Tipology:Culture & Heritage
The origins
Retreat: Zarafa Camp
Botswana > Linyanti


The Camp takes its name from Zarafa, a young Maasai giraffe which was donated by Muhammad Ali, the Ottoman viceroy of Egypt, to king Charles X of France. The Parisians crowds were captivated by her “african beauty” and Zarafa remained in Paris for 18 years until her death. Her body was stuffed and today can still be viewed in a museum at La Rochelle.