Zarafa Dhow Suites

Linyanti, Botswana

West of the world famous Chobe National Park, the Linyanti covers 125,000 hectares and is home to much of the Savuti Channel. This is a diverse area with the Linyanti Marsh reminiscent of the Okavango Delta with papyrus lined lagoons, reed beds and mature trees.

Zarafa Dhow Suites is an extension of Great Plains Conservation’s Zarafa Camp. Situated on the eastern edge of the Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana’s game rich Linyanti region Zarafa Dhow Suites is the ultimate private retreat.

Taking its lead from safaris of the 1920s, Zarafa Dhow Suites is elegant and graceful, completely autonomous of the main camp with its own staff and catering for groups of friends or family who want to truly immerse them in a classic safari experience.

The camp comprises just two incredible bedrooms situated on either side of a magnificent lounge and dining room. With breathtaking and elevated views out over the Zibadianja Lagoon, Zarafa Dhow Suites is the Botswana’s ultimate safari property. The swimming pool is sited on a multi-level deck adding to the palatial expanse of living space.

The suites are east African in influence and design with ancient Zanzibari doors adding unique flavour to the rich interiors. With fireplaces and huge copper baths the suites are positioned to make the most of the views out over the lagoon. Dinner is served either in the indoor dining room or outside, under a breathtaking canopy of stars.

Guests at Zarafa Dhow Suites are able to partake of early morning and late afternoon game viewing in a private open 4×4 vehicle with the late afternoon game drives being extended into the early evening, guided walks and cruising on the Zibadianja Lagoon is also possible when water levels permit. Additionally massages are available and there is an open-air gym.

Zarafa Dhow Suites is fully inclusive of all activities, meals, park fees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium spirits).

In Outline



Zarafa Dhow Suites is accessed by air charter from Maun or other remote camps.


The Linyanti region experiences summer rainfall (November to April).


Summers in Linyanti are hot with temperatures reaching mid 30o Celsius.


Winters are cold in the morning with midday temperatures reaching mid 20o Celsius.


From USD 1610

Travel Notes

Game Sightings

The Linyanti is situated between northern Botswana’s most prolific wildlife areas and boasts staggering wildlife populations year-round. Home to some of the classic species, such as leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, Red lechwe, zebra and giraffe, it is also a refuge for some of the more uncommon species such as African wild dog (which usually den each dry season near camp), cheetah, roan and sable.

Best Time to Travel

Game densities are best during the dry winter season, however wildlife is good year round.

Bird Sightings

Birding is excellent with a nearby African skimmer colony a highlight, as are the antics of the Black egret on the shores of Zibadianja Lagoon.

Guest Safety

Zarafa Dhow Suites is situated in a wildlife area and is not fenced. Guests are requested to take care at all times and adhere to guidance given by guides and camp management.