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Hoorn, The Netherlands
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was our second visit to this more then beautiful lodge. The camp only has 4 very very big tents and is decorated in the classic-colonail- safari Africa style. The service is great and the food outstanding. I was looking forward for sundowners on their pontoonboat at the lake in front of the lodge but visiting at the end of...

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Mijdrecht, The Netherlands
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Truly a magical place in the Okavango Delta. With friends (all seasoned safari travelers) fantastic game drives with our experienced ranger Lets. Very adequate and pleasant company in a close group of friends. The lodge is fantastic situated. A main building with separat four tents. No ordinary tents, but totally equipped providing a luxurious classic version (really gives the original...

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

Dear Mirjam Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience at Zarafa. We truly appreciate the feedback. I will be sure to pass your comments onto the whole team at Zarafa especially Lets. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting your group of friends for the duration of your stay and look forward to seeing you again in...

Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What I love the most about Zarafa other than the excellent animal viewing is the fact that there are only four tents in the Main Camp so that means a total possibly of 8 people there. The staff far out numbers the guests.. and they have a trained chef for food which is very unusual in the Safari Lodge or...

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We truly aprreciate it and loved hosting you at Zarafa. I will pass the compliments onto our chef and all other departments. We hope that we will have the honour of hosting you again soon. Bianca

Westmount, Canada
Reviewed October 23, 2016

After an hour flight from Maun, in a 6-seater, we arrived at a landing strip, and were greeted by our guide for the next four days. The 'game drive' started right there on the drive to the camp in an open Land Cruiser, with roof cover. This camp is a "Chateau + Relais" member, so that will tell you a...

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderfully detailed review of Zarafa Camp, a luxury safari camp and the only Relais & Chateaux property in Botswana. Being such a small camp allows us to be completely flexible in timings of meals and activities, with times for wake ups and drives changing with the seasons in order to ensure maximum comfort and possibilities for...

Herenthout, Belgium
Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Best camp ever, super management, great guide and wonderfull tents, we saw a lot of spectacular things, it was really full of game there! There is WiFi, but they should keep that a secret, don't spoil the impression that you are in the Bush, remote.... Only inform when guests ask is my proposal!

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Zarafa Camp, we appreciate you taking the time. Thank you for your suggestion on the wifi. We keep the wifi limited to the comfort of the luxury tents only, to keep with that remote feeling when we gather for meals in the main area. Take care, The Zarafa Team.

New York City, New York
Reviewed September 12, 2016

Reuben, our guide, was a magician. My wife wanted to see giraffes, so he got us close to multiple giraffes. We wanted to see lions, so he found us a mother, niece and three cubs to observe a number of times over the two days we were there. He also found us a pride of lions on the hunt through...

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience in such wonderful detail. We're happy you enjoyed your time with professional guide (and master tracker) Reuben. At Zarafa Camp in The Selinda Reserve, we are fortunate to have herds of elephants pass through camp, especially during the driest months of August till October. Since the elephants rely on the water from the Zibadianja...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed September 1, 2016

My wife and I just finished our honeymoon in Botswana. Among three stellar camps, Zarafa stood head-and-shoulders above the others. The physical setting on a bountiful lagoon is stunning. From the deck, we saw hippos, elephants, impalas, lechwe, hyenas and (even) a leopard. The rooms are elegant and stylish and maintained perfectly. Remarkably, perhaps the greatest element of Zarafa was...

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

What a wonderful review, thank you so much for your kind words. We loved hosting you at Zarafa for your honeymoon and surprising you along the way. The camp looks out over Zibadianja lagoon which attracts much wildlife, particularly during the driest winter months from June to October. Seeing a leopard pass by while having dinner is indeed something special!...

Reviewed August 31, 2016

Our first time to Zarafa - we have substantial experience in Botswana - Zarafa deserves its high rank. The food and service stand out in particular. The proximity of great game viewing as well as very well kitted game drive vehicles made the game drives exceptional. The game drive breakfast was very well done as well. Hats off also to...

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Zarafa. We think your review brilliantly sums up what Zarafa is about, we so appreciate your compliments and we're happy you enjoyed your time with us. Till next time! Willem, Pierre, Antoinette and the Zarafa Team

Englewood, Colorado
Reviewed August 27, 2016

We just left Zarafa after spending three nights at this magnificent camp! Loved the variety of wildlife from antelope, wild dogs, zebra, giraffes, loads of elephants and a very large pride of lions! Zaraza has though of everything, excellent breakfast while out watching the animals, complete with fruit, yogurt, eggs, toast, biscuits, coffee and tea! The chef (Pierre) is excellent....

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your magical experience, we appreciate your kind review. We truly enjoyed hosting you at Zarafa. Our "Breakfast-To-Go" allows one to enjoy the best time of the morning out in the bush. It is always our pleasure to shower our guests with unforgettable experiences: 5 star cuisine, excellent South African wines and little surprises in-between the time...

Gulf Stream, FL
Reviewed August 22, 2016

Frank and Rueben, coupled with the unbelievable setting at Dhow house, were the favorite of both teenagers and adults on the trip. The back deck was situated overlooking flats with water and home to hippos, elephants, Impala--basically you felt like you were living in a Mutual of Omaha special. Frank, the manager, was just so cool. I wish I could...

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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Zarafa Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review of Zarafa! We're pleased that you enjoyed our exclusive Dhow Suite, a completely private "home" in Selinda Reserve, complete with private guide, manager and personal chef. The Dhow Suite is perfect for families, sleeping four guests comfortably in two luxury rooms. Take Care, Frank, Reuben and the Zarafa Dhow Team

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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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Address: | Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta
Price Range: $1,239 - $1,799 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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Zarafa Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
Zarafa Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta
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“May need to reserve well in advance since there are only 4 rooms; for eight people in total. All rooms are equally amazing.”
 of 5 bubbles JohnH214, Oct 23, 2016 | Read review
“You cant go wrong”
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“All rooms are perfect!!”
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“Unbelievable vacation.”
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“Only 4 tents, all absolutely beautiful.”
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