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Reviewed April 20, 2017

Had the privilege of visiting the new Duba Plains Camp just after re-opening! Really a fantastic experience! The accommodation is top drawer and some really special pieces of wood finishes - the door to the tent in particular! Derek and Beverley have really added their 'special touch' to the decor and the attention to detail superb!Food was exceptional - 8 course tasting menu on our 1st night was really an experience and very yummy! Well done Pierre! The entire staff at the camp were brilliant - very friendly and went the extra mile to ensure that everyone's comfort and special needs were attended to. Game viewing was good even though the rains had been heavy and made navigation of some of the roads interesting with a few added challenges of getting stuck - added to the experience!

  • Stayed: March 2017, traveled solo
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GreatPlainsConserve, Manager at Great Plains Conservation Duba Plains Camp, responded to this reviewResponded May 11, 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to review the new Duba Plains Camp! We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for your kind compliments. Bush greetings, The Duba Plains Team

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Reviewed April 11, 2017

BT! BT! BT!
Duba Plains is a wonderful camp, hands down. The managers, Oriole and Lizzy, the chef, Herman, and the wonderful staff treat you like kings and queens. Yes, the game drives are fantastic with many big cats, elephants, giraffe, etc. However this review is strictly to promote the guide, BT...

Let me start by saying that BT is the man! I would suggest that when you sign up to visit Duba Plains, the first thing you do is ask for BT to be your guide. Our group absolutely loved him. On our second day out, BT spotted a Male Lion from over a mile away... It looked like a black dot walking thru the plains. After a wild encounter with a full bellied male, we began calling BT, "Big Time!" Big Time has incredible facts, knowledge, spotting ability, and most importantly, he takes care of his group. We absolutely loved talking to Big Time and learning of his culture, and he seemed to learn as much from us as we did from him...

Please give this man a raise! We haven't stopped talking about him since we left last week. See ya soon BIG TIME!

-Gabe, Lauren, Jim, Rebecca, Kim, and Ryan

  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled with family
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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Great Plains Conservation Duba Plains Camp, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review of Duba Plains. It's always great to hear how our guests connect with their guides, who are all excellent in spotting animals and keeping their guests entertained throughout their stay. We'll be sure to share your lovely compliments with BT.
Till next time!
The Duba Plains Team

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Reviewed February 11, 2017

My wife and I have had the good fortune of visiting Duba many times over the years in many seasons. It never fails to absolutely meet or exceed expectations. The camp is being rebuilt and the temporary facility was excellent. The new camp looks like it will be as beautiful as the Zarafa sister camp.

What is great about this place? Herman, the chef, is magical. As good as we have ever experienced. Innovative, healthy, and clean starters, teas, mains, and desserts. He is a genius and really went above and beyond to make Duba special for us.

Our guide Kops is one of our favorite guides in Africa. Great fun in the vehicle and has true bush wisdom, whether about the mammals or the birds or the delta. He is an important reason to visit Duba, if not the most important. This reserve has wonderful diversity. Great elephants, really great birds, great pangolin (Kops has found 2 of them for us over the past few years), great lions, lots of lechwe and buffalo, side stripe jackal, and lots of sightings you do not get elsewhere. Kops and this reserve have never disappointed. Oh, and one last thing. Kops is a very good photographer and understands the light and the best vantage points and can anticipate bird and other animal behavior, whether an elephant charge, or lion roar, or lechwe leaping across the water. He is like having a Hollywood director in the vehicle. There some other guides who can set you up the way he does but not all.

Management was new this time and really very very good. Great Plains has a great talent for recruiting and training excellent young high energy delightful managers. The lodge was flawless personnel wise.

The tents at Duba are in a great location near or under thick trees so that from the great front porch the birds are super and the water birds in the lagoon in front of our room provided great diversion in the afternoons. The new camp, once open (it may now be open) is sited on the old camp site and that was one of my favorite places in the delta for a 'game drive from the room'. Very comfortable tent in November 2017, but the new place will be over the top from what we saw.

We will be back and really look forward to visiting the new facility and were really happy with the place in November 2017.

