Great Plains Conservation

World-class conservation projects throughout Africa

Great Plains Conservation Camps In the Okavango Delta

Great Plains Conservation has at its heart the desire to create innovative, world-class conservation projects throughout Africa, funded through the profits of their excellent safari camps.

With fifteen camps in Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe, Great Plains Conservation funds the conservation of threatened environments through low-volume, low impact tourism. The company strives to create the right mix of conservation, communities and commerce that would make a lasting, sustainable difference to the world’s iconic wildlife and wildernesses.

In Botswana Great Plains operate from two main areas. The Duba Concession in the Okavango and the Selinda Reserve, just east of the Okavango. Great Plains camps are distinct in their vintage but luxurious style, balancing the original pioneering and adventurous spirit of safari with the elegant luxuries of modern day comforts. The portfolio includes a range of camps, from the premier luxury camps such as Zarafa, Duba Plains, Peperre Island and Selinda to more adventurous and affordable camps such as Selinda Explorers, Duba Explorers and Selinda Pioneers.

Great Plains Conservation is unusual for a safari operator in that it is a hybrid organization, with both commercial and charitable arms .It aims to secure African landscapes of a scale large enough to also protect its resident and seasonal wildlife populations. Great Plains find areas that are under threat and stress, often next to national parks, World Heritage Sites, and obtain the rights to change the land to protected areas with economic benefits. Their past projects have successfully transformed hunting or agricultural land to wildlife conservation supported by photographic tourism. Their portfolio of top safari camps are also global leaders in sustainability, proving that commercial operations can positively benefit landscapes when done correctly.

Great Plains and its Foundation currently manage approximately 1,000,000 acres with plans to expand to 5,000,000 acres across a variety of fragile landscapes.

Established in 2006 by five individuals who, in their 50s, pooled their considerable skills and experience to create innovative, world-class conservation projects in diverse and threatened habitats throughout Africa. Two of the founders, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, are multi-award winning filmmakers and National Geographic "Explorers in Residence". Many of their Nat Geo documentaries have been filmed on the same reserves in which the camps are based, such as the Last Lions and Relentless Enemies shot on the Duba Concession and Birth of a Pride on thee Selinda Reserve.

Okavango: River of Dreams is the latest film from the Joubert team, a three part series exploring the Okavango River as a lifeline to the wildlife in the region, described as a love letter to one of the greatest rivers in Africa.

From $TBC per person

Peperre Island

The latest edition to the Great Plains portfolio, Peperre Island Camp is due to open in late 2020. Set deep in the beautiful waterways of the Northern Okavango, bordering the Duba concession, Peperre Island Camp aims to offer a more tranquil safari, with quintessential Okavango water activities such as mokoro rides and boating. Promising the same excellent safari standards delivered by their other famous camps we are very excited about this latest camp.

From $TBC per person

Selinda Pioneers Camp

The Great Plains collection of safari camps continues to grow with Selinda Pioneers Camp, due to open in 2021. Selinda Pioneers Camp will redevelop the site of Motswiri camp, which closed in December 2019. With Great Plains’ track record of excellent camps together with a beautiful location on the Selinda Spillway and interesting game viewing, Selinda Pioneers Camp is sure to become a popular camp.

From $10200 per person

Zarafa Dhow Suite

The Zarafa Dhow Suite offers one of the most exclusive and luxurious safari experiences in Africa, a stunning two bedrooom suite complete with private guide, chef and butler. The suite has a stunning position overlooking the Zibadianja Lagoon on the vast and beautiful Selinda Resereve in northern Botswana, with superb game viewing. Situated next to Zarafa Camp, Botswana’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property, this is the ultimate safari experience.

From $2125 per person

Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp is one of the finest camps in Botswana, occupying a stunning position overlooking a permanent lagoon on the vast and exclusive Selinda Reserve. In this pristine 130,000 hectare reserve, between the Okavango and Chobe, some of Botswana’s most iconic species abound. This is a very special camp, Botswana’s first Relais & Chateaux property, with just four achingly stylish suites, it is an intimate and exclusive safari experience.

From $1010 per person

Selinda Explorers Camp

Selinda Explorers is a delightful little camp, perfect for travellers looking for a genuine “old world” safari in simple but elegant style. Unpretentious yet refined, this camp of just 4 tents offers a special safari experience with a focus on walking and 4x4 drives. The camp lies on the Selinda Spillway, embracing the natural riverine forest, in the heart of the vast and varied 130,000 hectare Selinda reserve. A truly remote and peaceful safari.

From $1190 per person

Selinda Camp

One of Botswana’s most exclusive camps, the recently rebuilt Selinda Camp lies in the pristine paradise of the vast 130,000 hectare Selinda reserve between the Okavango and Chobe. One of Botswana’s smallest camps- with just 3 spacious guest tents in the main camp - creating an intimate yet impressive safari experience. Selinda Camp offers a highly exclusive and luxurious safari experience in one of the most scenic and untouched areas of Botswana.

