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  1. 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 to the west and the Linyanti Swamps to the east. When the Spillway has low water, or dry, we will operate a professionally guided walking safari; and when there is enough water we will offer a combination walking and canoeing expedition (formerly the Selinda Canoe Trail). Secondary effects to the itinerary route often depends on wildlife movements. The adventure for both experiences start with a thrilling 20 minute helicopter journey to the remote starting points in the vast 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve, giving an aerial perspective of the Selinda Spillway and the myriad of channels and lagoons that branch off it creating clearings in the pristine woodland. Call it ‘heli-walking’, ‘heli-stalking’ or ‘heli-canoeing’ if you like. The unpredictable nature of the floods means that your guests won’t know before they board the helicopter from the Selinda Reserve airstrip whether they will be doing the pure-walking safari or the combination walking and canoeing expedition. Be prepared to walk, regardless of whether the Spillway is dry or in flood. The 2016 season will operate 20 May to 11 October and in 2017 season from 02 April to 23 September. Download 2016 rates and departure dates here. 2017 rates, with Selinda Adventure Trail dates, will be sent shortly. Download full itineraries and factsheet here.
  2. 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 of remote regions deep within Botswana’s wilderness. With a poaching rate of one rhino every 7 hours these moves are critical to the survival of the species and using the latest GoPro technology they have produced a Virtual Reality experience that enables you to join in as if you were with us, standing alongside our experts and being talked through the process by Dereck Joubert, who is the CEO of Great Plains Conservation. We hope that you enjoy it. This is a joint initiative between Great Plains Conservation and andBeyond. If you would like to support the Rhinos Without Borders initiative please go to /
  3. As President Obama visits Kenya today, 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! From Nairobi to Johannesburg in fact, taking in Africa’s premier wildlife viewing destinations in Kenya and Botswana. Like President Obama, you will avoid the immigration queues and receive VIP treatment throughout. And you'll stay in accommodation fit for presidents! Taking in three Relais & Châteaux and National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World; Mara Plains Camp and ol Donyo Lodge in Kenya, and Zarafa Camp in Botswana, in addition to a brand new camp on the Duba Plains concession in the Okavango Delta. You'll get more time than the President! Three nights at each camp, 12 nights, with no agenda other than where the whims of the Africa bush may take you. You'll get a far, far better guide to Kenya and Botswana than CNN's misguided report yesterday! Chris Renshaw is an award-winning photographer and professional guide and he will be with your guests through the 13 day expedition. The interest in these expeditions we anticipate to be exceptional. Act quickly to secure your space on this unique series of adventures in Africa's finest places. It runs in a northerly direction and then a southerly direction, starting in Johannesburg and ending in Nairobi, and vice versa. Details of each of the set departures, corresponding rates for each journey, accommodation used and professional guide profile can be found in the following link. Download the pdf of the journey and itinerary here. We look forward to welcoming your excellencies to Africa! 2016GreatPlainsFlyingSafari_09July2015.pdf
  4. 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 100 rhinos to Botswana, as part of the Rhinos Without Borders initiative in partnership with andBeyond, and we are already moving steadily towards being able to get the next group to safety. We are proud, yet humbled by the opportunity; sad that it is necessary, but grateful to everyone who has supported us so far, and hopeful that this small step in conservation is breeding hope for a species on its way back from the brink of an unacceptable extinction. Thank you to a dedicated team. Thank you to industry partners and individuals who are all turning dreams into a reality. This is only just the beginning and we hope that you will continue to stand by us as we turn the tide on the rhino crisis together. Now is a time for action, now is a time for hope. Dereck Joubert CEO Great Plains Conservation
