Duba Plains

Duba Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

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

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Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) 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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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.

Bring your family and take over the Duba Suite for a private luxury bush experience complete with a private vehicle & guide, chef and butler!

Leave earlier than in other lodges to really make the most of the beautiful sunrise and have a lovely breakfast in the middle of the bush.

You don’t need to leave your room for incredible game viewing. Mix up a cocktail from your mini bar and relax by your own private plunge that overlooks the water channel and see herds of elephants and buffalo cross before you.

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Duba Plains or take a look at our itineraries to Okavango Delta and Moremi

Description

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

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 beautiful intimate camp renowned for rewarding game-viewing with good populations of plains game, buffalo, resident prides of lion, leopard, elephant and wild dog.

Accommodation at Duba Plains Camp consists of five spacious tents with en-suite bathrooms with indoor and out door showers and a luxurious bathtub. Each tent is decorated with furnishings inspired by classic 1920s safari style with leather arm chairs and Persian rugs over the dark wooden floors. All have their own large private deck with plunge pool, the perfect place to relax in between activities. In addition to the five tents there is an exclusive two bedroom Duba Suite well suited for families or small groups. The camp is surrounded by extensive seasonally flooded plains and shaded by tall ebony, fig and garcinia trees. 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. 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.

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Accommodation

Accommodation at Duba Plains Camp comprises six spacious tents including the opulent two bedroom Dhow Suite, all with en-suite bathrooms. They all have large decks with plunge pools which offer uninterrupted panoramic vistas of the Okavango Delta floodplains.

Childcare

Duba Plains camp is not suitable for very young children and therefore there is a minimum age of 6 years. Food and meal times can easily be adjusted to suit the younger guests.

Facilities

There is a large lounge, dining and bar area which are raised on wooden decks to better appreciate the breathtaking views. Within the main area guests will also find an office with computers, a tasteful curio shop and a chefs table.

Activities

Game drives from Duba Plains promise not to disappoint, 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. Guest can enjoy safaris in 4 x 4 vehicles including night drives to spot the nocturnal species and from the water from boats if water levels permit.

Reviews

5

Kelly Connor (Staff)

Intimate and beautifully designed these spacious tented suites boast amazing views of surrounding lush vegetation and the animals that parade through. Soaking in the most beautiful copper bathtub while watching game pass you makes you feel as if you belong to a bygone age.

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Sian Frost (Staff)

The newly renovated Duba Plains is lovely and echos the same feel as Zarafa with lots of aged wood, copper and incredible views. The food here is spectacular, the chef who recently moved from Zarafa treated us to a 6 course meal which would have been challenging to cook in a fully equipped kitchen let alone in the bush! The game viewing here is special, you have the Duba Lions which are very active during the day and especially in the morning and the setting is very different to other camps with large plains and more of an undulating landscape.

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Meg Shepro (Staff)

The newly redesigned Duba Plains Camp is a fresh take on a classic luxury bush camp. Combining old safari style charm with modern architecture and design, Duba makes for a perfect retreat in the heart of the Okavango Delta. You can enjoy game drives where you'll have an opportunity to spot the famous Duba lions or may be lucky enough to see one of twelve rhinos they have relocated from South Africa for better protection in this concession. You'll also enjoy morning or afternoon boat trips for a some stunning photographs of game at the waters edge.

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Louisa Verney (Staff)

I had one of my all time favorite game drives at Duba Plains - as the sun rose over a herd of buffalo on the plains near camp, we watched the resident pride of lion try to pick of the weakest buffalo in the herd. Each time a lion pounced the buffalo charged in retaliation. This epic battle continued all morning with the sun catching the dust that had been kicked up in the commotion. The camp was great but the game viewing was out of this world!

Experiences

  • Boat safari in the Okavango Delta

    Travel through the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a boat safari, exploring the papyrus reeds and hippo habitats with your guide. The smooth ride offers a soothing alternative to time spent in a vehicle. Always subject to water levels.

  • Fishing in the Okavango

    Fishing trips offer visitors to Botswana an opportunity to enjoy a different safari experience. In many areas the fishing is fantastic, you'll also enjoy fantastic wildlife and birdlife over your time on the water. NB not available within national parks.

  • Game Drives in Botswana

    Viewing wildlife from a vehicle is the best way to get up close to big game. Allow your professional safari guide to cover ground to guarantee you some unforgettable sightings in Africa's premier safari destination.

  • Game drives in the Okavango

    One of the best ways to see the big game of Botswana's Okavango Delta is on a game drive with a knowledgeable guide. Explore in open-sided vehicles to maximize your viewing opportunities, this is a truly wildlife rich environment.

  • Helicopter ride over the Delta

    The Okavango Delta is a vast patchwork of deep-water channels, shallow lagoons and date palm islands, fringed with the ubiquitous papyrus reeds. A doors-off scenic helicopter flight is an exhilarating way to take in these sights and a real treat, too!

  • Mokoro trips in Botswana

    Botswana's northern safari areas are full of water channels just waiting to be explored. Larger boats can be used to explore the wider channels but for the aficionado, mokoro trips into the smaller channels are a real treat. Always subject to waterlevels

Location & directions

Duba Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, 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.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Duba Plains or take a look at our itineraries to Okavango Delta and Moremi

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