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Safari in Botswana

“The Botswana safari experiences you have with Great Plains Conservation will be with you forever. Just like those precious few you keep in your wallet, personal albums, weathered as they may become — all unforgettable.

A journey like this is life-changing. We want you to choose well.” recommends Dereck Joubert, CEO of Great Plains Conservation and National Geographic Explorer.

“It should all start with understanding shared values and knowing what we stand for. This allows us to develop, earn and deepen your trust in us and mutual respect.

A simple set of my values are centred around kindness, compassion, trust, empathy, and mutual respect for everything. So, you will find our guides creeping through the bush, respecting wildlife and your privacy, but with sensitivity to what you may want to learn. You can expect gentle interaction, a smile, and understanding your needs to be quiet or informed. Our guides are trained to offer you a short lesson on photography or birds. There will also be times when they will talk of the hunting strategy of the leopard you see in front of you. Mostly you will be taken on a journey where each day is exciting and different, meaningful and authentic.

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Beverly and my journey started in Botswana. As we were both born in Africa, we needed to pursue a personal quest to find the continent’s soul. We initially settled in the Selinda Reserve before ending up in the Duba Plains Reserve. This remains our current home.

These are two distinct and fascinating areas of Botswana, presenting some fantastic safari in Botswana opportunities. The Selinda Reserve bristles with elephants and painted dogs (wild dogs) with great leopards and lions in the north. One finds Okavango Delta swamp swimming lions hunting day and night in our Duba Plains Reserve. The birdlife in both areas is superb! It is here that David Livingstone camped for months.

These private areas are my top picks, representing the best wildlife viewing and experiences when on a safari in Botswana.

Beverly and I have made films in both places. Relentless Enemies, The Last Lions and our Okavango River of Dreams series, all filmed in the Duba Plains Reserve. Wildlife Warriors, Birth of a Pride, Reflections on Elephants in and around the Selinda Reserve.

A golden rule of thumb is that if an area has good predator numbers like lions and leopards (like we have), there will be good numbers of plains game like antelope and other species such as elephants to view. Predators are territorial; they don’t migrate. Considering our high predator numbers in both areas, I would have no hesitation in suggesting you combine these wet and dry regions of Botswana at any time during the year.

Also, consider staying longer. There is no need to unpack and pack your suitcase again every two nights. Rushing from one location to another is not conducive to enjoying a perfect safari. Basing yourself for a more extended period at a camp not only allows you to relax on your safari but also ensures you get a more meaningful understanding of all of Africa’s most iconic species. Not only those that seem to be the poster kids of the wildlife world.

It is all you need. It is all I need for that perfect safari.”

Botswana is a country of diverse beauty, outstanding wildlife and offers an array of landscapes found nowhere else on earth and uniquely adapted flora and fauna. From the channels of the Okavango Delta, the world’s only inland delta, to the banks of the Selinda Spillway teeming with elephants, to the vast salt pans of the Makgadikgadi. This varied landscape also lends itself to various safaris to experience the country, from wildlife drives to guided bush walks to canoes and boating, all of which are available when staying with Great Plains Conservation.

Botswana is a country for travellers who value remoteness and exclusivity, with vast tracts of pristine wilderness home to healthy wildlife populations and an often explosive mix of predator and prey. Great Plains Conservation’s camps in Botswana epitomise the wonder that the country has to offer. We have several camps and safari in Botswana experiences spread across almost 400,000 private, conserved land acres. Some of which communities lease to us. More than a decade ago, some areas were former hunting concessions converted and protected by Great Plains Conservation.


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Duba Explorers Camp Duba Plains Camp / Duba Plains Suite Selinda Camp / Selinda Suite Selinda Explorers Camp Zarafa Camp / The Dhow Suite at Zarafa Okavango Explorers Camp Sitatunga Private Island Camp & Sitatunga Private Island Suite

Duba Explorers Camp

Duba Explorers Camp is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway set in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Set on a 33,000 hectare 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.


Duba Plains Camp / Duba Plains Suite

Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta among a matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland on a 33,000 hectare private reserve. It is also the place that Great Plains Conservation co-founders, National Geographic filmmakers, conservationists and explorers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, chose for their home base.


Selinda Camp / Selinda Suite

Set in one of the most pristine wilderness areas left on our planet, Selinda Camp rests on the banks of Botswana’s Selinda Spillway as it enters the Linyanti River. The area has a sense of remoteness, a true spirit of Africa.


Selinda Explorers Camp

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.


Zarafa Camp / The Dhow Suite at Zarafa

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 130,000-hectare Selinda Reserve.


Okavango Explorers Camp

Okavango Explorers Camp, is a brand-new Explorer-Collection safari camp, located in Botswana’s private Selinda Reserve. The 130,000-hectare Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana is a prime predator and elephant habitat. This new location has been handpicked for its access to some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the region, along the southernmost section of Selinda Spillway. Lion, leopard and wild dog hunt these parts regularly.


Sitatunga Private Island Camp & Sitatunga Private Island Suite

Botswana’s newest Okavango Delta water-based Réserve-Collection Safari Camp. Opening July 2023


We are pleased to invite you to our Botswana camps

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Sitatunga Private Island

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Duba Explorers Camp

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Selinda Camp

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Selinda Suite

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Okavango Explorers Camp

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Selinda Explorers Camp

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Duba Plains Camp

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Duba Plains Suite

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Zarafa Camp

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The Dhow Suite at Zarafa

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