Situated in The Selinda, a 1,350km private reserve that straddles the Selinda Spillway, Zarafa Camp (which was Zibalianja) offers just four vast and airy luxury tented rooms all set on polished, raised wooden decks with en-suite, open air bathrooms.
At a Glance
Guided game walks in the Selinda Reserve
Seasonal Kayaking on the Savute channel
Each suite has a large bathroom including a huge copper bathtub
Speak to the managers about all the incredibly innovative schemes to make Zarafa as eco friendly as possible.Louisa Ross-Taylor
There is no routine at Zarafa, you can have lunch whenever you choose, decide how long your game drives will last - you call the shots!Scott Dunn team
Most of the furniture at Zarafa has been designed specifically for the camp, and each piece has a story, from the lunch table with leather cuffs to the beautifully designed armchair in your suiteScott Dunn team
Try out the outdoor shower, tucked into the trees and made of rings of beautiful copper pipes!Scott Dunn team
Each suite has a "toy box" with Swarovski binoculars, guide books, yoga mat and moreScott Dunn team
Enjoy sundowners on Zarafa's floating barge - or as I like to call it the floating living roomMeg Shepro
Zarafa Camp overlooks the Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the world-famous Savute Channel. The camp evokes a sense of old-style safari with its four large, luxuriously appointed double or twin 'marquis style' tents. Hosting a maximum of eight guests, the emphasis at Zarafa Camp is on offering a personalized and private experience to guests - perfect if you favour a more intimate experience or an entire camp to yourself.
Built on a palm island, in a sea of floodplain savannah, Zarafa puts the emphasis on intimate hospitality in the tradition of a bygone safari era.
There are four huge and stunning tented rooms with views onto the Zibadianja Lagoon and, unusually, each room is kitted out with a professional camera with lenses and a pair of binoculars. At the end of their stay guests will be presented with a USB drive of the images they have been able to capture.
The thatch bar and viewing deck are great for spotting wildlife whilst meals are taken in the warmth of the well appointed "mess tent". Siesta time can also be spent in the sunken hide at the waterhole’s edge. The Selinda Reserve is host to a wide variety bird species (300+) and wildlife including hippo, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, cheetah, wild dog, lion, plenty of elephant and several species of antelope. Night drives allow guests to see nocturnal species such as porcupine, spring-hare, hyaena and perhaps even the elusive leopard.
Accommodation at Zarafa Camp consists of four spacious tents with verandas, positioned under cool and shady trees with breathtaking vistas of the Zibidianja Lagoon. A large bedroom, en-suite bathroom, featuring a copper bath and both indoor and outdoor showers, are standard. There is also wifi available in each guest tent.
There is a minimum age of 8 years but younger children may be accepted if booking the whole camp.
Zarafa camp has a plunge pool for guests to enjoy between safaris, there is also a curio shop and a hide for game viewing.
Activities at Zarafa Camp are flexible to suit guests' particular interests and include morning, afternoon and night game drives, with experienced professional guides in custom-built 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers. Short guided nature walks from camp are encouraged to introduce guests to some of Africa's less prominent wildlife. Guests can relax in camp and enjoy a massage too.
Location & Directions
Zarafa Camp is located near the Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the Savute Channel in The Selinda Reserve, Linyanti, Botswana.
When to go
Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.