  • Stayed: November 2016, traveled as a couple
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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Great Plains Conservation Duba Plains Camp, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with others. We love having our guests return again and again, the feeling of catching up with old friends is unique to our intimate and personalised camps at Great Plains.

The temporary camp you refer to is in fact a permanent camp and is called "Duba Expedition Camp". The newly rebuilt "Duba Plains Camp" opened on the 1st March and is indeed a luxury safari camp. Each room has a large en-suite bathroom complete with a tub-with-a-view, private plunge pool and outdoor lounge area.

Both Expedition and Duba Plains are situated in the 77,000 acre private concession and operating permanently. More information about both camps can be viewed on the Great Plains website.

Thanks again for the review.

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Reviewed January 8, 2017

We had a wonderful time at Duba Expedition camp. We spent New Year's Eve, and my daughter's birthday there, and everything was organised with tremendous attention to detail, far beyond the call of duty. For instance, Jessica, one of the camp managers and a celebrated pastry chef, had gone to the trouble of making a beautiful cake for Tessa's birthday, and she and Alastair had set up a champagne bar. She will never forget her birthday under the African sky.

Our guide, Kops, was so informative and passionate about the landscape, the wildlife and especially the birds, that every day was an adventure. We saw masses of animals, and big herds of elephant and buffalo, and the ubiquitous lions, so well fed on the many species of antelope that they were gleaming with health and almost comatose with gluttony in the late afternoon. Kops showed us so many things of great interest which we would never have noticed ourselves, and with his own particular grace and humour. He was a shing star.

Speaking of which, I should mention a wonderful 'sundowner' we had. We were driving back from the plains, and around some trees, and were astounded to see a full camp set up in the bush. A campfire with chairs around it, rugs and cushions, and an entire cocktail bar, manned by Anderson, who had made a special creation, "The Ginger Duba", and very delicious it was too. We sat and watched that pink and navy blue sky as the sun went down, and if it weren't for Herman, the chef, who had provided the most delicious canapés, we could have sat there for ever, had he not needed to get back to the camp and provide us with yet another delicious dinner.

Going back to Herman, who was great fun, we had beautiful food, served in a very relaxed atmosphere. We could eat at a big table, with the rest of the guests, on our own as a family, with Alistair and Jessica or the other lovely manager, or with one of the guides. Everything was so relaxed, and whatever anyone wanted at the time was absolutely no problem. Herman is quite some cookie, and provided lunches and dinners that would receive accolades in a top London restaurant. I just don't know how he does it, and I am missing him dreadfully, as my own grudging efforts on my return seem pitifully inadequate.

All in all, it was a marvellous trip. We have been to various African countries before, and on quite a few safaris, but this one was very special. I love the ethos of Botswana, and this was a very important trip for us as we have recently suffered a family tragedy. The kindness and sensitivity, warmth and FUN, of everyone in Duba Camp played a big role in healing our hearts and I will never forget it.

  • Stayed: December 2016, traveled with family
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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Great Plains Conservation Duba Plains Camp, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2017

What a wonderful review! We strive to offer our guests a personalised, unique experience at all of our Great Plains camps and we're thrilled that you had such a great time at Duba Expedition Camp. Thank you so much for taking the time to go into so much detail about your experience. Take care, The Duba Expedition Team

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Reviewed January 1, 2017

Just returned from a visit to to Duba -- we had a terrific experience! We couldn't have asked for a better setting for our first trip to Botswana -- the camp itself is gorgeously situated, the staff was warm and welcoming, the food was exceptional (thanks, Herman!) and our guide, Kops, was just wonderful (knowledgable, kind, fun). In addition to seeing all kinds of animals at very close range (lions, hippos, buffalo, hyena, baboons, just to name a few), we saw over 100 different kinds of birds, which Kops helped us to identify.

  • Stayed: December 2016, traveled with family
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GreatPlainsConserve, General Manager at Great Plains Conservation Duba Plains Camp, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2017

We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit at Duba Expedition Camp. Well done on the 100 different birds! All our guides are incredible "spotters" and there are always so many smaller things to see and learn about out here on the Duba Concession where there is abundant water and wildlife. Bush greetings, The Duba Expedition Team

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