Zarafa Camp is the flagship property of Great Plains Conservation and exudes elegance from every stich and seam. The company is owned by Derek & Beverly Joubert, both National Geographic filmmakers, with a passion for Botswana and the conservation of its wildlife. Their passion shines through in the attention to detail here, whether it be the classic Persian rugs or the ornate doors collected from Zanzibar. Each of the 4 exclusive suites offers every luxury you could imagine, from a private plunge pool to an air cooling device over the bed. As Botswana’s only Relais & Chateaux property the food and wines are the best you will find for many miles.
Zarafa is named after a giraffe that was gifted to Charles X by the Viceroy of Egypt in 1826. After being discovered in Nubia she was floated down the Nile to Alexandria, shipped to Marseilles and finally walked to Paris. Everyone who laid eyes on her fell in love with her and asked what she was called. Because the Nubians had no name for the animal, they simply called her Zarafa which means Beloved One in Arabic. It is easy to see why this camp is deserving of such a name. The 320,000 Selinda concession on which it is located is absolutely teaming with life. During the dry season in particular huge numbers of elephant and buffalo are commonplace as are the predators which share their domain. Wild dog sightings are especially good here.
Being situated on a private concession means that game drives and night drives are both possible here, as well as good walking and boating safaris. Each guest is provided with a professional quality Canon camera and lens as well a pair of Swarovski binoculars for their enjoyment during their stay. The guides are very well versed in photography and are some of the finest and most eloquent guides in the country.
Zarafa works very well as a stand-alone camp but it can also be combined with Duba Plains in the Okavango Delta or Jack’s and San Camps in the Makgadigadi Pans for more contrast.