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Zarafa Camp

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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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Suggested Itineraries for Zarafa Camp

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Experience some of the best camps in Botswana combining the rugged wilderness of the Kalahari salt pans, the lush landscapes of the Okavango Delta and rich wildlife of the Linyanti Wetlands.

Tailor-made Luxury 10 days

Adults from £11,918 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional £10,000 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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