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Zarafa Camp is an intimate, four room exquisite tented camp located on the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, an area linking the Okavango Delta and the Chobe/Savute corridors. Its villa, the Dhow Suites, consist of two tents and private main area and operates entirely independently of main camp. Few camps rival the location of this little gem, Botswana’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property. Overlooking the crystal waters Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the famous Savute Channel, every area of camp has a magnificent view. The lagoon is also the water source for a tremendous population of wildlife – dry season sightings boast buffalo and elephant by the hundreds. Zarafa Camp and Dhow Suites are 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. Zarafa has succeeded in successfully in retaining a clearly African feel, while balancing that delicate relationship between personal and informal and romance and adventure. Zarafa Camp has no equal in terms of its environmental credentials and its careful appointments.

The Zarafa Dhow Suites is an intimate, two room exquisite tented villa located on the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, an area linking the Okavango Delta and the Chobe/Savute corridors. Few properties rival the location of this little gem built entirely under canvas, as one of the largest tents ever built on the continent. The Suites are located adjacent to Zarafa Camp, Botswana’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property. Overlooking the crystal waters of Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the famous Savute Channel, every area of camp has a magnificent view. The lagoon is also the water source for a tremendous population of wildlife – dry season sightings boast buffalo and elephant by the hundreds.

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. Zarafa means "the beloved one" or "the lovely one" in Arabic. The name comes from a giraffe, which was presented to Charles X of France in 1826 by the Viceroy of Egypt. She travelled from Africa in a traditional Dhow boat, and it was on this journey that she was given her name reflecting her true elegance and splendor.

The villa, 210 square metre (2,260 sq ft) in extent, is under beige, flowing canvas, with canopy ceilings and completely open (yet netted) sides. Entering through the heavy wood Lamu door transports guests to a lavish space of deep reds, browns, brass and copper, evoking richness and beauty. Central to the Dhow Suites are a full lounge and dining area fitted dining table, coffee table with cappuccino machines and a full-length leather couch and chairs.

Two large bedrooms are connected to either side of the main area designed with an open layout bathroom with impressive copper claw foot bath, indoor shower, separate loo and double basins and even an open fire, with copper flu, to heat the room in winter.

A large decking area fronts onto the suites with a 5 x 2.5 metre swimming pool, exercise bike and full-body outdoor showers for each room, all with views of pristine Botswana wilderness.
The adjoining main camp has a curio shop for those who need retail therapy and an in-room massage is also available.

The Dhow Suites successfully retain a clearly African feel, while balancing that delicate relationship between personal and informal and romance and adventure. There is no equal in terms of its environmental credentials and its careful appointments.

RATING:
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LANGUAGES:
English
TYPE:
Accommodation
ROOMS:
4
SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Adventure
Big 5
Birding
Fishing
Flora
Gourmet
Leisure
Nature
Relaxation
Star Gazing
Wildlife
Wine
PROPERTY FACILITIES:
24-hour Security
Bar
Communal Dining
Gym
Internet Access (Complimentary)
Laundry Service (Complimentary)
Library
Pool
Private Vehicle Available
Restaurant
Spa
ROOM FACILITIES:
Balcony / Deck
Dressing Gowns
En-Suite
Fan
Fireplace
Fridge
Lounge Area
Mini Bar
Mini Bar (Complimentary)
Mosquito Nets
Outside Shower
Private Pool / Jacuzzi
Pure Cotton Linen
Safe
Shower
Tea / Coffee
Verandah
AVAILABLE SERVICES:
Room Service
ACTIVITIES ON SITE:
Big 5
Bird Watching
Boating
Catch-and-release Fishing
Fishing
Game Drives
Game Viewing
Game Walks
Massages
Safaris
Walks (Guided)
ACTIVITIES OFF SITE:
Big 5
Bird Watching
Boat Cruises
Boating
Catch-and-release Fishing
Child Friendly Activities
Fishing
Fly Fishing
Game Drives
Game Viewing
Game Walks
Safaris
Wine Tasting
FRIENDLY:
Children
Honeymoon
Leisure
Luxury
Romance
Vegetarian