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  • Location: Botswana, Linyanti
  • Type of Accommodation: Tented Lodge
  • Comfort Level: Luxury


Although it consists of only four immaculate tents for eight guests at a time, Zarafa Camp has thought of everything: each enormous tent is equipped with personal Swarovski binoculars, a high-powered Nikon telescope for stargazing, a blazing gas fire for cool nights and a Canon 5D SLR camera for capturing a rare red lechwe or African skimmers in flight. Not to mention private plunge pools, indoor and outdoor showers, and quirky 1940s crank phones for making drinks orders…

All this luxury is ameliorated by Zarafa Camp’s commitment to being as green as possible. The solar farm supplies electricity, waste is recycled into ‘bio gas’ that used for cooking and the tents have been constructed from canvas and recycled hard woods. Even their raised platforms have been built from reused 100-year old teak railway sleepers.

Because it is so intimate, the schedule at Zarafa Camp is very flexible, allowing guests their own timetable and adapting to the ebb and flow of wildlife. Completely ‘unplugged’, its setting on the remote Zibalianja Lagoon in the Selinda Reserve allows for spectacular sightings of elephant, a variety of antelope and thrilling predators such as African wild dogs and cheetah. It is no wonder ‘Zarafa’ means ‘beloved’ or ‘lovely one’ in Arabic.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Relais & Chateaux Environment Trophy 2014
  •  Member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World


  • Exclusive setting in private Selinda Reserve
  • Magnificent game-viewing on the floodplains
  • Luxurious, exclusive camp with only 4 tents
  • Swarovski binoculars, Canon SLR camera & Nikon telescope in every room
  • Botswana’s first Relais & Chateaux property

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The main tent – resonant with deep reds, rich brown and warm coppers – comprises a cosy lounge, a well-stocked library, and an elegant bar and dining area. The sprawling viewing decks has spectacular views of the Zibalianja Lagoon – ideal for capturing the classic ‘laughing hippo’ snap.

Zarafa Camp also has a ‘jungle gym’ for those wanting to stay in shape and a thoughtfully-stocked memento shop so you can take a little piece of Botswana home with you. At night, curl up next to the roaring fire pit and prick your ears for the distant roaring of a lion pride. 

The 4x4’s have been custom adapted to suit photographers and the pontoon’s deck is a great place to while away an afternoon with fly-fishing, birding (look out for black egrets, cousins to the ubiquitous white egrets) or just relaxing with chilled sundowners.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Laundry Service


Zarafa Camp’s flexibility extends to its dining schedule, where the emphasis is on guests’ needs and well as fresh food and crisp tastes. Meals can be brunch, afternoon tea and a 3-course dinner or a substantial picnic enjoyed on an all-day game drive. Vegans, children and other special requests can be accommodated.


At Zarafa Camp, you will stay in an enormous ‘marquis-style’ canvas-and-wood tent that is set beneath a cooling canopy of ebony and red ivory trees. All four tents have lounge areas with a desk and a gas fireplace while the en suite bathrooms have double vanities, gleaming copper claw-foot tubs, and indoor and outdoor showers. From your expansive shaded verandah, wind your way to your private plunge pool to cool off. Tents are also stocked with yoga mats, Nikon telescopes, Canon cameras and Swarovski binoculars.


    En-suite bath and shower
    Mosquito net
    Outdoor shower
    Ceiling fan
    Outside area
    Private plunge pools


  • Boat excursions
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Birding
  • Night drives
  • Bush dining
  • Canoe trails
  • Full-day safari
  • Photographic safaris
  • River cruises
  • Specialist guides
  • Sunset cruise
  • Walking safaris
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 15 Jun 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $2430 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 19 Dec 2015 $1675 Fully Inclusive
  • 20 Dec 2015 - 10 Jan 2016 $1950 Fully Inclusive
  • 11 Jan 2016 - 31 Mar 2016 $1410 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Apr 2016 - 14 Jun 2016 $1780 Fully Inclusive
  • 15 Jun 2016 - 31 Oct 2016 $2625 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 19 Dec 2016 $1780 Fully Inclusive
  • 20 Dec 2016 - 10 Jan 2017 $2000 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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Tracy Payne

Tracy Payne

Africa Safari Expert

"A grand, old-world safari style camp that does not disappoint on luxury or service."



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