Zarafa Dhow Suites
At a Glance
The ultimate family safari experience in Botswana
Enjoy total privacy and exclusivity on your safari in the beautiful Selinda concession
Private safari guide and vehicle offering total flexibility
Arguably one of the most luxurious safari properties in Africa
Stunning views over the Zibalianja lagoon
Quite possibly the best view in the Linyanti. Relax on your expansive deck with private boma and watch elephants, hippos and incredible bird life across the river channelSian Frost
Come back from your afternoon activity to a bath in your copper roll top, romantically lit with hurricane lanterns and a bottle of champagne chilling on ice.Sian Frost
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To start planning your vacation to Zarafa Dhow Suites
The Zarafa Dhow Suites is the ultra luxurious private camp neighboring its sister camp, Zarafa, Botswana's first and only Relais & Chateaux property. Overlooking the beautiful Zibadianja lagoon in the Selinda Concession, it is a superb base for exploring this wildlife-rich region. The camp has just two bedrooms and is fully staffed including a private safari guide and vehicle, offering families or groups an ultimate exclusive safari experience.
Built on one enormous wooden deck, made from old railway sleepers, the Dhow Suites villa is all under canvas and comprises a large central lounge and dining room and two vast bedroom suites. Bespoke furniture, hand-crafted and designed specifically for the suites is found everywhere you look, along with photographic books, unique pieces of African artwork, and stunning Lamu doors. The bedrooms each have an open plan bathroom with copper bathtub, copper outdoor shower, indoor shower and an open fireplace with copper flue to ward off the cool evenings during the winter. To the front of the suites is a large deck with swimming pool, exercise bike, fire pit and uninterrupted views of the lagoon. There's a Swarovski telescope, too, for a spot of stargazing after dinner! Wifi is available, too.
As well as offering a beautifully luxurious camp, the real beauty in your safari at the Zarafa Dhow Suites is the total flexibility you can enjoy. You have your own private guide and vehicle, and you can choose each day what you'd like to do, and how long for. Traditional morning and afternoon game-drives are available, and it's possible to do walking safaris, too. But if you want to sleep in one morning, or have a late brunch and just pop out for sundowners, it's up to you. Or, if you're keen to squeeze every last minute out of your game-viewing experience, you can opt for full day game-drives with a picnic brunch! There's also the option of a trip on the pontoon boat which is equipped with sofas, a dining area and bar, ideal for a floating brunch or sundowner drinks up close to the hippos.
The minimum age for children at the Zarafa Dhow Suites is 8 years, but for children this age or older, there is a superb program of activities to learn more about the wildlife and ecosystem here. Please note there is a minimum age of 12 years for walking safaris for safety reasons.
Game-drives in the morning and afternoon, full-day drives, walking safaris, brunch or sundowners on the pontoon boat and fishing are all available to choose from each day. Yoga mats and bands are provided in each suite, and there is an exercise bike. Massages can be arranged in the comfort of your suite.
Location & Directions
The Zarafa Dhow Suite is located near the Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the Savute Channel in the Selinda Reserve in Northern 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.