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Botswana
Zarafa Camp - Linyanti
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Private Airstrip - Walking/Trekking - Boat Excursion - Swimming Pool
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4 Rooms | Children: yes 6

Zarafa Camp (formerly Zibadianja Camp) is located in an extraordinary location, under the shady canopy of jackalberry and red ivory trees, overlooking the patchwork of savannas and floodplains of Zibadianja Lagoon's southern shores. These uninterrupted views provide sightings of the Reserve's prolific wildlife. The Camp offers luxury double or twin tents, at a maximum of eight guests: the emphasis here is on individual hospitality and privacy. Each tent is spacious, airy, featuring en-suite bathroom, a copper bath and both indoor and outdoor showers. The main area is furnished in the same style as the tents and evokes a traditional safari ambience. Activities at Zarafa Camp are flexible to suit guests’ particular interests and include drives with experienced professional guides in 4x4 cars. Short guided nature walks from camp are encouraged, to introduce guests to some of Africa’s less prominent treasures.

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The origins

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.

Solar power

Set in the 300,000 acre of the Selinda Reserve of Botswana, Zarafa has gone totally solar as from October 2008. It is probably the first premier quality camp in Africa to convert totally to solar power to generate all the camp’s 220v electricity demands, including the running of ice machines, deep freezers and a number of other energy hungry appliances.

Elephant project

Elephants in Africa are under increasing pressure from expanding human population, from hunting, poaching and now even culling. The project is centered on the Selinda Reserve, in the heart of Africa’s last great elephant range; at the end of the dry season each year, Selinda is home to around 9,000 elephants.