Great Plains Conservation
Their aim in forming Great Plains Conservation was to create innovative, world-class conservation projects in diverse and threatened habitats throughout Africa. As part of this process, the founders pooled their collective experience on safari to create what they deemed to be the best and most environmentally innovative camps in Africa. The team’s passion is contagious as they strive to return stressed environments to their former glory with the right formula of conservation, community and commerce. Great Plains Conservation’s brand of “Conservation Tourism” is dedicated to quality-led tourism experiences that are environmentally sound, with the benefits going specifically toward making the area’s conservation viable and sustainable, in essence, using eco-tourism as a tool to sustain conservation programs. Nine camps throughout Botswana and Kenya offer genuine interactions among guests, with wildlife, with nature and with the local communities.
Great Plains Conservation: Botswana Camps
Guests of Great Plains Conservation’s Botswana camps are not only visitors to this hallowed region, but valued partners and agents of positive change through conservation tourism. All camps are built sustainably including using recycled building materials, solar power, greywater recycling systems and even a biogas plant to generate cooking fuel at Zarafa. The Selinda Reserve, home to Zarafa, Selinda Camp, Selinda Explorers and the Selinda Adventure Trails, is 320,000 acres of pristine wilderness in Northern Botswana, at the crossroads of some of northern Botswana’s most prolific wildlife areas. It boasts staggering wildlife populations year-round and is home to some of the classic species, such as leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, Red lechwe, zebra and giraffe, as well as more uncommon species such as African wild dog, cheetah, roan and sable. Selinda Camp and its surrounding Selinda Spillway is home to a healthy leopard population. The private and intimate Zafara Camp overlooks the Zibadianja Lagoon. There’s an opportunity to explore Africa’s wildlife by canoe along the Selinda Adventure Trail or stay in the exceptional, eight-guest Selinda Explorers Camp with its neighboring elephants and buffalo. Duba Explorers Camp and the totally rebuilt Duba Plains Camp sit in a 77,00 acre private concession the heart of the Okavango Delta, a mecca for wildlife lovers and the camp originally chosen by the Great Plains Conservation founders as their home base. Each of these dramatic camps, decked out in explorer style, offers a five-star safari experience, with incredible food and wine and never-to-be-forgotten wildlife encounters.
Great Plains Conservation: Kenya Camps
Stemming from a dedication to conservation tourism and a symbiotic relationship with their communities, Great Plains Conservation’s Kenya camps harken back to the authentic expedition camps of the colonial era, while ensuring creature comforts for today’s guests. The ol Donyo Lodge is presided over by Mount Kilimanjaro, set in between Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks, an area roamed freely by some of Africa’s last “big tusker” elephant bulls and where lions are being pulled back from the brink of annihilation. Mara Expedition Camp, in the Maasai Mara, is in prime leopard territory – and the annual wildebeest migration occurs, quite literally, outside the guest tents. Guests enter Mara Plains Camp across a bridge over the Ntiakitiak River, through a thick forest, to a seemingly endless view across the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. In a concerted effort not to upstage some of the world’s richest wild ecosystems, the camps are understated and quietly sophisticated with a classic safari style that pays homage to the Swahili and Maasai cultures.
- Duba Explorers Camp
- Duba Plains Camp and the Duba Plains Suite
- Selinda Camp
- Selinda Explorers Camp
- Selinda Adventure Trail
- Zarafa Camp
- Zarafa Dhow Suites
Contact: Great Plains Conservation
Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 87 354 6591