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Zarafa Camp

Chobe & the North

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Zarafa Camp overview

Zarafa Camp was re-branded and re-furbished in December 2008 and is now a luxurious and intimate safari camp.

It is set on a palm island in the Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, part of the huge Linyanti Concession. Nearby is Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the famous Savuti channel. This beautiful area is characterised by extensive floodplain savannah with occassional palm studded islands.

The camp is constructed using as much as possible recycled and locally sourced materials. There are just four enormous meru style tents set on raised platforms and with en-suite bathrooms with shower and bath tub and flush toilet and hot and cold water. They also have plunge pools on the decks for cooling down in hot weather.

The central lounge and dining area is stunningly decorated using traditional safari artifacts and warm colours. Meals are taken inside or out, depending on the weather.

There is a wealth of animals to see in the reserve including elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard and wild dog plus abundant birdlife. There are day and night game drives and guided walks of varying durations. There are opportunities for canoeing and cruising on HES Zib, the camp's lovely floating pontoon boat, Hiking and bird watching are also popular activities in this region.

The perfect camp for a luxurious and very special safari.


Open: Open all year.
Location: Set in the Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, part of the huge Linyanti Concession. The airstrip is a 10 minute drive from the camp. 
Rooms: 4 large tented rooms set on elevated decks. Each comfortably furnished tent has a private viewing deck to make the most of its lagoon-side position, with a plunge pool. All tents are ensuite, with a copper bathtub, handbasin and toilet plus an outdoor shower. All rooms have battery charging facilities. There is a separate family/group suite set apart from the others and run independently, with its own manager, chef and guide. It has its own fire pit and pool.
Activities: Day and afternoon game drives on 4x4 open-sided Toyota Land Cruisers; each vehicle seats a maximum of 7 guests. Night drives with spotlights. Short walks from camp and on game drives. Fishing with a limited supply of basic equipment is on offer seasonally - catch and release basis. Bird watching.
Facilities: There is a lounge and dining area with lovely views over the lagoon. The camp also has a gift shop, swimming pool, sun deck and fire deck where guests can enjoy evening drinks.
Dining: Meals are served in the dining room. Meals are taken inside or out, depending on the weather. Breakfast and lunch tend to be buffets and dinner is a set menu. Bush meals and private dining can be arranged. 

Children: The camp accepts children aged 8 years and over. The minimum age for Zarafa Dhow Suites is 6 years. As the camp is unfenced, children need to be supervised at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area. 
Communication: There is no mobile reception, no direct ‘phone or fax and no internet.

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Amanda Marks, Tribes

"I only visited this camp, but I would really love to stay here.  It's immaculately and professionally run, nothing is too much trouble, it's understatedly stylish, and very comfortable.  Of course all this comes at a very high price, but if you're looking for one of the best camps in Africa, this would be one of my choices.  The view over the lagoon is hard to stop looking at, and this whole remote corner of the Linyanti is a very beautiful one. I would always put this camp last on any itinerary as it would be very hard to top it.  I would link it with a high quality Okavango Delta camp such as Mombo where you should in theory see more game, though the game viewing I had staying at a sister camp in the same area as Zarafa (I stayed at Selinda Camp) was good too."



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