Flights aboard a lightweight aircraft are offered between the airports at Kasane or Maun in Botswana and the Zarafa airstrip. The airstrip can also accommodate private aircraft. Upon arrival at the airstrip, guests are transferred to the lodge by land vehicle and boat. Transfers take about 45 minutes and are included in the cost of the stay.
Zarafa Camp is located in a remote area with no immediate access to a pharmacy or hospital. The nearest advanced medical facility is located in Maun. Guests should pack all needed prescriptions and medications. Zarafa requires all guests to carry comprehensive travel and medical insurance for themselves and any dependents with whom they are traveling.
Please note that the lodge is situated in a malarial area, and it is recommended that guests consult their physician or travel clinic regarding the latest, easily administered malaria prophylaxis.
There is no cell phone reception at the lodge. Guests who need to place a call can use the lodge’s satellite phone at a rate of $4 US per minute.
Most guests of Zarafa travel to Botswana on flights from South Africa. Visitors traveling through South Africa are required to have at least two consecutive blank visa pages in their passports. Visitors should also be able to provide immigration officials with outbound travel documentation. Parents traveling with children must carry unabridged birth certificates for all family members under the age of 18. Please consult South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs for more information on traveling in the country with minors.
Upon arrival in Botswana, visitors must provide immigration officials with an international certificate documenting their vaccination for yellow fever.
Weather in Botswana is pleasant throughout the year. The summer runs from November through March, bringing hot days and warm nights, along with frequent rain showers. During winter, from May through August, there is little to no rain. Temperatures during this time are typically warm in the afternoon but can sometimes turn very cold overnight. The transitional months of April and October also tend to be dry.
Please note: The light airplanes that fly into Zarafa have luggage restrictions. Each person’s luggage may weigh no more than 44 pounds (20 kilograms) and must be packed in soft bags measuring no larger than 10 inches wide by 12 inches high and 25 inches long. Dinners are casual, basic bath amenities are provided, and laundry service is available, so guests are encouraged to pack lightly.
Children ages eight and older are welcome at Zarafa and are invited to participate in many of the lodge experiences, including game drives. The Dhow Suite private villa alone can accomodate children six and older. The Young Explorers Program offers complimentary additional excursions for children that combine lessons in wildlife awareness and conservation with unforgettable hands-on experiences in the Botswana wilderness. Take a look at some of these activities below.
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