From leopards to the black egret, the Selinda Reserve is home to a plethora of creatures great and small. Located on a private 130,000 acre reserve by the banks of the Zibadianja Lagoon in Botswana is the ultra luxe Zarafa camp. Boasting luxury and eco awareness, this safari experience will not disappoint.

Image courtesy of Great Plains Conservation

The Relais & Chateaux property offers every indulgence to its guests and is unparalleled in its environmental efforts. Founders of the Great Plains Conservation designed the safari camp experience to be environmentally innovative whilst offering top of the line luxury to its guests. Zarafa is known as one of the “greenest” luxury safari camps in the world with only recycled hardwoods and canvas were used for the camps construction. Power for the campsite comes from a “solar farm” which consists of more than 150 solar panels ensuring sufficient electricity. The UV filtration system in place for the water supply helps to eliminate the use of disposable plastic bottles. With all of these procedures in place, along with the complete freedom of the local wildlife, Zarafa is the perfect luxury safari for eco warriors and curious souls.

The campsite is intimate, with only four tents… well, four VERY large tents. Underneath the canvas canopy, each tent has a generous living space, a gas fireplace for the cooler months, a bathroom with both an indoor shower and copper claw-foot bath, a large bedroom and even a full bar equipped with all your boozey favourites. Outside, guests can have a dip in a private plunge pool or even live life on the edge and shower outdoors with epic views of the Botswanian wilderness. The campsite common areas offer guests access to a main lounge, a library and a dining deck.

Guests can take a safari adventure in a 4×4 safari vehicle, go on a guided walk, enjoy a private wine tasting or relax with a massage, all in the most picturesque location in Botswana. From camp, hippos can be seen in the Lagoon, rare birds come and go and elephants wander so close sometime you have to wait for them to move before leaving your tent. Guests are supplied with a pair of Swarovski binoculars to do their wilderness watching. And if the binoculars aren’t enough, every room comes with a professional quality loaner kit, including a Canon 5D camera and the highest quality 28-135mm and 100-400mm lenses. Talk about taking luxury to the next level.

Access to Zarafa Camp can only be made via scheduled air transfers or private charters. The all-inclusive rates at Zarafa start at $1,700-$2,600 per person, per night. Time to get wild.

Image courtesy of Great Plains Conservation