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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 2018
15 June - 31 October 2018 20 December 2018 - 10 January 2019
- US$ per person per night sharing $ 1 900 $ 2 800 $ 2 050
- US$  single supplement No Charge $ 1 400 $ 1 025
- US$  children sharing with adults rate (8-15 years) $ 950 $ 1 400 $ 1 025

ZARAFA CAMP
4 Guest tents + Pilot/guide tent
11 Jan - 31 Mar 2019 01 Apr - 14 Jun
& 01 Nov - 19 Dec 2019
15 Jun - 31 Oct 2019 20 Dec 2019 - 10 Jan 2020
- US$  per person per night sharing $ 1 460 $ 1 995 $ 2 900 $ 2 125
- US$  single supplement No Charge No Charge $ 1 450 $ 1 063
- US$  child sharing with adults  (6-15 years) $ 730 $ 998 $ 1 450 $ 1 063
- US$   Guide/Pilot rate per night $ 270
- US$   private vehicle rate $ 875 per vehicle per night
- US$  Conservation levy $ 18 per person per night
OUR SPECIAL OFFERS FOR YOU 2018
valid for any new bookings
  • Unlock the Magic: Stay for a minimum of four nights at any of the above safari camps and only pay for three.
  • Botswana Adventure Awaits: Stay with us on a minimum four night safari, combining our Duba Plains and Selinda Reserves, and receive a free fixed wing flight between the two reserves.
  • Botswana in Photo Season: Stay for a minimum six nights, combing the Duba Plains and Selinda Reserves and all your inter-camp fixed wing air transfers are free between Maun or other Okavango/Linyanti camps.
Note: These offers are valid 01 November 2017 - 31 March 2018 (excl. 20 December 2017-10 January 2018) but do not include stays at Selinda Explorers Camp or Duba Expedition Camp. Offers are not combinable.

  • Heli the Selinda Thrillway: Stay for a minimum six nights, combining our Duba Plains and Selinda Reserves during the annual flood season and experience a free helicopter air transfers between the two reserves along the route of the Selinda Spillway. Valid
Note: This offer is valid for all stays between 01 April & 30 September 2018, based on a minimum of two confirmed guests. Selinda Explorers Camp or Selinda Adventure Trails are not included in this offer.

Great Plains' Plane, a 9 seat executive aircraft. Note: Seat configuration is now all forward facing


Upgrade your free flights in Botswana by paying the difference between the published normal fixed wing flights and our Executive Grand Caravan rates. Valid only on the routings: Maun-Duba-Selinda-Duba-Maun and not to any other destination or third-party camps.
Download the published   2018 rates for these flights and all the Great Plains Conservation camp rates in Botswana and Kenya.
 
SEASONAL SPECIAL OFFERS
 
01 November 2018 - 31 May 2019
(excluding stays between 20 December 2018 - 10 January 2019)
01 June - 31 October 2019
Stay 4 / Pay 3 Stay 8 / Pay 6 Stay 4 / Fly Free Stay 6 / Fly Free Heli the Thrillway
Yes = Yes & Yes ^ Yes # Yes ~

GENERAL NOTES

  •  Offers are valid to all standard guest U$D rate accommodation reservations.
  •  Free night offers include accommodation only - any park or conservation fees are still applicable.
  •  International and regional flights and scheduled inter camp air transfers are additional except to free flying offers.
  •  Guide rates and private game drive vehicle hire rates are additional.
  •  Offers are stand alone offers and not combinable. For example free flying offers cannot be combined with free night offers.
Botswana Camp specific notes: 
  •  = Stay a total of 4 nights at either Duba Plains Camp, Duba Plains Suite or Duba Explorers Camp, Selinda Explorers Camp, Zarafa Camp or Zarafa Dhow Suite and only pay for 3 nights - 1 night free.
  •  & Stay a total of 8 nights combining Duba Plains Camp, Duba Plains Suite or Duba Explorers Camp with either Selinda Explorers Camp, Zarafa Camp or Zarafa Dhow Suite and only pay for 6 nights - 2 nights free. Free nights are at the lowest priced camp.
  •  ^ Stay a total of 4 nights combining Duba Plains Camp, Duba Plains Suite or Duba Explorers Camp with either Selinda Explorers Camp, Zarafa Camp or Zarafa Dhow Suite and receive a free intercamp fixed wing air transfer.
  •  # Stay a total of 6 nights combining Duba Plains Camp, Duba Plains Suite or Duba Explorers Camp with either Selinda Explorers Camp, Zarafa Camp or Zarafa Dhow Suite and receive free intercamp fixed wing air transfer as well as return air transfers between Maun, Kasane or other Okavango Delta / Linyanti based camps.
  •  Above offers valid for reservations staying between 01 November 2018 - 31 May 2019 (excluding stays between 20 December 2018 - 10 January 2019).
  •  ~ Stay a total of 6 nights combining Duba Explorers Camp, Duba Plains Camp or Duba Plains Suite with Selinda Camp, Zarafa Camp or Zarafa Dhow Suite and receive free intercamp Helicopter air transfer.
  •  Heli the Thrillway offer only valid 01 June - 31 October 2019. 


NOTES

  • Fully inclusive of accommodation, scheduled wildlife activities, meals, daily laundry, return airstrip road transfers, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding premium brand spirits and champagne). 
  • Exclusive of mandatory nightly conservation levy, flights and relevant spa services.
  • Pilot/Guide and private vehicle rates  
  • Each tent includes one pair of Swarovski HD binoculars and a professional Canon camera body and lens kit for complimentary use.
  • The Zarafa Dhow Suite is an exclusive use two-bedroom suite which 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.

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GENERAL NOTES RELATED TO ALL RATES IN THIS MANUAL

ACTIVITY ZARAFA CAMP ZARAFA DHOW SUITE
Day Drives
Night Drives
Guided Walks
Boating # #
Mokoro
 
Canoeing    
Main Swimming Pool  
Private Plunge Pools  •  
Horseback Riding    
Cultural Interaction * *
Hot-Air Ballooning    
Spa/Massage  * *
Gym  •
Fishing (Seasonal)
Mountain Biking    
Hide    

 
(•) Included in the nightly rate | (*) This activity is available for an additional fee | (#) This activity is water level dependent

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

  • Activities

    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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