  5. 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 in general celebrates the art of living which in our case is all about the life changing experience of a safari," says Dereck Joubert CEO Great Plains Conservation from Paris, last night. Mara Plains reopened in August 2013, after being completely rebuilt to become one of Africa's finest ecological camps. Located in the exclusive Olare Mororogi Conservancy, bordering the Maasai Mara National Reserve to the north, Mara Plains Camp has the largest traversing area of any camp in the Mara ecosystem with additional access to the Mara North Conservancy. Mara Plains Camp has seven, expansive tents, each with views over the classic savannah grasslands of the Maasai Mara ecosystem, yet the camp is inconspicuously shaded by the riverine vegetation of the Ntiakitiak River. Of the seven tents two of these form a two-tent family suite on a shared deck, and for honeymooners one tent is perched above the river with its own rope-bridge access. Each spacious tent has a copper, free-standing bath, indoor shower includes the complimentary use of professional Canon EOS 7D camera equipment and Swarovski high-definition binoculars. Mara Plains Camp joins its sister property ol Donyo Lodge, in Kenya's southern Chyulu Hills, as East Africa's only other Relais & Châteaux member property. Great Plains Conservation's third member property, Zarafa Camp, in the Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana, was the recipient of last year's Relais & Châteaux Environment Trophy 2013. Life changing experience at Mara Plains, shot by a guest using camp's photographic equipment
  6. GREAT PLAINS CONSERVATION IS THE "MOST LIFE-ENRICHING EXPERIENCE" Great Plains Conservation is thrilled to receive the award for Most Life-Enriching Experience at the inaugural and prestigious PURE Awards 2013 last night at the close of the PURE Life Experiences show at the Palais des Congrès, Marrakech. The award is described by PURE as “truly transformational, thought-provoking and perspective-shifting travel experiences that help the individual reconnect with both themselves and the world around them.” The selection process is rigid, starting with initial nomination by 'PUREists', a collection of the world’s elite buyers and sellers of experiential travel services. It is then judged by a distinguished panel of visionaries in travel: oceanographer and explorer, Sylvia Earle; actor and director, Edward Norton; environmental entrepreneur, Colin Bell; award-winning author and adventurer, Richard Bangs; and sustainable architect, German del Sol. On describing Great Plains Conservation's co-founders, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Sylvia Earle commented: “The Jouberts convey their passion and deeply held conservation ethic and respect for the natural world that is unsurpassed, no matter what the setting, but especially in their beloved African plains. This is conveyed to those fortunate enough to travel in their presence.” Dereck Joubert, Great Plains Conservation CEO, feels particularly honoured and says the award "encapsulates exactly what we set out to do at Great Plains Conservation: create experiences which spotlight the spiritual, personal, cultural and environmental Africa. Through these experiences we change lives and create conservation ambassadors - a positive outcome in the face of many challenges on the continent." All at Great Plains Conservation like to thank the judges and all the PUREists that kindly nominated us for this award. WINNER: GREAT PLAINS CONSERVATION Great Plains Conservation’s collection of exquisite high-end camps offers guests the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in the magical African wilds across Botswana and Kenya – whether it’s enjoying uninterrupted views across the prime wildlife territory of the Selinda Reserve, shaded by a canopy of African ebony and Red ivory trees at Zarafa Camp; meandering on horseback among the “Big Five” mammals in their natural habitat in Kenya's Chyulu Hills; or paddling serenely down the waterway linking Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Linyanti and Kwando water systems on the Selinda Canoe Trail. Encouraging people to appreciate nature and learn how to better protect the environment is at the core of Great Plains Conservation’s mission, so it’s no surprise that the experiences they offer have a unique simplicity and rawness that allows for no distractions. Coupled with the beauty and comfort of the camps themselves and the attentive, personalised service, Great Plains offers a host of truly life-enriching experiences that are unique to each individual. For more information on the PURE Awards click here. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any further information about Great Plains Conservation's camps, lodge and experiences in Kenya and Botswana and the conservation and community work that we undertake. Best regards, Alex Walters Great Plains Conservation Mobile +44 75544 31638 Skype personal.pangea, Email
  7. Great Plains Conservation’s Zarafa Camp wins the coveted Relais & Châteaux Environment Trophy 2014 for its deep commitment to sustainable operations. This coming in its first year of membership of the association. Collecting the trophy from sponsor, Mme. Giraudi of Orlane Paris, were founders and creators of Zarafa Camp and Great Plains Conservation, Dereck and Beverly Joubert. “In the creation of Zarafa Camp, Dereck has respected and preserved the natural state of an immense wildlife reservoir in the depths of Botswana. The property is completely self–sustaining thanks to 170 solar panels, recycled woods, a biogas plant and extensive and innovative grey water recycling. It is definitely a daily challenge but a great success story!” says Relais & Châteaux. “Great Plains Conservation has taken special measures to comply with environmental protection, concrete engagement in the field of sustainable development and positive relationships with clients.” Chosen