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San Diego, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

While Zarafa's accommodations are lovely they had the least amount of animals viewed in the five camps we visited in Botswana. One of the managers, Marine was the most rude, impudent person I have ever meet. She ruined our stay there and I would not recommend this camp to anyone.

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New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in the Family Suite at Zarafa since we were two couples. Having experienced Zarafa previously, we expected a similar set up. We were certainly not prepared for what greeted us as we entered the austere looking tent...as if we were transported magically on Alladdin's carpet into an atmosphere of old time luxury with modern comforts, every detail being... More

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

Dear Shveta, It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you to our Zarafa Dhow Suites on your latest safari! Thank you for this wonderful review; 'pure bliss', what a wonderful compliment to receive. We are looking forward to taking you on a magic carpet ride soon again. Frank and the entire team at the Dhow Suites More

Geneva, Switzerland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
37 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a privilege to stay at Zarafa!!!! Above anything we ever experienced. We travelled with our 2 daughters aged 10 and 8. It is was a trip of a lifetime as we stayed in the Okavango delta, then Zarafa, followed by the Victoria Falls and Mozambic. Zarafa was the highlight of our trip. It's not just a beautiful camp, it... More

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

Dear Murielle, Thank you for this lovely review. We will pass on your lovely words to our team, for whom this is such a motivator! We are very happy that you included Zarafa in your extraordinary trip. It was an absolute pleasure welcoming your family to our home. Regards from the bush! Markus, Marijn, Katherine and the rest of the... More

Ok
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent three days at Zarafa two weeks ago, and I wish we had stayed six! The camp is beautiful, the tents are luxurious, and the scenery in front of the tent takes your breath away. We had an elephant visit us on two afternoons, right in front of our deck! Marcus, and Morain the managers, are dedicated to making... More

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

Hello there, Greetings from Zarafa! We would like to thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed Zarafa to the fullest and that you had a great time exploring our surroundings together with Reuben. (The lioness was truly spectacular!) We are looking forward to welcoming you back... More

Morris, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent two nights at Zarafa Camp, and could have stayed for weeks. We were met at the airport by one of the managers, Markus, who handed us our Zarafa binoculars (fab!) and our Zarafa camera (a Canon with a huge telephoto lens), and we set off to find some lions that had been reported in the area even before... More

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

Hi Susan, Thank you for this amazing review. We are delighted to have been part of your 'starter safari' and we are expecting you back very soon! It was an absolute pleasure having you and Sam and we are so happy to read that you felt at home with us. The kindest regards from Reuben, KG and the rest of... More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
22 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The 4 tents are gigantic and extremely luxurious; there was not enough time in camp to enjoy everything our room had to offer really but when you are in the bush, you want to be in the car and see the wildlife! For that, there are binoculars in each room that you can use during your stay; we found that... More

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

Hello there, Greetings from Zarafa! We would like to thank you for your kind words. These reviews are such a motivator for our team and as a top contributor, we thank you for your involvement. We are very happy to hear that we managed to create a special safari experience for the both of you. Please visit us again now... More

Naples, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Forget about the animals, it's the people and accommodations that make this Camp so special. Katherine, Mel, Tebbie, Koki, OB, KG, and all of the others were warm, welcoming and talented people. The best hotels in the world should take note - this is how you do it if you want people to return. The team love their country, love... More

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Key biscayne Fl USA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

What can you say when you expect something to be great, and it turns out to be better than your expectations. We had the dhow suite, from the minute we arrived until we left it was a dream. Location : amazing Luxurious with class, friendly, and intelligent service. Our guide , Mots is a living encyclopedia , and also a... More

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Scarsdale, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

What a truly amazing experience at Zarafa Camp! Maryn, Katherine and Markus are truly wonderful hosts - as are the rest of the staff at this very special place. As another writer noted, Zarafa Camp really is "heaven on earth." What made this so special? Maryn's intelligence, warmth, and caring; Katherine's creativity in the cuisine and her sense of humor,... More

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

Dear Audrey, Greetings from Zarafa! Thank you for your review and your lovely words (we are blushing!). We will make sure to pass on the many compliments to the entire team, everyone will be so pleased to hear that you cannot wait to visit us again. It was an absolute pleasure hosting you and we hope you will celebrate many... More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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47 reviews 47 reviews
34 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My wife and I have just spend 3 days at Zarafa and there's little I can add to other descriptions of this amazingly luxurious camp! We have traveled extensively over many years on safari staying in luxury camps in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania and beyond ....... and I can't recall another camp that tops this one! We arrived... More

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

Dear Les Greetings from Zarafa! We would like to thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. Your contribution to the Tripadvisor community is impressive and we are so glad to read that Zarafa managed to delight such experienced safari travelers like yourselves! We have to agree that Pierre's cooking at Duba Plains is outstanding and... More

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Address: Selinda Reserve | Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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Also Known As:
Zarafa Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
Zarafa Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta

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