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Duba Plains

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Situated on an island in the furthest reaches of the Okavango Delta, Duba Plains is one of the most remote camps in the region. With only six tented rooms, the camp prides itself on intimacy as well as remarkable game viewing.

At a Glance

  • Watch the epic daily battle between the resident pride of lion and the herd of buffalo

  • Tents are raised off the ground on wooden decks giving stunning views across the floodplain

  • Large plunge pool, perfect for relaxing in the heat of the day

  • Just 12 guests in six canvas tents, retains the charm of an authentic safari camp

  • Excellent guiding from the camp's longstanding team of guides

Honeymoon, Wildlife, Adventure, Off the beaten track

Insider's View

Morning game drives rock!!

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Look for the smaller wildlife - we stopped at a small pool and watched a beautiful painted snipe feeding at the water's edge.

Anna Hearn

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Description

Duba Plains Camp is an unobtrusive camp surrounded by expanses of seasonally flooded plains and shaded by tall ebony, sycamore fig and mangosteen trees. Located on a tree-covered island in a 30,000-hectare concession known as the Kwedi Reserve, Duba Plains Camp is a small, intimate camp renowned for rewarding game-viewing with good populations of plains game and buffalo providing fodder for resident prides of lion, leopard and wild dog.

Accommodation at Duba Plains Camp consists of six roomy tents with en-suite bathrooms.The camp is surrounded by extensive seasonally flooded plains and shaded by tall ebony, fig and garcinia trees. Each of the six tented rooms has a veranda from which to enjoy some game viewing. The bar and dining area are also raised, to enhance the viewing of the abundant wildlife surrounding the camp.

Duba Plains Camp offers a variety of activities including day and night game drives, often tracking the buffalo herd around the concession, and leisurely nature walks. Boat cruises are dependent on the seasonal water levels in the Duba area. Birdlife is abundant and impressive in the Okavango Delta, with Rosy-throated Longclaw, Slaty Egret and Wattled Crane often sighted.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Duba Plains Camp comprises six spacious but rustic tents with en-suite bathrooms and an outside shower. They all have verandas which present you with uninterrupted panoramic vistas of the Okavango Delta floodplains. Included in the six is a specially designed honeymoon tent. The tents are not overtly luxurious but the experience and location more than make up for this.

Childcare

The Duba Plains camp is not suitable for very young children and therefore there is a minimum age of 8 years. Food and meal times can easily be adjusted to suit the younger guests.

Facilities

There is a thatched lounge, dining and bar area which are raised along with the pool on wooden platforms to better appreciate the breathtaking views.

Activities

Safaris at Duba Plains Camp start by tracking down one of the enormous buffalo herds to see whether the lions or other predators are on the prowl. But Duba Plains Camp has more to offer than just lion and buffalo, with herds of elephant feeding on the islands and hippo wading out into the deeper channels. Tsessebe and blue wildebeest dot the plains, while red lechwe are found on the fringe of the wetter floodplains. Spotted hyena can also be seen in their own age-old conflict with the lions. Guest can enjoy safaris on foot or in 4 x 4 vehicles including night drives to spot the nocturnal species.

Additional Notes

Camp closure until January 2017

Duba Plains is currently closed and undergoing an extensive rebuild, reopening in January 2017. Please see Duba Expedition Camp which offers a superb alternative while this work is taking place.

Location & Directions

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Duba Plains Camp, located in the northern reaches of Botswana's famed Okavango Delta and just north of the Moremi Game Reserve, is a private 77,000-acre reserve.

When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

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