Duba Plains Camp
OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Duba Reserve is home to extraordinary daytime lion versus buffalo interactions that was made famous by the National Geographic film Relentless Enemies. The hunting of large prey by lions is legendary but patience is needed to watch the spectacle. Stay at this intimate Duba Plains Camp on raised deck, with six traditional-style tents with en-suite bathrooms. The main area is under thatch and consists of a large raised dining room, cozy bar and comfortable lounge.
There are two prides of lions in the Duba Plains area which compete in the hunt every day. The battle for survival between the lions is as stirring as the plight of the thousands of buffalo. When lions hunt by day, they provide guests with incredible photo opportunities. Most of the Okavango Delta's renowned bird life can be found around Duba Plains, including the Swamp Boubou, Hartlaub's Babbler and Swamp Nightjar.
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. A luxury African safari at Duba Plains Camp starts by tracking down one of the enormous buffalo herds to see whether the lions are on the prowl. Also seen are Tsessebe and blue wildebeest that dot the plains, while red lechwe are found on the fringe of the wetter floodplains.
Duba Plains Camp OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Stay Duba Plains Camp is a classic safari camp with 6 luxurious tents with a capacity for 12 guests. Tucked under the cool shade of large mangosteen and fig trees, the six traditional “Meru-Style” sturdy canvas en-suite tents are raised off the ground on wooden decks. This enables stunning views across the floodplain as well as capturing fresh, cool breezes. Each tent has a en-suite bathroom and a private veranda leading to large double doors. Inside, high ceiling with fans and large windows offer ample privacy.
The Camp The main lounge, bar and dining room are intimate and open-air, built under vaulted thatch roofs. An outdoor dining area for brunches and a large plunge pool are tucked away from the main area, offering a refreshing afternoon retreat. And of course, the evening open-air fireplace hosts stories of each day's adventures.
ChildCare Children of 6 years and older are welcome to stay at the Duba Plains Camp. There is a Young Explorers Club with trained guides and staff in children awareness programme. Private children's teachers are also available. Age restrictions may apply to outdoor activities offered at the camp.
Safari At Duba Plains there is no fixed routine. Traditionally, early morning and afternoon to evening are the prime times to be out in the bush; the colours are vibrant and the wildlife is at its most active. You will set out at dawn, a time when predators are typically active, the guides are as keen as the guests to discover the events of the previous night and what might lie ahead.
Experience Dereck and Beverly Joubert are famous for their National Geographic film ‘Relentless Enemies’. Keen photographers who require special arrangements or custom routines must make special arrangements at the time of booking and may incur additional cost. In addition, guided game walks with licensed and armed guides are available and these can be combined with a boat cruise or game drive.
Duba Plains Camp is located in 30,000-hectare Kwedi Concession in Botswana's famed Okavango Delta and just north of the Moremi Game Reserve.
Getting There Duba Plains Camp is only accessible to guests by seat-in plane air transfers or private charters. Flying times from Maun to Duba Plains airfield 30 to 45-minutes or 130 kilometres by road. Kasane to Duba Plains is roughly 290 kilometres or a flying time of 1 hour. On arrival at the Duba Plains airfield, you will be received by staff and transfer to camp is approximately seven minutes.
When to go Botswana’s winter months from May to October are dry and cool with chilly nights. This is also its high season. Botswana has hot, wet summers from October to April. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between December and February, sometimes continuing into March, with rain generally in the form of afternoon thundershowers. Best time to travel is all year round.