They say a walk in the wilds of Africa is to take a walk on the wild side. And the same can be said for going on safari. But when you do this, it’s definitely best to do it in exclusive, easy luxury… Which is where Zarafa Camps delivers in spades. Zarafa, in Arabic, means “beloved one” or “lovely one”, and the word also relates to the Anglo word giraffe – those serene animals that gently roam the African plains. Combined, it sums up what Zarafa’s all about: easy opulence, gentle grace, and a home-away-from-home feeling that pervades every nook and cranny.

The camp’s four sumptuously appointed suites are raised on wooden stilts with uninterrupted view. Protected by a canopy of African ebony and red ivory trees, the camp offers the last word in privacy, while your every need is catered for – from complementary cameras, to in-room massages and gym facilities.

Within the prolific and private Selinda Reserve in Northern Botswana, and bordering Chobe, Zarafa is a dream destination for those seeking an authentic adventure.  Situated on an island in the floodplains of the Zibadianja lagoon, the source of the Sevute Channel, the camp plays is right next to the playground of an abundance of wildlife. Lion, elephant and wild dogs wander freely in the company of roan antelope and zebra, interspersed with frequent sightings of the elusive civet and aardvark.

A unique draw card here is that the expanse of the reserve remains untouched and unscarred by human hinderance – all 320 000 acres of it. So whether you explore the area by open game drive vehicle, by foot, by pontoon boat or all three, your authentic African adventure is assured.

Based on years of safari experience, the dynamic team behind Zafara – Colin Bell, Dereck and Beverly Joubert – has culminated in a safari experience of high repute.  The camp prides itself on being thoroughly environmentally sensitive, which is in keeping with the underlying ethos of the Selinda Reserve, and Zafara’s even received various accolades for its sensitivity and awareness towards the environment it is set in.

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Luxury Tents

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.Upon entry is a large lounge appointed with a leather sofa, armchairs, personal bar and writing desk. Adjoining the lounge is the main bedroom and dressing area, where the overhead fans and seductive mosquito nets set the ambiance. Exiting the bedroom, a beautiful copper gas fireplace is strategically placed between the bathroom and the bedroom to allay the chill of the winter months. The main bathroom is comprised of a copper bath and shower, double sinks and private toilet. Off the bathroom, the raised walkway leads to the outdoor shower, complete with wrap around showerheads! The private verandah, running the length of the front of the tent, offers a private plunge pool, outdoor lounge and sweeping view of Zibadianja Lagoon’s waters.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.