World-class conservation projects throughout Africa
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.
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