Great Plains Conservation

Accommodation Suppliers

Maison La Rosiere, Palm Street Victoria Mahé
Member Number: 202527 Tel: +27 (0)87 354 6591

Great Plains Conservation strives to secure African landscapes of a scale large enough to also protect its resident and seasonal wildlife populations.

In that effort, we identify and select key areas that are under threat, often next to national parks and reserves, and acquire the rights to convert that land to protected areas with economic benefits. For example, we convert hunting land or agricultural land to wildlife conservation supported by photographic tourism.  The overarching theory is that without large protected landscapes where migration routes are maintained, then wildlife will not stand a chance of survival. Small islands of conservation are simply not adequate for sustaining viable breeding populations of most species.

Our collection of very light footprint safari camps operates on most tracts of these lands; however, not every piece of land needs to or can pay for itself, and some pieces with camps support other pieces without. This model only works if it is self-sustaining. We presently lease and operate safaris on approximately 1,000,000 acres and hope to expand to 5,000,000 in the next five to ten years.

Tourism at this level has the benefit of not only generating much-needed revenue to acquire and steward the land but also creating global ambassadors for wildlife and its conservation.

Great Plains Conservation is also unique in that our shareholders have all agreed to never take a dividend from the Company but to recycle any profits into the business or into the Great Plains Foundation.

Where we operate

  • Botswana
  • Kenya
  • Zimbabwe

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Flying Safaris
  • Mobile Safaris
  • Photography
  • Riding Safaris
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Walking Safaris
  • Eco tourism
  • Honeymoon safaris

Our Commitment to Responsible Tourism

Great Plains Conservation is clear about its remit: The natural resources of Botswana and Kenya belong to their people. And in order to keep it this way, Great Plains Conservation strives to secure African landscapes of a scale large enough to also protect its resident and seasonal wildlife populations. It selects key areas under threat, for example where migratory routes must be kept open, and acquires the rights to convert that land to protected areas with economic benefits. It now leases and operates low impact safari camps and conservation activities on half a million acres and hopes to expand to five million in the next ten years.

This form of stewardship revolves around a transparent core at Great Plains Conservation, with environmental audits, operating manuals, methods and revenues streams available for all to see and, if necessary, replicate. Because, in their own words; “If we get it right, we want to enable people to follow in our footsteps”. And their environmental model is certainly worthy of emulation. For example, they perform an environmental audit for every new development, assessing fuel and noise pollution, damage or stress to wildlife, waste, resource usage and so on. The proof is in the product, and recent assessments showed those particular camps to have zero impact on the environment. 


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National Geographic Big Cats Initiative

From lions in Kenya to snow leopards in the Himalaya, the big cats of the world need help. Lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, and other top felines are quickly disappearing, all victims of habitat loss and degradation as well as conflicts with humans. To address this critical situation, the National Geographic Society and Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, have launched the Big Cats Initiative, a comprehensive program that supports on-the-ground conservation projects, education, and economic incentive efforts and a global public-awareness campaign. “We no longer have the luxury of time when it comes to big cats,” says Dereck Joubert. “They are in such a downward spiral that if we hesitate now, we will be responsible for extinctions across the globe. If there was ever a time to take action, it is now.” You can help us make a difference. Your donation can help save a big cat and ensure the Earth is not without these majestic creatures.

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Big Life Foundation

After 20 years of sole operation under Richard Bonham’s guidance, Maasailand Preservation Trust is proud to announce its merger with Big Life Foundation. Co-founded by conservationist Richard Bonham & photographer Nick Brandt in October 2010, Big Life’s conservation philosophy is so similar, and goals so identical, that it became obvious to both organizations that the two should merge operations and continue forward under one identity. Richard lives mere kilometers from ol Donyo Lodge on Mbirikani Ranch, where many of his innovative conservation schemes were first put into practice with MPT. Big Life now uses many of these very strategies in a community collaborative approach to address the region’s greatest wildilfe threats, reduce the loss of wildlife to poaching, defeat the ivory trade, mitigate human-wildlife conflict, protect the great predators, and manage scarce and fragile natural resources. It recognizes that for the Maasai residents of Mbirikani Group Ranch and the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem as a whole, the cost of living with wildlife exceeds the benefits and that dichotomy needs to shift. Big Life has now expanded to employ 250 rangers, with 21 outposts and 14 vehicles protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of East Africa. It is the only organization in East Africa with coordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations. As of September 2012, Big Life’s rangers have made 627 arrests and confiscated 1630 weapons/poaching tools since November 2010. For those familiar with Big Life already, you will see that its mandate has now expanded in terms of the community support, all aimed at nurturing the critically important relationship between the local Maasai communities and their wildlife. Big Life’s vision, which Great Plains is proud to support, is to take the successful holistic conservation model in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem and replicate it across the African continent.


Great Plains Foundation

Great Plains Foundation is a licensed (US) non-profit entity. The Foundation takes on a parallel but distinct role from the Company. Here, we are more project and species focused, and funded by donations as opposed to investments. If Great Plains Conservation acquires the land, then the Foundation finds projects that will rehabilitate, enhance and save its wildlife. Major initiatives include Rhinos Without Borders, Maasai Olympics, Ride for Lions, Solar Lantern project, and Conservation Education.


15 December 2020

Great Plains Foundation 12 Days of Giving

Great Plains has launched its 12 Days of Giving fundraising programme this Festive Season to spread joy and hope throughout Africa. Please watch the #12DaysBrighterFuture video to support any one of the twelve community and conservation projects supported by the Great Plains Foundation and donate through this link.

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13 November 2020

Great Plains opens Botswana camps with a timely video message

The Dream is Alive, and I'm Awake! In the period that Botswana has been closed you could have not only dreamt of having a baby, but had a baby! So to celebrate the birth of tourism again we take a nostalgic look back, by taking you to the waters of the Okavango now that Great Plains Botswana camps are open for business again...

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22 October 2020

The launch of the Great Plains Academy in Botswana

At Great Plains we understand that thriving conservation programs are only possible when communities living alongside the wildlife and protected areas are afforded opportunities to learn, interact, and benefit from these conserved areas. Based on this, the Great Plains Foundation has been working on launching an innovative initiative called the Great Plains Academy, which aims to provide personal and community enrichment opportunities for individuals in northern Botswana.

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17 September 2020

Great Plains Conservation welcomes Xigera Safari Lodge

Great Plains Conservation and Botswana’s Xigera Safari Lodge, unified through their mutual commitment to environmentally conscious hospitality and the conservation of Africa’s pristine wild places, have joined forces to create elevated, tailor-made, and life-enriching experiences for the seasoned safari-goer.

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06 August 2020

Ten green bottles, going to make a wall

Great Plains Conservation's enviroment team are constantly looking into how we operate and how we can improve our behaviour and in particular the cycle of our waste products.  Our latest environmental initiative in both Kenya and Botswana aims to combat glass waste.  The bottle crushing initiative in Botswana is based out of our Maun office on the fringe of the Okavango Delta.

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28 July 2020

Announcing the Return of the Safari Pioneers! Departing November 2020

Today, we are announcing a bold initiative for you to return home to Africa, to the warm welcome of our communities and staff, to the conservation-based safaris that are synonymous with Great Plains Conservation and to the spectacle of Mother Nature.

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08 June 2020

Rhinos & Rangers – A Rhinos Without Borders Update 2020

On seeing rhinos for the first time in their lives, last year, the Chiefs of six remote villages from the Okavango Community Trust couldn’t believe how calm the rhinos were, having only heard tales of the animals’ ferocity and dangerous nature. But there lay three rhinos, in the shade of a tree. Three hefty, healthy and peaceful rhinos that now called Botswana home, after being relocated through the Rhinos Without Borders project from poaching hotspots in South Africa.

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02 June 2020

Keep the Dream Alive Essentially – The d&b explorer collection

While we wait to head out into the world and wild again, our boots are laced, our linen shirts are buttoned and our explorer hats are tipped, as they keep the adventurer inside us alive and inspired. Our clothes prepare us for the day, for the night, for the unforeseen. They prepare us for ambles with lechwe and leopards, photographic missions across remote rivers and campfire dinners under the Milky Way.

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27 May 2020

The Magic of Plants – A Taste of Our New Plant-Based Dishes

Alchemy is defined as a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. The word, in this context, is used to describe all kinds of things from romantic love to perfumery, consciousness to nature’s seasons. Historically, it is a science that originated in Greco-Roman Egypt and was practiced throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia, as alchemists attempted to purify mature and perfect certain materials.

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13 April 2020

Keep the Dream Alive: Complimentary access to Okavango River of Dreams, Chapter One

Last week I wrote, and declared, no more use of ‘the C word.’ So I’ll stick to that. But for many of us now Conservation is everything. For the first time in history we can demonstrate that bad conservation can collapse economies and even kill us.

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30 March 2020

Keep the Dream Alive - personal message from Dereck Joubert

At Great Plains Conservation we love to surprise you. In a good way! A bush dinner, a hand made gift, small things to make your safari a momentous experience. I will personally be taking on that responsibility now. Stand by.Just because borders are closed, and airports have become like hot zones, preventing you from experiencing a Great Plains Conservation safari for real… it does not mean you have to shut down your senses and not experience our wildernesses at all.  I will be sendi…

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29 August 2019

'Okavango: River of Dreams' network premiere

"Okavango: River of Dreams' is a three-part blue-chip series from Dereck & Beverly Joubert on Nat Geo WILD. Viewers in UK, Ireland, mainland Europe and Africa can see the first chapter starting Sunda 01 September (UK and Ireland) and 05 September (mainland Europe and Africa). Chapter 1: Paradise. 01 September UK & Ireland; 05 September mainland Europe & Africa

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27 February 2019

Great Plains Stance To Botswana's Proposed 'Blood Law'

Our beautiful Botswana is under siege by lobby groups. On Thursday 21 February a white paper was submitted to the government recommending wildlife utilisation with a series of suggestions to: a) open up the largely condemned hunting of elephants and all wildlife again, b) the culling of massive numbers of elephants, c) the setting up of canning factories for those dead elephants to convert them into pet food, d) more fences, and e) the active cutting off of wildlife corridors. Read the Botswana Government's White Paper on their official Facebook page here.

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18 February 2019

Official opening of Mpala Jena Camp

The official opening ceremony of Great Plains Conservation's Mpala Jena Camp took place on Friday 15 February.  The Hon P. Mupfumira (Zimbabwe's Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry) opened the camp in front of tourism dignitaries from Zimbabwe and the co-owners of Mpala Jena Camp Dereck and Beverly Joubert and Blessing Munyenyiwa. Great Plains Conservation is honored to be a part of Zimbabwean conservation tourism story.  Watch the opening presentation and view the camp here

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10 August 2018

World Lion Day screening of Joubert's 'Tribe vs Pride'

Great Plains Conservation's Dereck and Beverly Joubert's latest film, Tribe vs. Pride, will be shown on Nat Geo Wild channels this Friday 10 August* on World Lion Day, during Big Cat Week.

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24 August 2017

Great Plains Conservation Wild Studio photographic programme 2017/18 dates

Great Plains Conservation has launched their Wild Studio photography season dates and rates, with departures from November 2017 running to April 2018 in Kenya and Botswana. Ranging from 4 to 7 nights, photography workshops will be taught with a maximum of 4 people in any vehicle by a professional photographer.   The courses are aimed at all abilities, and beginners are welcome. Enquiries to  

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23 February 2017

Great Plains Conservation opens first permanent stables in the Maasai Mara

Great Plains Conservation is delighted to announce the opening of the first permanent riding stables in Kenya's Maasai Mara. Ride Kenya - Mara is a stand-alone riding stable of 16 horses, offering morning or afternoon rides in the wildlife-rich Maasai Mara and exclusive Mara Conservancies for any competent horse rider (min. age 14+, max. weight 95kgs, max. group size of 8 riders) staying in any camp. 
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03 November 2016

Shelley Cox heads Great Plains Conservation new ventures in Zimbabwe

Great Plains Conservation is excited to announce the charting of new conservation territories in Zimbabwe. Over the coming years we will be opening new camps in prime areas ripe for expanding photographic, non-consumptive tourism outside of our current presence in Kenya and Botswana. To steer Great Plains Conservations’ forthcoming Zimbabwe operations, recruitment and the establishment of a new Victoria Falls office, we are delighted to announce the joining of one of …

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18 March 2016

GoPro film Virtual Reality 360 degree rhino release

Have you thought about joining an exciting Rhinos Without Borders rhino release? It is a wild and exciting experience but a little difficult to attend. Now is your chance to join in on this amazing experience. In association with GoPro and the Great Plains Foundation, there is an opportunity that allows you to be in the midst of a rhino relocation from your sitting room. Rhinos Without Borders is a project moving 100 rhino from areas of high poaching and now drought conditions to the safety o…

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17 March 2016

Launching the NEW Selinda Adventure Trail

Great Plains Conservation launches the new Selinda Adventure Trail with 'heli-walking' and/or 'heli-canoeing'. Adventure is defined by a certain amount of unpredictability and unknown. It should also enhance senses and stimulate adrenaline. The new 5 days/4 nights Selinda Adventure Trail embodies this definition entirely: The itinerary primarily dictated by water levels in the Selinda Spillway, a seasonally flooded channel that connects the Okavango River t…

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01 February 2016

Great Plains announce opening of Duba Expedition Camp

We have broken ground and excited to announce a new camp for Botswana's Okavango Delta, which will open on 6th April 2016. In keeping with the theme and style established first with Selinda Explorers Camp and then Mara Toto, we want to expand this style within our brand. Duba Expedition Camp however will be at a higher level - higher and better than the current Duba Plains Camp actually. Duba Expedition Camp will be made up of six tents under light cotton canvas, each with en-suite f…

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29 January 2016

Jouberts to talk about elephant plight on Ellen Show

This Monday, February 1, Great Plains Conservation's founders and filmmakers, Dereck & Beverly Joubert will be appearing as guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where they will be discussing their latest film, Soul of the Elephant, filmed at Great Plains Conservation's properties in Botswana and Kenya. An insight of what might be discussed with Ellen comes several days ago from the Sundance Film Festival. In a panel forum, introduced by Robert R…

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19 January 2016

Great Plains Young Explorers

We know that safaris are a considerable expense, and when there are little ones involved it becomes more even more so for the parents that have made an informed choice to widen their children's knowledge and experiences. So that is why from today going forward, for all new reservations, we have removed the need for families to book a private vehicle at all of our camps in Kenya and Botswana. This will still be subject to the minimum age requirements, which vary fro…

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28 July 2015

It's not just Presidents that have their own private aircraft when visiting Kenya and Botswana

As President Obama visits Kenya, closes airspace and lands in his private jet, Air Force One, we at Great Plains Conservation are taking this opportunity to announce our once-in-a-lifetime, 13-day Great African Private Flying Adventure, which is same, same, but different... Yes, you'll get a private plane; a next generation Pilatus PC12, accommodating 6 guests (just a tad smaller than Air Force One) in supreme comfort. You'll get your own private airspace too! F…

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03 July 2015

Mara Plains Camp, ol Donyo Lodge and Zarafa Camp join National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World

Washington DC (30 June 2015) Great Plains Conservation today announced that three of its properties, Mara Plains Camp and ol Donyo Lodge in Kenya plus Zarafa Camp in Botswana have joined National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a prestigious collection of boutique hotels in remarkable destinations around the world. Great Plains Conservation’s three lodges are among 14 new Unique Lodges members who have each demonstrat…

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22 May 2015

First phase of Rhinos Without Borders completed

In the face of ever more devastating poaching statistics, we would like to share our story of hope.      The largest airlift of rhinos ever undertaken has begun, as on the 28th April our first group of rhinos were released into Botswana. They will form part of a seed population which will have a chance to expand in number and gene diversity, whilst protected by the latest technology and a specialized anti-poaching unit. We will be moving at least 1…

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30 January 2015

Duba Expedition Camp opening May 2015

We are soon to start the building of our new Duba Expedition Camp. In keeping with the theme and style established first with Selinda Explorers Camp and then Mara Toto, we want to expand this style within our brand. Duba Expedition Camp however will be at a higher level - higher and better than the current Duba Plains Camp actually. Duba Expedition Camp will be made up of six tents under light cotton canvas, each with en-suite facilities and larger guest sleeping areas than what we p…

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21 November 2014

Mara Plains joins Relais & Châteaux

It was announced at the International Congress of Relais & Châteaux in Paris, celebrating the association's 60th year, that Mara Plains Camp, Kenya, has been accepted on all standards as a member camp based on its experience, fine cuisine, hosting and accommodation. "This is our third camp to become a Relais & Châteaux member, an honour and responsibility we don't take lightly. The association stands for excellence at all levels and&nbs…

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06 August 2014

Rhinos Without Borders - Introducing our Trevolta campaign

Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond have partnered up withTrevolta, a crowd-funding site that helps raise funds for travellers, and now rhinos. An important and exciting day for rhinos today. As you know we are moving 100 rhinos to secure locations in Botswana as a collective effort with our friends in conservation and in tourism operations.Rhinos Without Borders is a joint venture with wildlife officials in Botswana, a sanctioned and valid project. Each rhino is going to cost us ab…

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11 June 2014

Great Plains Conservation supporting Zeros for Rhinos

The Great Plains Foundation, an African conservation company that operates upscale tourist camps in Botswana and Kenya, will for a limited time donate 100% of customer payments for stays at selected camps to help fund a program to remove rhinos from poaching hot zones. Supporting the effort, Extraordinary Journeys, a New York-based Africa specialist, built a 10-day Botswana Safari package around the rhino rescue effort. It is also donating its commissions on any customer bookings for Botswana…

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30 April 2014

How to help save rhinos?

Great Plains Conservation will be giving calving season bednights away in the Selinda Reserve to raise money to translocate 100 rhino from South Africa to Botswana. Book a stay at either Zarafa Camp, Selinda Camp or Selinda Explorers Camp between now and 31 May 2014 or from 1 November 2014 to 31 May 2015 and guests will be directly contributing to the total USD8 million target needed to move these rhino in July/August 2015. You can book through your usual ground handler, or through the Great …

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04 February 2014

Joubert's Game of Lions on Nat Geo Wild: Big Cat Week

Dereck and Beverly Joubert, co–founders of Great Plains Conservation, proudly announce their next feature film “Game of Lions” to be shown world-wide as part of Nat Geo Wild’s BIG CAT WEEK.   Filmed in Botswana’s Selinda Reserve, Duba Plains and Kenya’s Mara Plains the film documents the challenges male lions face in order to survive.   Only one out of eight lions survive into adulthood. Their fate has always been a mystery…

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29 January 2014

Great Plains Conservation and andBeyond join forces in major rhino initiative

GREAT PLAINS CONSERVATION AND &BEYOND JOIN FORCES TO TRANSLOCATE UP TO 100 RHINO 28 January 2014 With rhino poaching at an all-time high in South Africa, two of Africa’s leading conservation companies, Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond, have joined forces to safely translocate up to 100 rhino from South Africa to the safe haven of Botswana. “There is a battle for Africa’s wildlife raging as we speak. Rhinos are being poached at a rate of one every nine hour…

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23 October 2013

Selinda Reserve Becomes Africa's Wild Dog Hot-Spot

The Selinda Reserve, in northern Botswana, has become the wild-dog hotspot of Africa. Three wild-dog packs of 17 adults have denned with 22 puppies in 2013. This is exceptional and has left experienced guides and researchers absolutely in awe at what has transpired.   Each year we anticipate one of the most exciting seasons, when our resident wild dog pack, The Selinda Pack, dens. This normally occurs in June or July and the result has been as many as 15 puppies from just the one alpha f…

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29 July 2013

New Mara Plains Camp reopens

  The Maasai Mara is well known for its astounding wildlife numbers and one of the highest densities of predators in the world. But as of July this year, it is also home to the new Mara Plains Camp, Great Plains Conservation's latest in bespoke safari experiences.  Emulating the style and community of its Botswana camp, Zarafa recipient of many "best of" awards, the brand-new Mara Plains Camp adopts many of the same values and design ethics but with its own East Africa…

