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.
Hidden Item +
More..+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.
Access Directions+• 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”
• 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.
• 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.
• Elaborate canvas tent on raised wood decking.
• Elaborate canvas tent on raised wood decking.
Temperatur Control+• 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.
• Fly netting on all tent sides and over beds as well as ultrasound repellent device.
Food & Drink+• 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.
• Group meals and/or individual tables, a la carte(menu options).
• Indoor and outdoor.
• On request, for special occasions.
Photography+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.
Children+• 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.
Zafara Camp Gallery