Duba Explorers Camp: Our full report
Set on a tree-studded island in a remote northern area of the Duba concession, the intimate Duba Explorers ...... Camp is surrounded on all sides by the floodplains and woodland of the Okavango Delta. The camp was previously located further south, when it was known as Duba Expeditions Camp.
This is a diverse and pristine area of the Delta: a private 330km 2 reserve renowned for its exceptional wildlife viewing and some very fine birdwatching. Carefully selected by wildlife photographers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, it’s a superb location.
The camp has just five spacious expedition-style tents, each built on slightly elevated decking and with beautiful views. Make the most of these from the substantial balcony, which has a very comfy sofa, two directors’ chairs and a small table.
Facing the view in the bedrooms are large double or twin beds draped with mosquito nets. Attractive lamps, Persian-style rugs on the wooden floors, and a writing desk with a chair add a further touch of class. In the bathroom behind you’ll find his and hers sinks, a large mirror and plenty of storage space, while the toilet and shower are separated out at each end of the bathroom.
The camp’s communal area, sheltered beneath a large canvas roof, consists of a small but comfortable lounge and dining area, with traditional leather sofas and a solid coffee table. A member of staff is usually on hand to pour drinks, but guests are welcome to help themselves from the bar. Most meals, however, are taken on the expansive, tree-shaded deck, which overlooks the floodplains and a perennial marsh that is a hive of wildlife activity. Below the deck is a firepit, where guests gather for a drink before dinner. There is also a small curio shop.
Duba Explorers Camp offers both land-based activities – day and night 4WD game drives as well as walks – and (when water levels allow) water-based activities such as mokoro (dug-out canoe) and motorboat trips. On our most recent visit in November 2019, water levels were too low for any water-based activities, but on our two game drives we saw a good variety of plains game, as well as a coalition of four male lions and a leopard,
The camp combines well with its more luxurious sister camp, Duba Plains, which is situated further south in the concession.
Duba Explorers Camp is a small, intimate camp in a remote area. This, combined with a variety of activities, good guiding and excellent wildlife viewing, make it a particularly attractive option.
- Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Botswana
- Ideal length of stay
- 3 nights
- Access is by light aircraft. It is a 45-minute flight from Maun to the Vumbura airstrip, followed by a 45-minute drive to the camp
- Accessible by
Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board & Activities
- Food quality
- During our stay in November 2019 we found the food to be of a high standard, although the portions were rather small. We understand that with advance notice most dietary needs can be catered for.
A wake-up call is accompanied by tea or coffee. Rather unusually breakfast is enjoyed while out on your morning safari. Ours included muesli, yoghurt, boiled eggs, scones, bread, grated cheese, jams and honey, with tea and coffee to drink.
For lunch a tasty mixed platter consisted of curried vegetables, lightly fried fish, butternut and pumpkin seed salad, an unusual strawberry and mushroom salad, cheese and crackers and dried and fresh fruit.
Our four-course dinner started with a cold beetroot and apple soup, followed by a melon and citrus salad with a herb oil dressing and yoghurt. The main course was fillet steak served with a butternut purée and steamed vegetables. Dessert was rum-and-raisin ice-cream, watermelon sorbet, lemon curd and gooseberry coulis. While dinner was tasty and well presented the portions were tiny.
- Wildlife safaris
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- Duba Explorers Camp harks back to the romantic 1920’s-expeditions style. Being in a remote part of this concession, exclusivity is high on the agenda. The owners value attentive service, superb guiding and excellent food. We’d expect nothing less for your luxury safari holiday.
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- Attitude towards children
- Children of eight years and above are welcome at Duba Explorers Camp. Families with young children do not require a private vehicle.
- Property’s age restrictions
- Children must be at least 12 years old to participate in walking safaris and mekoro excursions.
- Special activities & services
- The camp has a special children’s programme, which involves a range of experiences and topics – from birding and cooking to art and wildlife tracking.
- There is no family tent so it is not ideal for families as it means one adult would have to share with one child for safety reasons.
- Generally recommended for children
- Younger children may get bored as he general atmosphere of the camp is quite “grown-up” and it is mostly frequented by couples.
- The camp is not fenced and is surrounded by water so children must be under the constant supervision of their parents.
Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Duba Explorers Camp
Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Duba Explorers Camp have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.
- Power supply notes
- There is a back-up generator. Power is available all day
- Wi-Fi (weak signal) is available in the tents only. There is a radio link to the other camps and to a base in Maun.
- TV & radio
- Water supply
- Water supply notes
- All the bathrooms are plumbed, with hot showers and flushing toilets.
Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Medical care
- The nearest doctor is in Maun. All management and guides are first aid trained and medical evacuation is available in case of emergencies. There is a nurse on call (via radio) 24 hours a day.
- Dangerous animals
- High Risk
- Security measures
- The camp managers and all the staff sleep on site. Each room has a foghorn to attract attention in case of emergency. At night guests are escorted by a staff member to their tents.
- Fire safety
- Fire extinguishers are dotted around camp.
Guided walking safari
- Disabled access
- On Request
- Laundry facilities
- There is a safe in each tent.
- Accepted payment on location
- The camp can accept payment for extras in US dollars, euros, pounds, rand and Botswana pula. Mastercard and Visa is also accepted.
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