For the past six years, the annual Safari Awards has recognized the best properties and organizations in the business, awarding winners in 18 categories ranging from best property and best cuisine to best charitable organization in Africa. The winners are the best in the business and we are proud to partner with many of these recognized properties in providing the best experience for our clients.
Taking home the top honors for the second year in a row with Best Safari Property in Africa is Zarafa Camp in Botswana’s Linyanti Game Reserve. Authenticity, luxury and simplicity define the camp, owned by award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. With just four tents, it’s an intimate property that provides an unparalleled game and wilderness experience in Botswana’s floodplains. And just like Dereck and Beverly’s other properties, Zarafa Camp provides a Canon camera body with various lenses to use during your stay. Each night your photos are downloaded onto a CD for you to take home.
Game drives and walking safaris are exciting in the Selinda Reserve, renowned for its predators. Its prime location overlooking the Zibadianja Lagoon – the source of the world-famous Savute Channel – is secluded and offers abundant wildlife viewing with a possibility to see resident prides of lion, huge herds of elephants, and packs of wild dog, as well as a large variety of nocturnal wildlife.
In May 2014, be on the lookout for the new Zarafa Dhow Suite, a self-contained two-bedroom tented suite with a private fire deck and plunge pool that includes a private guide and vehicle to round out this already impressive property.
Maximum of eight guests in four tents, camp powered by solar power, private swimming pool and verandah, indoor and outdoor shower, Canon camera equipment and flash card in each tent, Swarovski HD binoculars, telescope
Day and night game drives, walking safaris, birdwatching, fishing
To read more about Zarafa Camp, click here.
In addition to Zarafa Camp, another Ker & Downey favorite – Kanana – was Highly Commended in the same category and Highly Commended as the Best Community Focused Safari Property in Africa. Located in the Okavango Delta, this intimate and remote camp is built on stilts to ensure great views of the floodplain for each guest. The area is excellent for walking safaris and Mokoro excursions in addition to game drives. and from July onwards, migratory birds head to Kanana to hatch their young. Be on the lookout for the yellow bill stork, marabou, open bill stork, darters, cormorants, slate egrets and the rare Pel’s fishing owl.
Eight tents, gourmet cuisine, swimming pool, heronry, gift shop
Mokoro safaris, powerboat excursions, visits to local heronry, day and night game drives, walking safaris, fishing
To read more about Kanana, click here.
Congratulations to all of the Safari Awards 2014 winners. For more information about adding Zarafa Camp and Kanana to your next Ker & Downey journey, please contact your Travel Professional. Stay up to date on all of Ker & Downey’s online content by “liking” our Facebook page.