Six culinary experiences in Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe

great plains, Africa’s iconic ecotourism organization, is thrilled to bring you its most exceptional epicurean adventures to date. The new bucket list in bush destination dining experiences is available at the Great Plains’ most iconic luxury camps in Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

From a horse-riding breakfast in the bush to gourmet food and wine at the waterhole, there is a choice to suit everyone. Great Plains guests can expect exquisite dining experiences throughout their safari at Reserve level camps, which have been accredited by Relais & Châteaux. With all Great Plains chefs trained in high-end vegan cuisine under the guidance of Great Plains co-founders Derek and Beverly Joubert, who themselves follow a plant-based diet, vegans will also be exceptionally well catered for. Sensational dining experiences include:

Dine in the Delta at Okavango Explorers CampBotswana

The newest property in the Great Plains portfolio, Okavango Explorers Camp is a six-bed camp located within the 160,000 hectare Selinda Private Game Reserve in Botswana. The abundant water makes the Okavango Delta safari scene truly unique, with the extraordinary annual flooding through the waterways and canals bringing a cinematic feel to the region. It is in this water that customers can choose to live an unparalleled gastronomic experience and dine with their toes in the water. After a day spent spotting leopards and lions, the camp’s dedicated team can arrange a lantern-lit ‘floating’ dining experience on the weir. Here, diners will watch the colors of the sunset change and reflect off the water around the table every moment, accompanied by the sounds of birds flying to their nests overhead.

The interactive kitchen Duba Plains CampBotswana

Interactive kitchen at Duba Plains Camp

At Duba Plains Camp, located in Botswana’s 33,000-acre Duba Plains Game Reserve, one of the most frequently asked questions after supper is “how can we do this at home?”. Thanks to the new “Interactive Kitchen” experience, customers no longer have to wonder! From the purpose-built interactive kitchen at the heart of the camp, guests can sit, watch and learn as world-class chefs concoct a gourmet tasting menu with expert food and wine pairings. Combining international dishes with local touches, the team will talk about the process of creating each delicious dish, adapting the recipes to everyone’s taste.

Gastronomy in suite at Mara Plains CampKenya

In-suite dining at Mara Plains Camp

In the heart of the 13,300 acre Olare Motorogi Reserve, Mara Plains Camp offers unique luxury and wildlife viewing on the northern edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Offering guests complete flexibility, the camp’s incredible team of hosts can create bespoke dining experiences to suit their evening cravings using ingredients from the on-site vegetable garden. The ideal choice for those wishing to celebrate a special occasion, whether it’s a group dinner, a private dinner at camp or a romantic meal in the suite; the refined in-suite dining room allows guests to dine under the Kenyan sky and feel a million miles from anywhere and anyone.

Buckle up for a Bush Breakfast at ol Donyo LodgeKenya

Bush breakfast at ol Donyo Lodge

Serenely located in the hills of Chyulu, in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, privacy is guaranteed at ol Donyo Lodge in Kenya. Home to an impressive 20-horse stable, the lodge offers the unique opportunity to swap the roar of the engine for the sound of hooves on the grassy plains. The most exhilarating way to start your day at ol Donyo is with a bush breakfast on horseback!

Here guests will trek through the bush – spotting giraffes and cheetahs as they go – before arriving at a delicious breakfast, accompanied by the chirping of birds, under the shade of an acacia tree. This breakfast may be far from camp, but the team leaves nothing behind, with freshly baked pastries, a hot breakfast and plenty of fresh fruit for a morning to remember!

Lunch with the elephants at the Hide at ol Donyo LodgeKenya

ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya
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At ol Donyo Lodge, adventurers have the unique opportunity to lunch alongside a herd of big-tusked elephants. Guests will sit in the cache where the table is set with healthy, local lunch options. Here, they will watch over the watering hole, truly immersed in nature where the options for observation are endless. Diners can be accompanied by giraffes leaning awkwardly for their midday drink, herds of resident elephants, wildebeest and more. Recent guests even had the honor of seeing cheetahs with cubs as they tucked into their cheese platter!

Dinner on the banks of the Zambezi at Tembo Plains CampZimbabwe

Zambezi to Tembo Plains Camp,

Enjoying a majestic setting on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, Great Plains Tembo Plains Camp offers the ultimate wilderness experience. Guests of Zimbabwe’s newest camp can now extend their bushcraft adventure with a waterside dinner overlooking the Zambezi River, whose power is culturally steeped in the country’s history. As guests are mesmerized by the water flowing peacefully past them, a team of expert chefs will create a range of mouth-watering dishes for them to enjoy by candlelight while reliving the previous day’s adventures.

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