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Zarafa Camp

Selinda Reserve | Selinda Reserve, Botswana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our four night stay at Zarafa was excellent! The small size of the camp - only four tents - coupled with the warmth and personal attention of the staff - made this an unforgettable experience. Katherine and her culinary team prepare delicious and healthy food and then you get the bonus of spending some time with the engaging chef herself.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an experience! This is the ultimate way to do a 'camping trip'.From the location of the luxurious tents to the lunch setting on a boat has being amazing. The Rangers are knowledgable about the wildlife,the area and improving photographic skills. The attention to detail has to be experienced as words do it no justice. Large plains and open tracts... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Dear Hilton, Kim, Ashlee and Ronnie Thank you so much for such a wonderful review of our home. We all loved hosting you here and are very happy to know that you had an amazing time with us. The tents are beautiful and as you said when you come back it must be for longer so you can spend an... More 

Isla Montecristo, El Salvador
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Our extended family of nine -- ranging in age from 10 to 74 -- spent three wonderful days at the Dhow Suites in Zarafa. It was perfect, and we had an unforgettable experience. The staff was extraordinary. The camp manager, Frank, and his staff thought of everything, and they were welcoming and gracious. The chef is outstanding, and each meal... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Dear Family, Thank you for this wonderful review on your experience in the Zarafa Dhow Suites. It was an absolute pleasure hosting you all and we are glad to read your stay was 'totally amazing' . We are delighted you had such wonderful sightings, including the wild dogs. We are also happy to inform you that the lion cubs are... More 

Cayman Islands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is a beautiful stunning camp. The location is excellent. The "tents"/suites (only four!) are so stunning, they come right out of a design magazine/photo shoot of a National Geographic Camp expedition! Very comfortable too. The only disappointing thing is there's not enough time to spend in them! This would be a destination in itself! Now, we've been lucky/fortunate enough... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Hi there! We would like to thank you for your kind review and your patronage to Zarafa Camp. We are happy to read you enjoy the decor and ambiance of our home. If your travels bring you back to Botswana, visit us for 3 days (or more!) so you can spend some more time exploring everything the camp has to... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The experience at Zarafa will be something I will cherish forever. It felt like I was on an expedition with David Livingston but with all the creature comforts one would expect from a Relais & Chateaux lodge. The staff attentiveness was fantastic, the wild beautiful surroundings were magical and the dining experiences wonderful. A luxurious safari experience in a wild... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Dear Allison, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of Zarafa Camp with the Tripadvisor community. We are glad you enjoyed your 'expedition' and that you found the Dr. Livingstone within! We hope you will visit us again and do not forget to check out the Great Plains properties in Kenya to play a little "Out of... More 

Lawrence, Kansas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We are a family of 7 (grandparents, parents, children 8,11,15), who spent 3 wonderful but too short days and nights at Zarafa Camp in June, 2014. It was the most incredible time of our lives thus far. Parents and children were among the very first guests to experience the truly luxurious surroundings of the Dhow Suite, while grandparents found their... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Dear Beverley and family, Thank you for your wonderfully descriptive review of Zarafa Camp and our Dhow Suites. We are so happy to read that you and your family made many fond African memories during your holiday. An experience of a lifetime, filled with great sightings, powerful lessons, food and wine. (Life is good!) We hope the whole family will... More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Zarafa Camp was my third and final camp during my 2 week visit to the Okavango Delta. Saved the best for last! I think what makes Zarafa so special is that I felt it was created by people who truly have a deep love for this place and are seeking to share that love of place with the guests rather... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Dear Joanne, You simply must return one day! It was an absolute pleasure having you at Zarafa and we would like to thank you for sharing this lovely review with the Tripadvisor community. The solution to the terrible dilemma of "staying" in the tent and relaxing or going on an adventure with Obi is surprisingly easy to solve - stay... More 

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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Zarafa Camp impressed us in every way. Starting from the luxurious and stylish tents, to the food prepared with care by Katherine who pampered us non-stop with her delicious recipes and the attention to detail of the manager Mel. We were happy since the moment we were awakened with those lovely cookies, to the breakfast "on the go" , the... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Dear Marta, Thank you for your lovely review and for making us part of your honeymoon. It was our absolute pleasure spoiling you. We hope to welcome you back to celebrate many anniversaries in the bush! Kind regards from the Selinda Reserve! The Zarafa Team. More 

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We just loved our stay at Zarafa. The camp is wonderfully intimate, the tents wonderfully large, the management and staff all very nice and energetic persons and the food is seriously good (thanks Katherine for all that wonderful food and the best muesli recipe ever!). The camp's position overlooking a lagoon is dream-like; make sure you are back in camp... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Dear Flip & Lonneke, Thank you for sharing your experience with the Tripadvisor community. Your words are so kind and the way you have written the review makes us want to jump in a vehicle right now and go look for the wild dogs again! We are very happy to read that you had a wonderful time here, exploring our... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

i can't say enough good things about the Zarafa team, from the camp managers, to the guides, to the chef, to the rest of the staff. The accommodations were comfortable and clean, if not luxurious. The private rooms have many special features, including a plunge pool, reasonably good wifi (although having wifi can be a two-edged sword if one is... More 

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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Hello there! Greetings from Zarafa, Thank you for sharing this very kind and elaborate review of Zarafa camp. The entire team is very pleased to learn that you had a memorable safari experience and we truly hope you will return to us someday to make more wonderful African memories. It was Obi's pleasure to drive, boat and walk you through... More 

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