Zarafa Camp – Most Exclusive Camp in Selinda Game Reserve
Zarafa Camp is well-known for its high concentration of wildlife, particularly predators, as well as its tastefully provided, traditional tented lodging. Zarafa Camp offers only four campaign-style canvas suites, giving visitors a true taste of Africa. Zarafa has a sense of harmony. Perhaps it’s the small size of the camp, the tranquil waters of the lagoon, or the genuine nature of the local staff who look after you; whatever the case, it’s a hidden gem.
Zarafa Camp, located in the private Selinda Wildlife Reserve near the world-famous Savute spring at Zibadianja Lagoon, has been dubbed one of the best game viewing areas in the world. Game drives and safari walks are included twice daily.
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Dereck and Beverly Joubert, National Geographic filmmakers, created this tiny four-tent camp on a private 320,000-acre reserve. The bedrooms look out over a lagoon teeming with hippos and elephants. Big cats, wild dogs, and other wildlife can be spotted from Land Cruisers specially customized by the Jouberts for best photography and game visibility.
Access via land and distinctive aquatic activities provide a never-ending supply of thrilling animal sightings:
- The 320,000-acre private Selinda Reserve
- Outstanding predator watching at Zarafa
- Walking safaris with knowledgeable guides
- Day and night guided game safaris
- Well-known documentary filming locations
- Fishing (seasonal), upon request
- On-demand private guided game drives
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Things to do at Zarafa Camp
Elephants at Selinda:
During the dry season, the Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana is famous for having up to 8,500 elephants. Elephants are a common sight at the lagoon and spillway that surround Zarafa Camp – guests frequently spend a day at camp surrounded by elephants! In season, the reserve also has large herds of Cape Buffalo.
Big Predator viewing:
Leopards are regularly seen during the peak seasons, while cheetahs make an appearance on occasion. Rare animals such as the African Wild Dog have been observed frequently making dens at Zarafa Camp. The broad, open savannah scenery here is distinct from the Okavango islands, giving a good contrast to Botswana. Watch the Selinda lions wade through streams in search of hippo and antelope.
Plains game seen
The birding is fantastic here: Popular waterfowl sightings include the Black egret and the colorful Saddle-billed stork. At the lagoon facing Zarafa, pied kingfishers and African fisheagles are common. Red lechwe, sable, and the rarer roan antelope have all been spotted. During the peak season, night game drives yielded sightings of civets, Genet cats, and aardvarks. Hippo pods can be seen and heard from the camp.
Photographers will appreciate the complimentary use of Swarovski HD binoculars and a Professional Canon 5D camera with 28-135mm and 100-400mm lenses. You can bring your own memory card, or camp will burn your photos to CD if you use one of their lending cards. The Jouberts’ custom-designed 6-seater 4×4 Land Cruisers provide all-year viewing with a retractable open-top and comfortable bucket seats.