Zarafa Dhow Suite

Here exclusivity takes on new meaning, bonding with friends and family on an illustrious safari filled with excitement and discovery…



The Zarafa Dhow Suite is undoubtedly one of our most beautiful Great Plains Conservation Réserve Collection safari camps in Botswana. Zarafa means “the beloved one” or “the lovely one” in Arabic. The name comes from a giraffe presented to Charles X of France in 1826 by the Viceroy of Egypt. The giraffe was transported from Africa to France in a traditional Dhow. 

Today the Zarafa Dhow Suite is a stunning two-bedroom tented suite located on the private 130,000-hectare (320,000-acre) Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana. The 210 square meters (2,260 square foot) suite is on raised decking under flowing canvas. Entering through the wooden Lamu door, exclusivity takes on new meaning.

Within walking distance of Zarafa Camp, the Zarafa Dhow Suite overlooks the Zibadianja Lagoon.  Central to the Zarafa Dhow Suite is an expansive indoor lounge and dining area fitted with a dining table, leather couch and chairs.

Two large suites, each with an open layout indoor shower and copper claw-foot bath, lead off either side of this central area. Outdoor decking of recycled railway sleeper hardwood extends around the sides and front of the private safari camp. On the main deck, guests enjoy an outdoor seating area, exercise bike, firepit area and a private swimming pool. There are expansive views of pristine Botswana wilderness and the lagoon stretching out toward the horizon. The services of a private butler, chef, game drive safari vehicle and guide are included in the nightly tariff.

The Zarafa Dhow Suite maintains the perfect balance between luxury, romance, and adventure with all its careful appointments. The camp also has no equal in terms of its environmental credentials, with only recycled hardwoods and canvas used in its construction, a gas fireplace in each suite and the entire camp’s electricity generated from solar power.

At the crossroads of northern Botswana’s most prolific wildlife areas, the private Selinda Reserve is home to iconic African species such as leopard, lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, red lechwe, zebra, and giraffe. It is also a refuge for some of the more uncommon species such as African wild dog, roan and sable. It is an exciting area, and guests are in the heart of this wilderness wonderland.

Zarafa Dhow Suite, and Zarafa Camp, are Botswana’s first Relais & Châteaux properties. Today, our Selinda Camp and Selinda SuiteDuba Plains Camp and Duba Plains Suite have also joined the prestigious ranks of proud Relais & Châteaux members.

Your own private retreat in the 320 000 acre Selinda Reserve from


(The above rate is based on the two-bedroom Zarafa Dhow Suite, sleeping a maximum of four adults sharing, for travel during the period 15 June – 31 October 2021)

Quick Facts


Fully inclusive of a wide range of private wildlife viewing and outdoor activities, all meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including imported spirits and champagne.

Solar-powered heating and cooling air conditioning is provided over the guest’s bed area for their comfort.

Daily scheduled air transfers from Maun, Kasane and other Botswana located safari camps are included in the nightly rates.

Conservation fees are at an additional cost.

An additional guide’s tent is available.

Complimentary WiFi is available for guest’s use in their suite.

Number of Guests

The private 2-bedroomed Zarafa Dhow Suite accommodates four adults sharing or a family of five with children and includes the services of a private butler, chef, wildlife viewing vehicle & guide.

An additional guide’s tent is also available.

Children from 6 years are welcome.


The nightly rate at Zarafa Dhow Suite includes the services of a private chef, butler, game drive vehicle and guide.

Early morning and late afternoon/early evening game viewing in a private open 4×4 vehicle, guided walks and cruising on the Zibadianja Lagoon on the private pontoon “HMS Zib” when water levels permit.

There is also an open-air gym available.

In-room massages are available at an additional cost.


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

Zarafa Dhow Gallery

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.