Mara Nyika, Maasai Mara

Mara Nyika Great Plains Conservation
Mara Nyika, meaning “Large Plains or Great Plains,” is an intimate four tent camp is set in a valley, straddling a small stream on the western side of the Naboisho Conservancy bordering the Maasai Mara. Mara Nyika’s four light-coloured canvas tents were designed to sit under the canopy of umbrella thorn trees while still offering guests views out over the plains. Walkways from the tents to the main area evoke the feeling of a treehouse under canvas and the camp’s ethic and inspiration is one of exploration and adventure. Privacy is the key to Mara Nyika. Privacy to live, think, explore, be romantic and be pampered – all the while with one of the most spectacular backdrops Africa can provide. Mara Nyika allows guests to explore the private and exclusive 50,000-acre Naboisho Conservancy, the second largest conservancy in the greater Maasai Mara region. The conservancy model combines the conservation of nature and cultural heritage, tourism and the enhancement of livelihoods for the local communities. Each guest’s stay supports over 500 Maasai families with a sustainable livelihood and helps to ensures the conservation of this vital corner Maasai Mara eco-system. Many guests may opt to spend a few days in Mara Nyika combined with a stay at either Mara Expedition or Mara Plains Camp to get exposure to all three wildlife areas, namely the private Olare Motorogi and Naboisho Conservancies and Maasai Mara Reserve. Read More...

Selinda Adventure Trail

Great Plains Conservation Selinda Adventure Trail River
The Selinda Adventure Trail is an exploration safari charting a 4-day / 3-night course along the Selinda Spillway, an ancient waterway that links the Okavango Delta with the Linyanti wetlands, flowing through the remote woodlands of the 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve. Along the route expect to come across the diverse species that inhabit the reserve from some of Botswana’s largest herds of buffalo and elephant to wildebeest, zebra, roan antelope and maybe even a lion, leopard or African wild dog. It is also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species possibly seen.The Adventure Trail is a combination of canoeing and walking or, as water levels can vary annually, a pure walking safari. No previous canoeing or walking safari experience required but participants must be fit enough to paddle their own canoes and walk for several hours at a time. Even when on a canoe safari, each day includes at least a short walk. The three nights are spent in fly-camps along the Spillway. Staff move the camp ahead of guests so you can expect to end each day by walking or paddling into camp to find that a roaring fire and your gin and tonic await. Accommodation includes Kodiak tents large enough for two people and complete with cots and comfortable bedding. Screened bucket showers with hot and cold water are also supplied.All trips are led by an expert guide with an intimate knowledge of the area and have a maximum of 8 guests. The Selinda Adventure Trail is perfect for active travelers, groups of family or friends truly and defines adventure, bringing you close to nature and immersing you in the wilderness. Read More...

Mara Expedition Camp

Great Plains Conservation Mara Expedition Tent View
Located a few kilometers from Mara Plains, Mara Expedition Camp is set on a small bend in the Ntiakitiak River, where a thick riverine forest meets the unending savannah of the Maasai Mara. A place where lions own the night and hippos stake claim to their territories, the setting is the perfect hideout for this small, intimate camp, constructed with deference to the wilderness that surrounds it. Mara Expedition Camp’s design draws stylistic reference from the old, authentic expedition camps of the colonial era. Temporary and transient in atmosphere, there is nonetheless a perfect blend of comfort, adventure and harmony in the camp’s five, custom-designed tents. Set at ground level and shaded by the forest canopy, the tents forego fancy amenities but leave you wanting for nothing. Read More...

Sapi Explorers Camp

Great Plains Conservation Sapi Explorers Camp Exterior
The 120,000-hectare private Sapi Concession was awarded to Great Plains Conservation to manage and look after in 2016 and was immediately converted to operating as a private photographic reserve. This amazing wildlife sanctuary, along with the neighbouring Mana Pools National Park, now comprise over 337,000 hectares of prime protected wilderness. Collectively they form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as the core of the Middle-Zambezi Biosphere Reserve. Sapi Explorers Camp, perfectly located along the Zambezi River, offers a base to explore the Sapi Reserve, Mana Pools and the Zambezi River. With only 5 Explorers-style tents, each with en-suite shower and flush toilet, Sapi Explorers Camp offers a safari experience reminiscent of the old African explorers, the perfect combination of romance, adventure and discovery. The focus of your stay is exploring one of Africa’s remote wilderness areas on foot and on wildlife-viewing drives as well as canoeing and boating on the Zambezi River. Traverse Sapi’s diverse terrain by vehicle or on foot, discovering the legendary Mtawatawa Pan, and encountering some of Africa’s largest wildlife species. Guests have the opportunity to experience up-close encounters with elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, eland, zebra and other ungulate species. This is also prime bird watching country and opportunities abound for guests to spot resident and migrant species especially in the early morning and late afternoons. Explore the Zambezi River by canoe and boat, watch as wildlife congregates along the river to drink and marvel at the setting of the African sun. Read More...

