Zarafa Dhow Suite

The private and opulent suite of Zarafa

Linyanti - Selinda Reserve
2018 $6798 - $13,440 ** sole use


Linyanti - DRY Camp

Price Range (2018)

$6798 - $13,440

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Our Highlights

  • In the far eastern area of The Selinda Reserve
  • Private suite within the Zarafa area
  • One of the best wildlife viewing regions in Botswana
  • Private guide and vehicle for your exclusive use
  • Comes with Canon 5D camera bodies and lenses for your use

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The Zarafa Dhow Suite is so good and different enough to its sister camp, Zarafa, that we felt it deserved its own lodge page.


The camp is actually part of the main Zarafa but it run completely separately with its own guide, vehicle and general staff, including its own chef.


Its styling is quite similar to its sister camp and you could look to the descriptions given for Zarafa to see it more detail. Here is a place more akin to a private villa and the bokking are for the whole suite where there are two bedrooms which are perfect for a private family or small group of friends, able to accommodate 4 adults and 2 children.

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Camp Detail

Camp Style

 Dry camp. Day and Night game drives. Boating and walking excursions


Selinda Reserve, Greater Linyanti

How do I get there

By Light aircraft transfer to airstrip then private vehicle transfer to camp

Lodge Type

Great Plains Conservation Camp suite for sole use

Whats Included


  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All drinks
  • Laundry Service
  • Game Drives - Daytime

Whats Not Included


  • Travel to and from the lodge
  • Private Vehicles
  • Personal Expenses
  • Premium Imported Drinks
  • Tips

Child Policy


Children of 6 and over accepted with conditions

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Land activities

Water activities

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Wildlife & Activities




As Botswana is so flat, this river can flow in one of two directions or - as happens in some years - it can flow in both! Waters from the Okavango Delta pour into the Selinda Spillway and flow from west to east. In the extreme east of the Selinda Reserve, waters from the Kwando and Linyanti rivers and floodplains force their way up the Selinda Spillway from east to west. Only in years of exceptional water levels in both these systems does the water that flows in from both the east and the west join up.


The area in which Zafara Camp is situated blessed with a variety of habitats: wide-open savannah dotted with attractive palm trees; thirst-quenching waterways surrounded by dry woodland; and the river systems and floodplains themselves. These waterways draw thousands of animals seeking to quench their thirst in the dry season.


The Zafara Camp floodplains are host to a wide diversity of antelope and plains game. Game drives are fruitful with a multiplicity of antelope, Burchell's zebra, southern giraffe, blue wildebeest, and plenty of elephant and buffalo to be seen. Predator viewing is exceptional, including the incredible hippo-killing lions of Selinda, leopard, wild dog and cheetah.


The Selinda Reserve is ecologically similar to the Linyanti Reserve, but differs in the increased extent of its floodplains. Like the Linyanti, in the dry winter months, enormous herds of elephant remain close to the permanent water of the Zibadianja Lagoon (the Savute Channel's origin) and the Linyanti waters.







The Camp

Camp Overview


The Zarafa Dhow Suites is an intimate, two room exquisite tented villa located on the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, an area linking the Okavango Delta and the Chobe/Savute corridors. Few properties rival the location of this little gem built entirely under canvas, as one of the largest tents ever built on the continent.


The Suites are located adjacent to Zarafa Camp, Botswana’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property. Overlooking the crystal waters of Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the famous Savute Channel, every area of camp has a magnificent view. The lagoon is also the water source for a tremendous population of wildlife – dry season sightings boast buffalo and elephant by the hundreds

Lodge Layout


The lodge lies in the forested edge of an island and takes full advantake of the views over floodplains of the Zibadianja Lagoon. The camp is of extremely high quality with large open spaces and voluminous accommodation.


This is a self contained unit so the better description is given in the "Room Description" section below.

Room Description


The villa, 210 square metre (2,260 sq ft) in extent, is under beige, flowing canvas, with canopy ceilings and completely open (yet netted) sides. Entering through the heavy wood Lamu door transports guests to a lavish space of deep reds, browns, brass and copper, evoking richness and beauty.


Central to the Dhow Suites are a full lounge and dining area fitted dining table, coffee table with cappuccino machines and a

full-length leather couch and chairs.


Two large bedrooms are connected to either side of the main area designed with an open layout bathroom with impressive copper claw foot bath, indoor shower, separate loo and double basins and even an open fire, with copper flu, to heat the room in winter.


A large decking area fronts onto the suites with a 5 x 2.5 metre swimming pool, exercise bike and full-body

outdoor showers for each room, all with views of pristine Botswana wilderness.

Camp Environment


Zarafa Dhow Suite sits on an island in the floodplains of southern shores of the Zibadianja Lagoon, which is the source of the Savute Channel. Positioned in the extreme eastern side of the Selinda Reserve, its location is in prime wildlife territory. Zarafa Camp sits on an island in the floodplains of southern shores of the Zibadianja Lagoon, which is the source of the Savute Channel. Positioned in the extreme eastern side of the Selinda Reserve, its location is in prime wildlife territory.


There are few places in northern Botswana as dynamic as the Selinda Reserve, which is centred on the famous Selinda Spillway, which weaves its way east, linking the far reaches of the Okavango Delta in the south with the Linyanti water systems in the east. The Selinda Reserve is west (upstream) from Savute Channel and Chobe, so it has all the advantages of both of those famous areas but with the tremendous advantage of exclusivity. It is a truly spectacular and unique landscape.


Zarafa Camp boasts all of the Chobe wildlife, with a varied bird and mammal community. Abundant plains game can be found here including lechwe, kudu, buffalo, zebra and giraffe. It is also a predator-rich reserve including cheetah, wild dog, lion, and leopard. The massive herds of elephant are another highlight while a wide variety of birds - some 300 or more - can be seen.


The Selinda Reserve is a private 135 000-hectare (330 000-acre) wildlife area which follows the floodplains of the Selinda Spillway, the waterway that winds its way through dry countryside to connect the Okavango Delta in the west to the Linyanti and Kwando wetlands and rivers in the east. The full length of the Selinda Spillway winds its way through the Selinda Reserve and forms a magnet for the wildlife of the region.


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