Duba Explorers camp Bostwana
Duba Explorers camp
Duba Plains Private Reserve, Northern Okavango Delta
Great Plains Conservation
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Dorian Hoy – Managing Director, Botswana
4 Star Expeditionary and Explorers Class Safari Camp
Duba Explorers 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 Explorers 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 Explorers 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.
DUBA EXPLORERS CAMP
History & Story
Duba Explorers Camp sits in the heart of classic Okavango Delta floodplains habitat, traditionally an ecozone that has the best wildlife viewing potential. A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, this 77,000 acres private concession typifies the region’s unique landscape.
The six tent Duba Explorers Camp is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway and the area is the base of many famous wildlife documentaries by National Geographic Filmmakers and Explorers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert.
Duba Expedition Camp and the Duba Plains Reserve, where the camp is located, is part of community project with the Okavango Community Trust, the representative body for five villages in the Okavango Panhandle. This partnership ensures that these communities receive tangible and substantial benefits from their ancestral land for wildlife conservation. 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 is stylishly furnished and designed by Dereck and Beverly, using their sensibilities of the ‘expedition’ and ‘exploring’, offering campaign writing desk and private verandah plus en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double vanities and indoor shower. Fans and careful open air design maintain comfortable climate for rest and relaxation. The main area is under sweeping marquee canvas, on raised decking and consists of an open-concept dining and lounge area that opens to the outdoors on all sides.
Duba Explorers Camp prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences, and rightly so. The diverse wildlife experience is renowned with regular sightings of a diverse range of species, including large herds of lechwe, kudu, tsessebe and giraffe. Very large herds of elephants and buffalo move around the camp and hippo trudge through the swamps creating their channels and paths daily. Lions, leopards and hyenas in large numbers make up the predator components. Leopard, and a wide range of smaller nocturnal cats, hunt around the fringes of the waterways and are often seen on our night drives. Enjoy guided walks, boating opportunities or open air game drives and revel in the delights of one of the most varied and expansive wildlife areas in the world.
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.
Duba Explorers Camp will relocate to a brand new wildlife location in the northern reaches of the Duba Plains Reserve at the end of 2017.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Wildlife viewing in private Duba Plains Reserve with limited guests.
Guided walking in the Reserve.
Boating actitivies may be possible but are water level dependant.
Private 77 000 acres Duba Plains Reserve of the nothern Okavango Delta région of Botswana.
Key sites/activities in the area
Open vehicle game driving and wildlife viewing activities in the early morning and late afternoon/evening
Guided Walking safaris on offer
Boating opportunities to view wildlife available on the Okavango Delta’s water channels may be possible but are water levels permitting.
For those guests that are avid birders and who manage to see 111 different birds during their stay with us, they will presented with a unique gift recognising their extra ordinary achievement.
Selinda Explorers Camp accepts children from 6 years old
All children that stay at Great Plains Conservation safari camps have the opportunity of participating and joining our Young Explorers Club.
• Duba Explorers Camp has a total of 6 Expeditionary and Explorers style guest tents
Each tent is raised off the ground and offers private verandah, en-suite bathroom with indoor shower and vanities.
No wifi or private game drive vehicle available at this property
• Duba Explorers Camp has 6 tents
Restaurants & Bars
• Dining opportunities are taken in the central dining area in the main camp area.
Bush breakfasts may be available at times. These are confirmed by the camp manager on a daily basis and are subject to confirmation.
Extra Notable Features
• Early morning and late afternoon/early evening wildlife viewing game drives.
• Guided boating opportunity (Water levels dependant).
• Guided daily walking safaris.
Number of employees