Zarafa Camp is renowned for its remarkable concentration of wildlife, predators in particular, and luxuriously-appointed, quintessential tented accommodation.
The boutique Zarafa Camp has only 4 campaign-style canvas suites offering travelers an authentic taste of Africa.
There is a harmony to Zarafa. Perhaps it is the intimate size of the camp, the calming waters of the lagoon or the genuine nature of the local staff who look after you; whatever the case, it is a treasure.
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Premier Botswana Collection
As seen in Forbes Magazine
“Botswana is awash in tiny, intimate, and luxurious tented camps, with tents often slang for canvas luxury homes, and at the very top of this heap is Zarafa, which opened in 2008.”
Enjoy lunch aboard a boat on the Zibadianja Lagoon
One of the most beautiful tented camps in the world!
Zarafa Camp - Selinda Private Reserve, Botswana
What you’ll love at Zarafa
Your Private Guided Safaris® Journey to Botswana
Wildlife & activity: What you’ll see at Zarafa
Zarafa Camp located in the Private Selinda Game Reserve, at the world-famous source of the Savute at Zibadianja Lagoon, has been called one of the greatest game viewing regions in the world. Day and Night game drives and safari walks included.
"National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert developed this intimate four-tent camp on a private 320,000-acre reserve. Bedrooms overlook a lagoon teeming with hippos and elephants. Spot big cats, wild dogs, and more from Land Cruisers specially designed by the Jouberts for visibility." - from ROBB REPORT World's Top 100 Resorts.
Accommodation Fact Sheet for Zarafa Camp
There are only 4 Luxury tents at Zarafa Camp. The romantic luxury safari tents offer:
Four poster beds with African linens
A Private Plunge pool overlooking the lagoon
Beautiful copper tub with cozy fireplace
Luxury organic bath toiletries
Outdoor shower in an intimate setting
Private deck area outside suite
Use of Nikon telescope in suites
Breathtaking views over game-rich floodplains
Remote African wilderness experience
The camp interiors and campaign style tents:
1,000 square foot 'marquis style' tents
Spacious, free-flow of air and sounds of nature
Each tent sectioned into ‘3-room’ layout with:
Bedroom, Bath area, Lounge & writing tent
Wooden deck made from African railroad sleepers!
Each tent is on private forest edge, hidden from view
Overhead fans and natural materials keep tents cool
Tents feature His & Her vanities and private w/c
Sweeping views of Zibadianja Lagoon from all tents
Traditional safari decor with dark wood and leather
Zarafa Camp is powered entirely by clean solar energy, delivering 24-hr 220v electricity to camp. Universal plug points are available in each tent. Hairdryers in all tents. Gas fireplace provides a comfortable and cozy atmosphere in the winter time.
NEW Our game drive vehicles now operate on a mix of vegetable oil (85%) and diesel (15%), a completely new initiative in the safari industry, making Zarafa one of the greenest camps on earth.
About your safari experience
Special incentives for photographers:
Each room receives complimentary use of Swarovski HD binoculars and Professional Canon 5D camera with 28-135mm lens and 100-400mm lens. You may carry your own memory card, or photographs can be burned to CD by camp when using their loan cards. The 6-seater 4x4 landcruisers, custom designed by the Jouberts offer all-year viewing with detachable open-top and comfy bucket seats.
Wildlife & Activity
Access by land and unique water activities provide endless & exciting game sightings
Private Selinda Reserve: 320,000 acres
Excellent predator viewing at Zarafa
Walking safaris with expert guides
Guided Day and Night game safaris
World-famous documentary location
Fishing (seasonal), available on request
Private Guided Game Drives, on request
Elephants at Selinda
The area is popular for witnessing counts of up to 8,500 elephant in the Selinda Reserve during the dry season.
Elephant are a prolific sight at the lagoon and spillway surrounding Zarafa Camp - Guests often spend an afternoon at camp surrounded by visiting Elephants!
The reserve also offers abundant herds of Cape Buffalo in season.
Big Predator Viewing
Leopards are frequented sighted in the prime seasons and Cheetah are occassional visitors, also Rare species such as African Wild Dog have been known to commonly make den close to Zarafa Camp.
Watch the Selinda lions wade through waterways on their exhilirating hunt for hippo and antelope. The vast, open savannah landscape here is unique from islands in Okavango providing a good contrast of Botswana.
Plains game seen
Birding here is excellent: Water fowl include popular sightings of Black egret and the colorful Saddle-billed stork. Pied kingfishers and African fisheagles are the norm at the lagoon facing Zarafa. Antelope sightings include Red lechwe, sable and rarer roan antelope. Civet, Genet cats and the aardvark are productive sightings on night game drives in the peak season.
Pods of Hippo & croc can be seen and heard from the camp.
Getting to Zarafa Camp
Daily flights from Maun, Botswana to Selinda airfield are offered on reputable scheduled safari carriers. The flights are about 45-minutes from Maun (50 minutes if flying from Kasane airport), both timings based Cessna caravan crafts. On arrival a Zarafa ranger picks you at the airstrip for a 45 minute transfer to camp with game viewing enroute. Private air charters to Zarafa Camp for family groups are also popular and available on special request. Please inquire with us to add any flights to your travel plans.
Selinda Airstrip The Category B Selinda airfield is licensed for aircraft as large as King Air, Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Caravan. Coordinates S18"33.95'; E23"30.73'
Luggage weight: 44lbs per person, packed in a medium-sized duffel bag with no wheels. Suitcases and hard luggage not permitted. Excess bags can be stored at Maun airport, depending on your itinerary.
Packing notes & Safari clothing:
Given the ease of daily complimentary laundry service you do not need to pack much. Our camps are informal and guests are requested to dress comfortably for the season and adventure ahead. Safari Packing List will be provided with travel confirmation.
WiFi at Zarafa Camp: “Let me know if you have any problems with the WiFi. Sometimes the elephants bump the dish.” - says Zarafa Camp manager
Zarafa Camp Rates
Tailormade hosted journey to Botswana with the luxury Guided Safaris® collection
Professionally guided game drives in custom 4x4 vehicles
Spotlit Night game drives in peak season
Complimentary use of binoculars and camera equipment
All Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
All drinks inclusive: Soft drinks, bottled water, house wines, beer
Complimentary laundry service
Organic toiletries and in-suite shower amenities
Walking safaris and boating with professional guides included
All VAT and government levies inclusive
Flight arrangements to Selinda Private Concession, Import liquor, Tipping (at your discretion), Shopping and Personal expenses such as spa treatments, Travel insurance can be purchased with your package. Note that there is no internet or cell phone access at Zarafa given the remote area. Please carry a satellite phone if telephone or internet communication is imperative to your travel needs.
CHILD POLICY (under 16) Minimum age is 6 years.
Child rate is applicable for one child aged 15 or younger, sharing with two adults in a tent. Two children cannot be accommodated with adults.
Children 16 and older pay adult rates to be stay in a separate tent.
Families with children 6-15 years must book a private vehicle unless traveling in a family group of six or more.