This incredible bush camp located on the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve brings a new meaning to the experiential, ultra-luxury safari. This is probably the continent's greenest luxury camp and is also the country's first and only prestigious "Relais & Chateaux" property. Zarafa Camp is an intimate, four room exquisite tented camp located on the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, an area linking the Okavango Delta and the Chobe/Savute corridors. Overlooking the crystal waters of Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the famous Savute Channel, every area of camp has a magnificent view. The lagoon is also the water source for a tremendous population of wildlife – dry season sightings boast buffalo and elephant by the hundreds. Zarafa Camp is the brainchild of the founders of Great Plains Conservation, who pooled their collective experience on safari to create what they deemed to be the best and most environmentally innovative camp. Only recycled hardwoods and canvas were used in the construction and all the camp’s electricity comes from its solar farm while ‘bio gas’ plants recycle waste into usable cooking.
Here are a few special highlights found in this area that we've picked out.
Prolific wildlife area where frequent wild cat sightings are common
Inland waterways that play host to an incredible natural biodiversity
HES Zib which is a floating pontoon taking guests out on the Zibadianja Lagoon daily
Birding enthusiasts will love this region, especially for great sightings of water bird species
Small and intimate camps on private concessions mean exclusive wildlife experiences
The 1,000 square foot 'marquis style' canvas tents are expansive and open-air without exposing guests to the elements
Each of the three "rooms" of the tent is decorated with custom-made furniture, handcrafted from recycled ancient hardwoods. The raised decks, constructed of recycled African railroad sleepers, form the tent's foundation.
The main bedroom and dressing area, where the overhead fans and seductive mosquito nets set the ambiance.
En-suite bath and shower
Private plunge pools
A large lounge appointed with a leather sofa, armchairs, personal bar and writing desk.
A beautiful copper gas fireplace
The main bathroom is comprised of a copper bath and shower, double sinks and private toilet. Off the bathroom, the raised walkway leads to the outdoor shower, complete with wrap around showerheads!
The private verandah, running the length of the front of the tent, offers a private plunge pool, outdoor lounge and sweeping view of Zibadianja Lagoon's waters.
Zarafa’s main lounge is also under 'marquis style' canvas.
The lounge evokes a traditional safari ambiance with dark woods and rich leathers.
A small boutique shop stocks locally made goods and quality African artifacts.
There is a small ‘jungle’ gym with rowing machine, treadmill, free weights and yoga equipment.
Laundry is done on a daily basis and is complimentary.
Electricity powered entirely by solar energy. The harnessed solar power is stored in deep cycle batteries, each of which delivers 220v electricity to the camp, 24 hours a day. A set of universal plug points is available in each tent. It is recommended to bring a spare set of batteries so one set can be charged while the other is out on safari.
ACCESS Zarafa Camp is only accessible to guests by seat-in plane air transfers or private charters. On arrival at the airfield, it is a 45-minute to one-hour game drive transfer to Zarafa Camp, including time for brief game viewing stops en route. Flying times from Maun to Selinda Airfield is a 45-minute flight and Kasane to Zarafa is a 50 minutes.
The following guests had this to say following their stay at Zarafa Camp :-
Marta O from Hong Kong, China Zarafa Camp impressed us in every way. Starting from the luxurious and stylish tents, to the food prepared with care by Katherine who pampered us non-stop with her delicious recipes and the attention to detail of the manager Mel. Murielle P from Geneva, Switzerland “No words can describe how amazing it is to stay at Zarafa” PaulaOkell from Plettenberg Bay, South Africa Zarafa is absolutely stunning with every convenience you could ever want. Lovely tented camp with beautiful accommodation. Service is outstanding, thank you to our hosts and Catherine for a lovely evening meal. Heather B from New York City, New York “Best safari ever! Can’t wait to return!” Elizabeth K from Stockholm, Sweden Our best experience ever. We have been on safari before and been very pleased. We had high expectations for Zarafa but they were exceeded in every way.