Duba Explorers Camp

distinctive Camp | Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Duba Explorers Camp, formerly Duba Plains, lies in the most remote reaches of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, where a daily drama unfolds between the herds of buffalo that abound in the region and the prides of lion sustained by them. The small, secluded camp is built on a verdant island surrounded by a vast expanse of seasonally flooded plains and shaded by tall ebony, sycamore fig and mangosteen trees.

Photo of Corrin LaCombe

Our Expert Says

Duba Explorers Camp is a treat for those seeking a truly remote immersion in the wilderness. The surprise is the diversity of experiences available, from exploring islands, floodplains and marshes to extensive nature trails. It really is one of the hidden gems of the Okavango Delta.

– Corrin LaCombe


Duba Plains Camp, massive bedroom with personal seating area and desk, canopied comfortable bed, luxury furnishings, large windows with sweeping view

The Camp

Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Number of Tents: 6

Located in the farthest reaches of the Okavango Delta in an exceptionally private 77,000-acre reserve, Duba Explorers Camp has access to large islands, woodlands, floodplains and marshes offering diverse wildlife sightings. Duba's real treat is its exclusivity, and it is particularly suited for those who wish for a remote and isolated wilderness experience. The camp is small and intimate, accommodating just 12 guests in six expedition-style, luxury tented villas, each with an en suite bathroom with shower and flush toilet as well as a private veranda overlooking the floodplain. Each well-appointed tent offers exceptional comfort and views of wildlife in the immediate environs. The dining room and lounge are raised on decking under large riverine trees and marquis canvas and open on all sides. A fire pit is the perfect spot for recounting the days encounters before and after a delicious dinner.

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Duba Plains Camp, expansive en suite bathroom, soft comfortable robe, double vanity sink with pocelain, very wide mirror, shower with view into nature

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and insect repellent
  • Hair dryer
  • Room fan
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Yoga mats, bands and weights provided for guest use
  • Limited Wi-Fi in guest tents
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa and MasterCard)
  • No air conditioning, telephone or cellular coverage

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

The wildlife at Duba Explorers Camp is extensive and fascinating, as the vast, open grasslands are often isolated from the mainland by deep waterways, concentrating the animals. Four different prides of lions hunt thousands of buffalo almost daily. Hunting often happens during the day, allowing for great photo opportunities. Red lechwe, buffalo, elephant, tsessebe and warthog dot the savanna, and hippo concentrate in the deeper channels. Productive spotted hyena dens in the area frequently offer delightful hyena cub viewing. Leopard live on the forested islands, and most of the Okavango Delta's birdlife is found in the area. During the annual floods the number of waterbirds is amazing, with a multitude of herons, egrets, jacanas and others on display. Guests may choose between day and night wildlife drives in open 4x4 vehicles, customized to get through Duba's water-rich landscape, and mokoro (poled dugout canoe) excursions, which may be available April through September depending on water levels.

The Okavango Delta is a year-round wildlife viewing destination, with the peak mammal viewing in the dry winter between June and October and fantastic birding all year. The below chart shows major wildlife sightings. Other typical sightings may include small mammals, such as jackals, foxes, caracal and serval, and a wide variety of birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements and can vary from camp to camp, since many camps are located on islands.

Country Park/Reserve
Buffalo
Cheetah
Eland
Elephant
Giraffe
Greater Kudu
Hippo
Hyena
Leopard
Lion
Sable Antelope
Wild Dog
Wildebeest
Zebra
Botswana Okavango Delta

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Climate

Month Max Min Rainfall
January 90° F 64° F 4.21 in
32° C 17° C 107 mm
February 88° F 63° F 3.11 in
31° C 17° C 79 mm
March 86° F 61° F 2.8 in
30° C 16° C 71 mm
April 84° F 54° F 0.71 in
28° C 12° C 18 mm
May 79° F 45° F 0.2 in
26° C 7° C 5 mm
June 73° F 43° F 0.12 in
22° C 6° C 3 mm
July 75° F 46° F 0.0 in
23° C 7° C 0 mm
August 81° F 48° F 0.0 in
27° C 8° C 0 mm
September 91° F 57° F 0.0 in
32° C 13° C 0 mm
October 95° F 59° F 0.91 in
35° C 15° C 23 mm
November 91° F 66° F 2.2 in
32° C 18° C 56 mm
December 91° F 66° F 3.39 in
32° C 18° C 86 mm

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Duba Plains Camp, two massive male lion heads with full mains, green grasses peeking out between them, Okavango Delta, Africa, Botswana safari camp

Conservation

Duba Explorers Camp is part of a community participation plan that brings the benefits of ecotourism to communities that exist within and around the Okavango Delta. Situated in a Wildlife Management Area adjoining the Moremi Game Reserve in northern Botswana, the camp has partnered with five villages on the outskirts of the neighboring delta to form a Trust, which manages the affairs of the community to ensure that any tourism rewards are fairly distributed. The Trust, called the Okavango Community Trust (OCT), has developed a partnership with Duba Explorers Camp to lease the land from the community, market, sell and manage its location, and in return undertake employing, training and wherever possible, uplifting the living standards and skills of the community’s people.

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Reviews for Duba Explorers Camp

(4.67)

Review Duba Explorers Camp
Month of travel: November
"I have nothing but good things to stay about my experience at Duba. I loved the time of year we choose to travel for the big intense skies and rich photo opportunities. Seeing the large groups of elephant play in the water and watching a mother lion tend to her little one were only a few of the highlights. The staff here were the best and our guide, 007, was amazing!"
- M. Langworth
Month of travel: August
"Duba Plains is really about seeing the Lion and Buffalo interactions. Choosing when to go is important and improves your chances of seeing this interaction. The very best time is July through November before the rains. If the rains are heavy the lion pride may be cut off on an island from the buffalo or inaccessible from camp. You would optimize your chances by staying at least four nights as the lions feed on average every four days. The lions have not read the book so some luck is involved. This experience is one of the most impressive spectacles in nature and well worth seeing. The camp is very remote, the accommodations and food are good but not great. The staff was friendly but not overly so. The guides were great and because you have come to Duba Plains to see the lions hunt buffalo the guides play a large role in the success of the adventure. They knew from experience where the lion pride would be going and where to position the vehicle for the best experience. "
- C. Shear
Month of travel: July
"Lions, Lions and more lions - hunting, resting, playing. That is the theme of this camp in my experience"
- J. Reilly

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