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Hotel address: Selinda Spillway, Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Hotel Type: Safari
Open / Renovated: 2008
Rooms: 4 tents


Zarafa Camp is an intimate, luxury four-tent camp in the Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana. This camp in located on one of the most spectacular sites in the Okavango Region of Botswana. It has been built under giant Jackalberry and Ebony trees and overlooks the savannah and floodplains of the Zibadianja Lagoon, offering abundant 24/7 sounds and sightings of the local wildlife. The camp (formerly named Zibadianja) was rebuilt and reopened in 2008 by National Geographic filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert.


There are just 4 spacious (100sqm) and luxuriously appointed Meru-style canvas tents, positioned on decks raised above the ground for comfort, game viewing, and safety. The tents overlook a lagoon which offers frequent sightings of hippos and elephants. Every tent has a comfortable lounge, private pool, copper baths, indoor and outdoor showers, and is supplied with a Canon D40 digital camera with a range of Canon lenses for budding photographers to experiment with.


The Camp offers excellent cuisine. Guests can have their meals arranged any time during the day or evening and can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors.


Zarafa has a large common area with a central lounge and bar area. A small curio shop stocks locally made goods and quality African artifacts. There is a library with a computer for viewing or downloading digital images and a basic 'jungle gym'.


viewing Wildlife is present around the Zibadianja waterways both during the day and at night. As the camp overlooks the flood plains, hippos can be seen from the camp while elephants frequently come to drink water. Other frequent sightings include: wild dogs, lions, leopards, zebras, giraffes, red lechwe, and a variety of antelope. Game viewing activities at Zarafa Camp include walking safaris and game drives in 4x4s into the Selinda Reserve, all of which are led by highly experienced resident guides.


Children over eight years of age are welcome.

Getting There

Access to the camp is by privately arranged 45 minute flight to Selinda Airstrip from Kasane (BKK) or Maun (MUB) followed by 10-15 minute drive from Selinda Airstrip.

Weather / When To Go

June, July, August and September are best months to visit Okavango. During these months rainfall is virtually zero and humidity is also low. The skies are clear and daytime temperatures are comfortable.

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