Linyanti Kwando & Selinda camps - Zarafa
Zarafa Camp (previously Zibadianja) was a refreshing departure from the many offerings in the northern Botswana region. Located on the border between the Selinda and Linyanti Wildlife Reserves, on a palm island surrounded by open flood plains this small camp used to be simple with few frills but a high standard of service and access to an incredible game area. The camp has been reborn and now competes with the best in the Delta in terms of style and luxury. Cast in a more "traditional safari" mould, replete with leather director's chairs, wooden blanket boxes and extraordinary copper bathtubs and fireplaces, the camp is located to make the most of extensive views over the floodplains. The tented rooms are vast with panoramic views from wooden decks and sides that open up completely.
While we slightly regret the rise of a simple bush camp to an impressively opulent tented lodge, there is no doubt that it has been done with a great deal of style and panache.
The surrounding open plains team with herbivores and herds of buffalo that can number several thousand. While the wildlife is comparable to the other camps in the area, the advantage of Zarafa over many of these is that because of it's small size, you can expect a greater degree of flexibility and personal attention. This can be especially advantageous for birders, and is particularly good for groups that want exclusive use of the place. The activities primarily revolve around drives although short guided walks are possible from the camp.
Zarafa is definitely a small luxurious destination and so it does come with a price-tag to match.
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