Zarafa Camp Highlights
• Built on a palm island in a sea of floodplain savannah
• Very low carbon footprint and one of the “greenest” camps in Botswana
• Home of Dereck and Beverley Joubert, legendary National Geographic wildlife filmmakers
• Predator viewing is exceptional and there is brilliant wildlife concentrations
Zarafa Camp Description
Built on a palm island in a sea of floodplain savannah, Zarafa Camp has four luxury tents built on raised decks with private plunge pools. Each tent enjoys wide vistas of the surrounding floodplains from the viewing deck and the private lounge. Each tent has en-suite facilities. The emphasis is on intimate hospitality in the tradition of a by-gone safari era.
The main guest areas at Zarafa Camp overlooks a waterhole and the Zibalianja Lagoon, set amongst lush vegetation. The lounge, dining room, library and bar are all under canvas with a large deck, where meals are taken under the stars.
There a large solar farm that runs the camps electricity and the safari vehicles are hybrids which have a very low carbon emission, making Zarafa Camp a very eco friendly camp
Zarafa Camp Game Viewing and Wildlife Activities
The Selinda Reserve is blessed with a variety of habitats – wide open savannah dotted with attractive palm trees; thirst-quenching waterways surrounded by dry woodland and then the river systems and floodplains themselves that draw thousands of animals to it, as they are forced to quench their thirst in the dry season along these waterways.
The Selinda floodplains are host to a wide diversity of antelope and plains game. Game drives are fruitful with a multiplicity of antelope, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, and plenty of elephant, and buffalo to be seen. Predator viewing is exceptional including the hippo-killing lions of Selinda, leopard, wild dog and cheetah.
Daily activities revolve around morning, afternoon and night game drives with experienced professional guides in custom built 4×4 Land Cruisers. Short walks from camp are encouraged. Accompanied by an armed professional guide (all walking guides are in possession of a Botswana “Full Professional Guide” license), these walks give guests the chance to “touch the Earth” and be introduced to some of Africa’s less prominent wildlife. Siesta time can also be spent in the sunken hide at the waterhole’s edge.
The Selinda is host to a wide variety bird (300+ species) and wildlife including: several species of antelope, hippo, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, cheetah, wild dog, lion and plenty of elephant. Night drives allow guests to see such nocturnal species as the small cats, porcupine, springhare, hyaena and perhaps even the elusive leopard.