Great Plains Conservation’s Zarafa Camp debuted its solar-powered Dhow Suites in the heart of northern Botswana’s Selinda Reserve. Comprised of two one-bedroom suites, the tented accommodation (from $7440 per night) is Africa’s largest, with expansive living quarters, a swimming pool and a dedicated staff that includes a butler and a chef. Glimpse wildlife during private game drives or from the observation terrace overlooking the Zibadianja Lagoon.

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 (2260 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. Dhow Suites at Zarafa Camp has been awarded The Best Safari House in Botswana by Safari Awards 2014.


  • Dhow Suites at Zarafa Camp has two main bedrooms, a central living and dining area, it’s own pool and fireplace.
  • 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.
  • Guests staying in the dhow suites are secluded from the main camp so privacy is ensured.
  • 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.
  • Driving, walking, canoeing, boating, fishing. Early morning and late afternoon/early evening 4×4 open vehicle game drives, guided wildlife bush walks, canoeing and boating on Zibadianja Lagoon on HES ZIB when water levels permit.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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