from Relais & Châteaux’s entire hotel line–up of 465 properties in 50 countries, Zarafa Camp was a standout winner for the Environment Trophy. Described as follows by Relais & Châteaux: “Zarafa [Camp] is in the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana, and is a very low environmental impact camp with unique luxury facilities. With just four huge 110 square metre tents, the Relais & Châteaux board was captivated the minute they walked in. Sustainable building materials and ecological operations combine with authentic period furniture to create a discerning safari ambience and refinement, set in a private Reserve with thousands of elephants, buffalo and hippo, with prides of lions, leopards and rare wild dogs. This paradise is second–to–none. Guests can choose from day and night game drives, catch–and–release fly fishing, use of the pontoon boat, canoeing and walking safaris.” On receiving the award Dereck Joubert said “This is a great honour. Relais and Châteaux is well known for excellence in fine cuisine and the art of fine hosting, but with 7 billion people in the world we also need to be paying attention to the art of fine living...carefully, sustainably. Zarafa is an example of that environmentally sustainability. This award from Relais shows also that the association does take sustainability and the environment seriously.” Dereck added later "'Green’ or ‘environmental’ is often associated with home made or somehow lesser, not ultimate luxury. The Zarafa experience defies that and getting this award from the most prestigious and recognized brands in the luxury accommodation market in the world shows that you can be both, high end and sustainable.” “Great Plains Conservation wants to further the conversation among all the master chefs and hotel owners about menu choices; what fish and meats are okay to serve, no matter how delicious, and that population status of those species, and region are as important to discerning customers today.” As Great Plains Conservation and Relais & Châteaux move forward together, each will continue to harmonise environmentally friendly experiences with the finest hospitality. Great Plains Conservation stewards over one million acres of extraordinary conservation land in Kenya and Botswana, and its Relais & Châteaux properties embody the heart and soul of its destinations. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information. Best regards, Alex Walters Great Plains Conservation Mobile +44 75544 31638 Skype personal.pangea, Email
  8. 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 female. However, the 2013 behaviour, interaction and splintering of the Selinda Pack and neighbouring packs from adjacent concessions has produced activity that is not only remarkable on a local scale, but perhaps unheard of continent-wide among wild dog enthusiasts and researchers alike. Selinda Reserve is now home to three resident packs and, not only that, the denning calendar and alpha female dynamics are in total disarray and hunting has taken on new proportions. Read the full story and get to know The Selinda Pack, The Mopane Pack and The Makoba Pack; it reads like a Quentin Tarantino movie script with dogs possibly called Mr. Orange, Mr. Brown, Mr. Black, Mr. Orangey/Brown with a bit of Black and White, a few alpha females and perhaps a ripped ear in a fight or two.
  9. A good news story to start 2013 from just before Christmas, 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-jump, Maasai-style on the spot; throw spears (javelins); run 5000m and emulate Mo Farrah and doing the unorthodox Mobot move; throw their traditional rungu at targets; and sprint 200m and pull a lightning bolt celebratory pose. The rewards for the Maasai, other than finding potential mates, include sponsorship to train in Kenya's high-altitude training camp of Eldoret and then compete in the New York Marathon, win educational scholarships, a stud bull, and to meet their heroes and fellow Maasai David Rudisha, Billy Konchellah and Ruth Waithera Nganga. Wildlife flourishes and conservation tourism benefits all communities it operates in. Instead of hunting for lions these Maasai are competing for trophies of a very different sort, bringing respect, pride and esteem. "The Maasai Olympics is the first time I am aware of that the Maasai leadership of an entire region has proposed to take lion killing out of their warrior culture after 500 years, making it an actual taboo and providing athletics instead as an alternative warrior activity." Tom Hill, Maasailand Preservation Trust On 22nd December Great Plains Conservation co-sponsored this hugely enjoyable event with the Big Life Foundation/Maasailand Preservation Trust in Kimana Wildlife Sancturary. We are proud to support initiatives like this and congratulate the Mbirikani Game Ranch, where Great Plains' ol Donyo Lodge is located, on winning the overall title against their competing Maasai neighbours. Congratulations too to all that took part to make this the first of many Maasai Olympics, a better option today and for tomorrow for the preservation of Maasai culture and the wildlife the Maasai live amongst. Expect many more Rudishas in the Rio 2016 Olympics. to view video news coverage of the event

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