RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AT GREAT PLAINS CONSERVATION
In Zimbabwe, Mpala Jena and Mpala Jena Suite, located just outside Victoria Falls have opened and are receiving rave reviews from their first guests.
Mpala Jena Camp is an exclusive canvas tented camp, located on a private concession within the Zambezi National Park. Overlooking a beautiful stretch of the Zambezi River shoreline, the four guest tents have been elegantly positioned under the dappled shade of a mixture of indigenous trees. The camp is named after the natural spring-line, Mpala Jena, which runs through the centre of the concession, and which attracts an abundance of wildlife throughout the year, particularly during the drier months.
‘Mpala Jena’ means “White Impala” and according to the local National Park rangers, at the time when the Zambezi National Park was separated from the Victoria Falls National Park and declared a National Park in its own right in 1979, there had been regular sightings of a “ghost-like” albino impala along the river in this area.
Also in Zim babwe, The Greater Mana Expedition in the brand new Sapi Reserve east of Mana Pools is being very well received by the trade and guests are loving this 6-night expedition.
The Mana Pools National Park and neighbouring private Sapi Concession (which has been awarded to Great Plains Conservation to manage and look after) form part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a core area of the middle-Zambezi biosphere reserve. Following the conversion of the Sapi Safari area to a private photographic reserve in 2016, together the two comprise of 337,600 hectares of prime protected wilderness estate and are recognised as one of the finest in Africa. With an estimated 80% to 85% of these two wildlife areas only traversable on foot, this is Africa’s dream walking safari destination.
Great Plains Conservation offers a 6-night expedition which explores the exquisite areas of both Mana Pools National Park and the neighbouring private Sapi Concession, creating an experience reminiscent of the old African explorers with a romance of yester-year, whilst ensuring that adventure and discovery are essentially part of the journey.
The Greater Mana Expedition is a safari experience that will certainly appeal to that keen safari guest who is looking to truly enjoy and partake in the excitement of tracking and exploring of one of Africa’s remote wilderness area. As such a large portion of the activities involve prime walking safari opportunities along with game drives and some canoeing and boating opportunities.
In Botswana, November sees the closure of the existing Selinda Camp for a total rebuild. Next year a much smaller, but more luxurious camp, will open with just 3 suites and one 2-bedroom suite along the same lines of Duba Plains and Zarafa.
Duba Explorers Camp recently moved location to the north of the Duba Plains Concession and now offers wildlife viewing activities such as mekoro canoes, boats and game drives.
In Kenya, the brand new, rebuilt Mara Plains and Mara Expedition camps have reopened to acclaim after being washed away earlier in the year.