Duba Plains in Botswana Now Open

Opened for its first guests on 1 March 2017 the new Duba Plains Camp, built on the site of the old dismantled camp of the same name, is the very finest in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Five vast guest tents of 120sqm, in addition to a two bedroom tented suite, each offering guests their own private plunge pools, rosewood decks, inside and outside showers, sumptuous bath, outside sala bed, Canon professional camera equipment and Swarovski binoculars.

The central mess tent has private and communal dining areas, interactive show kitchen, wine cellar, library and media room. From here the extended deck is the camp’s focal point, with a fire pit, day beds and dining areas overlooking the swamp.

Like all Great Plains Conservation camps and lodges in Botswana and Kenya, yoga mats and light weights are available in each tent.

Perfect combination with Zarafa Camp and Zarafa Dhow Suites.


  1. This most northerly series of islands in the Okavango Delta receives the finest, most fertile sediments of the life-giving Okavango River as it enters the Delta. This thereby supports the most nutritious grasses, which in turn supports the largest concentration of biomass in the Delta.
  2. Stunning elephant herds, kudu and warthogs everywhere, bat eared fox, aardwolf, side striped jackal, hyena, crocodiles, hippo, and …
  3. Duba has movie-star lions and buffalo from the films by Dereck & Beverly Joubert, The Last Lions and Relentless Enemies. Our guides are able to identify some of the lions characters from the films, however identifying the buffalo individuals proves a little trickier.
  4. Duba is home to large herds of buffalo, which used to be the prime source of lion’s protein until the red lechwe numbers grew to number thousands that made them the current dish of the day.
  5. As the lion prides have splintered within the Duba concession in recent years it has allowed leopard to inhabit the area for the first time in many of our long-serving guides memories.
  6. The lions of Duba are amongst the largest in Africa, they hunt through watery channels (bulking their muscles) and hunt almost exclusively during daylight hours – the water cools them as they move through the day.
  7. The vehicles of Duba are amongst the largest in Africa, they pass through watery channels (so we’ve bulked them up with raised suspensions) and we have accessorised them for photographers – camera mounts, bean bags or monopods.
  8. In addition to day and night game drives and walks in the concession Duba we have recently taken ownership of a custom-made photographic boat with swivel-chairs and photographic mounts.
  9. Constrained by deep, permanent waters of the Okavango Delta, the wildlife remains through dry and green seasons in classic Okavango scenery of vast open grassy plains, interspersed with shallow channels and palm islands. Duba is a true year-round wildlife haven. It’s a birding hotspot year-round too, reaching its peak between November and February with seasonal migrant visitors.
  10. Duba Plains is a private concession of 77,000 acres of community-owned land, with just two small camps and a maximum of only 24 guests.