Zarafa Camp

Maun, Botswana

On Request

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Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp is an intimate, four room exquisite tented camp located on the Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, an area linking the Okavango Delta and the Chobe/Savute corridors. Few camps rival the location of this little gem, Botswana’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property.



We Love
  • Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s passion to create meaningful films that can influence the way we all respond to the natural world.
  • Watching their films and understanding the emotions that wild places and the animals evoke within us all.
  • The waterways around Selinda Camp draw thousands of animals seeking to quench their thirst in the dry season.
Need to Know
  • Only recycled hardwoods and canvas were used in the construction
  • Camp’s electricity comes from its solar farm while ‘bio gas’ plants recycle waste into usable cooking gas.
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated. The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.
  • Walking safaris are offered from camp on request basis.

The Review

Zarafa Camp is the brainchild of the founders of Great Plains Conservation, who pooled their collective experience on safari to create what they deemed to be the best and most environmentally innovative camp. As a consequence, Zarafa may in fact be the “greenest” luxury safari camp on the continent.  

Your Stay
Zarafa Camp is where extreme green blends seamlessly with flowing canvas and opulent luxury. Each of Zarafa's four large, sumptuous tents and its generous veranda is positioned under cool and shady trees with spectacular views onto the Zibadianja Lagoon. The spacious bedroom has a lounge, en-suite bathroom with copper bath, indoor as well as outdoor shower, copper heater for cosy winters as well as its own private pool for summer.

The main area is furnished in the same style as the tents and evokes the traditional safari ambiance of the turn of the last century. Lounge and dining facilities may be enjoyed under canvas or on the full-length deck shaded by giant broad-leafed trees, enjoying the expansive view and the wildlife that passes by.

Selinda Reserve, at the crossroads of some of northern Botswana’s most prolific wildlife areas, boasts staggering wildlife populations year-round. Home to some of the classic species, such as leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, Red lechwe, zebra and giraffe, it is also a refuge for some of the more uncommon species such as African wild dog (which usually den each dry season near camp), cheetah, roan and sable.

For birders, the nearby African skimmer colony is a highlight, as are the antics of the Black egret on the shores of Zibadianja Lagoon. From camp, hippos are visible in the Lagoon and elephant wander through regularly. Night noises will either lull you to sleep or wake you from a deep slumber. It is an exciting area, and guests are in the heart of a wilderness wonderland.

Activities are flexible to suit guests' interests and include day and night game drives in custom-built 4x4 vehicles. Guided nature walks from camp are also offered. All of the Chobe wildlife is present at Zarafa with an interesting and varied bird life.

Getting There

Zarafa Camp is located in the Selina Concession north of the Okavango Delta. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short flight on a light aircraft. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

Zarafa Camp Maun, Botswana