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Zarafa Dhows Suites

The private, exclusive breakaway that dreams are made of

Zarafa Dhows Suites

Safari camps do not come more exclusive than Zarafa Dhow Suites, an all inclusive two-bedroom villa situated in the private 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve on the far eastern edge of northern Botswana. Considered one of Africa's most luxurious camps, it is a place where you come to connect in an intimate setting with those you love, secluded and unplugged. Found at the crossroads of a prolific wildlife region with every luxury and convenience available to you, the Dhow suites stand out as an experience above and beyond. Zarafa, 'the beloved one', transforms into your personal, lavish retreat.

At the lodge

The hotel

Found under one of the largest tents ever built in Africa, with a floor space of 210 square metres, the light and luxurious lounge and dining area that centres the two villas leading down a multi-level deck to a pool that has expansive views over the plains and lagoon of the reserve. An outdoor fire pit invites you to take in the nocturnal wildlife late into the evening under the star lit skies.

The rooms

Each of the two tented villas are set on either side of the main living and dining area, on a raised wood deck of 100-year-old teak railroad ties, sitting perched on the banks of the Zibadianja lagoon. The finishings are exquisite; from entrances through traditional Zanzibari doors, gleaming brass slipper bathtubs to stylish outdoor and indoor showers all under soft draped linen tenting. It is old world elegance at its most romantically adventurous.

On safari

Experiences

Looking out onto the lagoon there is a constant stream of wildlife moving past the camp game. Expect to see year-round sightings of leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, red lechwe, zebra and giraffe, and if you are lucky the ever elusive African wild dog from the two daily game drives. There are guided walks and the fantastic option of cruising on the Zibadianja Lagoon on “HMS Zib” to take in the Botswana wildlife from a unique water perspective.

When to go

Linyanti by month

January

Season: Wet
  • Weather is characterised by high temperatures, a drop in humidity and relatively high rainfall.
  • A month of high excitement, due to the many newborns afoot, predator hunts are a frequent occurrence.
  • A wonderful time for photography, vegetation is green and in bloom, migratory birds are present and in breeding plumage, the animals are all in prime condition.
  • Make sure the mosquito repellent is packed during this time of year.

February

Season: Wet
  • Weather is characterised by high temperatures, a drop in humidity and relatively high rainfall.
  • A month of high excitement, due to the many newborns afoot, predator hunts are a frequent occurrence.
  • A wonderful time for photography, vegetation is lush and in bloom, migratory birds are present and in breeding plumage, the animals are all in prime condition.
  • Make sure the mosquito repellent is packed during this time of year.

March

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are still quite hot, with the number of rainy days decreasing, expect the occasional afternoon shower.
  • Although wildlife is still more spread out than the dry months, wonderful diversity more than makes up for this.
  • An interesting time for photography, vegetation is green, migratory birds are present and the animals are all in prime condition.
  • Make sure the mosquito repellent is packed during this time of year.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures begin to cool, the average daily sunshine hours begin to climb and rain is relatively rare.
  • Some of the animals will still be spread out, however lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah usually add to the safari excitement .
  • Enjoy the last opportunity to view the migratory birds before they head North for the dry winter months.
  • This is the last opportunity to capture a lush green wilderness before the dry winter months set in, changing the landscape drastically.

May

Season: Dry
  • A transition month from wet summer to dry winter, offering moderate temperatures and little to no rain.
  • The "emerald season" is coming to an end, vegetation will slowly begin to thin and animals will migrate into the area following the year round water sources.
  • Improved visibility will increase your chances of spotting the rare and endangered Sable and Roan antelope.
  • A great time of year to star gaze, with relatively few clouds and no ambient light, enjoy a sky twinkling with a blanket of stars.

June

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures drop considerably in the morning and evenings, with the daylight hours being comfortably warm.
  • Animals return to the region as water becomes scarce elsewhere, leading to increased interactions between species, as they compete for the limited resources.
  • This is usually the best time to view the elusive wild dogs of the region as they begin their denning period.
  • Vegetation has started to thin, improving chances of spotting the rare and endangered Sable and Roan antelope.
  • Remember to pack a winter jacket, as frost can occur on particularly cold June mornings.

July

Season: Dry
  • The best time to visit, with warm daytime weather, low humidity and not a cloud in the sky.
  • July offers ideal photographic conditions, the low humidity and sparse vegetation means wonderful image clarity and no shortage picture perfect moments.
  • Vegetation is thin due to the lack of rainfall, causing animals to cluster around the remaining water sources and the Savute Channel.
  • This is usually the best time to view the endangered wild dogs of the region as they den over this month.
  • Be sure to pack a warm jacket for the early morning and late evenings, as temperatures can get chilly.

August

Season: Dry
  • The best time to visit, with warm daytime weather, low humidity and not a cloud in the sky.
  • Vegetation is thin due to the lack of rainfall causing, animals to cluster around the remaining water sources and the Savute Channel.
  • August offers ideal photographic conditions, low humidity and sparse vegetation means wonderful image clarity and no shortage of picture perfect moments.
  • This is usually the best time to view the wild dogs of region as their denning period slowly approaches an end.
  • Be sure to pack a warm jacket for the early morning and late evenings, as temperatures can get chilly.

September

Season: Dry
  • The best time to visit, with warm daytime weather, low humidity and not a cloud in the sky.
  • Be sure to pack a warm jacket for the early morning and late evenings, as temperatures can get chilly.
  • Vegetation is thin due to the lack of rainfall causing animals to cluster around the remaining water sources and the Savute Channel.
  • September offers ideal photographic conditions, low humidity and sparse vegetation means wonderful image clarity and no shortage of picture perfect moments.
  • A great time for landscape photography with the crisp mornings ensuring views for miles around.

October

Season: Dry
  • October is also a transitional month with temperatures being hot and humid preceding the arrival of the wet season.
  • This is the harshest month of the year, water and food is scarce causing animals to congregate along water sources.
  • Game viewing is still very good with vegetation sparse, ensuring quality sightings of a wide variety of wildlife.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water during the day to avoid dehydration in this month.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures and humidity are still high with the arrival of the summer rains, expect afternoon showers only.
  • The arrival of the rains causes animals to spread out once more, enjoying a time of plenty as water sources are replenished for the coming months.
  • Migratory birds begin to return, creating a hive of activity and colour in the tree tops.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water during the day to avoid dehydration in this month.

December

Season: Wet
  • A wonderful time of year to get out on foot, experiencing all the smaller details often missed during game drive.
  • Weather is becoming less hot and humid, with afternoon showers providing solace from the African heat.
  • The birthing season kicks off towards the end of the month, causing a buzz of predator excitement.
  • The "emerald season" is the perfect time for photography, plants are green and in bloom, migratory birds are in full breeding plumage and the animals are all in prime condition.

Wildlife


The Linyanti's diverse environment is composed of woodlands, marshlands, savannah and palm islands, attracting a wide variety of species. The area is famous for large herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, roan, sable, zebra, and more. However, it is the predators that take centre stage in the Linyanti, with the rare wild dog, lion, cheetah and leopard producing some thrilling encounters.

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