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Selinda Reserve is an astonishing 320,000 deliciously private acres on Chobe’s Western boundary. Only accessible by air, this remote land is composed of lagoons and rivers lined with jacakalberry and sausage trees, which open onto gorgeous swathes of dry grasslands and woods. Deep within this oasis of beauty, Zarafa Camp sits on an island in the floodplains of the Zibadianja Lagoon, shaded by the filtered green light of the Red Ivory forest.
With only four tents, this is one of the most exclusive properties in Botswana. Each of the light and airy “marquis style” canvas tents is nearly 1,000 square feet—kitted out with flowing curtains, cooling overhead fans and a beautiful copper fireplace—and affords spectacular views over the floodplains and savannahs. The adjoining lounge is a spacious and comfortable place to relax, with a private plunge pool and shady veranda.
From marsh to forest, explore this fascinating landscape and get to know its varied denizens. On game drives and nature walks we can view impala, lechwe, kudu, zebra, giraffe, sable, waterbuck and buffalo, as well as major predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena. Or we go boating on Zibadianja Lagoon, and watch schools of hippo gather and crocodiles slide into the water as we approach. Unique to this region are the lions that hunt hippos (“surfing lions”)—their skill at hunting these huge animals is legendary.
But the rooms at Zarafa are so beautiful—with panoramic views of the landscape—that we hardly want to leave. Fortunately, the in-house masseuse comes to us, and our cares melt away to the sounds of gently flowing water and the songs of birds…
Incredibly luxurious ecotourism reaches new heights at Zarafa. In fact, it’s one of the greenest camps on the planet, while at the same time being one of the most gorgeous camps in Botswana. The camp lights and electricity are powered exclusively by solar panels, the water is treated with a filtration system so plastic bottles are unnecessary, and all of the vehicles run on bio fuel. Staying at Zarafa is not only good for your body and soul—it’s good for the world!
A note for families & children:
Zarafa Camp is happy to host children of all ages. They offer reduced rates for children under 12.
Exotic meets opulence in the bathroom at Zarafa
Sweet dreams are sure to arrive in such a setting: a bedroom at Zarafa
Luxury from another era in the Zarafa lounge
Unbelievable wildlife viewing from the Zarafa lounge
Dine outdoors, awash with the glow of a stupendous Botswana sunset
Hippos and other water-loving animals abound in Selinda
The wilderness is truly wild in Botswana