Zarafa Camp is located in the 300,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana and has one of the most spectacular sites of any safari camp. Every part of the camp overlooks the beautiful flood plains of the Zibadianja Lagoon. Wildlife, particularly elephant, is a common sight in front of and in camp.
The Selinda Reserve is well known for its outstanding predator viewing as the open plains are especially good for observing the highly endangered African wild dog and cheetah. Lions and leopard are also seen with frequency and there is a good variety of antelope species including spectacular red lechwe, sable and roan antelope. Giraffe and elephants are regular fixtures.
Zarafa Camp offers game drives throughout the day – focusing primarily on early morning and afternoon/early evening game drives – but guests can travel out at midday to enjoy a siesta at one of the game viewing hides that are mostly located overlooking water. Short or full morning walks can be arranged and boating is also on offer as is fly-fishing (but guests must bring their own fly rods).
Zarafa Camp is Africa’s most luxurious, pampered and romantic under canvas accommodation. Zarafa’s turn-of-the-century explorer style design makes for a sense of stately adventure. The main lounge and dining area, also under sweeping canvas, are built on raised decks harvested from the old railroad sleepers that used to support Africa’s railways a hundred years ago. The camp’s raised position offers some of Botswana’s most awe-inspiring views. Across the fringes of Zibadianja Lagoon, the camp’s iconic landmark, there is always regular wildlife activity – antelope or elephant in for a refreshing drink, partially submerged hippos hiding from the African sun and prolific birdlife. Dining is either under the dappled shade of the Ebony tree, under canvas or under the stars.
Zarafa is a premier level camp, consisting of just four expansive tents under flowing canvas, each with its own private plunge pool. At over 1500 square feet, each tent comprises a spacious bedroom, your own private lounge, en-suite bathroom with modern appointments, a deep copper bath, indoor fireplace and spectacular outdoor surround shower. Enjoy tea or an evening cocktail on the private verandah, with sweeping views of the wilderness, or cozy up in the comfortable lounge. Hot water and electricity are available 24 hours a day from the 220-volt solar farm. Each tent is supplied with a Canon D40 digital camera, 35 to 135 and 100 to 400 Canon lenses, Backpack, Tripod and digital memory cards. On departure, guests are given a complementary CD with the images that they took with that camera.
- Private plunge pool
- Private lounge
- Indoor fireplace
- Outdoor shower