Zarafa Camp is an intimate, four room exquisite tented camp located on the 330,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, an area linking the Okavango Delta and the Chobe/Savute corridors. Its villa, the Dhow Suites, consist of two tents and private main area and operates entirely independently of main camp.

Few camps rival the location of this little gem, Botswana’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property. Overlooking the crystal waters 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 and Dhow Suites are 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 Zarafa Camp guest tents, 1000 sq. ft in extent, 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, gas fireplace for winter and even WWII crank phone for drink orders! 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 and ‘jungle gym’ satiate those who need retail therapy or a good work out.

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


Property Facilities

  • 24-hour Security
  • Bar
  • Communal Dining
  • Gym
  • Internet Access (Complimentary)
  • Laundry Service (Complimentary)
  • Library
  • Pool
  • Private Vehicle Available
  • Restaurant
  • Spa

Room Facilities

  • Balcony / Deck
  • Dressing Gowns
  • En-Suite
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Lounge Area
  • Mini Bar
  • Mini Bar (Complimentary)

  • Mosquito Nets
  • Outside Shower
  • Private Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Pure Cotton Linen
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Verandah
  • Room Service (Available)

Activities on Site

  • Big 5
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Catch-and-release Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Game Drives
  • Game Viewing
  • Game Walks
  • Massages
  • Safaris Walks (Guided)
  • Boat Cruises (Nearby Activity)
  • Child Friendly Activities (Nearby Activity)
  • Fishing Fly (Nearby Activity)
  • Walking Safaris (Nearby Activity)
  • Wine Tasting (Nearby Activity)

Room Types

Luxury Tents

Zarafa Camp is designed with exclusivity and privacy at its core. Each tent is positioned on the forest’s edge, rimming the shores of the floodplains and far from a neighbour.

The 1,000 square foot ‘marquis style’ canvas tents are expansive and open-air without exposing guests to the elements. Each of the three “rooms” of the tent is decorated with custom-made furniture, handcrafted from recycled ancient hardwoods. The raised decks, constructed of recycled African railroad sleepers, form the tent’s foundation.

Upon entry is a large lounge appointed with a leather sofa, armchairs, personal bar and writing desk. Adjoining the lounge is the main bedroom and dressing area, where the overhead fans and seductive mosquito nets set the ambiance.

Exiting the bedroom, a beautiful copper gas fireplace is strategically placed between the bathroom and the bedroom to allay the chill of the winter months. The main bathroom is comprised of a copper bath and shower, double sinks and private toilet. Off the bathroom, the raised walkway leads to the outdoor shower, complete with wrap around showerheads!

The private verandah, running the length of the front of the tent, offers a private plunge pool, outdoor lounge and sweeping view of Zibadianja Lagoon’s waters. Each tent comes with its own Canon professional camera including a Canon 5D body and 35-135 mm and 100-400mm zoom lenses for use during a stay.

Photos are then burned to a DVD as a souvenir at the end of your stay.


Stay 4 and Pay 3

Valid 01 November 2021 – 31 May 2022 (Excl 20 December 2021 – 10 January 2022)

Terms and Conditions


1 Apr – 14 Jun 2021All InclusiveUS$ 1 995
15 Jun – 31 Oct 2021All InclusiveUS$ 3 050
1 Nov – 19 Dec 2021All InclusiveUS$ 1 995
20 Dec 2021 – 10 Jan 2022All InclusiveUS$ 3 050

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:


Fully inclusive(all meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including premium brand spirits and champagne, scheduled wildlife activities, meals, daily laundry, return airstrip road transfers, The return scheduled seat in plane air transfers from Maun and/or Kasane Airports, as well as intercamp air transfers from properties in the greater Okavango Delta and Linyanti/Savuti regions, to this camp are now automatically included in the nightly rate)


Premium brand drinks, gratuities and fully comprehensive personal travel insurance is not included in the price.

Exclusive of mandatory nightly conservation levy and in camp spa services, air transfers from properties located outside of these regions, supplementary charges will be applicable

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