Great Plains launches Wine in the Wild experiences across its Kenyan camps

GREAT PLAINS, the legendary African eco-tourism company founded by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, has just announced a series of ‘wine in the wild’ experiences across its Kenyan camps.

Having built a reputation over the years for its unparalleled range of exclusive wines, it comes as no surprise that Great Plains continues to expand its expertise.

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“There is a sophisticated 5-step vinification process that makes wine making an art. At Great Plains we appreciate fine art, and storytelling. Our selection of wines is built on the appreciation of fine wine for what it brings by way of nose, taste, and experience of all our senses, but also what story they tell beyond the bottle. Many of these winemakers are our personal friends who are conservationists, care for communities and make spectacular wine,” explained Dereck Joubert.

In a celebration of craftsmanship and know-how, the company have now launched a new wine app. From 2024, all guests visiting ol Donyo Lodge, Mara Plains, Mara Nyika and Mara Toto Tree Camp Kenyan Réserve Collection level properties will be able to experience the app.

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Guests are invited to scroll through the list of beverages and learn detailed information about their chosen wines. Bringing an interactive sommelier experience to wine room dining, the app explores tasting notes and flavour profiles with ease and efficiency.

Similarly, Great Plains is introducing a wine room tasting and dining experience to its Mara Nyika, Mara Plains and ol Donyo Lodge spaces. In intimate, cosy spaces, guests can enjoy special tasting menus with paired wines.

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Meanwhile, for those hoping to sip a sundowner overlooking Africa’s beautiful plains, the new ‘wine in the wild experiences’ are an excellent choice. Available at all Great Plains Kenyan camps, these ventures come to life thanks to the camps’ incredible surroundings. At ol Donyo Lodge, guests can enjoy a glass of wine after a signature treatment at the spa. Staff can also arrange a candle-lit bush dinner in the middle of the plains for extra tranquillity.

Whether it’s absorbing the warmth from the boma’s campfire or a bush breakfast after a morning bike ride, Great Plains have a wealth of exciting opportunities to explore.

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Maintaining an emphasis on conservation and sustainability,  the team has focused on selecting winemakers whose values align with the brand’s own. From Painted Wolf and Paul Clüver to Cederberg Wines and Bosman, Great Plains has joined forced with some of the wine industry’s trailblazing environmental leaders.

“We have decided to keep 65% of our wine list South African and 35% from the rest of the world, to accommodate the international pallets and allowing us to adapt and accommodate wine trends, climate change and new terroirs, like the UK,” commented Savanna McKittrick.

Intertwining traditional safari experiences with glamour and flair, it’s evident that Great Plains’ wine offerings promise to be simply unforgettable. For more information on the new experiences, please visit here.

by Sophie Richardson