Duba Plains Camp

The renowned and totally brand new Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta.  A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, the 77,000 hectare private reserve typical of the region’s unique landscape. Duba Plains Camp offers 5 bespoke tents, in addition to a separate 2 bedroom suite aptly named the Duba Plains Suite, all designed by Dereck Joubert to blend into the forest and to take advantage of the shapes and textures of the shade but also to evoke the old classic African safari style of the 1920’s. It is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway with literally thousands of animals in an almost endless pattern across the flood plains.

This is the place that the owners, and National Geographic filmmakers, conservationists and explorers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, chose for their home base. Great Plains Conservation is the only operator on the concession, thereby offering guests the ultimate opportunity for private wildlife sightings.

Duba Plains has developed a model that creates maximum benefit for the community nearby with lease funds, jobs and other projects like our Big Cats Caring for Communities, Lamps for Learning (solar jars) Conservation Camp for Kids. This partnership ensures that these communities receive tangible and substantial benefits from wildlife conservation.

All the rooms are raised on recycled railway sleeper decking and offer guests amazing views of the surrounding floodplain and the steady stream of wildlife parading past. Each tent has a lounge area, with place to write and do your photographic downloads, as well as the opportunity for private dining in your tent. Each guest tent offers a private verandah plus beautifully appointed en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double vanities and indoor and outdoor showers and luxurious baths. Ceiling fans, an environmentally friendly air-conditioning system over the guests’ bed, and careful tent design maintain a comfortable climate for rest and relaxation. Guests will be able to enjoy their own private plunge pool and outdoor under cover sala/day rest area. The main area consists of a large raised dining room, and comfortable lounge with private dining areas, wine cellar and library, with ample space for our guests to either get away and be private or be all together if they want to. Our media room is used for photographic work for guests. Guests staying at the Duba Plains Suite automatically enjoy the services of a private game drive vehicle with their own guide as well as a private butler and chef. The camp’s centre-point is the gathering place of all bush experiences – an extended deck into the swamp under the giant ebony trees.

Duba Plains prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences and intimate up close exposure to the best of the best wildlife, from lions and leopards to elephants and buffalo and everything in between. Duba Plains is also known for interesting Kalahari species like Aardwolf and Pangolins.

 

 

Game drives (day & night) take place in some of Botswana’s best adapted vehicles. Duba Plain’s Toyota Land Cruisers are aptly named ‘Swamp Vehicles’ due to their extra-high suspension and absolutely huge tyres uniquely designed to traverse the oodplains for us. These are, of course, open-sided, canopied and customised for photographers (fold-down screens, raised roofs, photographic bars, multi-plug inverters). Seating only four to six guests on each vehicle, the Cruisers are fully stocked with drinks and snacks.

Because of the focus on photographic safaris, each tent has the latest Canon camera and lenses as a package for guests to use or try out. Images are downloaded and presented for them to take away at no additional charge.

While the focus remains on the most comfortable times of day (early to mid-morning and late afternoon to evening) for drives, it is very common in Duba Plains to spend full days out in the eld, having brunch delivered to the vehicles because the wildlife is so good and our focus is on nding and spending time with these extraordinary experiences.

The schedule is flexible and guests are encouraged to create their own itinerary according to their interests. Very often, safaris will continue into the night in search of nocturnal species. Our guides are also keen walking and birding specialists and therefore encourage guests to experience everything there is to offer. While Duba Plains offers Botswana’s best land safari as well as an Okavango Delta experience, this is truly a place to nd an invigorating, yet peaceful all round set of experiences, from wildlife viewing and birding or shing from the boat and exciting drives with knowledgeable guides and friendly hosts.

CAMP SIZE
• 5 Double or twin configuration tents & 1 guide tent;   
• Separate 2 bedroom Duba Plains Suite is available for guests to reserve;  
• Triples for children sharing with adults can be arranged upon request.

LODGE SEASON 
Year Round

IDEAL LENGTH OF STAY
3 - 4 Nights

TENT DETAILS 
• 182 sq m tents of light canvas are some of the  most luxurious available - all built on raised decks;
• Oversized double beds with mosquito nets and  singular environmentally friendly air-conditioner;
• Tents can be con gured as double or single  accommodation;
• Private outdoor plunge pool and spinning bicycle  on each private verandah;
• The Duba Plains Suite is a 2 bedroom private  accommodation unit with private pool. Rates include the services of private butler, chef, game drive vehicle and guide.

BATHROOM
• En-suite with ush toilet, shower (indoor and outdoor), double basins;
• Luxury baths;
• Luxury amenities;
• Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and hairdryers provided;
• Hot and cold running water.

TENT CONSTRUCTION
• Canvas tent on raised wooden decking.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL
• Air-conditioning over the guest's bed area.

MOSQUITO NETS
• Fly netting on all tent sides and over beds as well as ultrasound repellent device.

FOOD & DRINK
• All meals included and prepared by Executive Chefs and their teams. All drinks and beverages are included. Three delicious meals a day are provided. Camp is extremely exible on timings. Picnic breakfasts or lunch (or both) are the norm due to very active game drives, often delivered to you whilst in the bush!
• All dietary requirements are catered for from regular to vegan to children - prior notification requested.

USUAL BOARD BASIS
• Full board including all meals, scheduled wildlife viewing activities, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported spirits and champagne).

DINING STYLE
• Group meals and/or individual tables, a la carte menu options.

DINING LOCATIONS
• Indoor and outdoor.

POSSIBILITY OF DISABLED ACCESS
• The camp layout is ideal for wheelchair bound guests due to compacted earth pathway between the main area and tent 5;
• Tents indoor lounge, bedroom and indoor bathroom is all on one level as well as outside deck and sala area. There is a ramp that allows guests access to rooms and a removable ramp available to allow guests to sunken pool deck area of the tent;
• Access to main area is possible via a ramp for wheelchairs;
• For the walking impaired, Tent 5 is in close proximity to the main area with minimal steps.

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

CENTRAL FACILITIES/ COMMON AREAS
• Main area includes a media centre, wine cellar, inter-active kitchen, dining area, lounge and library;
• Large deck leading to a raised deck with additional outdoor dining space and fire pit with seating;
• Curio shop;
• Coffee/tea station.

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

SPA/GYM
• Yoga mats and bands are provided in each suite;
• Massage is available at additional cost.

EQUIPMENT
• 8x42 Binoculars in every guest tent

PRIVATE VEHICLE
• Available at additional cost, based on availability; Highly recommended for all families travelling with children.
• Guests staying at the Duba Plains Suite automatically receive the services of a private vehicle and guide.

PHOTOGRAPHIC BOAT
• Custom built boat offering xed camera mounts and swivel chairs specifically allowing for enhanced wildlife photographic opportunities from the water channels.

CHILDREN
• We look forward to having children stay with us that are 6 years and older;
• Families with children 6-11 may be accommodated in the same vehicle as other guests unless a private game drive vehicle is booked prior to arrival;
• 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 (kid’s program excepted);
• Kid’s program – thoughtfully designed to explore a range of experiences and topics from birding to cooking to art to tracking wildlife;
• The 2 bedroomed Duba Plains Suite is ideal for families staying at Duba Plains.

POWER & COMMUNICATIONS SOURCE
• The camp is run by a combination of solar and generator power;
• The system produces 220V, 24-hour electricity to the tents and main area;
• Plug points in each tent;
• Type of plug: South African round.

INTERNET & MOBILE
• Limited WiFi in guest rooms is available.

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 travel, medical insurance and emergency evacuation insurance;
• Senior staff all have basic rst 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 human 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).