We stayed at Duba for the 2nd time this year in June and enjoyed it even more than the time before. Lions and buffalos on form, particularly the interaction early in the morning in the mist. James 007 was excellent. The new bridge has made a big difference beacuse water levels can be very high. We really appreciated the flexiblity of meals etc. because unfortunately this wasn't the case when we were at Selinda and so we haven't been back to that camp.
Some discussion when we were there amongst the staff that the camp could be due for an upgrade. In our view this would be very sad, please don't turn Duba into a Kruger style experience. This is Botswana for goodness sake and it doesn't get much better than Northern Botswana if you are interested in animals in 'real' Africa.
The moral of the story is to treat each camp separately when booking a safari. We've already booked Duba for 2013 which will of course be our third visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Duba Expedition Camp - Kwedi Private Concession, Northern Okavango Delta, Botswana. Duba Expedition Camp sits in the heart of classic Okavango Delta habitat. A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, the 77,000-acre private concession typifies the region's unique landscape. Located here, exclusively, is the six tent Duba Expedition Camp, a wildlife connoisseur's getaway. Built on a wooded island, 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 Dereck and Beverly Joubert. It is the only camp on the concession, thereby offering guests the ultimate opportunity for private sightings. Duba Expedition Camp, and the Kwedi Reserve, where it is located, is part of a joint venture partnership between Great Plains Conservation and the Okavango Community Trust, the representative body for five villages in the Okavango Panhandle. This partnership ensures that these communities receive tangible and substantial benefit from using their ancestral land for wildlife conservation. Botswana is a leader in such partnerships, and 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 has a small desk and private verandah plus en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double basins and indoor shower. Fans and careful open-air design maintain comfortable climate for rest and relaxation. The main area is under sweeping marquis canvas, on raised decking and consists of an open-concept dining and lounge area which opens to the outdoors on all sides. In the evenings, the fire pit is always a popular spot to enjoy an Amarula and recount the day's events. Duba Expedition Camp prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences, and rightly so. The homogenous experience of wildlife is renowned with regular sightings of a diverse range of species, including large herds of Red lechwe along with Greater kudu, tsessebe and even giraffe which in previous years has been a rare sighting. Of course, elephant and hippo trudge through the swamps happily, and are regularly seen. Leopard, and nocturnal species such as Brown hyena can be sighted as well. Wildlife is a regular sight right in camp! 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Duba Plains Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
- Duba Expedition Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta