Zarafa Camp

premier Camp | Linyanti / Savuti Reserves, Botswana

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Zarafa Camp is located near the Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the Savute Channel, and is one of the best wildlife-viewing areas in the world. All of the wildlife found in the Chobe region is present at Zarafa, with excellent density and variety of both birds and mammals. Accommodating just eight guests, Zarafa Camp evokes an old-style safari ambience with its four large, luxuriously appointed 'marquis-style' tents.

Photo of Simon Krejcik

Our Expert Says

At sunset, draw up a bath in the copper tub, lie back and relax as you enjoy the stunning colors of the sky and sweeping views of Zibadianja Lagoon, directly in front of your room. An exciting feature of this camp is that its operations are 100-percent carbon neutral.

– Simon Krejcik

Zarafa Camp, circle of comfortable folding chairs perched around an inlaid fire overlooking the expanse of wetlands of the Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Camp

Location: Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Number of Tents: 4 + Dhow Suites

Zarafa Camp caters to guests seeking an intimate experience of luxury in the bush. Accommodations are in four spacious tents sheltered beneath leafy trees, with breathtaking vistas of Zibidianja Lagoon. Each tent includes a large bedroom with king-size or two twin beds, an en suite bathroom featuring a copper soaking tub and both indoor and outdoor rain showers, and a broad wooden veranda with directors’ chairs positioned to survey the wildlife activity in the lagoon. The Zarafa Dhow Suites comprise a 2,220-square foot exclusive use villa that sleeps up to four adults and one child in two en suite bedrooms with a private lounge, dining area and plunge pool. The camp's main area is furnished in the same 'campaign' style as the tents and evokes the classic safari ambience of a century ago. Relax into one of the deep leather sofas in the lounge, and enjoy candlelight dining beneath canvas or on the expansive deck shaded by giant broad-leafed trees. After dark, draw up chairs around the campfire and listen to the sounds of the African night.

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Zarafa Camp, beautiful master bedroom with huge bed and en suite bathroom with copper bath tub and fashionable furnishings, Botswana safaris, Africa

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and indoor/outdoor showers
  • Family Accommodation: 1 Dhow Suite with 2 en suite bedrooms connected by a shared lounge, dining area, deck and private plunge pool
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and insect repellent
  • Hair dryer
  • Room fan
  • Gas fireplace
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Canon digital SLR camera kits provided for guest use
  • Swarovski binoculars provided for guest use
  • Yoga mats, bands and weights provided for guest use
  • Private plunge pool
  • In-room massage (extra cost)
  • Wi-Fi in guest tents
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa and MasterCard)
  • No air conditioning, telephone or cellular coverage

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Zarafa Camp is surrounded by the Selinda Reserve’s varied habitats: open savanna, flowing channels surrounded by dry woodland, and broad river systems and floodplains that draw thousands of animals seeking to quench their thirst in the dry season. Activities are flexible to suit guests' particular interests and include day and night wildlife drives with experienced professional guides in custom-built 4x4 Land Cruisers. Guided nature walks from camp introduce guests to some of Africa's less prominent wildlife. Between excursions guests can relax in camp and enjoy a swim or a massage. The camp also offers fishing on a seasonal basis. Zarafa boasts all of Chobe’s diverse wildlife: abundant plains wildlife includes lechwe, kudu, buffalo, zebra and giraffe, while plentiful predators such as cheetah, wild dog, lion and leopard are frequently sighted. Massive herds of elephant are another highlight, and birdlife is superb, with at least 300 species observed.

The below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced in the Linyanti Reserve adjacent to the Chobe National Park. This area is well known for elephant herds, which are at their peak in the drier months of July to October, and it's a great location to track wild dogs and see lion. A variety of other mammals, birds and reptiles may be seen as well. Exact sightings will depend on weather trends and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Sable Antelope
Wild Dog
Botswana Linyanti / Savuti Reserves

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 88° F 63° F 5.55 in
31° C 17° C 141 mm
February 86° F 63° F 4.96 in
30° C 17° C 126 mm
March 82° F 61° F 2.99 in
27° C 16° C 76 mm
April 81° F 61° F 0.94 in
27° C 16° C 24 mm
May 75° F 57° F 0.12 in
23° C 13° C 3 mm
June 72° F 48° F 0.0 in
22° C 8° C 0 mm
July 70° F 45° F 0.0 in
21° C 7° C 0 mm
August 70° F 50° F 0.0 in
21° C 10° C 0 mm
September 75° F 57° F 0.12 in
23° C 13° C 3 mm
October 91° F 64° F 0.71 in
32° C 17° C 18 mm
November 86° F 63° F 2.28 in
30° C 17° C 58 mm
December 88° F 64° F 4.53 in
31° C 17° C 115 mm

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Zarafa Camp, leopard extends its head to peer over the tall grasses surrounding it, intricate spotted markings on coat in Botswana, Africa safaris


Zafara Camp is owned by Great Plains Conservation, co-founded by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, award-winning filmmakers at National Geographic for more than 25 years, who have spent much of that time filming in and around the Selinda Spillway. Their films, dedicated to conservation, have revolved around the larger and more famous animals in the region (elephant, rhino, zebra and leopard) because, in their words, "we need to focus our attention on the intrinsic value of nature, and if we can't see it in lions, whales or elephants, then what hope would there be for the lesser known and often far more endangered species?" Having made films for both National Geographic and Walt Disney Pictures, the Jouberts’ efforts have been seen by more than a billion people in 50 languages. Among their award-winning films are 'Ultimate Enemies,' 'Relentless Enemies' and 'Eye of the Leopard,' all filmed around Zafara Camp.

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