We spent 3 nights here in middle of September 2012. It's one of the remotest camps in the Okovango Delta and coming from Chobe, we could certainly feel the reduced number of vehicles and tourists. The Delta itself was a welcome change from the much dry Chobe - it is much greener with lot of water around.
All tents in the camp are right on the delta,thereby, each having un-interrupted views of the delta. You might as well come across a hippo grazing in front of your camp, or , elephants walking past your camp in the night. It was wonderful for us to be so close to wildlife .
The tents do not have airconditioning, but have good cross ventilation- being so close to water, they actually do not require much of an air conditioning. It gets very hot in the day, but nights are certainly very cold. Accessories inside the tent were standard- king size bed and writing table(they also have yoga mats). However, unlike many other camps, they provide you with a pair of good binoculors. Bath areas are well done, and they also have an outside shower . However, the upholstery inside the camp was kind of dated - we were told that they will be going in for a renovation in early 2013.
Staff is polite and always eager to help, specially Lizzy and Antoinnette- both of whom are eager, friendly and knowledgable . Food was good with Pierre , trying out new stuff every other day. Tea was certainly the high point of the day.
However, we somehow missed the "eye to detail" in the overall experience - had to remind them several times of our requirements before these were actually met . Some members of staff were also relatively very new to the camp. Not sure if some transition was happening or Ubuntu up north and Savute Elephant camp spoilt us!
Game viewing is above average- plus points of this camp are certainly the "off track drives" and night game viewing .Lot of game viewing was in water and we were lucky to be able to see the lions following the buffaloes. Our guide , OB (not sure I spell right) was good and had a fair knowledge of the camp and the plains. The camp also has a motor boat ride in the evenings and it's really worth taking it . Matt,the guide is knowledgeable and funny, and it's fun to be with the hippos in the hippo pool and look at so much of vegetation around.
Overall a pleasant stay,much for the game drives and boat ride.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The renowned Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart the Okavango Delta. A recent guest said it all, “I am not a religious person but I now understand that the Garden of Eden can now, in fact, be found at Duba Plains.” A matrix of palm-dotted islands, floodplains and woodland, the 77,000-acre private concession typifies the region’s unique landscape. Duba Plains offers a bespoke range of private, raised on wooden decking suites, each with private swimming pools, outside salas, airconditioning over the beds, indoor and outdoor showers and brass baths. Duba Plains is a proud member of Relais & Chateaux. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Duba Plains Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
- Great Plains Conservation Duba Plains Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta