Zarafa Wins Best Safari House
A few weeks ago, I heard that Zarafa Camp has now opened a Dhow Suite which is a self-contained, 2 bedroom tented suite with its own private team at the very eastern side of the camp. The new suite is one of the largest tents ever built in Africa.This is a camp close to my heart so I was excited to hear news of their expansion.
Back when I started working in the safari industry, over ten years ago now, one of my favourite camps was Zibalianja camp, mainly due to its intimacy and location. It enjoyed incredible views across the Zibalianja lagoon, in the Linyanti region in northern Botswana, an area renowned for its wild dogs. In June 2008, the camp was revamped and relocated to the other side of the lagoon. I held my breath, concerned that this was the end of an era, and my dear favourite Zibalianja was no more.
To my huge relief, Zarafa Camp was born and she’s a beauty. I was very lucky to pop in for an absolutely delicious lunch (washed down with a glass or two of champagne, as one does!), when I was in Botswana in November 2013 revisiting this stunning area. I was greeted with the same charm, friendliness and intimacy of Zibalianja, but with a huge dose of luxury, without any pretentiousness - something that is not easy to combine. I have never seen such beautiful and intricate design incorporated into a camp; the tents, packed with antiques, are even larger than my apartment!