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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
AudElliott194 Scarsdale, New York
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Scarsdale, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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48 reviews 48 reviews
35 hotel reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Perth, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an incredible experience we enjoyed at Zarafa. There is absolutely no doubt we will one day return to this exceptional and very private camp. My husband and I came with two other couples and all of us agreed that Zarafa was a place one could never get enough of. Well done to to the lovely Marijan who was holding... More

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

Dear Sallie, Greetings from Zarafa! Thank you for your lovely review and all the pictures you posted. We are so grateful you shared your experience with the Tripadvisor community. Katherine and Reuben send their regards and we would like you to know we have very much enjoyed your company as well. We are looking forward to welcoming you back at... More

westchester county, ny
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103 reviews 103 reviews
52 hotel reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Starting with the amazing welcome...everything about this camp is perfection. Our guide Isaac, was unreal...there are no words to say how terrific he was...he will always be in our heart..we just loved him...And Koki and the crew...what can we say...LOVE THEM ALL.. Didn't want to leave... The best was the boat lunch with the elephant crossing... one of the most... More

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time and effort of reviewing your time in the Zarafa Dhow Suite. It was an absolute pleasure having you here. We hope you will book your return to us soon so we can make some more African memories together. Kind regards from Isaac, Koki and the rest of the Zarafa Dhow Suite team More

Las Vegas, Nevada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Markus and his team were remarkable. Even to the point of making sure there was an exercise bike on our deck! Katherine was a culinary delight. We loved sharing cooking stories with her. Everything was excellent but the lunches was amazingly varied and healthy. The baked eggs we had in the field were so good that we got the recipe... More

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Greetings from Zarafa! Thank you for your kind review. We made sure to pass on your lovely words to Katherine and her team of ladies, as well as to Reuben. It is such a motivator for the entire team to read you had a "perfect Botswana experience". Thank you for sharing your stay and for testing our new bike of... More

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

This was our first trip to Botswana and we were really looking forward to it. Have been to many game lodges in South Africa and wanted a different experience. Beautiful country with great game viewing. Zarafa is absolutely stunning with every convenience you could ever want. Lovely tented camp with beautiful accommodation. Service is outstanding, thank you to our hosts... More

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Hello there! Thank you for sharing your experience with the Tripadvisor community. It was indeed about time you visited Botswana ! We truly hope you will visit us again when your travels bring you back to this part of beautiful Africa. Kind regards, The Zarafa Team More

sea island georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

we just returned from a three day safari at Zarafa. It is hard to find enough superlatives to describe our trip. The staff makes you feel as if they are your long lost family. The "tents" are incredibly luxurious in a true african safari fashion. Isaac our ranger was incredible. He combined exceptional knowledge with incredible tracking skills to make... More

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

Hi there! Thank you for sharing your lovely review here following your stay with us at Zarafa Camp. Even though you mention it is hard to find enough superlatives to describe your stay, we light up with joy reading your kind words. It was our absolute pleasure hosting you and we are looking forward to spoil you with many more... More

New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This camp was amazing. Our game rides were exceptional - there was always something to see. As amazing as the animal sightings were, the staff was even better. Isaac was fantastic - the best we could have hoped for and he truly made it an amazing experience for our family. Katherine and Frank also made the experience exceptional (and a... More

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GreatPlainsConserve, Director of Sales at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Hi there Heather So excited that Zarafa's team managed to blow you away! Thank you for taking time to let us know here how your stay went. Let us know when you coming to stay at the brand new Zarafa Dhow Suites which open in May 2014! Best wishes More

White River
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We have just returned from a magnificent safari experience at Zarafa. From the friendliness of the staff; the healthy, wholesome cuisine; the beautifully decorated decor redolent of Out of Africa safari elegance; the incredible and breathtaking scenery and setting of the lodge; the most amazing game experience; and the superb professional and knowledge of our incredible guide, Lets, Zarafa was... More

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GreatPlainsConserve, Director of Sales at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Hi there Tina It is wonderful to see that the Zarafa team ensured your stay was a special and memorable one! Hopefully the wedding anniversary was only forgotten because you were having such an amazing time at Zarafa... We look forward to having you stay with us at our other camps in the hopefully not too distant future! Best wishes More

Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We have been on safari before and been very pleased. We had high expectations for Zarafa but they were exceeded in every way. Marcus and Marijn, the managers, were professional and thoughtful in every way - and lots of fun. The ambiance of the camp is wonderful, cleaners, cooks, guides - everyone always with a big smile on their faces.... More

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GreatPlainsConserve, Director of Sales at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Dear Elizabeth Hopefully you receiving a full night's sleep now that you have returned home! We look forward to exceeding your now high expectations of Zarafa when you come stay at the brand new zarafa Dhow Suites, opening May 2014, or or perhaps one of our Kenyan camps? Yours in safari! 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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Zarafa Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
Zarafa Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta

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Zarafa Camp - Selinda Reserve. Zarafa evokes a sense of luxurious old-style safari with spaciousness and 21st-century eco-consciousness. About Zarafa CampEach of Zarafa's four sumptuous tents with generous veranda is positioned under cool, shady trees, fronting onto the idyllic Zibadianja Lagoon. The spacious bedroom has a lounge, en-suite bathroom with copper bath, indoor as well as outdoor shower, copper heater for cosy winters as well as its own private pool for summer. The main area, similarly furnished, evokes traditional safari ambiance. Lounge and dining facilities may be enjoyed under canvas or on the full-length shaded deck. The camp is run completely on solar heating and power.Environment and WildlifeThe Selinda Concession is dominated by a vast grassy floodplain interspersed with slightly elevated palm islands and aromatic sage bushes. Resident wildlife includes red lechwe, kudu, tsessebe, giraffe, warthog and steenbok. Top predators are lion and spotted hyaena, as well as cheetah, wild dog, side-striped jackal, serval and even aardwolf. Elephant, buffalo, wildebeest and zebra are other herbivores seen throughout the year, complemented with varied bird life.Experiencing Zarafa CampDay and night game drives in custom-built 4x4 vehiclesGuided nature walks (on request)Canoeing and house boat for private dining, evening or day trips into the lagoon and onto the riverCatch-and-release fishing (seasonal) ... more   less 
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