Duba Explorer Camp

Duba Plains Private Reserve, Okavango Delta
Duba Explorers Camp in Northern Botswana, is tucked away in the northeast corner of the Duba Plains concession, a 77,000 acres private reserve in the Okavango Delta. Due to its location at the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta, the surroundings are dominated by permanent floodplain, interspersed with seasonal floodplains and grasslands and pockets of mopane and acacia woodlands. Duba Explorers Camp is situated on an island surrounded on all sides by the pristine Okavango Delta. Under a canopy of mature jackalberry, leadwood, mangosteen and sycamore fig trees the camp has year-round shade. The camp’s location provides clear, unobstructed views across the surrounding water channels and allows cool breezes through the camp and guest tents. The camp embodies the golden age of safaris and the spirit of exploration. The camp consists of five tents of airy canvas on raised decking stylishly furnished with campaign writing desk, private verandah and en-suite facilities. The main area is set under sweeping marquee canvas, on raised decking with an open-concept dining and lounge area. The camp is accessible only by..
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two, gum pole bridges. During your siesta, lounge on the daybed on your veranda, absorbing the peacefulness and tranquility of your surroundings. During the flood season you might even be lucky to catch sight of spotted neck otters swimming and eating. Listen out for the prolific birdlife. At night, let the hippos sing you to sleep. Sometimes, the roar of a lion cracks through the night as he calls out to his pride.

During a stay at Duba Explorers Camp you step into the shoes of the early adventurers. Explore the water channels associated with the Ngoga River system by boat or traditional canoes (mokoro), meandering through channels created by hippos and elephant. The mokoro allows you to glide silently through the channel systems and experience an undisturbed water world around you. With over 400 bird species, birding is unsurpassed, with spectacular species like the malachite kingfisher zipping past you in a burst of color. Vehicle safaris in this paradise allow for exciting encounters with the predators resident to the area. On guided walks explore the islands, wetlands and plains, following the tracks and interpreting the signs of the wild. Guests might even be lucky enough to get a glimpse of a rare sitatunga or an elusive leopard. Enjoy the excitement of catch and release fishing where one can study the various delta fish species up close.

The unique flooding cycles of the Okavango Delta create a mosaic of habitats from permanent wetlands, to seasonal floodplains to woodlands and grasslands around Duba Explorers Camp, and fosters an incredible diversity of wildlife. Plains created by dropping water levels in the dry season (December to April) form a perfect habitat for zebra, wildebeest, kudus and tsessebe. In the flood season (May to November), the area transforms into a water wonderland bringing its aquatic diversity with it. The year-round healthy herbivore population including elephant, buffalo and lechwe and good hunting terrain attracts predators such as lion, leopard and wild dogs.

Duba Explorers Camp is a combination activity based camp. If you are here for the wildlife then the best way to get up close and personal with the animals is on a drive in customized open Land Cruiser. In addition, navigating through the Okavango Delta’s network of waterways by mokoro and boat (when water levels allow), is an invigorating way to get a sense of the scope of this huge wetland. Another huge benefit of staying within the conservancies is the ability to appreciate the stunning landscape on foot, peacefully, without the noise of engines. Accompanied by licensed and armed guides, we highly recommend this unforgettable experience. Usually early morning or evening is the best time, as the middle of the day is too hot to venture out of the shade. There is simply no better way to experience the magic of this unique destination and these walks are ideally combined with the wildlife viewing activities such as heading out on mokoro or boat.

AT A GLANCE

  • 5 luxurious tents with private verandah with views of floodplains
  • En-suite bathroom with flush toilet, double basin and shower
  • Hot and cold running water
  • Standing fan
  • Main guest area includes a marquee canvas area with lounge and dining area
  • Outdoor fire pit
  • Situated on 77,000 acre private reserve at the base of the Okavango Delta’s Panhandle
  • Twice daily game drives
  • Motorized boat safaris and mokoro trips
  • Guided bush walks
  • Safari shop
  • All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, safari activities, laundry
  • Wi-Fi access in guest rooms
  • Solar power produces 24-hour 220v electricity
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