Fodor's Expert Review Zarafa Camp

Selinda Reserve, North West, Botswana Fodor's Choice

There is a welcome air of authenticity surrounding this intimate, luxury tented camp set on the banks of Zibadianja Lagoon. A heavy, ornate wooden door guards the entrance to your spacious living area equipped with Wi-Fi, a well-stocked bar, writing desk and leather sofa. But the real opulence of Zarafa lies in the details: sparkling plunge pools; gleaming claw-foot copper baths; free-standing fireplaces for those chilly winter nights; a cooling system above the bed for summer; and semi-pro DSLR cameras with telephoto lenses and Swarovski binoculars to use free of charge. Weathered railway sleepers give the decks a refreshing timeless character, though the ecological aspect is just as important: power is 100% solar; furniture was created using recycled wood from Indonesia’s 2004 tsunami; and a biogas tank converts table left-overs to cooking gas for the next scrumptious meal. Zarafa’s exclusivity—the main camp has just four rooms—breeds flexibility: both activities (day and night drives, walks and sunset cruises) and meals can be taken whenever and wherever you wish. For ultimate seclusion, opt for the Dhow suites—an adjacent two-bedroom villa with your own private chef, butler, pool and even a humidor.


  • understated luxury
  • flexible timetables
  • reliable game


  • rooms can be a bit hot in summer
  • very pricey


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Phones: -686–4001


4 tents, 1 villa
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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