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Zarafa Camp

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Highlights

- Exclusive, luxury camp
- Water and land-based safari
- Maximum 8 guests
- Spectacular wildlife

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Overview

Zarafa Camp offers exclusive, high-end accommodation in the private Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana, overlooking the Savute Channel’s Zibadianja Lagoon, water source for a tremendous population of wildlife. The camp is accessed via light aircraft and there is a 20-minute drive from the nearest air strip to this superb hideaway amidst the floodplains.

A large, open-sided marquee houses the main area of the camp with colonial-style bar, lounge, library and dining spaces leading onto expansive decking with fire-pit and stunning views. There is a small boutique shop, an outdoor ‘jungle’ gym and in-room massage is available on request.

Designed with privacy at its core, the luxurious accommodation comprises four well-appointed marquee-style canvas tents, each with lounge, main bedroom and bathroom with copper bath and shower, double basin and private toilet leading via a raised walkway to a fabulous outdoor shower. All tents have verandas with private plunge pool and stunning views. A more recent addition is the exclusive ‘Luxury Dhow Suite’, a vast tented villa comprising two rooms and its own private main area. This suite operates independently of the main camp with its own private pool, staff and chef.

With a maximum of just eight guests, Zarafa camp offers an unusually high level of flexibility for activities. Day-time game drives offer strong dry-season wildlife sightings. Guided walks are also possible, as are water-based safaris on the camp’s pontoon boat, with regular hippo sightings and spectacular birdlife on show. Catch-and-release fishing is also offered, as is motor boating. Note that water levels can vary.

Children aged 8 years and up are welcome, although families with children aged 8-15 years are required to book a private safari vehicle. Note that animals are free to wander through the camp and whilst they’re unlikely to approach tents or humans, children must remain under close parental supervision at all times.

Zarafa Camp combines luxury and adventure in a splendid, unrivalled location. Arguably the best safari accommodation in Botswana with polished service, excellent guiding and superb dry-season game viewing, it inevitably comes at with a high price-tag. However, for those seeking comfort and indulgence in a truly wild location, this property is hard to beat.

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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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