It’s fitting that Botswana and Kenya, two of Africa’s greatest wildlife destinations, are home to the camps of Great Plains Conservation. Founded in 2006 by a group of conservationists and headed by legendary filmmaker Dereck Joubert, Great Plains works hard to find the right balance between conservation, communities and commerce. Their camps have been built as much to benefit local communities and preserve Africa’s most beautiful landscapes as they have been to deliver breath-taking game viewing.

The camps in Botswana enjoy remote and pristine settings, tucked away on the floodplains of the Okavango Delta or next to secret lagoons and rivers. Blending harmoniously with their environments, they focus on a diverse game-viewing experience. Guests explore by 4X4, on foot and by boat in the company of expert guides while the Selinda 5-day canoe trail offers perhaps the most unique and exciting safari experience in the country.

Two Kenyan camps are set in the incomparable Masai Mara while a third enjoys panoramic views of Mount Kilimanjaro from its setting in a private Big 5 reserve. Guests enjoy game drives and walks from each camp as well as cultural interactions, hot-air ballooning, fly camping and horseback safaris.
Great Plains Conservation delivers an authentic and luxurious safari experience but the group philosophy runs deeper. Most safari operators are travel companies that carry out conservation initiatives to help sustain their ecotourism operations; Great Plains Conservation is first and foremost a conservation organisation which operates ecotourism to maintain conservation.

Their aim is to create of a number of flagship conservation programmes in areas that were once almost ecologically ruined, seeking to ensure these initiatives become successful and are replicated across the continent.

Great Plains Conservation safaris

Great Plains Conservation’s camps are set in some of the best game-viewing areas of Botswana and Kenya. Browse our recommended tours and safaris – all of which include a stay in one of their luxury safari camps – or simply contact a Go2Africa Safari Expert for assistance with planning the perfect tailor-made solution.

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Mountain gorillas are critically endangered and are found in only a few locations in Rwanda and Uganda. Ol Donyo Lodge offers mountain biking as one of their activities, an active way of visiting the locals! This gorgeous luxury suite enjoys the fresh open-air, a truly authentic Kenyan experience. The Ol Donyo region is home to a number of elephants, including some with rather impressive tusks. The local Samburu are always willing to share their knowledge and expertise while out on a safari walk. The Samburu offers some of the most spectacular natural settings in Kenya. A group of young Samburu warriors join together in dance and song. While lionesses normally do much of the hunting, you will see the bachelor males pull down game on their own.
Highlights

Convenient & time-saving flights to all lodges. Stay in Kenya’s top private conservancies.

Destinations visited
Kenya Masai Mara Samburu Uganda

Great Plains Conservation accommodation

With superb camps in both Botswana and Kenya to choose from, Great Plains Conservation offers a classic safari experience that’s blended with conservation programmes and local community improvement projects. Browse our recommendations below or simply contact one of our Africa Safari Experts for assistance with planning your Great Plains safari holiday.

Tembo Plains Camp

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Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Tembo Plains has four double or twin bed configuration tents. Curious hippo at Sapi Reserve Zimbabwe. Elephant herd at Sapi Reserve Zimbabwe. Canoeing in the wildlife-rich sanctuary along the Zambezi River.
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Boat-based safaris Canoeing Game drives Guided walking safaris

Duba Explorers Camp

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Okavango Delta, Botswana
Duba Explorers Camp lounge. Exterior of Duba Explorers Camp. The boma. Dining. Prime location in wildlife-rich northern Okavango Delta. The ideal base from which to discover the Okavango Delta. Spacious suites.
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Boat excursions Fishing Game drives Guided walks

Mara Plains Camp

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Masai Mara, Kenya
A burnished copper basin and bathtub with a free-fall rain shower is just one of the reasons it'll be hard to leave your suite! Each tented suite has a deluxe en-suite bathroom, comfortable queen-size beds, a spacious living area and a private deck. Uniquely designed canvas bedroom with twin beds. The rooms at mara Plains Camp comes complete with its own private veranda with views of the Mara plains or river. Exceptional cuisine is served at Mara Plains and are enjoyed around a grand wooden table in the canvas dining room or on the outdoor deck overlooking the river. Enjoy your very own private luxury tented camp in the Olare Motogori Conservancy, on the northern border of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Expect personalised guides and spectacular game viewing in an area rich in wildlife, and is particularly good for predators.
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Cultural visits Game drives Guided walks Hot air ballooning

