At a very passionate and inspiring event in London on Monday 18 November 2019, Great Plains Conservation has been inducted into the Relais & Chateau membership for the fifth time with a new property, the only in Zimbabwe: Mpala Jena.
Standing on stage with some of the very finest in hospitality in the world is a very proud moment for me.
It’s not because we are able to deliver fine dining and a refined experience but that we are doing it with a new team of Zimbabweans who have never been exposed to this level of service before. It’s also about doing it in a sustainable way.
Zimbabwe is rising and now recognised in this circle of excellence.
Delicious journeys are possible without compromising our sustainable practises and this membership shows that this can happen in Zimbabwe as it can in France or Spain, Japan or Patagonia, standing shoulder to shoulder.
Dereck Joubert , CEO
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In the last 25 years we've lost 50% of our lion population. With only 20 000 remaining, there's a real chance that we will lose these big cats entirely if we don't do something now. At Great Plains Conservation and The Great Plains Foundation we believe there is power in numbers and greater positive impact is possible through collaboration. That's why we are proud to join the Lion Recovery Fund with other conservation-minded companies and organizations. Started by Wildlife Conservation Network and the Leonardo di Caprio Foundation, our collective goal it is to restore that lost 50% of lions. Together we will focus not only on protecting land (which protects all species within), but also to work closely with communities who live with lions and ensure that they benefit from this proximity. Together we will turn the tide for these incredible animals and the communities who live among them.