Zarafa Camp is an multi award-winning safari camp set within the 320,000 acre private Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana. The camp sits on an island amidst the floodplains of the southern shores of the Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the Savute Channel. Positioned on the extreme eastern side of the Selinda Reserve, this is prime wildlife territory. Zarafa, along with Mombo Camp stands out as one of the most exclusive camps in Botswana.
The Selinda Reserve is west (upstream) from the Savute Channel and Chobe. It is a truly spectacular and unique landscape dominated by open savannah, good for wildlife viewing, dotted with palm islands and waterways although there is also a mopane forest close to camp.
Zarafa Camp is small and exclusive with just four beautifully styled tents reminiscent of classic 1920s safari chic. The name means 'loved one' in Arabic which is very appropriate for this incredibly romantic safari camp where glowing lanterns and sweeping views are the order of the day.
Each of the camp’s four 1000 square foot tented suites are positioned on the edge of the forest raised up on wooden decking and shaded by a canopy of African ebony trees, each with uninterrupted views over the surrounding scenery and wildlife. A copper bathtub takes centre stage in the bathroom, while the shower is open to the stars. There is also a private plunge pool and outdoor lounge looking over the lagoon. Thoughtful touches complete the experience from the Swarovski binos, and camera equipment in each guest room for use during your stay to the water colour paints and notebook and very well stocked bar.
The camp prides itself on its green credentials, its exclusivity and its stunning surroundings.
The Zarafa Dhow Suites opened in May 2014 and are each 2,200 square foot and are appointed in the same luxurious style. They have two levels and a main pool deck and private staff and guides. The new suites are perfect for friends or family to share and sleep five.
A stay at Zarafa is the ultimate tailor-made safari experience - the staff are so accommodating, activities are flexible and it really is all about getting what you want from your stay. Paul, our Sales Director, has been lucky enough to stay and ranks Zarafa as one of his favourite places on earth.
We would recommend a minimum stay of 2-3 nights. Zarafa is accessed by light aircraft from Maun, a 45 minute flight, followed by a 1 hour 4x4 transfer from the Selinda airstrip to camp. It is one of the camps in the Great Plains Conservation portfolio of properties.
There are just four magnificent tented villas and a spectacular main area, all raised on decking to take advantage of views over the lagoon. Children aged 8 years and above are welcome.
The Dhow Suites are adjacent to Zarafa Camp but completely autonomous with their own staff. Each suite has two lavish bedrooms on either side of a lounge and dining room, with breathtaking, elevated views out over the Zibadianja Lagoon. A multi-level deck, with a pool, adds to the palatial expanse of living space. Children aged 6 years and above are welcome.
Early morning and late afternoon/early evening game viewing in open 4×4 vehicles, guided walks and cruising on the Zibadianja Lagoon on “HMS Zib” when water levels permit. The camp has an open-air gym and offers in-room massages.