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Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp, Selinda

Selinda Explorer

Selinda Explorer

Selinda Explorer

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stamp3Why photographers love Selinda

The concession in Botswana’s Selinda Reserve at which some of National Geographic’s premier documentaries have been filmed is one of the best game-viewing areas in Africa. Here, three entirely different camps offer a great range of experiences for photographers.

  • Selinda’s wilderness is great for lion, leopard, wild dog, elephants and buffalo.
  • Part of the Great Plains Conservation Project, headed by National Geographic’s Derek and Beverly Joubert.
  • Game drives, night drives, walks, canoeing, boating.
  • Excellent guides.
  • Outstanding conservation, service and attention to detail.
  • Guests at Zarafa Camp have access to the camp’s Canon cameras and lenses.

How we rate Selinda

Wildlife starstarstarstarstar
Wilderness  starstarstarstarstar
Lodge  starstarstarstarstar
Dining starstarstarstarstar
Vehicles starstarstarstarstar
Guides starstarstarstarstar

Selinda at a glance

Zarafa Camp

  • Premier camp on the Zibadianja
  • Relais & Châteaux five-star service
  • Four tents plus a family suite
  • Massages if required
  • Boat trips on the lagoon

Selinda Camp is currently being upgraded to Zarafa standards

  • Nine tented rooms
  • Large public areas
  • Art gallery
  • Swimming pool
  • Boat trips when water levels permit

Selinda Explorer

  • Four luxury tents
  • Two public area tents
  • East African décor

The concession

The camps lie in the private Selinda Concession, which covers 1,350 square kilometres in the eastern Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana. The spillway is an ancient waterway that links the northern part of the Okavango Delta with the Linyanti Swamps, winding through thousands of kilometres of prime African wilderness, receiving water from both sources. It is home to some of the largest remaining herds of elephant and buffalo in southern Africa.

When to go

  • March to early December is the dry season.
  • Game-viewing becomes increasingly good during the dry season.
  • Boating from late March.

Getting there

  • 50-minute flight from Maun.

Photographers need to know

The concession allows off-road. Other vehicles are rarely encountered.

The good news

Great Plains has an excellent conservation record and has been involved in reintroducing rhino to Botswana.