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Zarafa Camp

Our rating

9/10

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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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  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
    All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
    Kind regards, Carol

    MissingCarolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

    MissingJohn B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022

  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.
    Carly

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