Duba Plains Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

On Request

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Duba Plains Camp

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.

What We Love
  • Duba Plains camp has guides and staff trained in children awareness programme
  • It is located in one of the most isolated regions of the Okavango Delta
  • Watch the two prides of lions which compete in the hunt every day
  • Bird life is abundant and impressive in the Duba Camp area
  • Duba Plains Camp supports wildlife which is unique even to the iconic Okavango Delta
Need to Know
  • The property has 24-hour security and a kiddies club
  • All room have a lounge area and a verandah
  • There is a shuttle service available between the airport and the camp
  • There is a masseuse service with a separate area located by the water’s edge
  • The property accepts credit cards

The Review

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.

Wildlife
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.

Why Stay
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.

Experience
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.

Getting There

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.
 

 
Duba Plains Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Duba Camp

Rating                       Classic Camp
Type                         Safari Lodge
Friendly                     Children
No. Rooms                 6
Max Occupants           12 guests
Interests                    Big 5, Birding, Nature, Wildlife, Star Gazing, Fishing
Other Interests            Honeymoon, Leisure, Luxury, Romance, Vegetarian, Children
Location                     Kwedi Concession


Accommodation

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 of the tents has a private verandah leading to large double doors, which enter the canvas-constructed tents. High ceilings with fans and large windows offer ample privacy.

A writing desk, comfortable lounge furniture and large beds with the finest linen draped in mosquito nets make for a romantic yet authentic space. The en-suite dressing area with a double basin vanity, indoor and outdoor showers and a flush toilet provide all the home comforts, with appropriate style and luxury. All hot water is available 24 hours a day and is solar heated.

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.


Activities

Game drives (day & night), walks & boating: At Duba Plains there is no required 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. However, we take our cue from the whims of nature and we pride ourselves on our flexibility.

While Duba Plains is famous for its large elephant herds and lion and buffalo interactions, the plains game, bird, leopard and other sightings complete the experience. Other exceptional activities are available by special request include sole use of a vehicle or full day drive with picnic. Keen photographers who require special arrangements or custom routines are also encouraged to book private vehicles. These special arrangements should be made at the time of booking and may incur additional cost. Overview of activities are as follows:

    Big-5: game watching drives
    Bird Watching: primary activity held on daily basis
    Boating: two boats each seating six guests comfortably
    Game Drives / Viewing: primary activity held on daily basis
    Fishing: Catch-and-release fishing and fly-fishing with basic equipment
    Child friendly activities


Policies

General
    Minimum check-in age is 18 years.
    Children below 12 years are permitted at no additional cost using existing bedding.
    Airport transfer to/from local airport can be arranged by the property at a charge.
    Internet access to WiFi is complimentary.
    Smoking rooms are available

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:            2:00 PM
    Check out:        12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:      1 Night

 

Life in Duba Plains

At Duba Plains there is no required 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. However, we take our cue from the whims of nature and we pride ourselves on our flexibility.

Often we 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. But nothing is regimented because we never know what lies ahead, especially if the lions are on the hunt.

We’ve often had breakfast delivered to guests right out in the bush in their vehicles so they do not miss any sighting. As the sun rises, raising the daytime temperatures, we retreat like the herds to our shady post back in camp. But as the afternoon sun begins to soften again, we return to the open floodplains in preparation for the action that arrives with sunset. We are prepared to continue past nightfall in search of nocturnal wildlife too.

Special Activities
Made famous in Dereck and Beverly Joubert's National Geographic film Relentless Enemies, the Duba Reserve is home to extraordinary daytime lion versus buffalo interactions. The hunting of large prey by lions is legendary but it is never a guarantee. Patience is needed. Those who stay in camp for four nights or more regularly witness this safari highlight.

Other exceptional activities are available by special request include sole use of a vehicle or full day drive with picnic. Keen photographers who require special arrangements or custom routines are also encouraged to book private vehicles. These special arrangements should be made at the time of booking and may incur additional cost. While Duba Plains is primarily a land-based camp, it is also possible to explore the Okavango Delta’s permanent channels by powerboat, water level dependent. This is truly an invigorating, yet peaceful experience, with wildlife viewing and birding or fishing from the boat. Guided game walks with licensed and armed guides are available and these can be combined with a boat cruise or game drive.

Family Safaris
Children on safari are a joy, as they bring to light many of the questions, which adults are “afraid” to ask and they incite a level of discovery which adults rarely touch. It’s a time to connect with family, like any vacation is, but there’s something extra special about sharing the first sighting of a favourite animal together, or boating up to some elephant, and reliving it around the fire together each night.

The freedom and purity of Africa is the ideal way to escape the “everyday” and bond with the land and with each other. The Young Explorers Club in Botswana blends fun with becoming conservation ambassadors. The guides and staff are trained by Botswana government trainers in a one-week children awareness programme tailored to Great Plains Conservation’s conservation principles. Communicating conservation principles to children is critical as of course they are our hope for the future of Africa’s wildlife and wilderness. Private children's teachers are also available.


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.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.


Getting There

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.