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Why Visit Botswana?

  • Vast stretches of untouched, un-fenced wilderness with unrivaled game viewing
  • One of the largest game populations in Southern Africa
  • Annual zebra migration
  • The Big Five as well as the rare and endangered African wild dog
  • Over 600 indigenous bird species
  • Home to the world’s largest inland delta and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta
  • The largest elephant herds in the world in Chobe National Park
  • Over 3 500 San rock paintings at the World Heritage Site of the Tsodilo Hills

As the heat of the day disipates and the dust of the plains settles, a beautiful peace descends on the Zibadianja Lagoon, source of the Savute Channel.

A Pel’s fishing owl softly purrs in the canopy of a giant ebony tree and the hippos’ mocking laughter echoes across the water…

This is where Dereck and Beverly Joubert, co-founders of Great Plains Conservation, lay their weary heads many long years ago, exhausted from filming. The tranquility they found as they slept under the tree stayed with them, and a decade and a half later, having raised enough money to begin their Great Plains journey, the magnificent ebony became the focal point of a camp whose name had a fascinating journey all of its own… Zarafa.

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    In 1826 the Viceroy of Egypt presented to Charles X of France a giraffe that had been discovered in Nubia. This giraffe was floated down the Nile in a dhow to Alexandria before being shipped to Marseille and then walked to Paris. Everyone who saw the giraffe fell in love with her and asked what she was called. The Nubians, having no name for the animal, called her simply “Zarafa,” which is Arabic for “the beloved one” and which the French then pronounced “giraffe”.

    The camp was originally called Zibadianja when it opened in 2008, but its beautiful design, “green” construction and amazing position overlooking the lagoon quickly made it the beloved of all who laid eyes on it. So it became Zarafa, in name and in spirit.

    Just four magnificent tented villas and a spectacular main area, all raised on decking to take advantage of views over the lagoon, reflect the desire for exclusivity and privacy which inspired Zarafa’s design.

    Construction took eco-friendly principles to new levels of excellence and focussed on recycling, with repurposed teak railroad sleepers for flooring and furniture made from mahogany washed up in the 2005 tsunami, commissioned in an effort to give Indonesians affected by the disaster much-needed work.

    The result is a safari camp like no other, and one that you will quickly fall in love with and want to return to, time and again. 
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    • Light aircraft transfers from Kasane (50 mins) and Maun (45 min) airports;
    • Private Air charter access available;
    • Zarafa Camp is a 45-minute drive from its airstrip;
    • Co-ordinates: S18 35’ 22.86” : E23 30’ 51.28”
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    BEDROOM
    • 1000 sq. foot Marquee style tents of canopiedbeige canvas on raised wood decks of 100-yearoldteak railroad ties;
    • Private decking leading to a private plunge pool;
    • Lounge has couch and two chairs, plus desk andsmall library;
    • Trunks house the binoculars and camera kit aswell as an engel fridge with drinks of choice;
    • Gas fireplace is between the bedroom and bath;
    • Either twin or double bed configuration;
    • Honeymoon tent is Tent 1. Closest to main areais Tent 2.
    BATHROOM
    • En-suite from the bedroom, there is a open-airconcept bathroom with indoor shower, claw footdeep copper tub and double vanities;
    • Separate flush loo room;
    • Outdoor ‘full-body’ shower;
    • Hot and cold running water;
    • Soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion andhairdryers provided.
    CONSTRUCTION
    • Elaborate canvas tent on raised wood decking.
    • Elaborate canvas tent on raised wood decking.
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    • Ceiling fans, and unique bed cooling system for summer;
    • Gas fireplace for winter;
    • All the canvas is double-sided so that the rooms remain cool in summer and warm in winter.
    MOSQUITO NETS
    • Fly netting on all tent sides and over beds as well as ultrasound repellent device.
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    • All meals included;
    • All drinks and beverages are included with theexception of imported champagnes and spirits;
    • World-class (Relais & Chateaux recognised)Three delicious meals a day are provided. We areextremely flexible on timings. Picnic breakfastsor lunch (or both) are the norm due to very activegame drives, often delivered to the bush!
    • All dietary requirements are catered for fromregular to vegan to children, prior warningrequested.
    USUAL BOARD BASIS
    • Full board.
    DINING STYLE
    • Group meals and/or individual tables, a la carte(menu options).
    DINING LOCATIONS
    • Indoor and outdoor.
    ROOM SERVICE
    • On request, for special occasions.
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    Each of Zarafa’s guest tents has a professional Canon camera set, including a Canon 5D camera body and Canon 100-400mm and 28-135mm lenses. Photos will be downloaded to a USB flash stick on guest’s departure. Each tent comes with a pair of Swarovski binoculars for guest use as well.
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    • We look forward to having children stay with us that are 8 years and older;
    • Families with children 8-11 could be accommodated in the same vehicle as other guests;
    • Children under 8 will be considered, if the group books the entire camp on exclusive use;
    • Young children must be supervised as the camp is open with high predator densities in and around camp and there is water surrounding camp;
    • Children must be a minimum of 12 years old to participate in extensive walking activities (Young Explorers program excepted);
    • Young Explorers program – thoughtfully designed to explore a range of experiences and topics from birding to cooking to art to tracking wildlife.
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Zarafa Camp
4 Guest tents + Pilot/guide tent
01 April - 14 June &
01 November - 19 December 2017
15 June - 31 October 2017 20 December 2017 - 10 January 2018
- US$ per person per night sharing $ 1 865 $ 2 755 $ 2 000
- US$  single supplement No Charge $ 1 378 $ 1 000
- US$  children sharing with adults rate (8-15 years) $ 933 $ 1 378 $ 1 000

