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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

The logical extension to Great Plains Conservation’s Zarafa Camp, the Dhow Suites, have quickly become the ultimate private retreat, offering 2200 sq ft (210m2) of understated opulence in one of Africa’s last great wildernesses – the private 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve.

Cut from the same cloth as Zarafa’s main camp, the suites are completely autonomous, having their own staff and catering exclusively for a small intimate group of friends or family who want to truly immerse them in the grandeur of a classic safari experience.

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    With two lavish bedrooms on either side of a sumptuous lounge and dining room, the ambience is one of complete harmony with nature, with breathtaking, elevated views out over the Zibadianja Lagoon. A multi-level deck, with a pool, adds to the palatial expanse of living space, which has been inspired by the miracle of wild Africa.

    That miracle is embodied by the story of Zarafa, the “beloved one” – a Nubian giraffe given to Charles X of France by the Viceroy of Egypt in 1826. Zarafa’s journey to Paris necessitated her being transported down the Nile in an East African dhow with a hole cut in its upper deck to accommodate her long, slender neck.

    The Dhow Suites have been named for this most traditional of vessels, and the role it played in Zarafa’s own, fascinating “safari”.

    The East African influence in the suites is tangible, with ancient Zanzibari doors adding unique flavour to the rich interiors. Each bedroom has its own fireplace and huge copper baths, positioned to make the most of the views out over the lagoon. Dinner takes place either in the indoor dining room or outside, under a canopy of stars.

    The villa concept takes its lead from the old-world elegance of the 1920s, when safari was in its infancy and yet managed to encompass a style and grace all of its own. Think Karen Blixen, lead crystal and Limoges, Mozart playing on a gramophone and a million stars twinkling in the Milky Way overhead…

    It is a “beloved suite” and the ideal place for people to not just connect with Africa, but also reconnect with one another.
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    • Light aircraft transfers from Kasane (50 mins) and Maun (45 min) airports;
    • Private Air charter access available;
    • The Zarafa Dhow Suites are a 45-minute drive from its airstrip;
    • Co-ordinates: S18 35’ 22.86” : E23 30’ 51.28”
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    BEDROOM
    • 2,260 sq. foot Marquee style tent of canopiedbeige canvas on raised wood deck of 100-yearoldteak railroad ties;
    • Private deck leading to a private swimming pool;
    • Lounge has couch and two chairs, plus coffeestation and dining table;
    • A fridge holds a wide selection of beverages,wine and spirits;
    • Swarovski telescope, binoculars and camera;
    • Gas fireplace is between the bedroom and bath;
    • Either twin or double bed configuration.
    BATHROOM
    • En-suite from the bedroom, there is an 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.
    TEMPERATURE CONTROL
    • Unique bed cooling system for summer;
    • Gas fireplace for winter.
    MOSQUITO NETS
    • Fly netting on all room sides and over beds.
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    • All meals included;
    • All drinks and beverages are included with the exception of imported champagnes;
    • World-class (Relais & Chateaux recognised);
    • Three delicious meals a day are provided.
    We are extremely flexible on timings. Picnic breakfasts or lunch (or both) are the norm due to very active game drives, often delivered to the bush!
    • All dietary requirements are catered for from regular to vegan to children, prior warning requested.
    USUAL BOARD BASIS
    • Full board.
    DINING STYLE
    • Private a la carte (menu options). DINING LOCATIONS
    • Indoor and outdoor;
    • Room Service;
    • As standard.
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    LAUNDRY
    • Included in nightly tariff - next day service,weather permitting.
    CENTRAL FACILITIES/ COMMON AREAS
    • Central Lounge and dining room with small bar;
    • 5m Swimming pool;
    • Coffee/tea station;
    • Expansive deck with fire pit & seating.
    SHOP/BOUTIQUE
    • A shop is situated at Zarafa Camp and canbe visited throughout the day. It sells locallyand regionally produced crafts, many of whichsupport local community projects in the nearbyOkavango panhandle.
    SPA/GYM
    • Yoga mats, weights and bands are provided ineach suite;
    • In-room massage is available at additionalcost;
    • Spinning exercise bike is located on the deck.
    EQUIPMENT
    Each room has the following for guest use duringtheir stay:
    • Canon 5D camera body with 24 - 105mm and100-400mm lenses;
    • Swarovski telescope (one for the Suites);
    • Swarovski 8 x 42 binoculars.
    PRIVATE VEHICLE
    • Available at standard
    POWER & COMMUNICATIONS SOURCE
    • The Dhow Suites are operated by an impressive solar farm;
    • This system produces 220V, 24-hour electricity to the suites;
    • Universal plug points in each tent.
    INTERNET & MOBILE
    • Wi-fi available in suite;
    • No mobile signal.
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    The Suites have a professional Canon camera set, including two Canon 5D camera bodies with Canon 100- 400mm and 20-105mm lenses. Photos will be downloaded to a storage device on guest’s departure. Each room also comes with a pair of Swarovski binoculars for guest use as well.
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    MALARIA
    • Minimal exposure – Malaria prophylaxisare recommended if guests are concerned;however, this is a remote area with littleoccurrence.
    MEDICAL CARE
    • Guests must hold comprehensive medicalinsurance and emergency evacuationinsurance;
    • Senior staff all has first aid training;
    • Nearest decent medical facility is in Maun, andthen Johannesburg.
    RISK OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS
    • Moderate due to high predator density area.
    SECURITY MEASURES
    • None. There are no populations nearby, and nouninvited guests.
    FIRE SAFETY
    • Four fire extinguishers.
    POSSIBILITY OF DISABLED ACCESS
    • The Dhow Suites layout is not conducive to wheelchair bound guests due stair access and steps on the main decking.
    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 or later), Euros or GB Pounds.
    THE TEAM
    LODGE OWNERS
    • Great Plains Conservation.
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    • We look forward to having children stay with us that are 6 years and older.
    • 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 DHOW SUITE
An exclusive use villa residence consisting of a two-bedroom suite, shared lounge, dining and pool including private game drive vehicle, guide and chef. Privately guided and hosted.
11 Jan - 31 Mar 2018 01 Apr - 14 Jun
& 01 Nov - 19 Dec 2018
15 Jun - 31 Oct 2018 20 Dec 2018 - 10 Jan 2019
-  US$ per night on exclusive use only 768 $ 9 120 $ 13 440 $ 9 840
-  US$ Conservation Levy $ 18 per person per night
ZARAFA DHOW SUITE
An exclusive use villa residence consisting of a two-bedroom suite, shared lounge, dining and pool including private game drive vehicle, guide and chef. Privately guided and hosted.
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 night on exclusive use only $ 7 008 $ 9 576 $ 13 920 $ 10 200
-  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. 

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ABOUT THE LODGE

  • Activities

    Activities

    Early morning and late afternoon/early evening game viewing in a private open 4×4 vehicle, guided walks and cruising on the Zibadianja Lagoon on “HMS Zib” when water levels permit. There is an open-air gym and in-room massages are available.
  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

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

    Number of Guests

    The Dhow Suites can cater for a maximum of four adults and one child sharing, in two separate bedrooms, plus an additional guide’s tent if required. Children from 6 years are welcome. There is no additional charge for private game drive vehicle hire as your stay at the Zarafa Dhow Suites automatically include the services of a private vehicle and guide.
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