Duba Plains Camp:
Duba Plains is reputed to be Botswana's most remote safari camp, located on a private 77,000-acre concession run by the Okavango Community Trust. Sister camp Duba Expedition Camp is another luxury tented safari camp which was recently moved to a new location in north Duba where the wildlife viewing is second-to-none.
This area of the northern Delta consists of wide open plains and grassland and is excellent for seeing herds and big cats. You won't find mobile reception here, although limited wifi is available in guest rooms.
Originally the Duba Plains Camp was used as a filming base by owners the Jouberts, before becoming an explorer style tented camp - attracting photographers and serial safari go-ers. Owned by Great Plains Conservation, the Jouberts have made many a documentary from Duba Plains and the interaction between buffalo and the Tsaro lion pride has made the camp somewhat famous. However in 2014 the lion pride split, forming two prides, and so this famous 'face-off' is no longer a given, and interaction between the two is rather more unpredictable although you will still see a wonderful array of wildlife during your stay.
Duba Plains has undergone a major refurbishment. There are five vast guest tents of 120sqm, in addition to a two bedroom tented suite, each offering guests their own private plunge pools, rosewood decks, inside and outside showers, sumptuous bath, outside sala bed, Canon professional camera equipment and Swarovski binoculars.
The central mess tent has private and communal dining areas, interactive show kitchen, wine cellar, library and media room. From here the extended deck is the camp's focal point, with a fire pit, day beds and dining areas overlooking the swamp.
We would recommend a stay of three nights to get the most from Duba Plains. You access the camps by flying to the local airstrip and then transferring by 4x4, about a 7 minute minutes drive. Flights from Maun are 40 minutes, and 1 hr 20 from Kasane.
Duba Explorers Camp and the Duba Plains Reserve, where the camp is located, is part of community project with the Okavango Community Trust, the representative body for five villages in the Okavango Panhandle. This partnership ensures that these communities receive tangible and substantial benefits from their ancestral land for wildlife conservation.
Duba Explorers Camp:
This luxury tented camp was moved over the winter/spring to a new location in north Duba and refurbished at the same time. It is a small and intimate camp consists of five expedition-style tents of light airy canvas on slightly raised decking, each with views of the surrounding floodplain. Each tent is stylishly furnished and designed by Dereck and Beverly, using their sensibilities of the ‘expedition’ and ‘exploring’, offering campaign writing desk and private verandah plus en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double vanities and indoor shower. Fans and careful open air design maintain comfortable climate for rest and relaxation. The main area is under sweeping marquee canvas, on raised decking and consists of an open-concept dining and lounge area that opens to the outdoors on all sides. It really does feel like you are in a 1920s expedition camp.
Duba Explorers Camp prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences, and rightly so. The diverse wildlife experience is renowned with regular sightings of a diverse range of species, including large herds of lechwe, kudu, tsessebe and giraffe. Very large herds of elephants and buffalo move around the camp and hippo trudge through the swamps creating their channels and paths daily. Lions, leopards and hyenas in large numbers make up the predator components. Leopard, and a wide range of smaller nocturnal cats, hunt around the fringes of the waterways and are often seen on night drives. Birds abound, and the area is reputed as a birdwatcher’s paradise. Okavango ‘specials’ include the rare Wattled crane, Pel’s Fishing owl, White-backed Night heron and Marsh owl.
Enjoy guided walks, mokoro and boating opportunities or open air early morning and late afternoon game drives and revel in the delights of one of the most varied and expansive wildlife areas in the world.
Duba Plains is a luxury safari camp and the facilities are superb. Each of the tents has its own lounge area, with place to write and do your photographic downloads, as well as the opportunity for private dining in your tent. The tent also has a private verandah plus beautifully appointed en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double basins and indoor and outdoor showers and luxurious baths. Ceiling fans and careful design maintain comfortable climate for rest and relaxation. Guests can enjoy their own private plunge pool and outdoor under cover sala/day rest area. The main area consists of a large raised dining room, and comfortable lounge with private dining areas, wine cellar and library, with ample space for guests to either get away and be private or be all together if they want to. Guests staying at the Duba Plains Suite automatically enjoy the services of a private game drive vehicle with their own guide as well as a private butler and chef. The camp’s centre-point is the gathering place of all bush experiences - the fire place - which sits on an extended deck into the swamp.
Duba Explorer's Camp is smaller and more intimate but also wonderful with the ambiance of an early explorers camp from the 1920s. The facilities are also excellent with five expedition-style tents of light airy canvas on slightly raised decking, each with views of the surrounding floodplain. Each tent is stylishly furnished and designed by Dereck and Beverly, using their sensibilities of the ‘expedition’ and ‘exploring’, offering campaign writing desk and private verandah plus en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double vanities and indoor shower. Fans and careful open air design maintain comfortable climate for rest and relaxation.
Game drives (day & night) take place in adapted vehicles. Duba Plain’s Toyota Land Cruisers are aptly named ‘Swamp Vehicles’ due to their extra-high suspension and absolutely huge tyres uniquely designed to traverse the floodplains. These are, of course, open-sided, canopied and customised for photographers (fold-down screens, raised roofs, photographic bars, multi-plug inverters). Seating only four to six guests on each vehicle, the Cruisers are fully stocked with drinks and snacks. Photographic safaris are a focus so each tent has the latest Canon camera and lenses as a package for guests to use or try out. Images are downloaded and presented for them to take away at no additional charge. While the focus remains on the most comfortable times of day (early to mid-morning and late afternoon to evening) for drives, it is very common in Duba Plains to spend full days out in the field, having brunch delivered to the vehicles because the wildlife is so good and the focus is on finding and spending time with these extraordinary experiences. The schedule is flexible and guests are encouraged to create their own itinerary according to their interests. Very often, safaris will continue into the night in search of nocturnal species. Duba guides are also keen walking trackers and mekoro (canoe) specialists as well as birders and as such guests are encouraged to experience everything on offer.