Zarafa Camp

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
Zarafa Camp, Ngamiland North, North-West District, Botswana
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Zarafa Camp Details 

Overview

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.
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.
CAMP ACCESS
Zarafa Camp is only accessible to guests by scheduled air transfers or private air charters. On arrival at the airfield, the road transfer to camp is approximately an hour, including time for game viewing stops en route.
Zarafa’s (Category B) airfield is licensed for aircraft as large as a King Air, Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Caravan.
The co-ordinates are S18″33.95′; E23″30.73′. Flying time in a Cessna Caravan from Maun to Zarafa’s airstrip is about 45 minutes and from Kasane it is 50 minutes. Flying times vary depending on the type of aircraft being used and prevailing weather conditions.
OUR FOOTPRINT
Zarafa is located in a place where wildlife can breathe freely, wild and unrestrained. So it’s vital for us to limit the impact on this incredible wilderness. With this in mind, Zarafa makes use of a revolutionary “solar farm” consisting of over 150 205-watt solar panels which produce sufficient electricity during daylight hours to handle all of the camp’s electrical needs.
Only recycled hardwoods and canvas were used in the construction, a ‘bio gas’ plant recycles waste into usable cooking gas and our drinking water is treated through a UV filtration system allowing us to eliminate the use of disposable plastic water bottles whilst still offering potable water reliably.
These components make Zarafa one of the “greenest” camps on the planet.
BEDROOM
1000 sq. foot Marquee style tents of canopied beige canvas on raised wood decks of 100-yearold teak railroad ties
Private decking leading to a private plunge pool; Lounge has couch and two chairs, plus desk and small library
Trunks house the binoculars and camera kit as well 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 area is Tent 2.
BATHROOM
En-suite from the bedroom, there is a open-air concept bathroom with indoor shower, claw foot deep copper tub and double vanities
Separate flush loo room
Outdoor ‘full-body’ shower
Hot and cold running water
Soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion and hairdryers provided.

Rooms

Zarafa Camp has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms featuring pure luxury throughout.

Inclusions

Separate flush loo room
Outdoor ‘full-body’ shower
Hot and cold running water
Soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion and hairdryers provided
Elaborate canvas tent on raised wood decking
All meals included
All drinks and beverages are included with the exception of imported champagnes and spirits
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
Indoor and outdoor Dining
Group meals and/or individual tables, a la carte (menu options)
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
Central Lounge with library
Dining room with small bar
Large curio shop
Coffee/tea station
Expansive deck with fire pit & seating
Included in nightly tariff - next day service, weather permitting
Wi-fi available in guest tents
No mobile signal
Minimal exposure – Malaria prophylaxis are recommended if guests are concerned; however, this is a remote area with little occurrence
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
Moderate due to high predator density area
Fire extinguishers in every tent

Checking In & Out

Check-in from 2pm and check-out by 11am

Rates

11 January - 31 March 2017: US$1410
01 April - 14 June & 01 November - 19 December 2017: US$1865
15 June - 31 October 2017: US$2755
20 December 2017 - 10 January 2018: US$2000
Checking In & Out
$1410 / per night
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Hospitality 

Food

The area offers some fantastic food options sourcing the region’s best produce and catering to a range of budgets, see some of the best below:
Caravela Portuguese Restaurant
Sanitas Restaurant
Bull & Bush Pub
Rodizio Brazilian Restaurant
Make sure you book in advance if you plan to eat at any of the above restaurants as they are very popular and easily fill for the weekend.
We also offer a concierge service on this property if you would like us to arrange any bookings.

Location 

Getting There and Distances

Zarafa Camp is 5 kms from Gaborone
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