The Zarafa Dhow Suites is an intimate, two-bedroom, exclusive use tented villa located on the 330,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana. The Reserve is home to some of the classic species, such as leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, Red lechwe, zebra and giraffe, and is also a refuge for more uncommon species such as African wild dog, cheetah, roan and sable.
The Suites are located adjacent to Zarafa Camp and overlooking the Zibadianja Lagoon. Zarafa Camp and the Dhow Suites are the brainchild of the founders of Great Plains Conservation. The suite 210 square metres (2,260 sq ft) set under 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. Central to the Dhow Suites is a full lounge and dining area, with two identical bedrooms off either side of the main area. A large decking area fronts onto the suites with a 5 x 2.5-metre swimming pool and views of pristine Botswana wilderness. 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.