Explore the Wild: Discover the Beauty of the Botswana
Zarafa Camp is an intimate, four tented suite camp located on the private 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, an area linking the Okavango Delta and the Chobe/Savute corridors. Few camps rival the location of this little gem, which together with Duba Plains and Selinda Camps, is one of only three Relais & Chateaux properties in Botswana. 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.
Selinda Reserve, where Zarafa Camp is located, showcases the abundant wildlife of northern Botswana. Within this remarkable sanctuary, you can witness the iconic species like leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, Red lechwe, zebra, and giraffe. Moreover, Zarafa Camp offers a haven for rare creatures such as African wild dog, cheetah, roan, and sable.
Bird enthusiasts will be enthralled by the nearby African skimmer colony and the captivating Black egret at Zibadianja Lagoon’s shores. From the camp, you can observe hippos in the lagoon and the regular presence of wandering elephants. At night, the soothing sounds of nature will either lull you to sleep or awaken you to the wonders of the wilderness. With Zarafa Camp as your base, you are immersed in the heart of this awe-inspiring wilderness wonderland.
Zarafa Camp is designed with exclusivity and privacy at its core. Each suite is positioned on the forest’s edge, rimming the shores of the floodplains and far from a neighbour. The 305 square metre marquis style’ canvas guest suites are expansive and open-air without exposing guests to the elements. Each of the three spaces of the suite 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.
Upon entry is a large lounge appointed with a leather sofa, armchairs, personal bar and writing desk. Adjoining the lounge is the main bedroom and dressing area. Exiting the bedroom, a beautiful copper gas fireplace is strategically placed between the bathroom and the bedroom to allay the chill of the winter months. 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 suite, offers a private plunge pool, outdoor lounge and sweeping view of Zibadianja Lagoon’s waters.
With a maximum of just eight guests, Zarafa Camp offers complete flexibility. Drives do focus on the most comfortable and productive times of day, early morning and late afternoon, but full day drives are also quite common at a guest’s request. Picnic brunch can be delivered, and the vehicles are stocked with cold drinks. The camp has two custom built Land Cruisers specially designed for our conditions and photography (fold-down screens, raised roofs, photographic bars, multi-plug invertors) with seven individual bucket seats.
The HES Zib, an exclusive offering of Zarafa Camp, provides guests with an extraordinary and unparalleled experience. This one-of-a-kind pontoon boat features a spacious 275 sq. foot deck, adorned with plush couches, a charming dining area, and a well-stocked bar. From this vantage point, guests can indulge in the pleasure of a floating brunch or sip sundowners while admiring the graceful presence of hippos and elephants in the water.
The HES Zib also serves as an exceptional platform for birding enthusiasts, providing an elevated perspective to observe the vibrant avian life surrounding the boat. Embark on this unique adventure aboard the HES Zib and create unforgettable memories amidst the tranquil beauty of Zarafa Camp’s surroundings.