Zarafa Camp

Sample Itinerary—Private Botswana

Curated exclusively for National Geographic

Soak up the allure of northern Botswana’s incredible Okavango Delta, where hippos, zebras, and huge herds of buffalo gather at a vast network of natural watering holes. Explore the bush in custom-built safari vehicles as well as on foot, and float past hippos and birds as you cruise the Zibadianja Lagoon.

Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample itinerary below was designed for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish.

Highlights

  • Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the lodge and enjoy a special dinner, followed by a movie in the bush (National Geographic Exclusive).
  • Set out on thrilling open-vehicle safaris to seek out some of Africa’s largest elephant and buffalo herds.
  • Toast the sunset with cocktails as you glide across the shimmering waters of the Zibadianja Lagoon in a comfortable pontoon boat.
  • Go on a guided walk across the surrounding floodplains with a local expert, and learn about the unique ecosystem of northern Botswana.

Day 1—Arrive Selinda Reserve, Botswana

Your adventure begins from the moment you step off the airstrip. Join your lodge guide in a safari vehicle custom-built for maximum wildlife viewing, and enjoy a game drive through the fertile floodplains of the Okavango Delta en route to your secluded camp. Upon arrival, get settled in your spacious suite, then head back out on an afternoon game drive in pursuit of some of Africa’s largest elephant and buffalo herds. Dine by candlelight under a canopy of African ebony trees. If you’d like, go on a night drive to encounter the nocturnal residents of Selinda Reserve as they roam the floodplains.

Day 2—Stewards of Sustainability

Rise early to join expert guides on safari, and observe the animals that gather each morning at the natural watering holes of Selinda Reserve. After lunch, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the lodge to learn about its cutting-edge sustainability practices. Head out on another game drive this afternoon, and watch for giraffes, rhinos, roan and sable antelopes, and leopards. Or explore the bush on foot with an expert guide and learn the complexities of northern Botswana’s unique ecosystem. Tonight, enjoy dinner and a movie, safari style. Savor a multicourse gourmet meal complete with wine pairings, followed by a special bush viewing of a wildlife conservation film created by lodge founders Dereck and Beverly Joubert.

Day 3—Land and Water Safaris

Experience the bush at dawn, when animals are most active, on a morning game drive. Back at camp, enjoy an early lunch, then unwind from the thrill of the morning’s adventures with a relaxing massage in the privacy of your tent. Or cast a line into the Zibadianja Lagoon from the deck of a fully outfitted pontoon boat and try to catch (and release) resident tiger fish. This afternoon, sip sundowners as you glide across the lagoon on a pontoon boat equipped with couches and a bar, and be on the lookout for hippos and exotic birds. Recount the day’s adventures over a meal on the dining terrace, which overlooks the sparkling lagoon.

Day 4—Depart

Head out on safari one last time, or spend your final morning enjoying the comforts of your suite and private plunge pool before departing.

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