Free Bush Boarding Pass

Enjoy an authentic Botswana safari experience with us, and fly for free


 •    Free flights to/from any Great Plains Conservation camp.Valid for all scheduled air transfers, that we book for you, starting/ending at Maun / Kasane airports and/or all other camps within the greater Delta, Linyanti and Chobe regions ;

•     Not valid for additional camera (freight) seats, pilot / guides rates;

•     Free inter camp air transfer offer applicable to all standard guest rate accommodation reservations.  No minimum stay requirements, however, for stays of a 
combination of 6 nights or more at Duba Expedition Camp and/or Selinda Camp/Zarafa Camp & Dhow Suites, a free helicopter transfer is available; 
See our Heli The Spillway special offer;


•    This offer is valid for all new reservations that travel between 01 October 2016 - 31 May 2017.

Flight : GPC121 Date 01/10/16 - 31/05/17

Heli the Selinda Thrillway

Combining the Selinda Reserve with Duba Plains is a perfect pairing of Botswana’s most
esteemed wildlife areas. And we’ve now made it all the sweeter. And more irresistible...

For guests staying at Selinda Camp, Zarafa Camp or Zarafa Dhow Suites combined with Duba Plains for a minimum of 6 nights, the inter-camp air transfer will now be a FREE helicopter transfer!
This 35 minute helicopter flight offers a uniquely spectacular aerial view of the Northern Okavango Delta region between the Selinda Reserve and Duba Plains.

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Valid for all new reservations travelling until 10 January 2018;
Not valid for guides and tour leaders;
Minimum 6 night stay required between Duba Plains and either Selinda or Zarafa camp in any combination of nights;
Minimum 2 guests per transfer;
This offer can be combined with our  Botswana Fly Free special offer for stay between 01 October 2016 and 31 May 2017
 

  • Fully inclusive of accommodation, all conservation/park fees, scheduled activities, meals, laundry, return airstrip road transfers, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages (excluding champagne).
  • Exclusive of flights and spa services. 
  • Each tent includes one pair of Swarovski HD binoculars and a professional Canon camera body and lens kit for complimentary use.
  • Zarafa Dhow Suite: Camp is exclusive use and can accommodate 4 adults sharing or a maximum of 5 (for families with children). Exceptions may apply.

CHILD POLICY

Zarafa Camp

  • Minimum age is 8 years.
  • Child rates are applicable for up to one child 15 and younger sharing with two adults in a tent.
  • Children 16 and older will pay applicable adult rates and be accommodated in a separate tent.
  • Families will be combined with other guests on all activities.

Zarafa Dhow Suite

  • Minimum age is 6 years.
  • Child rates and private vehicle requirements do not apply because camp is sold on exclusive use basis only.

GENERAL NOTES
• All city services and ground transfers, conservation/park fees, levies, and air transfers are excluded unless otherwise noted.
• Standard Terms and Conditions apply - a copy of which is available on request.
• Rates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as, but not limited to, currency fluctuations, fuel levies, surcharges, government decree, or items of this nature.
• Comprehensive medical and travel insurance is required for all guests travelling to the properties and is a condition of travel and stay.

