Duba Expedition Camp

The brand new Duba Expedition Camp sits in the heart of classic Okavango Delta habitat
Ngamiland North, North-West District, Botswana
Rates from $975
  
  

Duba Expedition Camp Details 

Overview

The brand new Duba Expedition Camp sits in the heart of classic Okavango Delta habitat. A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, the 77,000-acre private concession typifies the region’s unique landscape. Located here, exclusively, is the six tent Duba Expedition Camp, a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway. Built on a wooded island, connected to the prolific wildlife area by an elaborate set of bridges, the area is the base of many famous wildlife documentaries by National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. It is the only camp on the concession, thereby offering guests the ultimate opportunity for private sightings. Duba Expedition Camp, and the Kwedi Reserve, where it is located, is part of a joint venture partnership between Great Plains Conservation and the Okavango Community Trust, the representative body for five villages in the Okavango Panhandle. This partnership ensures that these communities receive tangible and substantial benefit from using their ancestral land for wildlife conservation. Botswana is a leader in such partnerships, and our working relationship is a testament to this long-standing example of success in this area. The intimate camp consists of six expedition-style tents of light airy canvas on slightly raised decking, each with views of the surrounding floodplain. Each tent has a small desk and private verandah plus en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double basins and indoor shower. Fans and careful open-air design maintain comfortable climate for rest and relaxation. The main area is under sweeping marquis canvas, on raised decking and consists of an open-concept dining and lounge area which opens to the outdoors on all sides. In the evenings, the fire pit is always a popular spot to enjoy an Amarula and recount the day’s events. Duba Expedition Camp prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences, and rightly so. 
The homogenous experience of wildlife is renowned with regular sightings of a diverse range of species, including large herds of Red lechwe along with Greater kudu, tsessebe and even giraffe which in previous years has been a rare sighting. Of course, elephant and hippo trudge through the swamps happily, and are regularly seen. Leopard, and nocturnal species such as Brown hyena can be sighted as well. Wildlife is a regular sight right in camp! Birds abound, and the area is reputed as a birdwatcher’s paradise. Okavango ‘specials’ include the rare Wattled crane, Pel’s Fishing owl, White-backed Night heron and Marsh owl.
CAMP ACCESS
Duba Expedition Camp is only accessible to guests by scheduled air transfers or private air charters. On arrival at the airfield, the transfer to camp is approximately seven minutes. Duba Expedition Camp’s (category B) airfield is licensed for aircraft as large as a King Air, Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Caravan. The co-ordinates are S19″01.901′; E22″42.712′. The distance from Maun to Duba Expeditions Airfield is 130km, and flying time in a Cessna Caravan is between 30 and 45 minutes. Duba Expeditions is roughly 290km from Kasane with a flight time of an hour in a Cessna Caravan. Flying times naturally vary depending on the type of aircraft used and prevailing weather conditions.
OUR FOOTPRINT
Duba Expedition Camp is a fully integrated community empowerment project on land leased directly from five local communities, who in turn receive all of the lease revenue. Capacity-building is a priority and currently 80% of the staff at Duba Expedition Camp come from these communities. Since May 2010 we have been working constantly on plans to ensure we maintain and improve our sustainable operations whilst reducing our footprint on the environment. With the successes and lessons learned from our other Botswana properties at Selinda and Zarafa, Duba Expedition Camp will adhere to similar standards of responsible environment implementation practises as well as ensuring environmental mitigation (associated with driving in boggy substrate). We are committed to developing an ever-lighter footprint.
BEDROOM
Zipper double doors lead to mid-sized tented rooms;
Private verandah with views of floodplains;
Canvas is light brown, with netted windows and doors;
Either twin or double bed configuration.
BATHROOM
En-suite with flush toilet, shower, double basins;
Hot and cold running water;
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and hairdryers provided;
Hot and cold running water showers

Rooms

Duba Expedition Camp has 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms featuring pure luxury throughout.

Inclusions

Hot and cold running water
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and hairdryers provided
Hot and cold running water showers
Standing fan
Main marquee canvas area with lounge and dining
Outdoor fire pit
Coffee/tea station
The camp layout is not conducive to wheelchair bound guests due to dirt pathways and uneven terrain
Limited Wi-Fi available in guest tents
Yoga mats, weights and bands are provided in each suite
Selling locally and regionally produced crafts, many of which support local community projects in the nearby Okavango panhandle
Included in nightly tariff - next day service, weather permitting
Fire extinguishers in every tent
Guests must hold comprehensive medical insurance and emergency evacuation insurance
Senior staff all has first aid training
Nearest decent medical facility is in Maun, and then Johannesburg

Checking In & Out

Check-in from 2pm and check-out by 11am

Rates

11 January - 31 March 2017: US$975
01 April - 14 June & 01 November - 19 December 2017: US$1250
15 June - 31 October 2017: US$ 1800
20 December 2017 - 10 January 2018: US$ 1450
Checking In & Out
$975 / per night
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Hospitality 

Food

The area offers some fantastic food options sourcing the region’s best produce and catering to a range of budgets, see some of the best below:
Caravela Portuguese Restaurant
Sanitas Restaurant
Bull & Bush Pub
Rodizio Brazilian Restaurant
Make sure you book in advance if you plan to eat at any of the above restaurants as they are very popular and easily fill for the weekend.
We also offer a concierge service on this property if you would like us to arrange any bookings.

Location 

Getting There and Distances

Duba Expedition Camp is 634 kms from Gaborone
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