What an incredible experience. This was one of 4 safari camps that we stayed at between Botswana and South Africa, and it was by far one of the best. The camp is run by an unbelievably warm staff (headed by the wonderful Willem and Nienke), the accommodations are luxurious, and the food was delicious. Our guide, Foster, was very experienced and took very good care of us. We felt that the safari experience was authentic, and that the staff took conservation efforts very seriously - the number one thing we learned at Zarafa while on safari was how to treat these amazing, beautiful, and thoroughly wild animals with the respect the deserve.
It was one of the most magical experiences I have had anywhere on all of my travels. Between the warmth of the staff, the luxury of the accommodations, the deliciousness of the food, and the beauty of the natural surroundings... we could not have been happier! One of the first places I have been where I would have changed absolutely nothing about the experience. Bravo Zarafa!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Zarafa Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
- Great Plains Conservation Zarafa Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta