OverviewWith just four exquisite tented rooms, Zarafa Camp feels like one’s own expedition paradise in the remote wilds of Botswana. This is the country’s first Relais & Chateaux property and it shows – each large guest tent boasts a wraparound deck with private plunge pool and outdoor shower, full lounge with desk and a gas fireplace. Traditional touches including a copper claw-foot tub meet modern comforts such as an indoor shower. The camp prides itself on sustainability– only recycled canvas and hardwoods were used in construction and all electricity comes from its solar farm. Every inch of the camp affords a magnificent view of the Selinda Reserve, Zibadianja Lagoon, home to resident animals from buffalos, elephants, cheetahs and lions to African wild dog, antelopes, giraffes and zebras. There are also 300 species of birds that call this home including the rare African skimmer. At nights, the sounds of nature lull one to sleep in this wilderness wonderland. “Zarafa,” Arabic for “the beloved one,” is exactly how travelers are meant to feel when they are a guest here.
AccommodationsZarafa may in fact be the “greenest” luxury safari camp on the continent. Only recycled hardwoods and canvas were used in the construction and all the camp’s electricity comes from its solar farm while ‘bio gas’ plants recycle waste into usable cooking gas.
The guest tents, offering an average 100m2 under canvas living space (excluding the railway sleeper wrap around decks and private plunge pools), are under beige, flowing canvas, with canopy ceilings and completely open (yet netted) sides. Entering through the heavy wood Lamu door transports guests to a lavish space of deep reds, browns, brass and copper, evoking richness and beauty. Each tent has a full lounge with desk and gas fireplace for winter. The large bedroom is connected to an open layout bathroom with impressive copper claw foot bath, indoor shower, separate loo and double basins. Accommodating Eight guests sharing, plus an additional guide’s tent if required. Children from 8 years old are welcome.
Amenities• Fully inclusive of wildlife-viewing activities, meals, park fees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
• Private plunge pools
• Private outdoor shower
• En-suite bathrooms, bathtubs and showers
• Canon photography equipment available for personal use
• Open-air fitness center
• In-room massages
• Library and shaded outdoor dining area
• Outdoor campfire
Activities• Early-morning and late-afternoon/early-evening game viewing in open 4x4 vehicles
• Guided walks
• Boating on the Zibadianja Lagoon
Great Plains Conservation
Great Plains Conservation is grounded by a mission to find the right formula of conservation, communities and commerce. Its exquisite collection of safari camps, a study in sustainability, was designed to make a difference in the preservation of some of Africa’s most diverse and threatened habitats. Five passionate conservationists came together with one philosophy rooted in the fundamental appreciation of the good life, good people, good staff and good decisions that make a lasting impact on Africa’s national treasures and for iconic wildlife. Conservationists include Dereck and Beverly Joubert who are renowned wildlife documentary filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence. Their philosophy is deeply rooted in genuine interactions with travelers, wildlife, nature and the local communities which they are able to help through their foundations of Community Uplife, Save the Lions, Save the Rhinos, and Save the Elephants. Guests of the company’s low-impact, high-quality safari camps reap the rewards as they achieve peace of mind in knowing that they are giving back to the environment and local people that inhabit its lands. Throughout Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe, the Great Plains team has crafted life-changing safari journeys, which, while leaving no negative trace on the acres they cover, leave an indelible footprint in the hearts of those who are fortunate enough to visit.Visit Website
Maun International Airport (MUB) to Zarafa’s (Category B) airfield whose co-ordinates are S18″33.95′; E23″30.73′.
Zarafa Camp is located on the far eastern edge of the private 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana.