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Great Plains Conservation Duba Plains Camp
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Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Super camp with lovely accommodation, and the food produced by Pierre and his team was a cut above anything else.
We had great game viewings with sundowner drinks with pride if lions playing around us
Also great leopard sightings, and lovely interaction with elephant herd
Only had 2 night wish we could have stayed longer

  • Stayed: April 2013
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GreatPlainsConservat, Public Relations Manager at Great Plains Conservation Duba Plains Camp, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2013

“Thank you for your lovely feedback, Allison. It was a pleasure to host you and your family and we hope you will be able to stay longer next time. Please send Simon and the girls our regards.
Pierre, Antoinette and the rest of the Duba Team”

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

We arrived the same evening the buffalo herds returned after being absent for 4 days, so Duba lived up to its reputation for 'lion on buffalo action' daily. The dynamic of this pride is so strange it was good to get to see it before its demise. Hoping the genetic pool gets stirred up by some new male in the near future. But the camp is fabulous.....wonderful accommodations and the warm duvet was fabulous as we had frost on the ground two mornings! The new chef Pierre and hostess Antoinette did an outstanding job with amazing meals and personal touches of luxury! Our guide KB was so knowledgeable and James (with the conservation entity) added fabulous information and excellent spotting ability. Pangolin, Pell's Fishing Eagle, Aardwolf and fabulous sightings and hearing of African Hoopoe many times were some of the highlights besides the regular "Relentless Enemies" cast of characters. The big Toyota LandCruiser with a high canopy and baja Mickey Thompson tires changed my negative opinion of not-open vehicles and it is the perfect ride thru deep deep water! A boat ride with Matt gave us some unique opportunities to get great shots of Malachite Kingfishers......at last!!!! And speeding back to camp after sundowners in the twilight was exhilarating.....an E-ticket for sure!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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GreatPlainsConservat, Public Relations Manager at Great Plains Conservation Duba Plains Camp, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review about Duba. We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay, we will pass this onto KB, I am sure he will be very pleased.

Congratulations on seeing a Pangolin and also the Pels Fishing Owl. To see both is extremely rare on what trip.

We welcome you back soon to Botswana.

Many thanks

David Murray, Great Plains Botswana

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

This was our first time in Africa. We had James as our guide-007. We saw 18 mammals and 64 Birds In 3 days. James educated us on conservation efforts of the country and the history of the area as well as the habits Of the big cats. We saw lion cubs with their mothers, as well as the famous swimming lions hunting the cape buffalo a pride of 6! this was a trip of a life time- high point was having a sundowners with lion and cubs 12 feet from the truck on the left and a bull elephant ambling up to us on the right.
Hope to go back soon! Food was excellent, tents clean, neat and spacious.

Room Tip: We did not go to swim or exercise, we went to see the game. We were in cabin 6 and it was great!
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Our first night in Botswana we found lion stalking the cape buffalo. The buffalo scented the lions and stomped towards them. It went back and forth several times, but the buffalo won. The lions slinked off, with one surrounded by buffalo and a bit of suspense if it would be OK. It was OK, but the buffalo won and we had greatly increased respect for their intelligence and determination. The next 3 days we found the 2 prides of lion, but no more hunting as the buffalo had moved far away from where the well fed lions were. The chef did a fantastic job and we learned how wonderful Botswana beef was when he said "i hope you order the beef".

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

A wonderful time again. Duba was my first camp on my first trip to Africa in 2009. It did not disappoint. Although I did not sees kill I saw the buffalo and saw the lions including the male lion who still dominates over the area. The accommodations are more than enough. Although rustic very comfortable and luxurious in it's own way. My guide Spike for the second time was very knowledgeable and sported a great sense of humor with some difficult guests that expected animal interaction on demand as well as towel change every day. It is a camp that supports conservation after all. The food was incredible -Pierre did a fabulous job- the food was incredibly delicious and dining areas were rotated for a verity of experiences. Antoinettte was unforgettable and very accommodating. Martin the camp manager was very pleasant and informative...great to chat with over dinner.
Yes you may see a kill but it is unpredictable...enjoy the land and the people..the other wildlife...it is as real as you can get in Duba Plains camp

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

We spent 4 nights at Duba Plains in mid-September and found the overall experience very good. The camp was well run, the rooms clean, well appointed and big enough for the amount of time you actually spend in them. The lack of aircon was not a problem as there was enough through draft at night to keep the rooms cool. We were very lucky to see a kill on our first morning out thanks to our wonderful guide Spike and whilst you will not see the variety of game at Duba that you might in say Kenya or South Africa it is more than made up for by the incredible lion viewing, we have never seen so many lions so active. The camp at the staff were all extremely helpful and friendly and the only issue that we did have during our stay was dealt with quickly and efficiently. The boat ride was a good way of seeing the animals from a different perspective and allows you to get closer than you might in a landrover to some. The staff laid on a lovely anniversary meal for us one night by the pool and while the choice of meals is not large all the food was freshly made and delicious, how they produce such lovely cakes in the middle of the bush is a mystery to me. Overall a lovely lodge in a great location.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Camp 5 is not under a tree shade so it can get very hot during the day. If you have the option ask f...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Duba Plains Concession, Botswana (Formerly Duba Plains Camp)
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 71 Specialty Lodging in Okavango Delta
Price Range: $2,500 - $11,904 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Great Plains Conservation Duba Plains Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The renowned and totally brand new Duba Plains Camp, which opened in March 2017, 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, flood plains and woodland, the 77,000 acre private concession typifies the region’s unique landscape. ... more   less 
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Duba Plains Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
Great Plains Conservation Duba Plains Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta

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