Great Plains


Conserving & Expanding Natural Habitats

Great Plains Conservation is one of Africa's shining examples of how tourism can be used to better the continent, its people, wildlife and landscape. The driving force behind it to secure large stretches of the African landscape so that they can protect the residents both human and animal, especially the seasonal wildlife that travel along the migratory routes in threatened areas. Great Plains has acquired the rights to protect the land, while gaining economic benefits, which can be seen in the low-impact safari camps and conservation activities they manage across half a million acres. It is initiatives such as this that make us proud to work in travel in Africa, that let us see the change that can be created when people come together.

Who are these people? Well, namely, "five individuals in their 50s" - some of whom you may have heard of, such as Mark Read (former Chair of the WWF-SA Board), Paul Harris (of Ellerman House), and Dereck and Beverly Joubert, an inspiring husband and wife team and world-renowned filmmakers and conservationists.

Dereck and Beverly's documentaries have been viewed by billions of people worldwide; their films have won them five Emmy Awards. Conserving and documenting Africa is their life and has led to their status as National Geographic Society “Explorers in Residence”.

As human populations explode, species face extinction and habitats are being wiped out, rare places - and the diversity of life they support - are valued and protected less, not more. In order to secure their future Great Plains Conservation realized that this had to stop and alternative, bold conservation models that successfully integrate communities, governments, and the private sector had to be created. The final piece of the puzzle is clients and guests who visit their camps, and through doing so, become valued partners and agents of positive change.
We recommend the Great Plains camps to our guests because we know they will live up to their high expectations. This is luxury in the wilderness with a conscience - whether you stay in Botswana at Duba Plains, Zarafa Camp and Dhow Suites, Selinda CampSelinda Explorers Camp or head out on the Selinda Canoe Trail; or in Kenya at ol Donyo Lodge, Mara Plains Camp or Mara Toto Camp.

The camps are committed to sustainable design and technology, using above ground grey/black water filtration systems, UV water purification to eliminate plastic water bottles, worm farms, solar farms and bio-gas plants. The tread-lightly motto is also apparent in the activities on offer - walking safaris, horseback and canoe safaris, visits to local communities. Great Plains are involved in several conservation and community upliftment projects.

See their work for yourself... experience this success story while getting up close to the beauty of the African wilderness, whether in Botswana or Kenya (or both).

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