Selinda Explorers Camp

Great Plains Conservation Selinda Explorers View
Located on a remote stretch of the Selinda Spillway, in the heart of the private 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve, Selinda Explorers is an intimate camp designed in the style of the early explorers. The camp’s magic lies in its expedition-style, with campaign furniture and vintage travelling trunks that lend an authentic, transient atmosphere to the camp.The camp’s focal point is the Bedouin-style main area consisting of a lounge and dining room. Under a canopy of jackalberry and mangosteen trees, the four canvas guest tents are raised just slightly off the ground, connecting guests with the pulse of the wild. Rekindling the magic of safaris gone by, hot and cold water in the tents is provided in large jugs for the copper vanities. The separate en-suite flush toilet and shower area, although covered and enclosed at the sides, remains open-air. The atmosphere of the camp is one of bush elegance with a relaxed bohemian style, complemented by attentive staff, outstanding guiding and fabulous food.Wildlife viewing is focused on guided walks and canoeing (when water levels allow) in addition to drives, allowing guests to take in the smaller things often missed from a vehicle. The area is also a wildlife hotspot home to herds of elephant and buffalo with lion, leopard, African wild dog and sable and roan antelope seen on a regular basis. After days spent walking and canoeing, while away the heat of the afternoon in a hammock, the perfect respite from the ‘daily grind’ of a traditional safari. Read More...

Duba Explorers Camp

Duba Explorers Camp tent
Duba Explorers Camp is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway set in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Set on a 77,000-acre private concession typifies the region’s unique landscape, this intimate camp consists of five expedition-style tents of light airy canvas on slightly raised decking, each with views of the surrounding floodplain. Each tent is stylishly furnished and designed by Great Plains Conservation Founders and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, using their unique sensibilities to capture a spirit of exploration. Each room has a campaign writing desk and private verandah as well as en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double vanities and indoor shower. Duba Explorers Camp prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences, and rightly so. Guests of the camp enjoy regular sightings of a diverse range of species, including lechwe, kudu, tsessebe and giraffe. Herds of elephants and buffalo move around the camp and hippo trudge through the swamps creating their channels and paths daily. Lions, leopards and even African wild (painted) dogs are spotted regularly. Birds abound, and the area is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Read More...

Zarafa Camp, Okavango Delta

Zarafa Camp Botswana
Zarafa means “the beloved one” in Arabic and comes from a giraffe that was presented to Charles X of France in 1826 by the Viceroy of Egypt. Today Zarafa, Botswana’s first Relais & Chateaux property, is an exquisite camp located on the private 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve. The Reserve links the Okavango Delta with Chobe National Park and every area of the camp offers stunning views over the Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the Savuti Channel. Each of Zarafa Camp’s four guest tents are 1000 square foot (100m2), set on raised decking, under flowing canvas. Entering through a Lamu door guests, find a lavish space of deep reds and browns. Under a canopy of ebony trees, the camp has a sizable main lounge, library, dining area and bush boutique. An outdoor gym and in-room massage are available. With all its careful appointments, Zarafa maintains the perfect balance between luxury, romance and adventure and the camp has no equal when it comes to its environmental credentials. Only recycled hardwoods and canvas were used in the construction, all the camp’s electricity comes from its solar farm and a bio-gas system converts vegetable waste into usable cooking gas. Selinda Reserve is home to leopard, lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, red lechwe, zebra and giraffe. Read More...

Duba Plains Camp

Duba Plains Camp Private Area
Built on an island in the northern reaches of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, this intimate and remote tented camp is located within a 77, 000-acre private reserve that is generally only accessible by air. Surrounded by game-rich grasslands and seasonal floodplains, the camp has just five traditional tented suites as well as 2-bedroom suite perfect for families. The thousands of buffalo that inhabit this area are hunted by resident lion prides that are unusually active during the daytime. Duba lions are up to 15 percent larger than other lions and guests are able to observe this fascinating predator-prey interaction with kills witnessed fairly regularly during game drives. This dynamic camp encourages guests to dictate their own game-viewing schedule. Some days you might want to spend hours following a single pride of lions and other days roam the plains after a large herd of red lechwe. Sumptuous picnics are packed for guests to take along on extended safaris and food can even be delivered to vehicles out in the bush so that an exhilarating lion hunt is not missed. Duba Plains Camp is ideal for serious game viewers and discerning families looking for an intimate, exclusive safari experience with a fairly good chance of witnessing lion-buffalo interactions. Read More...

