Welcome to Zarafa Camp

The culmination of a lifetime’s experience, built with grace and love in honour of an incredible wilderness…

QUICK FACTS

Accommodation

Fully inclusive of all wildlife viewing activities, meals, park fees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium spirits).

Air transfers and charters are additional and can be arranged on your behalf.

Number of Guests

Eight guests sharing, plus an additional guide’s tent if required.

Children from 8 years are welcome.

Activities

Early morning and late afternoon/early evening game viewing in open 4×4 vehicles, guided walks and cruising on the Zibadianja Lagoon on “HMS Zib” when water levels permit. The camp has an open-air gym and offers in-room massages.

Location

On the far eastern edge of the private 130 000 hectare Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana.

An Overview of Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp is an intimate, four room exquisite tented camp located on the 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, Botswana’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property. 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. As a consequence, Zarafa may in fact be the “greenest” luxury safari camp on the continent.  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 gas.

The guest tents, offering an average 100m2 under canvas living space (excluding the railway sleeper wrap around decks and private plunge pools), are under beige, flowing canvas, with canopy ceilings and completely open (yet netted) sides. Entering through the heavy wood Lamu door transports guests to a lavish space of deep reds, browns, brass and copper, evoking richness and beauty. Each tent has a full lounge with desk and gas fireplace for winter. The large bedroom is connected to an open layout bathroom with impressive copper claw foot bath, indoor shower, separate loo and double basins.

Decking around the tent leads to the private plunge pool and full-body outdoor shower, all with views of pristine Botswana wilderness. Under an impressive canopy of African ebony trees, the camp has a sizable main lounge, with adjacent library and dining area. A curio shop satiates those who need retail therapy. In-room massage is also available. Zarafa has succeeded in successfully in retaining a clearly African feel, while balancing that delicate relationship between personal and informal and romance and adventure. Zarafa Camp has no equal in terms of its environmental credentials and its careful appointments.

Selinda Reserve, at the crossroads of some of northern Botswana’s most prolific wildlife areas, boasts staggering wildlife populations year-round. Home to some of the classic species, such as leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, Red lechwe, zebra and giraffe, it is also a refuge for some of the more uncommon species such as African wild dog (which usually den each dry season near camp), cheetah, roan and sable. And for birders, it will not disappoint. Our nearby African skimmer colony is a highlight, as are the antics of the Black egret on the shores of Zibadianja Lagoon. From camp, hippos are visible in the Lagoon and elephant wander through regularly. Night noises will either lull you to sleep or wake you from a deep slumber. It is an exciting area, and guests are in the heart of a wilderness wonderland.

Camp Access

Zarafa Camp is only accessible to guests by scheduled air transfers or private air charters. On arrival at the airfield, the road transfer to camp is approximately an hour, including time for game viewing stops en route.

Zarafa’s (Category B) airfield is licensed for aircraft as large as a King Air, Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Caravan.
The co-ordinates are S18″33.95′; E23″30.73′.

Flying time in a Cessna Caravan from Maun to Zarafa’s airstrip is about 45 minutes and from Kasane it is 50 minutes. Flying times vary depending on the type of aircraft being used and prevailing weather conditions.

Our Footprint

Zarafa is located in a place where wildlife can breathe freely, wild and unrestrained. So it’s vital for us to limit the impact on this incredible wilderness.

With this in mind, Zarafa makes use of a revolutionary “solar farm” consisting of over 150 205-watt solar panels which produce sufficient electricity during daylight hours to handle all of the camp’s electrical needs.

Only recycled hardwoods and canvas were used in the construction,  a ‘bio gas’ plant recycles waste into usable cooking gas and our drinking water is treated through a UV filtration system allowing us to eliminate the use of disposable plastic water bottles whilst still offering potable water reliably.

These components make Zarafa one of the “greenest” camps on the planet.


Great Plains Conservation supports Pack for a Purpose

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few pounds or kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for our Conservation Education Program and our Women’s Craft Groups operating in Gudigwa and Seronga, you will make a priceless impact in the lives of local children and families.

Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our projects.