Zarafa Dhow Suite, Selinda Reserve, Botswana

The Zarafa Dhow Suite is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful safari camps in Botswana. Zarafa means “the beloved one” or “the lovely one” in Arabic. The name comes from a giraffe presented to Charles X of France in 1826 by the Viceroy of Egypt. The giraffe was transported from Africa to France in a traditional Dhow. Today the Zarafa Dhow Suite is a stunning two-bedroom tented suite located on the private 130,000-hectare (320,000-acre) Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana.

Zarafa Camp, a Great Plains Conservation Réserve-Collection safari camp, is located on the private 130,000-hectare Selinda Reserve. The Selinda Reserve links Botswana’s Okavango Delta with the Linyanti waterways. Every area of the camp offers stunning views over the Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the Savuti Channel.

This Relais & Châteaux member property features four guest suites which individually measure over 100 square meters under flowing canvas. Each suite rests on raised reclaimed railway sleeper decking with the interiors consisting of a lounge area that flows to a beautiful bedroom and an open layout indoor bathroom complete with a copper claw-foot bath. Expansive outdoor decking that wraps around each guest suite offers guests a private plunge pool, outdoor seating and private outdoor shower.

Under a canopy of ebony trees, the main camp area offers guests a sizable main lounge, library, dining area and bush boutique. An outdoor gym and in-room massage are available. All the camp’s electricity comes from its solar farm. The camp has no equal when it comes to its environmental credentials.

The Selinda Reserve is home to leopard, lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, red lechwe, zebra and giraffe. It is also a refuge for some uncommon species such as African wild dogs, roan and sable. And for birders, the nearby African skimmer colony is a highlight. From camp, hippos are visible in the lagoon, and elephants wander through regularly. It is an exciting area, and guests are in the heart of this wilderness safari wonderland.


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