Selinda Camp

Selinda Camp Botswana
Situated in The Selinda Reserve, a 1350km private reserve, that straddles the Selinda Spillway, Selinda Camp offers nine luxury tents on raised decks under cool thatch canopies with wonderful views over the floodplains and their resident game. Selinda Camp is built on a shady island overlooking the waters of the dramatic Selinda Spillway, an ephemeral waterway which is the focal point in a vast private concession in northern Botswana. With its large, game-rich floodplains, Selinda Camp offers a unique wildlife experience. The nine large, luxury tents have exceptional views across palm studded floodplains. The en-suite bathrooms are uniquely “open air” with lots of natural light, yet screened and virtually bug-proof. Four-poster beds with mosquito nets and overhead fans form the centrepiece of each room, surrounded by furniture and artefacts collected from around Africa. The main areas comprise a series of expansive decks, and set apart is the photo/art gallery built above a temperature-controlled wine cellar. The Selinda is host to a wide variety of bird species (300+) and wildlife, including hippo, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, cheetah, wild dog, lion, plenty of elephant and several species of antelope. Night drives allow guests to see nocturnal species such as porcupine, springhare, hyena and perhaps even the elusive leopard. Read More...

Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains Camp Tent Kenya
Set on a bend in the Ntiakitiak River in the 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy and bordering Kenya’s Maasai Mara Reserve, Mara Plains is a stunning and intimate safari camp in one of the most iconic wildlife destinations on the planet. Upon arriving at the camp, crossing a bridge and climbing a few giant steps, you are greeted by an endless horizon with a single, flat-topped acacia, the quintessential shape of East Africa. It is a small detail but one Great Plains co-founder Dereck Joubert spent days considering. Just one of thousands of small decisions that together make Mara Plains Camp the perfect combination of romance, adventure and exploration. Set in middle of one of the planet’s richest ecosystems, Mara Plains’ design honors rather than upstages what nature has provided. The decor pays homage to the essence of East Africa; Swahili heritage is reflected in large wooden doors from the island of Lamu, and accents of red and purple honour the great Maasai chiefs and warriors. Add to this cultural melting pot a nod to the colonial era, with rich leathers, copper and brass used in campaign-style furniture and you have a lavish yet comfortable atmosphere that complements, rather than overwhelms the surrounding wilderness. Read More...

Mpala Jena Camp

Mpala Jena Camp
A luxurious and intimate property, Mpala Jena – meaning ‘White Impala’ is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, within a private concession of the Zambezi National Park. A recent addition to the Great Plains portfolio, this stunning hideaway offers panoramic views over the flowing river and surrounding bush. Billowing canvas and graceful fabrics hint of a Moroccan influence which echoes throughout the camp. The main guest areas, perched upon hardwood decks are elegantly designed and open sided enabling guests to be fully immersed within the surrounding environments. Visit the majestic Victoria Falls by boat and watch the sunset while enjoying a cool glass of wine during a Zambezi River safari. Nestled between the branches of indigenous Kigelia Africana (sausage tree), the four luxurious canvas tents are elegant in style. There is a small sitting area leading out onto a large deck. The deck offers uncompromised views of the flowing river and is made complete with a generously sized plunge pool. Spacious ensuite bathrooms feature a bath and open-air shower. Read More...

ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills

Ol Donyo Lodge Kenya Sundowners
ol Donyo Lodge is nestled in the untouched foothills of the rolling Chyulu Hills in the south-east of Kenya and a member of the prestigious National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and Relais & Chateaux Collection. This secluded and exclusive safari lodge has ten luxurious suites all enjoying majestic views of Mount Kilimanjaro and superb riding safaris. The lodge is situated between Tsavo and Amboseli, and has exclusive access to a quarter of a million acres of one of the few remaining corners of wild Africa, the Mbirikani Group Ranch. This untouched wilderness where Maasai herdsmen live in total harmony with nature is awe-inspiring. The main area is set high on the hillside, and opens out onto the plains below, with Mount Kilimanjaro ever present in the distance. Read More...