Zarafa, Linyanti


Old world safari style and intimate wildlife viewing at a palatial tented camp.

Zarafa Camp is where you can experience safari of days gone by. With minimal footprint on the environment (the camp is run by solar power), you can really relish this undisturbed wilderness.

Set on the Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of northern Botswana’s Savute Channel, Zarafa peeps through a canopy of African ebony trees. It blends beautifully with its surroundings, but it’s a long way from roughing it. Relais & Chateaux-approved, sleeping under canvas beneath a star-studded night has never felt so luxurious with palatial tents decked out with romantic claw-foot copper baths, sumptuous Persian rugs and plunge pools facing the plains. For the ultimate in privacy, the Dhow Suites private two-bedroom villa is one of the best in Africa.

With only eight guests to stay at one time, Zarafa feels exclusive and peaceful. Established by wildlife film-makers Derek and Beverly Joubert, the safari experience is second to none. Encountering herds of zebra as you cross the floodplains on foot with an expert guide, or head out on a game drive to see dozing packs of lion or even the elusive leopard.

Nearer the camp, from a hidden den, you can watch elephant plod by or wild dog stalk their prey – or sit on a pontoon boat in the lagoon watching the sun set to the sound of grunting hippos. The scenery is so special, the camp will even lend you state of the art photographic equipment for you take home spectacular things you have seen.

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You can access the camp by scheduled or private air charter from Maun or Kasane.

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