greater Masai area.

 

For Toto the location was chosen as we felt we needed to offer a "more affordable" safari option for guests wanting to experience the Masai but a Great Plains level of experience and service.

 

Where we are building we making sure we not degarding the environment at all and are being as sensitive as we know how. Drawing on successes we have had from camps like Zarafa certainly helps.

 

4 tents (8 guests) is a good number for a small and intimate camp and we will ensure there is a return for the communities that we work with.

 

2.) with Selinda explorer now and the extension of Zarafa, are there too many beds in the Selinda concession? Thinking both from the point of view of guests experience and footprints? Or would there be absolutely minimal overlap?

 

Not at all.

 

Selinda Reserve is 320 000 acres.

 

Selinda sleeps 18 guests, Zarafa 8 and now Explorers 8. The canoe trail runs from late April to October with 8 guests so if you add that all up it works out at about 7600 acres per guest.

 

But we do feel this is where we would stop on developing any new camps as we would not want to dilute that down any further.

 

3.) This one is half in jest- but why Zanzibar doors for tented camps in Selinda?

 

Ha ha - good to see they have elicited a great response - guests are loving them and they certainly have taken guest experience up a notch in the rooms at zarafa.

 

There is something about the heritage that zanzibari doors bring to zarafa. when you look at them you see the natural materials. when you feel them they match that of the rest of the camp like the untreated railway sleepers that make up your room's decking - so very tactile experience remember that both zanzibar and zarafa share an arabic influence and history.

 

Zarafa also means "the beloved one" in arabic so doors that had that arabian influence just felt right for the tents.

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Thanks a ton Hilton for a detailed reply!

 

And yes you should log on here more often- you will find many friends...There is a thread on images from Duba, many fans of Mara Plains and Duba and great trip reports from Selinda. And am sure someone would soon be reporting on Toto in the next 6 months!

 

Thanks again!

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Here's wishing the Awesome camp atmosphere is retained at the new Mara Plains, Hilton. Absolutely loved it when we were there in Feb. Hello to Lorna and Richard - they are the best!!!

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