Duba Plains Camp

Many consider Duba Plains to be the Okavango’s Maasai Mara because of the sheer volume of wildlife. Great Plains Conservation is the only operator on the concession, thereby offering guests the ultimate opportunity for private wildlife sightings.
Duba Plains Camp, Ngamiland North, North-West District, Botswana
Rates from $1250
  
  

Duba Plains Camp Details 

Overview

The renowned, and now totally rebuilt (opening March 2017), Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart the Okavango Delta. A recent guest said it all, “I am not a religious person but I now understand that the Garden of Eden can now in fact be found at Duba Plains.” A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, the 77,000 acre private concession typifies the region’s unique landscape. Duba Plains Camp will have 5 bespoke tents, in addition to a 2 bedroom suite aptly named the Duba Plains Suite, all designed by Dereck Joubert to fit into the forest and to take advantage of the shapes and textures of shade but also to evoke the old classic African safari style of the 1920’s. It is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway with literally thousands of animals in an almost endless pattern across the rolling plains. Many consider Duba Plains to be the Okavango’s Maasai Mara because of the sheer volume of wildlife. This is the place that owners, and National Geographic filmmakers, conservationists and explorers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert chose for their home base. Great Plains Conservation is the only operator on the concession, thereby offering guests the ultimate opportunity for private wildlife sightings. Duba Plains Camp, is part of a joint venture partnership between Great Plains Conservation and the The Duba Plains Concession, creating maximum benefit to the community nearby with lease funds, jobs and other benefits like our Big Cats Caring for Communities project This partnership ensures that these communities receive tangible and substantial benefits from allowing their ancestral land for wildlife conservation. Botswana is a leader in such partnerships, and Duba Plains is a long-standing example of this successful partnership.
The intimate camp will consist of five traditional-style tents. There is also the separate 2 bedroom Duba Plains Suites available for guests, all on raised decking, each with views of the surrounding floodplain and the steady stream of wildlife parading past. Each tent will have a lounge area, with place to write and do your photographic downloads, as well as the opportunity for private dining in your tent. Each will have a private verandah plus beautifully appointed en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double basins and indoor and outdoor showers and luxurious baths. Ceiling fans and careful design maintain comfortable climate for rest and relaxation. Guests will be able to enjoy their own private plunge pool and outdoor under cover sala/day rest area. The main area will consist of a large raised dining room, and comfortable lounge with private dining areas, wine cellar and library, with ample space for our guests to either get away and be private or be all together if they want to. Guests staying at the Duba Plains Suite automatically enjoy the services of a private game drive vehicle with their own guide as well as a a private butler and chef. The camp’s centre-point is the gathering place of all bush experiences, the fire place on an extended deck into the swamp.
Duba Plains prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences and intimate up close exposure to the best of the best wildlife, from lions and leopards to elephants and buffalo and everything in between. Duba Plains is also known for interesting Kalahari species like Aardwolf and Pangolins.
Each of our camps have executive chefs and a hand picked wine list. Duba Plains is no exception and will boast a cellar of a few hundred bottles of wine from friends of the Jouberts – winemakers who tell their story beyond the bottle, conservationists, people who have a community they support or something they give back besides being on the Great Plains Wine Selection for the quality of their wines. We will offer the service of shipping cases of wine to our guests should they fall in love with a particular blend or label during their stay.
CAMP ACCESS
Duba Plains 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 Plains 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 Plains 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 Plains 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 Plains 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 Plains 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.

Rooms

Duba Plains Camp has 7 bedrooms and 7 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

01 March - 31 March 2017: US$1250
01 April - 14 June & 01 November - 19 December 2017: US$1650
15 June - 31 October 2017: US$2480
20 December 2017 - 10 January 2018: US$1800
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$1250 / 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 Plains Camp is 634 kms from Gaborone
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