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15 July 2013

Heli the Selinda Spillway

  Combining the Selinda Reserve with Duba Plains is a perfect pairing of Botswana's most esteemed wildlife areas. And now Great Plains Conservation have made it all the sweeter, and more irresistible, by offering an upgrade to a complimentary helicopter transfer between the two reserves, based on staying 6 nights between Duba Plains and either Selinda or Zarafa Camps. This 35 minute helicopter flight offers a uniquely spectacular aerial view of the Northern Okavango Delta region bet…

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02 May 2013

Mara Toto Camp, Kenya - extended season

  Mara Toto Camp is a brand new addition to the Great Plains Conservation Collection in the world famous Masai Mara Reserve, and now open 11 months of the year (closes for 1 month after Easter each year).  It complements Great Plains Conservation's existing Kenya products - Mara Plains Camp, ol Donyo Lodge and Ride Kenya horse safaris. Mara Toto is a magical revisiting of the past, drawing from the designs of original explorers and created for those who want to get…

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06 February 2013

Great Plains Conservation opens Mara Toto Camp

Great Plains Conservation is pleased to announce, on 28th January, the opening of its second camp in the greater Masai Mara ecosystem, Mara Toto Camp.  Toto’ means baby in Swahili, and was often used as a term of endearment in reference to young safari staff in the days of early exploration. But today, in our context, it is simply meant out of respect to its sister camp, Mara Plains, which has developed a phenomenal reputation. We are certain Mara Toto will follow suit. Mara Toto po…

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14 January 2013

Maasai Olympic Games, an alternative to hunting lion

  A good news story to start 2013 from just before Christmas, in Kenya, watched over by Olympic champion and 800m world record holder, David Rudisha, and former 800m World Champion Billy Konchellah; The inaugural Maasai Olympic Games.  There was a time when in order to prove their manhood and attract the girls a Maasai warrior had to kill a lion. Today, in the Maasailand of southern Kenya, Maasai groups do not hunt lion and instead compete against each other to high-ju…

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30 November 2012

Great Plains Conservation's Jouberts on CBS 60 Minutes

Last Sunday on the CBS News 60 Minutes programme, Lara Logan and her team profiled Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Great Plains Conservation's founders, Emmy award-winning wildlife filmmakers, and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, at their Great Plains Conservation camps in Botswana. Logan was in Africa to film the Jouberts’ important conservation work with Big Cats in the Duba Plains area. Click here or on the image below to view th…

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13 November 2012

Great Plains Conservation announces association with Relais & Châteaux

At a spectacular ceremony in Italy this week, it was announced that Great Plains Conservation would be breaking new grounds for Relais & Châteaux. ol Donyo Lodge and Zarafa Camp are the first properties ever to be accredited as Relais & Châteaux members in Kenya and Botswana respectively and be accepted into this prestigious association. This Relais & Châteaux membership highlights the quality and mutual ethos of both companies. The Relais & Ch&acirc…

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26 September 2012

Wild Dogs at Mara Plains Camp

As an indicator species of a healthy ecosystem we're extremely excited to announce that for the first time in many years wild dog have been spotted in the Olare Orok and Mara North Conservancies. This stunning news posted by Mara Plains Camp management couple, Richard Pye (words) and Lorna Buchanan-Jardine (photos): “This morning at 6:30am, as guests were leaving camp for their morning drive, their guide spotted three Wild Dogs passing within 200 meters of the camp, headin…

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07 June 2012

Botswana's New Diamond

In a country known for it's diamonds, Great Plains Conservation is proud to announce a new gem to be found in the Selinda Reserve. Opening 15 August 2012 Selinda Explorers Camp has just four tents and will be a new concept camp for Botswana; an exclusive-use camp located on the banks of the Selinda Spillway which is not chargeable per camp, but chargeable per person up to a maximum of maximum of eight people.  A separate guide's tent is available for those bringing a…

