Blue Manta Explorer

Duba Expedition Camp sits in the heart of classic Okavango Delta floodplains habitat, traditionally an ecozone that has the best wildlife viewing potential. A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, this 77,000 hectare private concession typifies the region’s unique landscape.

The six tent Duba Expedition Camp is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway. Built on a wooded island, overlooking a lagoon, and connected to the prolific wildlife area by an elaborate set of bridges, the area is the base of many famous wildlife documentaries by National Geographic Filmmakers and Explorers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert.

Duba Expedition Camp and the Duba Plains Reserve, where the camp is located, is part of community project with the Okavango Community Trust, the representative body for five villages in the Okavango Panhandle. This partnership ensures that these communities receive tangible and substantial benefits from their ancestral land for wildlife conservation. Our working relationship is a testament to this long-standing example of success in this area.

The intimate camp consists of six expedition-style tents of light airy canvas on slightly raised decking, each with views of the surrounding floodplain. Each tent is stylishly furnished and designed by Dereck and Beverly, using their sensibilities of the ‘expedition’ and ‘exploring’, offering campaign writing desk and private verandah plus en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double vanities and indoor shower. Fans and careful open air design maintain comfortable climate for rest and relaxation. The main area is under sweeping marquee canvas, on raised decking and consists of an open-concept dining and lounge area that opens to the outdoors on all sides.

Duba Expedition Camp prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences, and rightly so. The diverse wildlife experience is renowned with regular sightings of a diverse range of species, including large herds of lechwe, kudu, tsessebe and giraffe. Very large herds of elephants and buffalo move around the camp and hippo trudge through the swamps creating their channels and paths daily. Lions, leopards and hyenas in large numbers make up the predator components. Leopard, and a wide range of smaller nocturnal cats, hunt around the fringes of the waterways and are often seen on our night drives. Enjoy guided walks, boating opportunities or open air game drives and revel in the delights of one of the most varied and expansive wildlife areas in the world.

Birds abound, and the area is reputed as a birdwatcher’s paradise. Okavango ‘specials’ include the rare Wattled crane, Pel’s Fishing owl, White-backed Night heron and Marsh owl.

Game drives (day & night) take place in some of Botswana’s most coveted vehicles. Duba’s unique Toyota Land Cruisers are aptly named ‘Swamp Vehicles’ due to their extra-high suspension and huge tyres - designed to traverse the floodplains and channels of the concession in comfort. These are, of course, open-sided, canopied and customised for photographers (fold-down screens, raised roofs, photographic bars, multi-plug invertors). With just four to six guests each, the Cruisers are fully stocked with drinks and snacks.

While the focus remains on the most comfortable times of day (early to mid-morning and late afternoon  to evening) for drives, it is not uncommon to spend full days out in the field, having brunch or even dinner delivered to the vehicles. Our schedule is extremely flexible and guests are encouraged to create their own itinerary according to their interests. Very often, our safaris will continue into the night in search of nocturnal species.

Duba Expedition Camp is a combination activity based camp, allowing guests to explore the Okavango Delta’s permanent channels by boat when water levels allow, as well as open game drive vehicle safaris. This is truly an invigorating, yet peaceful experience, allowing for wildlife and birding viewing from the boat.

Guided game walks with licensed, armed guides are available, and these can be combined with boat cruise or game drive.

ACCESS DIRECTIONS
• Light aircraft transfers from Kasane (1hr 20 mins) and Maun (40 min) airports;
• "Business Class" air transfers available in our Great Plains Executive Caravan from Maun;
• Duba Expedition Camp is a 15-minute drive from the airstrip;
• Co-ordinates are:  19°00'38.3"S 22°41'38.8"E

TENT DETAILS BEDROOM
• Zipper double doors lead to mid-sized tented rooms;
• Private verandah with views of floodplains;
• Canvas is light brown, with netted windows and doors;
• Either twin or double bed configuration.

BATHROOM
• En-suite with flush toilet, shower, double basins;
• Hot and cold running water;
• Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and hairdryers provided;
• Hot and cold running water showers.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL
• Standing fan.

POSSIBILITY OF DISABLED ACCESS
• The camp layout is not conducive to wheelchair bound guests due to dirt pathways and uneven terrain.

CENTRAL FACILITIES/ COMMON AREAS
• Main marquee canvas area with lounge and dining;
• Outdoor fire pit;
• Coffee/tea station.

POWER & COMMUNICATIONS SOURCE
• The camp is run by solar power;
• The system produces 220V, 24-hour electricity to the tents and main area;
• Universal plug points in each tent.

LAUNDRY
• Included in nightly tariff - next day service, weather permitting.

SHOP/BOUTIQUE
• Selling locally and regionally produced crafts, many of which support local community projects in the nearby Okavango panhandle.

SPA/GYM
• Yoga mats, weights and bands are provided in each suite.

PRIVATE VEHICLE
• Available at additional cost, based on availability.

INTERNET & MOBILE
• Limited Wi-Fi available in guest tents.

CHILDREN
• We look forward to having children stay with us that are 6 years and older;
• Families with children 6-11 could be accommodated in the same vehicle as other guests;
• Children under 6 will be considered, if the group books the entire camp on exclusive use;
• Young children must be supervised as the camp is open, with high predator densities in and around camp and there is water surrounding camp.
• Children must be a minimum of 12 years old to participate in extensive walking activities  (Young explorers program excepted).
• Young Explorers program – thoughtfully designed to explore a range of experiences and topics from birding to cooking to art to tracking wildlife.

HEALTH & SAFETY MALARIA
• Minimal – Malaria prophylaxis are recommended if guests are concerned but this is a remote area with little occurrence.

MEDICAL CARE
• Guests must hold comprehensive medical insurance and emergency evacuation insurance;
• Senior staff all has first aid training;
• Nearest decent medical facility is in Maun, and then Johannesburg.

RISK OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS
• Moderate – high predator density area.

SECURITY MEASURES
• None. There are no populations nearby and no uninvited guests.

FIRE SAFETY
• Fire extinguishers in every tent.

SAFES
• Safes are provided in every room.

ACCEPTED PAYMENT ON LOCATION
• Staff gratuities can be paid in Botswana Pula, South African Rands, US Dollars (2004 bills or later only) or GB Pounds;
• Guest extras and curio sales can be settled by Visa and MasterCard credit cards (No Amex or Diners).