Selinda Explorers Camp

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Okavango Delta, Botswana
Experience the serenity of northern Botswana as you tranquilly float down the Selinda Spillway with your guide. Situated on the banks of the Selinda Spillway, this camp is as close to wild Africa as you can get. Relax on the comfortable cushions in the main tent as you imagine yourself in the bygone era of a traditonal camp. Enjoy a simple, yet delicious meal set up in the open-air dining area of the main tent. Enjoy retiring to your tent, each designed in classical East African safari details giving you that true 'Out of Africa' experience. At night the lounge area provides an intimate gathering place by the fireside and among the lantern's glow. Northern Botswana is famous for its large herds of elephants, spot them on your game walks, drives, or canoeing excursions.
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Boat excursions Full-day safaris Game drives Guided walks

Ol Donyo Lodge

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Kenya, Kenya
Set on a private conservancy, Ol Donyo Lodge boasts postcard-perfect views of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Ol Donyo also offers you the chance to spot game from the saddle of a mountain bike.
Join a guided bike trip to a nearby Maasai village for a glimpse into local culture.
Game viewing at Ol Donyo's in-house waterhole can be quite an up-close experience!
Pool Suites at Ol Donyo come complete with private pool, outdoor shower & star bed.
Perched on a hillside, Ol Donyo has a reputation as one of Kenya's most beautiful safari lodges.
Sleep outside under the stars in your Ol Donyo star bed - there's nothing more romantic!
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
4x4 Drives Biking Cultural visits Day tours Game drives

Zarafa Camp

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Okavango Delta, Botswana
Each en-suite bathroom is luxurious and opulent, with gilt-edged mirrors and dual copper wash basins. Escape to the comfort and privacy of your luxury tent and enjoy a sensational soak in your copper bathtub. The rooms have real hardwood flooring, and each comfortable bed is fitted with protective mosquito netting. Service with a smile! A freshly-prepared breakfast spread is a lovely start to the day. Zarafa Camp's iconic Selinda location is right in the heart of 'elephant country'; it's no surprise you'll see them in camp often! Zarafa's luxurious interiors take you back to the classic age of mobile safaris, except you'll enjoy all of life's little luxuries too. Leather couches, Turkish carpets and a variety of interesting ornaments create a unique atmosphere.
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Boat excursions Bush dining Canoeing Full-day safaris

Selinda Camp

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Okavango Delta, Botswana
Walkways leading to the main camp. Sunrise at Selinda Camp. Slinda Camp main area. Incredible views from the main area. Your tented suite at Selinda Camp. Luxurious ensuite bathroom. Alfresco dining.
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Boat excursions Bush dining Full-day safaris Game drives

Duba Plains Camp

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Okavango Delta, Botswana
Make your way to the main deck for evening drinks & shared safari stories. Take in the views of Okavango Delta's floodplains from the daybed | Duba Plains Camp There are only 5 suites at Duba Plains plus a grand 2-bedroom suite with its own guide, butler & chef. En-suite facilities consist of a flush toilet, double basins, indoor & outdoor showers plus a luxurious bath. Duba Plains Camp has a classic riverside setting under shady trees; your suite has unfettered Okavango views. Your private lounge is where you can write, recharge batteries & download your photographs. Choose between sun & shade on your private deck, complete with plunge pool & loungers.
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Game drives Guided walks Mokoro trails Night drives

Zarafa Dhow Suite

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Okavango Delta, Botswana
Complete with wilderness views, your outdoor safari shower makes an unforgettable experience! A game-rich enclave, Selinda is a predator paradise & famous for its big cat sightings. Zarafa is made for romance as much as it is for families & groups of friends. Enjoy breathtaking sunset views from your private deck & pool.
Zarafa is set in the Selinda Reserve, home to epic game viewing & huge numbers of elephants.
A welcome sight in winter, an indoor fireplace adds a unique touch to each suite.
A welcome sight in winter, an indoor fireplace adds a unique touch to each suite.
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Animal tracking experience Bird watching Boat excursions Game drives Guided walks