Zarafa Dhow Suites


Families who have long dreamed of the ultimate African safari may make it a stunning reality at Zarafa Camp’s sister property, Zarafa Dhow Suites, an ultra- luxurious two-bedroom villa. The private home is constructed from old railway sleepers and perched on an expansive wooden deck in the beautiful Selinda Reserve. From here, views take in the rich wildlife of the plains and the Zibadianja Lagoon. A private safari guide and vehicle offer flexible game-drive opportunities, whether guests want to venture out at dawn or cruise the lagoon by pontoon boat for sundowners with up-close views of the resident hippos. The villa is straight out of the grand era of African safaris, with unique local artwork, copper bathtubs and an open fireplace for cozy evenings. Dereck and Beverly Joubert, famed National Geographic photographers, had adventuring families in mind when they created the Dhow Suite, a place to convene and enjoy one of the world’s last remaining untrammeled wild places.


The villa, 210 square metre (2,260 sq ft) in extent, is 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. Two large bedrooms are connected to either side of the main area designed with an open layout bathroom with impressive copper claw foot bath, indoor shower, separate loo and double basins and even an open fire, with copper flue, to heat the room in winter. A large decking area fronts onto the Suite with a 5 x 2.5 metre swimming pool, exercise bike and full-body outdoor showers for each room, all with views of pristine Botswana wilderness. Accommodating a maximum of four adults and one child sharing, in two separate bedrooms, plus an additional guide’s tent if required. Children from 6 years old are welcome.


• Fully inclusive of all activities, meals, park fees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
• Full staff and private safari guide
• Swimming pool
• Fitness equipment
• Outdoor fire pit
• Swarovski telescope
• In-room massages
• Boutique
• Wi-Fi


• Early-morning and late-afternoon/early-evening game drives in open 4x4 vehicle
• Guided walks
• Sundowners in the bush
• Boating on the Zibadianja Lagoon
• Stargazing
• Photography
• Birdwatching
• Fishing

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.

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Muan Airport (MUB) to Zarafa’s (Category B) airfield whose coordinate are S18″33.95′; E23″30.73′.

Zarafa Dhow Suites is located on the far eastern edge of the private 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana.

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