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23 April 2012

Season 4: Selinda Canoe Trail starts today

   SEASON 4: 20 APRIL-11 OCTOBER 2012 Don't worry if you've missed the first three seasons, it's not difficult to catch up and get into it. Basically, what you've missed so far... Season 1 - The Pioneers. 75kms of paddling and more paddling over 4 days. The first guests were the trailblazers. It was a bit Hawaii 5-O, with early starts and late arrivals into camp, and some overland dragging of canoes to deeper water. The Selinda Spillway waters from the Okavango and Li…

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29 February 2012

Selinda Spillway joins

The flood waters pouring into Botswana via the Okavango and Linyanti systems have resulted in the Selinda Spillway head waters having reached and joined up this year already! In 2009 this happened for the first time for 30 years in August. In 2010 it happened in May, last year it was the end of March and now in 2012 mid-February. At this rate perhaps the Selinda Spillway is heading towards permanently flowing year-round? We look forward to a very exciting, productive and rewarding 4 day/3 nigh…

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20 February 2012

The Last Lions UK premiere

The Last Lions has its UK premiere on Nat Geo Wild this Sunday 19 February at 9pm, repeated Monday 20 February at 4pm and Friday 24 February at 10pm. Filmed by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Great Plains Conservation's co-founders and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, on location at Duba Plains in Botswana's Okavango Delta it tells a story of a lioness struggling to protect her cubs from jealous sisters, maurading males, wild-fires and prey that turn pre…

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15 February 2012

New earlier Selinda Canoe Trail dates

Great Plains Conservation will be operating its Selinda Canoe Trail earlier this year with two added dates in April. The extra departures are 20-23 and 27-30 April 2012, marking the fourth year of operation along the Selinda Spillway in Botswana's vast 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve. The 4 days/3 night fully backed-up canoeing and walking safari runs on set departures every 5 days thereafter until the last departure 11-14 October 2012. Watch the YouTube video to get the idea.

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24 January 2012

Mara Plains Camp upgrade schedule 2012-13

Great Plains Conservation is proud to announce the scheduled timeline for the renovation of our highly regarded Mara Plains Camp in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy. In its present form the camp is already one of the very best in the Mara ecosystem and enjoys the greatest traversing area of any camp in the area. The new Mara Plains will employ the latest in eco-technology, enlarged tents for greater comfort; yet keep the intimacy and ambience that the present camp enjoys. &nbs…

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30 September 2011

Great Plains Conservation and Swarovski Optik announce a strategic alliance

September, 2011: Absam, Austria and Johannesburg, South Africa: GREAT PLAINS CONSERVATIONand SWAROVSKI OPTIK are proud to announce that the world famous optics company will be placing their latest “SLC 8 x 42 HD Field Binoculars” in all the Great Plains Conservation camps, starting immediately at Zarafa Camp in Botswana. This will be followed by placement at ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya, next month. Binoculars will be in Great Plains Conservation’s remaining camps of Selinda and Du…

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13 September 2011

Duba Plains and Selinda Camps at a steal

Great Plains Conservation camps of Selinda and Duba Plains camps, in a partnership with Wilderness Safaris and Sanctuary Retreats in an offer called the Six Countries Summer Special, are available to guests at an incredibly good value of a recommended selling price of USD360 per person per night from 1st November 2011 to 15th April 2012 (excludes 20 December to 6 January and 6-9 April inclusive).  Duba Plains is the setting of wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert's iconic &n…

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07 September 2011

Safeguarding Big Cats

Guests staying 4 nights at any one of Great Plains Conservation's camps will be assisting in the conservation of big cats worldwide.  Great Plains Conservation will donate USD25 per person per night to the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative on behalf of each and every guest to help save these apex predators in their natural habitats.  We also ask that tour operators and their clients to match this donation to also help safeguard these animals for future generations.  Qu…

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28 June 2011

Selinda Canoe Trail - no single supplement

  The 2011 Selinda Canoe Trail has just started it's third season of this incredible 4 days/3 nights canoe safari, the only activity of its kind in Botswana charting the newly flooded waterways of the Selinda Spillway.  We are pleased to announce that there is no single supplement for the 2011 season running mid-May through to early October.  Only USD1600 per person all inclusive for the four days, which is great value in Botswana's high season.  Access …

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