Duba Plains Camp
Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana
Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana
Duba was the setting for Relentless Enemies, a National Geographic documentary of the classic lion and buffalo interaction unique to the area.
UNLEASH IT; AT THIS SMALL AND INTIMATE CAMP, ONE OF THE DELTA'S REMOTEST.
Duba Plains Camp is a small, intimate camp renowned for its unrivalled access to the titanic struggle for survival between lion and buffalo. Surrounded by a wide variety of landscapes; from vast open floodplains and grasslands which are often isolated from the mainland by deep waterways to dense mopane bushveld and savannah, it supports an abundance of wildlife which is unique even to the pristine and scenic backdrop of the iconic Okavango Delta.
Every aspect of the wildlife at Duba Plains Camp fascinates. The region has two prides of lions 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 the 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 Camp, including the Swamp Boubou, Hartlaub's Babbler and Swamp Nightjar. During the annual flooding the abundance of waterbirds is simply astounding - with a multitude of herons, egrets, lapwings and jacanas on show.
The intimate camp consists of six traditional-style tents on raised decking, each with views of the surrounding floodplain. Each tent has a small desk and private verandah plus en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double basins and indoor shower. Ceiling fans and careful design maintain comfortable climate for rest and relaxation. The main area is under thatch and consists of a large raised dining room, cozy bar and comfortable lounge.
Extending from this main area is a raised wood deck with pool and a dining area, where brunch is often served under the shade of large African ebony trees. In the evenings, the fire pit is always a popular spot to enjoy an Amarula and recount the day’s events.
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.
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 hyaena can also be seen in their own age-old conflict with the lions.
Duba Plains Camp is only accessible to guests by seat-in plane air transfers or private charters. On arrival at the airfield, the transfer to camp is approximately seven minutes.
Duba Plains Camp's (category B) airfield is licensed for aircraft as large as a King Air, Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Caravan. The coordinates are S19"01.901'; E22"42.712'.
Flying times from Maun to Duba Plains Airfield is 130 kilometres, or a 30 to 45 minute flight and Kasane to Duba Plains is roughly 290 kilometres or a flying time of 1 hour. These times vary somewhat depending on the type of aircraft being used; those listed are for a Cessna Caravan.