Ultimate tented safari experience

Facilities & services
  • Four luxury tents with private deck and plunge pool, indoor and outdoor shower and separate lounge area
  • Indoor and outdoor dining areas
  • Gym
  • Professional Canon camera equipment for complimentary use (one per tent)
  • Morning and afternoon/early evening game drives
  • Guided bush walks
  • Boat trips on the lagoon (when water levels permit)

Simply one of the most beautiful tented camps in Africa, Zarafa is a triumph of conservation and attention to detail. There are just 4 immense tented suites set on raised wooden platforms overlooking the floodplain of the Zibadianja Lagoon. The tents are decorated in a style befitting of the explorations of the early 20th Century matched with modern comforts and technological surprises.

Environmentally, Zarafa has a number of initiatives in place to ensure they are having as light an impact on their surrounding as possible, from solar power and water filtration systems, to vehicles that run mostly on vegetable oil. They are also involved in the Rhinos Without Borders project.

In your separate lounge area, an antique wooden chest contains a top of the range Canon camera and lens for your exclusive use whilst in camp (the camp manager will give you the low-down on how to use it). A polished copper bath tub and fireplace adorn the bedroom.

The camp is set inside the 320,000 acre Selinda Private reserve, created to conserve and protect the wildlife of the area and provide corridors for migration around Botswana. This is home to a diverse and rich abundance of species similar to those found in the Savuti and Chobe National Parks but with the exclusivity of a private reserve.

Positive Impact

Environmental focus

With the opening of Zarafa in 2008, they pioneered the concept of providing a luxury safari experience sustained completely on solar power. The vehicles operate on a mixture of vegetable oil and diesel (85% and 15% respectively), and drinking water is treated in a UV filtration system, thus eliminating the need for plastic bottles. Part of the Great Plains Foundation – working with the local communities to restore indigenous trees to landscapes across Botswana with the Conservation Roots project, teaching the value of indigenous trees and their critical role in functioning ecosystems to local communities and schools.

Protecting the rhinos

Zarafa’s owner, Great Plains Conservation, has embarked on an ambitious project to save rhinos that are critically endangered due to the dramatic increase in poaching for rhino horn over the last decade. Managed in partnership with fellow safari company andBeyond, the Rhinos Without Borders project seeks to relocate more than 100 rhinos from neighboring countries to safe havens in Botswana—a country with a strong conservation record and commitment to protecting wildlife. Further supported by a robust anti-poaching monitoring and enforcement program, the Rhinos Without Borders project will help secure genetic diversity for rhinos by drawing together animals from different populations. To date, the project has successfully relocated 40 white rhinos to Botswana, and the first births of baby rhinos from that group have already been documented.

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