Duba Plains Camp: The Lowdown

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Duba Plains is a luxurious tented camp on a pretty private concession in the northern Okavango Delta, which caters especially well to photographers.

What’s Duba Plains really like?

One of the nice things about Duba Plains is its size- with just 5 luxury tents (and the two bedroom suite which is completely standalone with its own guide and chef) the feel is small and intimate.  The tents are large and the style has a definite nod to explorers of old, with leather armchairs, rich rugs, polished wood, and traditional bathtubs. There are still some modern comforts though- showers are inside as well as outside, and there’s a cooling system over the bed. Outside you also have a private plunge pool and a place to snooze in between game drives.  Over in the main area there’s a fireplace, lounge and dining room, and we should particularly draw attention here to the food, which is usually very good- in line with high levels of service and comfort we’ve come to expect from Duba Plains.

What can I do at Duba Plains?

Duba Plains is best known for the Relentless Enemies film, documenting the struggles between lion and buffalo. Ever-changing dynamics mean that lion prides have fractured, allowing leopards to creep in, and a wider array of wildlife to flourish, but still, the focus here is very much on game drives. Duba’s owners are filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert so photographers are well-catered for with specially designed vehicles and cameras and lenses available in camp. Just ask us for details, but needless to say, with tight light-aircraft weight allowances, being able to borrow the larger lenses is a real blessing. Night drives are also on offer- these are generally an hour or so after sunset, rather than exhausting late -night slogs. You can also do boating safaris at Duba Plains, though we’d be honest that we think game drives are really the main highlight. Generally the boating season operates roughly between May and August/September, but water levels and shrink or extend this accordingly.

Giving back at Duba Plains:

We shout quite a lot about Pack for a Purpose, but it works especially well in Botswana where there’s a huge difference between the baggage you’re allowed long haul and what’s safe on a light aircraft flight. Duba Plains use it to support conservation education in school in the remote village nearby (ish), as well as women’s craft groups making curios for the in-camp shop. Contributions are warmly welcomed, as are enthusiastic shoppers- if only doing good in the world was always so easy…

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