Welcome to the Zarafa Dhow Suite

Here exclusivity takes on a new meaning, bonding with friend and family on an illustrious safari filed 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.

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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 (available on request), 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.

Conservation is only successful when communities living alongside wildlife and protected areas are afforded opportunities to learn, interact, and benefit from these conserved areas. In Ngamiland, in the upper reaches of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, there is a community we care deeply about and want to support in their journey to prosperity, with strong links to the environment. In support of that community, the Great Plains Foundation launched the Great Plains Academy to provide personal and community enrichment opportunities for individuals living alongside wildlife. The goal of the Great Plains Academy is to provide vocational training, supplemental education and scholarships with a conservation and tourism focus to those living alongside Botswana’s Okavango Delta. All programs seek to invest in the skill and capacity of the individual while imparting respect for natural heritage and a solid conservation ethic.

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In addition to our own programs, Great Plains Foundation keeps a list of school needs in the countries where we work.

Needed items can be hand-carried by travellers or we can help purchase them locally. To learn more or to help support students and educators as part of your trip please reach out to info@greatplainsfoundation.com