February 6, 2013

C4 Global Communications
Santa Monica, CA

Great Plains Conservation wins Best Safari Accommodation Group and awarded Best Safari Properties in Africa at the 2013 Safari Awards

Great Plains Conservation was a three–time winner at the prestigious, annual Safari Awards in London on January 30th. Great Plains Conservation camps, lodges and experiences were shortlisted for five awards, which they either won or were runner–up in their categories:

  • Winner Best Safari Accommodation Group in Africa: Great Plains Conservation
  • Winner Best Safari Property in Southern Africa: Zarafa Camp
  • Winner Best Safari Property in Africa: Zarafa Camp
  • Runner–up Best Ecological Safari Property in Africa: Zarafa Camp
  • Runner–up Best Mobile Safari Operator in Africa: Selinda Canoe Trail

Great Plains Conservation CEO Dereck Joubert says, “Winning at the Safari Awards is important to us at Great Plains Conservation especially because we are still a young company. Getting acknowledged by a respected organization like the Good Safari Guide sends a signal to us and our staff that we are on the right path. We aren’t there yet but the direction is being acknowledged, and I can see the difference in our teams as they stand just a little prouder and try just a little harder as a result. I see staff helping one another to improve because of this new Corps d’ Esprit.”

Zarafa Camp in Botswana is the crown jewel of Great Plains Conservation. The Safari Awards come on the heels of industry and media recognition, including the Andrew Harper Grand Award 2013, Robb Report, Relais & Châteaux membership and Forbes’ The Hotel Detective’s “Top 10 Luxury Hotel Rooms of 2012.” The camp uses 100% biogas from waste food for cooking and heat, to make the camp one of the greenest on the planet. Click here to read about the camp’s recent awards.

It is the second year that Great Plains Conservation has won Best Safari Accommodation Group in Africa. This award helps cement the company’s ethos of Conservation Tourism: 100% of all profits made by the group through tourism are put back into conservation and community projects.

For the first time since the Safari Awards began in 2008, a canoe safari has been shortlisted for the Best Mobile Safari. This year’s runner–up, the Selinda Canoe Trail, is challenging the traditional driving and walking mobile safaris after four seasons of operation.

Photo captions (clockwise from top left): Zarafa Camp bedroom suite; twin vanity units at the newly opened Mara Toto Camp, photo by Lorna Buchanan-Jardine; traditional Maasai jewelry; ol Donyo Lodge rooftop bedroom; Dereck Joubert, Great Plains Conservation CEO, canoeing on the Selinda Spillway Botswana, photo by Beverly Joubert; Selinda Explorers Camp, photo by Dook.

About Great Plains Conservation
Great Plains Conservation saves wild tracts of land and endangered species, and generates much needed revenue for local communities, helping them care for their natural and wildlife resources. It specializes in enhancing habitats as well as creating premier class safari experiences for guests who want to understand Africa a little better, experience it at a more meaningful level and be exposed to experts in the field. Great Plains Conservation’s projects in Botswana and Kenya focus on providing guests with an exclusive experience through a strong commitment to a low environmental impact, high value safari that is environmentally and financially sustainable to the benefit of communities and conservation. Our efforts at Great Plains Conservation continue to be recognized by leading travel publications and organizations: Great Plains Conservation is a recipient of the World Responsible Tourism Award and featured in leading publications such at Condé Nast Traveler, Town & Country, Robb Report and Travel + Leisure.

Mara Plains Camp and ol Donyo Lodge in Kenya are nominees for the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards Survey — vote now.

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Caroline Graham, C4 Global Communications | 310.899.2727 |