Zarafa Camp’s exclusive use extension, the Zarafa Dhow Suites is one of the largest tented camps in all of Africa, offering a private Relais & Chateaux Botswana safari experience on the fringes of the Selinda Reserve. Catering to intimate groups of just four or five people at a time, the autonomous Zarafa Dhow Suites boasts a brilliant bygone design, its own world-class private staff, and a breathtaking, unplugged setting for the ultimate immersion into the classic safari of yesteryear.

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The Zarafa Dhow Suites are set in its own private corner inside Zarafa Camp’s 350,000-acre plot of land within the Selinda Reserve. At 2,260 square feet, the Zarafa Dhow Suites are among the most spacious accommodations in Africa, catering to up to four adults, or four adults and one child, at a time. Two lavish master bedrooms bookend a large lounge and dining room, which seamlessly lead to expansive multi-level viewing decks to reveal elevated views out over the Zibadianja Lagoon. From the deep copper claw foot tubs to the beautiful campaign furniture sourced from the Kenyan and Zanzibari coast, the Zarafa Dhow Suites take a cue from the old-world elegance of the 1920s safari style, brought to life through antique rugs, intricate Lamu doors, and splashes of red, leather, and canvas. Add to this indoor and outdoor showers, copper fireplaces, and an army of dedicated chefs, guides, safari vehicles, and butlers, and there’s no doubting Zarafa Dhow Suites’ status as one of the best accommodations in Botswana.

The Zarafa Dhow Suites are booked solely on an all-inclusive basis, giving guests access to daily private morning and afternoon game drives, as well as Relais & Chateaux five-star standard cuisine. Recount the day’s adventures around the indoor dining table or retreat outside to the poolside verandah for dining under the canopy of stars, overlooking the wildlife-abundant watering hole as Mozart plays on the gramophone and the campfire dances in the moonlight.

Apart from private 4×4 game drives, the Zarafa Dhow Suites offers guided game walks and safari cruises along the Zibadianja Lagoon. Located on the fringes of northern Botswana’s 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve, the Zibadianja Lagoon is the source of the Savute Channel and a year-round wildlife destination, with a constant stream of predatory Big Cats, zebra, and giraffe wandering the floodplains and legendary buffalo and elephant sightings during the dry seasons. Given the owners’ affinity for photography, guests of Zarafa Dhow Suites receive complimentary use of Swarovski HD binoculars and a Canon 5D digital camera with lenses during their stay, as well as photography tips from guides for the perfect high-res souvenir. Couple this with the stunning landscapes and utterly peaceful luxury of the setting, and Zarafa Dhow Suites holds the key to true bliss in the wild.

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