Duba Plains Camp

Duba Plains Camp: Information from the owner

All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.

Type Safari Lodge
No. of rooms 6
Last updated 3-Jul-2014

Main description of Duba Plains Camp

Duba Plains: Facilities

Property facilities Kiddies Club
Room facilities Deck, En-Suite, Fan, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Shower, Lounge Area, Verandah, Dressing Gowns, Tea / Coffee
Available services Airport Shuttles, Laundry Service
Activities on site (some activities may be seasonal) Big 5, Bird Watching, Game Drives, Game Walks, Walks, Boating, Game Viewing, Safaris, Catch-and-release Fishing, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Boat Cruises, Child Friendly Activities

Room types at Duba Plains

Classic safari tents on raised decks with commanding views

Classic safari tents on raised decks with commanding views

Tucked under the cool shade of large mangosteen and fig trees and looking across the reserve’s vast floodplains, 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 bring the outside in, while still affording 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. For those eager to pick up some local wares, a small curio shop, which was completely rebuilt in February 2012, meets the need. An extra indulgence at Duba Plains is the new masseuse area which was completed in February 2012. This area, which is by the water’s edge, is a perfect location for having the tension of travel removed whilst staring out across the Okavango Delta.

Activities at Duba Plains

Game drives (day & night), walks & boating

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 colors 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.

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.

Some days we will spend hours with a single pride of lions watching the tiny cubs playing with their mother, aunts and siblings; other days we may roam the plains absorbing the splendor of a large herd of Red lechwe running through the channels, or the area's birding including some Okavango highlights such as the rare Slaty egret and Wattled crane. Other common species include: wildebeest, hippo, hyena, waterbuck, kudu, steenbuck, tsessebe and impala. Nocturnal species include civet, serval, African wildcat, honey badger, springhares, aardvark and aardwolf.

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.

Our "puddle-jumper" Toyota Land Cruiser game drive vehicle is specially designed by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, leaning heavily on their nine years of filming experience in and around the Duba Plains area. This, and two additional brand new game drive vehicles vehicles which arrived at the end of February 2012, can travel through very high water levels and are sure to only add to the phenomenal wildlife experience Duba Plains is known for. Each of these thoughtfully engineered game drive vehicles provide all-round visibility with removable canvas roofs, and comfortable bucket seats. During the flood season (May – September), we may use a 10 minute boat transfer from camp to the game drive vehicles, which are parked and positioned to access the prime wildlife viewing areas or take advantage of the brand new bridge, which now links the two main game viewing islands.

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 possibly\e 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.