Zarafa Dhow Suites
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Zarafa Dhow Suites

Opened in May 2014 the the Zarafa Dhow Suites, under canvas is one of the largest tents ever built in Africa, with a floor space of 210 square metres (2,260 sq. feet). It has its own private vehicle, safari guide, chef, manager, and entrance to the camp.




Fashioned of the same sentiment as Zarafa’s main camp, the Dhow Suites are the ultimate private retreat in northern Botswana, located on the fringes of Zibadianja Lagoon in Botswana's 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve. Operating entirely exclusively and catering to just four adults, or five if the group includes a child, the Suites are hosted separately from main camp with private chef and staff.

Need to Know

Dhow Suites at Zarafa Camp has two main bedrooms, a central living and dining area, it’s own pool and fireplace. Guests staying in the dhow suites are secluded from the main camp so privacy is ensured. It is being booked by some of the most discerning travellers in the world who want to experience the bush as a private group or family, and know that there will be no sudden instagram images or media appearing. Time and private moments are invaluable and Great Plains Conservation management respects that.


Driving, walking, canoeing, boating, fishing. Early morning and late afternoon/early evening 4x4 open vehicle game drives, guided wildlife bush walks, canoeing and boating on Zibadianja Lagoon on HES ZIB when water levels permit.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

There are over eight thousand elephant in the reserve with impressive pods of hippo, crocodiles and bird life. Wild dog have dens near the camp. Lions, cheetah and leopard are regularly sighted.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Short, guided walks. Five day Selinda Canoe Trail. Boating on HES Zibadianja, a motorised floating pontoon for sundowner cruising on the Zibadianja Lagoon, massages, brunches, birding and fishing.
Plans for later in 2014: a private, shallow-keel, motorised dhow, exclusively for the Zarafa Dhow Suites.


Pool, exercise bike, outside needle showers, private vehicle and guide, dedicated private staff to the Suite, massages.
The Suite comes with two sets of Canon 5D camera 18–135mm and 100–400mm lenses and Swarovski HD binoculars.


Each unit has a large fireplace, copper bath, private outdoor shower made in the interesting Victorian needle shower style overlooking the lagoon. Evening private dining is either outside under the stars, or in the spacious private dining room. It has an exclusive wine list of new world and French wine, and excellent Relais & Châteaux standard cuisine.


Best Safari House in Botswana - Safari Awards 2014
Top International Hideaway by Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report 2014
Pure Awards 2013 - 'Most Life Enriching Experiences" Great Plains Conservation
Relais & Chateaux Environment Trophy Winner 2013
Great Plains Conservation - Safari Awards Winner 2013 for Best Accommodation Group in Africa.
Andrew Harper Grand Award 2013
Ecotourism accredited by Botswana Tourism Organisation
Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2009: Great Plains Conservation – Winner Best for Conservation of Wildlife and Habitats



Average StayAverage Stay

4 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

USD7,440-USD10,800 per unit, sleeping 4. Additional price for 5th person (child) sharing.

Children PolicyChild Policy

Zarafa Dhow Suites caters for up to 4 adults and 1 child sharing, or 2 adults and 3 children sharing from the ages of 6 years upwards.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Zarafa Dhow Suites's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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