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Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp is surely one of the most exclusive camps in beautiful Botswana. Its four enormous marquee style tented suites overlook the Selinda Spillway which draws great herds of elephant, buffalo, plains game and predators. The standard of service, cuisine and accommodation at Zarafa is truly exceptional – all the more so for its truly remote location. Expert guides take you on thrilling safaris by open vehicle, on foot and by canoe. We have been arranging Botswana safaris of the highest quality for 25 years. Contact us now to book your stay at Zarafa.


Zarafa is set on a private 135,000 hectare (330,000 acre) wildlife area located in northern Botswana. What makes this locale special is that it follows the floodplains of the Selinda Spillway, the waterway that winds its way through dry countryside to connect the Okavango Delta in the west to the Linyanti and Kwando wetlands and rivers in the east.

The full length of the Selinda Spillway winds its way through the Reserve and forms a magnet for the wildlife of the region. As Botswana is so flat, this river can flow in one of two directions or – as happens in some years – it can flow in both! Waters from the Okavango Delta pour into the Selinda Spillway and flow from west to east. In the extreme east of the Reserve, waters from the Kwando and Linyanti rivers and floodplains force their way up the Spillway from east to west. Only in years of exceptional water levels in both these systems does the water that flows in from both the east and the west join up.

The Suites

With a maximum of eight guests the emphasis here is on individual hospitality, privacy and serenity.

Each tented suite covers over 150m² and is positioned at the edge of the forest to emphasise the spectacular view over the floodplains and savannah. Each suite has a separate spacious bedroom, an en-suite bathroom with copper bath and shower, as well as a separate lounge and a large shady veranda.

Dhow Suites

Two couples travelling together or a family of five may like to treat yourselves to the sumptuous Dhow Suites.  Set apart from the main lodge these two suites provide 2200 square feet of palatial accommodation including a private pool, living rooms, magnificent bathrooms with indoor and outdoor shower.  Relax on the expansive verandah with its views of the lagoon, and after a thrilling day on safari in your private vehicle enjoy a delicious dinner al fresco prepared by your personal chef.

The Lodge

In keeping with the marquee style of this camp, the main area of Zarafa is under canvas to enhance the glorious views of wildlife right in front of you. The whole camp is furnished in a “campaign” style, every piece of furniture having been designed and handcrafted specifically for the camp from recycled ancient hardwoods.  Instead of one communal pool, Zarafa provides each suite with its own private plunge pool looking onto the plains. 

The Wildlife

This concession  is blessed with a variety of habitats – wide-open savannah dotted with attractive palm trees; thirst-quenching waterways surrounded by dry woodland and then the river systems and floodplains themselves that draw thousands of animals to it, as they are forced to quench their thirst in the dry season along these waterways.

The floodplains are host to a wide diversity of antelope and plains game. Game drives are fruitful with a multiplicity of antelope, Burchell’s zebra, southern giraffe, blue wildebeest, and plenty of elephant and buffalo to be seen. Predator viewing is exceptional including the hippo-killing lions of Selinda, leopard, wild dog and cheetah.


Safaris at Zarafa are completely flexible and there is no set routine at the camp.  Activities are arranged to suit guests’ particular interests and there are opportunities to explore the reserve by open vehicle and on foot in the early morning, late afternoon and at night. The midday siesta time can be spent at one of the waterholes near the camp in an elevated hide, and because Zarafa is located in the heart of a wonderful wildlife area, you may find the best game viewing could be from your own suite! 

As the camp is co-owned by acclaimed wildlife photographers Dereck and Beverley Joubert the camp caters particularly well for avid amateur or professional photographers. The camp has three open vehicles with individual bucket seats and removable canvas roofs that come complete with specialist equipment suitable for use with professional photography equipment whilst guides are of course extremely knowledgeable and well versed in the finer nuances of lighting and positioning.

How to Book Zarafa

We specialise in creating unique safaris individually tailored to the interests and convenience of each client.  You may wish to spend a few days at Zarafa as part of a safari encompassing several contrasting regions of Botswana where deserts, deltas and savannahs are home to thousands of animals.  Alternatively, you may decide that three or four days at Zarafa should be followed by a visit to Cape Town, a remote Indian Ocean island or another part of Africa such as the Serengeti or the rainforests of the mountain gorillas.  Our service is outstanding and we know these areas intimately.  Contact us now by telephone or email and we will create a superb holiday perfectly tailored to your requirement

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