Zarafa Camp

Maun, Botswana

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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.

UNLEASH IT: AT ZARAFA, WHERE GREEN BLENDS SEAMLESSLY WITH FLOWING CANVAS AND OPULENT LUXURY.

 

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.

Wildlife
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.

Experience
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

Zarafa Camp

Rating                      Luxury Camp
Type                        Safari Lodge
No of rooms              4
Max Occupants          8
Special Interests        Birding, Nature, Wildlife

Tent Types
Zarafa Camp is designed with exclusivity and privacy at its core. Each tent is positioned on the forest's edge, rimming the shores of the floodplains and far from a neighbour. The 1,000 square foot 'marquis style' canvas tents are expansive and open-air without exposing guests to the elements. Each of the three "rooms" of the tent is decorated with custom-made furniture, handcrafted from recycled ancient hardwoods. The raised decks, constructed of recycled African railroad sleepers, form the tent's foundation.

Photography: Each tent comes with its own Canon professional camera including a Canon 5D body and 35-135 mm and 100-400mm zoom lenses for use during a stay. Photos are then burned to a DVD as a souvenir at the end of your stay.

Facilities
Property – 24-hour security, bar, pool, gym and spa
Room – with ensute bathroom with an outdoor shower, fridge, private pool/Jacuzzi, deck
Credit card services available
Airport shuttles and laundry services

Activities
Main activities include: Big 5, Birding, Fishing, Flora and Star Gazing

With a maximum of just eight guests, Zarafa Camp offers complete flexibility. Drives are early morning and late afternoon, but full day drives are also quite common at a guest’s request. Picnic brunch can be delivered, and the vehicles are stocked with cold drinks.

Fly-fishing and rod/reel kit is available for those who want to try their cast at the local tigerfish. Walks can also be arranged and are led by licensed guides with firearm training. Power boating on the channels is available, water level dependent. For stargazers, each room comes with its own Nikon telescope for use on each tent’s private deck.


Policies

General
    Minimum check-in age is 18 years.
    Children below 12 years are permitted at no additional cost using existing bedding.
    Airport transfer to/from local airport can be arranged by the property at a charge.
    Internet access to WiFi is complimentary.
    Smoking rooms are available

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:         2:00 PM
    Check out:     12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:    1 night

 

Selinda Concession

Lying adjacent to the Linyanti, the 135 000-hectare Selinda Concession is ecologically similar, but differs in the increased extent of its floodplains. Like the Linyanti, in the dry winter months, enormous elephant herds dominate the large mammal landscape and concentrate close to the permanent Zibadianja Lagoon (the 'source' of the Savute Channel). In addition, plains game such as lechwe, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe, together with their rarer counterparts such as roan, are found, followed by predators — lion, cheetah, leopard, hyaena and wild dog. Birding too is unique here including Arnott's Chat, Collared Palm-Thrush and brilliant flocks of Carmine Bee-eaters hitching rides on Kori Bustards.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides - £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff - £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) - £6.00 per person per day.


When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.


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.