From $2550 per person

Xigera Safari Lodge

Xigera Safari Lodge sits in a prime location in the heart of the Okavango Delta on private concession within the Moremi Game Reserve. The camp is currently being rebuilt and will re-open in June 2020 as one of the most exclusive and luxurious camps in Africa offering the ultimate flexibility for guests to shape the experience exactly as they desire. The philosophy at this stylish lodge says it all “anything, any time”.

From $1360 per person

Duba Explorers Camp

Duba Explores Camp is a charming camp situated within the quintessentially scenic Okavango landscapes of the private Kwedi Reserve. Surrounded by the undisturbed wilds of a 33,000 hectare private concession this camp is perfect for wildlife connoisseurs who enjoy the elegant but unobtrusive style of the original 1920’s safari. Superb game viewing with morning, afternoon and evening drives, as well as boating when water levels permit, this great little camp offers a classic Okavango experience.

From $2125 per person

Duba Plains Camp

Duba Plains is one of Botswana’s top luxury camps set in a particularly beautiful corner of the Okavango. This premier camp lies on the vast, and wonderfully varied, 33,000 hectare private concession in the north of the Delta. The explosive game viewing here has been captured in a number of superb Nat Geo documentaries by the founders Derek and Beverley Joubert. A top camp in a stunning area offering a top safari experience.

Great Plains Conservation Locations

Peperre Island

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Selinda Pioneers Camp

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Zarafa Dhow Suite

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Zarafa Camp

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Selinda Explorers Camp

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Selinda Camp

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Xigera Safari Lodge

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Duba Explorers Camp

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Duba Plains Camp

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Safaris Featuring Great Plains Conservation

7 Nights
From $12,200

Ultimate Luxury Family Safari

An incredibly exclusive and luxurious family safari for those inspired by the dramatic National Geographic films of Botswana. Staying in sophisticated two bedroom suites complete with private guide, chef and host – privacy and flexibility is at the heart of this itinerary. This safari explores the same magnificent landscapes which have formed the backdrop to some of Nat Geo best wildlife documentaries, staying in luxury vintage style camps created by their filmmaker owners. Staying in premier camps in prime locations, this safari offers the chance to explore these exclusive and game rich lands and a chance to create and capture your own special family memories for life.

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6 Nights
From $5600

Great Explorers Safari

An incredibly exclusive and luxurious family safari for those inspired by the dramatic National Geographic films of Botswana. Staying in sophisticated two bedroom suites complete with private guide, chef and host – privacy and flexibility is at the heart of this itinerary. This safari explores the same magnificent landscapes which have formed the backdrop to some of Nat Geo best wildlife documentaries, staying in luxury vintage style camps created by their filmmaker owners. Staying in premier camps in prime locations, this safari offers the chance to explore these exclusive and game rich lands and a chance to create and capture your own special family memories for life.

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8 Nights
From $6850

Botswana Explorers Safari

A classic Botswana safari for those explorers drawn to the romantic vintage style of the original safari pioneers. Selinda Explorers and Duba Explorers are charming camps where the luxury is understated, the settings beautiful, the game viewing excellent and the guiding top notch. These camps have a perfect sense of place. Set in the same stunning landscapes which have formed the backdrop to some of Botswana’s best Nat Geo documentaries, these camps were created by their filmmaker owners. The Selinda Reserve and Duba concession have featured some of the most dramatic wildlife encounters in Botswana –safari offers the chance to explore these exclusive and game rich lands and live your own Nat Geo adventure.

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8 Nights
From $10,300

Luxury Vintage Safari

Picture perfect landscapes, fantastic game viewing and quintessential water safari activities all come together in this excellent itinerary. Staying in intimate, authentic and charming camps and enjoying a host of activities, this itinerary offers a beautifully balanced safari experience. Over 8 nights you explore three different areas, the exclusive Selinda Private Reserve, the famous Duba private concession and the deep waters of the Okavango. The incredible game viewing of the Selinda and Duba reserves has featured in a number of Nat Geo documentaries and these camps were created by their filmmakers. The safari ends at on an idyllic little island deep in the Delta, a chance to slow the safari down and enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the Okavango.

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5 Nights
From $4400

Okavango Explorers Safari

A luxury safari through the same magnificent landscapes which have formed the backdrop to some of Botswana’s best Nat Geo documentaries. Staying in the luxury vintage style camps created by their filmmaker owners, this is a truly remarkable safari. The Selinda Reserve and Duba concession have featured some of the most dramatic wildlife encounters in Botswana – beautifully captured in a number of award winning documentaries. Staying in premier camps in prime locations, this safari offers the chance to explore these exclusive and game rich lands and a chance to create and capture your own memories.

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