The Okavango Delta has always been high on the list of destinations for those who want to explore the scenic beauty and abundant wildlife that is part and parcel of the authentic Botswana safari experience. Today those in search of a pristine environment and an elegant safari option can explore to their heart’s content at one of the most luxurious and enjoyable safari locations in Botswana – and as a bonus will experience a trip that simply oozes with the mystique of what made Africa a continent to be explored and savored in the heyday of the big game hunters.
The destination of choice is Selinda Nature Reserve’s Zarafa Dhow Camp with its elegant suites. This is a place where Africa in all its glory comes alive – and a place where the lucky few housed in the camp’s four visually stunning marquis style luxury tents (each with its own private pool) will come to appreciate what makes Africa one of the places that simply must be visited.
The suites at Zarafa are ideal for a family vacation where travellers want an element of privacy that might not be available at the larger safari lodges. Privacy is also assured due to the fact that Zarafa is situated on an island which can be found on the floodplain of the Zibadianja Lagoon, a perfect place to immerse yourself in the wonders of the unique flora and fauna of this fascinating region.
The Dhow Suites are a little distance from the main camp and are a welcome exclusive addition to the lodges which can be found in this part of Botswana. Adding to the attractions for the family who want to enjoy the East African inspired decor the annual parade of both elephants and buffalo will provide a backdrop to an experience that will not soon be forgotten.
The suites are ideal for parties of up to five people -especially if the adults don’t mind sharing with the younger members of the party.
At Zarafa, it’s the little touches that elevate this safari destination from the competition. A prime example of this is the complimentary Canon 40D camera that is provided with every suite. Add a standard and zoom lens also provided and the recipe for recording memorable moments is there – all it takes is a bit of individual flair and the participation of the fantastic array of wildlife that can be found in the area. The management of the camp will also burn images to DVD so that visitors will have a priceless memento of their wildlife experience.
And what an experience it is. Aside from the seasonal influx of elephant, wild dog, lion and hippo visitors will also be exposed to a crocodile, hippo and what seems at first glance to be different species of waterbird that almost defy a visitor’s ability to count or identify them all. Specially designed Toyota Land Cruisers form the backbone of the transport that is used to make sure that every visitor to the Dhow Suites is guaranteed to be able to experience the wildlife on an up close and personal basis. Round that off with pontoon boat rides (which should not be missed) and walks which are guided by extremely well-qualified rangers and the ingredients are there for an extraordinary African experience
Making the time at camp even more pleasurable are the addition of both indoor and outdoor showers and the large copper baths that contribute to an exclusive ‘Out of Africa’ ambience. Of course, the culinary offerings and wine also play their part in making the enjoyment of the Dhow Suites completely mesmerising.
This is a place that every nature lover with an interest in the mystery and wonder of Africa should not miss.