The Duba Plains Camp is one of the most secluded camps in the Okavango Delta. Duba Camp is spread over a vast floodplain and is concealed by a tree-feathered canopy of fig, ebony and mangosteen. This immaculate island camp is home to a large variety of bird life such as the Rosy-throated Longclaw and Wattled crane, while other Okavango Delta wildlife include lion, leopard, lechwe, Blue wildebeest, elephant and infinite herds of buffalo.
The Duba Camp is renowned for its main attractions, the most majestic of all being that great battle between relentless enemies: the local lion prides and enormous herd of buffalo. The buffalo number 1200 and the lion only 75 split between three prides. Another fascinating spectacle is the hyena and lion encounter, whose assault has evolved since time began. If you have notched up a fair number of game drives, this Botswana holiday safari drive may leave you feeling queasy, as the most powerful of animals strike with raw instinct on your doorstep.
This Botswana safari lodge is intimate and truly authentic. There are only six en suite tents, which sleep twelve people in total. The luxury tents are all raised onto wooden stilts, and each has its own viewing deck. There is an indoor and outdoor shower fitted to each tent, all with hot and cold water taps too. Guest soaps and shampoos adorn the bathrooms for visitors’ use. There is a communal thatched lounge, dining and bar area, also raised for optimum viewing of the African skies and hungry hippopotami who feed below in nonchalance. Amidst the six comfortable tents lies a raised pool offering refreshing vitality at the end of a scorching safari day.
Beneath the Southern African skies, endless views of the Okavango Delta floodplains entice you to relax and unwind, until the savage roar of the lion shudders through the cool night sky. Activities on this Botswana holiday are determined by the water levels, but include game drives (both day and night), where guests sit in open 4X4 Land Rovers. A total of seven guests can fit into each of the two Land Rovers. Travelling by mokoro (dug-out canoe) is safest from April to September, but not during October to December when the area experiences low flood levels and the waters are heavily populated with hippo. The endless fauna and flora a short distance from the camp is not always appreciated once you are in the vehicles, but definitely worth a visit once you are on your feet. Unfortunately, there are no boat facilities at this camp and access to this unspoilt area will need to be made by plane. There are a several options for flights to and from the mainland, a plane is available to and from Maun every 40 minutes; a plane to and from Kasane every 1 hour 20 minutes, and from Kasane to Victoria Falls, a plane is available every 20 minutes, but remember to allow for additional time at customs and immigration desks.
The Duba Plains camp uses a 220v generator. Electricity is used in the kitchen and main areas when visitors to the camp are out on excursions. All generators are switched off once guests return to the site, which brings safari stillness to the area. Fans are available in each tent but hair tongs, shavers and hair dryers will not work here. Local drinks, beers and mineral water are charged to the nightly tariff, but premium champagnes and wines are charged separately. If you need the services of clean laundry, this is done on a daily basis and included in your nightly tariff too. Underwear is not washed due to a local tradition in the Okavango Delta region. There will be extra payments charged for imported alcohol and curios, all of these payments can be made with credit cards. Please also remember to tip your guide and staff on the camp site (not included in the tariff).
Duba Plains is an immense region of prized wildlife. A secluded wildlife kingdom seated in the furthermost area of the Moremi Game Reserve’s northern boundary. The Okavango Community Trust oversees and administers the interests of the local people who live to the north of the Okavango Delta in their remote villages. The Trust is landlord over this precious district and the communities have been ceded this reserve by Government, it is managed in a joint venture by the community and the Trust. The Duba Plains offer a unique Botswana safari holiday experience. This Okavango Delta safari will transcend all others.