Duba Plains Camp is located in the northern reaches of northern Botswana's famed Okavango Delta, in a private 35,000 hectare (77,000 acre) reserve that is inaccessible to the world for most of the year - except by air. This remoteness ensures that Duba enjoys true privacy... all of this wild Africa and only 12 guests. Each of Duba Plains' six spacious tents has been constructed out of sturdy canvas, with large windows. Duba Reserve is to the north of the Moremi Game Reserve and offers the perfect all round Okavango experience, all year round. The vast open floodplains that flood seasonally are a highlight, complemented by permanent waterways and a number of larger wooded islands - one of which is home to this small camp that prides itself on personal service and superb wildlife viewing all year round.
Six traditional 'Meru-style" tents are raised off the ground on wooden decks to enjoy the spectacular view and to catch the fresh breezes. Each of the tents is tucked away under the cool shade of large garcinia trees, looking onto vast floodplains out front of camp. Comfortable large beds dressed in fine linen are covered with romantic and flowing mosquito nets. Each bed can be joined seamlessly to create a grand extra-large and comfortable king-sized bed. Ceiling fans and roof vents bring in the African breezes to cool the surroundings and a writing desk and comfortable lounge furniture round off the accommodation. The private verandah out front provides each tent with a slice of it's own Africa - often with elephants out front. The en-suite dressing area and dual basin vanity, indoor and outdoor showers and a flush toilet provide all the home comforts, with appropriate style and luxury. All Duba's hot water is solar heated.
The main lounge, bar and dining room is intimate and is complemented by the outdoor dining area for brunches and lunches under cool shade, with attractive views over the floodplains. The camp is rounded off with an evening fireplace for war stories from the day's adventures. A plunge pool is tucked away from the main area, offering a cool afternoon retreat.
At Duba Plains there is no routine. While early morning, late afternoon and evenings are the prime time to be out in the field, when the colors are vibrant and the wildlife is at its most active, we take our cue from what's happening out there and we pride ourselves on our flexibility. Setting out at dawn, when predators are active, our guides are as keen as the guests to discover what has been happening during the night and what is in stall for the rest of the day. Usually, once the sun is high and strong, we retreat with the herds to our mid-day resting post back at Duba Camp. Then, as the colours return as the afternoon sun starts to soften again, we head out for the late afternoon to evening, searching for nocturnal wildlife and the action that comes with sunset. But nothing is regimented here at Duba. If there is plenty of action brewing and especially if the lions are on the hunt, we have often brought breakfast or brunch to our guests in the field.