Great Plains Conservation Child Policy
These general guidelines apply to all of the Great Plains Conservation properties:
• Families at all our camps will be on shared activities with other guests.
• The minimum age requirement for walking and canoeing is 12 years in all camps except Selinda Explorers Camp where activities will be adjusted for children 10 years and older.
• Children 15 and younger must share a room with at least one adult.
• On the Selinda Adventure Trail, children 10 to 15 years (inclusive) are welcome on departures that have been booked on a private basis. This allows the guide and crew to adjust the daily walking and/or canoeing distances to suit the family’s needs.
• The child rate is based on a child sharing with two adults (except ol Donyo Lodge, Mara Plains and Selinda Camp family rooms where is is up to two children sharing with two adults). If this configuration is not possible, then it may be that the child will be charged the applicable adult rate.
• We evaluate each booking to ensure we deliver the best possible safari experience to all our guests in camp. In some cases, we may need to turn away a family booking in order to do so; we will do everything possible to try and avoid that outcome.
• Our camps are located in wildlife zones that are not fenced in and there are no child care facilities in our camps. Parents/guardians must be watchful of and responsible for their children at all times.
• Each of our camps has a unique child policy based on the size, location and structure of the camp. Please consult each camp’s rate page for specifics.

LAUNDRY

  • Included in nightly tariff - next day service, weather permitting.

CENTRAL FACILITIES/ COMMON AREAS

  • Central Lounge with library;
  • Dining room with small bar;
  • Large curio shop;
  • Coffee/tea station;
  • Expansive deck with fire pit & seating.

SHOP/BOUTIQUE

  • Selling locally and regionally produced crafts, many of which support local community projects in the nearby Okavango panhandle.

SPA/GYM

  • Yoga mats, weights and bands are provided in each suite;
  • Spin bikes are available for use on your private deck;
  • In-room massage is available at additional cost.

EQUIPMENT
Each guest tent has the following for guest use during their stay:

  • Canon 5D camera body with 28-135mm and 100-400mm lenses;
  • Swarovski 8 x 42 binoculars.

PRIVATE VEHICLE

  • Available at additional cost, based on availability.

POWER & COMMUNICATIONS SOURCE

  • The camp is run by an impressive solar farm of 170 panels;
  • This system produces 220V, 24-hour electricity to the tents and main area;
  • Universal plug points in each tent.


INTERNET & MOBILE

  • Wi-fi available in guest tents;
  • No mobile signal.

MALARIA

  • Minimal exposure – Malaria prophylaxis are recommended if guests are concerned; however, this is a remote area with little occurrence.

MEDICAL CARE

  •  Guests must hold comprehensive medical insurance and emergency evacuation insurance;
  •  Senior staff all has first aid training;
  •  Nearest decent medical facility is in Maun, and then Johannesburg.

RISK OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS

  • Moderate due to high predator density area.

SECURITY MEASURES

  • None. There are no populations nearby, and no uninvited guests.

FIRE SAFETY

  •  Fire extinguishers in every tent.

POSSIBILITY OF DISABLED ACCESS

  •  The camp layout is not conducive to wheelchair bound guests due to dirt pathways and uneven terrain;
  •  For the walking impaired, Tent 2 is in close proximity to the main area with minimal steps.

MONEY MATTERS
SAFES

  • Provided in every room.

ACCEPTED PAYMENT ON LOCATION

  •  All-inclusive. Staff gratuities can be paid in Botswana Pula, South African Rands, US Dollars (2004 bills or later only) or GB Pounds;
  •  Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted (No Amex or Diners).

THE TEAM
LODGE OWNERS

  • Great Plains Conservation

ABOUT THE LODGE

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    Activities

    Early morning and late afternoon/early evening game viewing in open 4×4 vehicles, guided walks and cruising on the Zibadianja Lagoon on “HMS Zib” when water levels permit. The camp has an open-air gym and offers in-room massages.
  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Fully inclusive of all wildlife viewing activities, meals, park fees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium spirits). Air transfers and charters are additional and can be arranged on your behalf.
  • Number of Guests

    Number of Guests

    Eight guests sharing, plus an additional guide’s tent if required. Children from 8 years are welcome. Families with children between the ages of 8 & 15 need to book a private vehicle when staying at Zarafa Camp at the time of enquiry.
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