“When we started on this incredible journey, we didn’t feel like we were eco-tourism operators. Most eco-tourism companies are primarily involved in the business of travel, occasionally getting involved in conservation initiatives to help sustain their tourism operations. But Great Plains is first and foremost a conservation organization that uses eco tourism as a tool to sustain conservation programs. We even coined a new name for what we do – “Conservation Tourism”. We define it as the use of quality led tourism experiences that are environmentally sound, with the benefits going specifically into making the conservation of an area viable and sustainable.
It is important to us that this is done without any negative influence on the land, on any species that uses that land, or, indeed, on any individual animal. We do not do conservation by triage, killing some to save the rest, because this is a defeatist and disrespectful way of interacting with nature. Our philosophy is grounded in the fundamental appreciation of the good in life… Good people, good staff, good decisions, good things we share and enjoy, but most of all we try to extend that “goodness” to our interactions with you, with wildlife, with nature and with the local communities which so depend on them.” Visit Great Plains Conservation
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Sapi Explorers Camp “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 neighboring 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.”
Sapi Springs Camp “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 neighboring 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.
At Sapi Springs Camp, located inland along the seasonal Sapi River, guests have the opportunity sleep in the open-air, on a raised platform, under a canopy of indigenous trees. Three guest rooms offer a large comfortable bed, elegantly set under a mosquito net, on raised outdoor sleeping platform. In addition, each room has a ground level sitting area, second bedroom and “en-suite” bathroom facility that includes a flush toilet and shower. The beauty of this camp is the experience of sleeping safely under the African stars, shaded by tangle of tree branches. The thrill of listening to the night’s sounds, and being so close to nature, is an experience not to be missed.
The main area of the camp is set in the open-air under the shade of a Strangler Fig. There is something about being under those huge trees that puts you completely at ease and makes Sapi Springs Camp the perfect place to spend the afternoon relaxing, reading a book and watching as Lillian’s lovebirds, sand grouse and other birds visit the spring. In addition to relaxing in camp, time at Sapi Springs is spent walking and exploring on foot, intermixed with wildlife drives in open vehicles that will take you to explore further into remote interior of the Sapi Reserve.”
Mpala Jena“is an exquisite tented camp, located in a private concession within Zambezi National Park overlooking a beautiful stretch of Zambezi River and in the shade of indigenous trees.
The camp is named for the spring-line that runs through the concession and attracts an abundance of wildlife. Mpala Jena means “white impala” named, according to local National Park rangers, after an albino impala seen in the area in 1979 when the Zambezi National Park was created and separated from Victoria Falls National Park. Today Zambezi National Park has a healthy population of wildlife including buffalo, elephant and lion and offers excellent bird-watching, particularly between November and April.
The camp’s four guest tents are under flowing canvas, with open (yet netted) views of the river and Moroccan influences throughout the decor. Decking in front of the tent leads to a private plunge pool with views of the flowing waters of the Zambezi River. Mpala Jena Camp is one of the most environmentally innovative camps in Zambezi National Park; achieved through the use of recycled hardwoods and canvas and ensuring all the camp’s electricity needs come from solar power.
The property is conveniently located 16 kilometers inside the Zambezi National Park offering easy access to Victoria Falls town, but distance from the hustle and bustle, allowing guests to remain immersed in a safari-atmosphere and relax in the incredible setting and wild habitat of the Park.”