Duba Expedition Camp
This remarkably authentic delta safari camp with its expedition tents provides an excellent safari experience with a focus on the wildlife of the Okavango
Duba Expedition Camp is a remarkable camp situated within the classic delta habitat of the Kwedi Reserve. Surrounded by the undisturbed wilds of a remote 77 000 acre private concession this camp is perfect for wildlife connoisseurs the camp was at its genesis a research camp and the focus is still very much on fostering an understanding of the delicate interplay between local species and their relationship with this very special environment.
Both the camp and Kwedi Reserve, where it is located, are operated as a joint venture partnership between Great Plains Conservation and the local community represented by the Okavango Community Trust. Representing five villages in the Okavango Panhandle, the Trust receives a substantial real benefit by using their land for conservation.
With authenticity the watchword at Duba, the camp has just six expedition-style tents. With views over the surrounding floodplains, these light and airy canvas tents are sited on slightly raised decking designed to naturally cool as they capture the breeze with their expansive screened windows. En-suite facilities include a flush loo, double basins and indoor shower.
The main area is similarly airy, with an open-air design encouraging guest interaction.
The only camp withing the concession Duba Expedition Camp provides an intensely private safari experience. Rates at Duba Expedition Camp start from USD 1250 per person sharing. This is a fully inclusive rate.
The Kwedi Reserve provides Duba Expedition Camp with a breathtaking landscape, rich in wildlife providing a first-class safari experience. Made famous by the National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert.
Operated by Great Plains Conservation whose mission is to find the right formula of conservation, communities and commerce that would make a lasting, sustainable difference to the world’s iconic wildlife and wildernesses.
Duba Expedition Camp is located in the Kwedi Reserve on a 77,000-acre private concession. The concession, made famous by National Geographic Explorers in Residence, filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, comprises a rich mix of floodplains, permanent channels and small islands.
This terrain is a perfect habitat for huge herds of buffalo and, in close, attendance lion. These lions intensely studied by the Jouberts hunt by day and night, both on land and in the water. The plains of the concession are also home to a diverse collection of other game including elephant, red lechwe, impala, kudu and tsessebe. Birdlife is prolific, particularly so in summer.
Naturally for a camp situated in a game rich concession, the focus at Duba Expedition Camp is on the incredible wildlife interaction on the plains with water activities offered by motorboat when conditions allow.
Day and night game drivesGame drives at Duba Expedition Camp are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon to early evenings. These are conducted from open 4×4 vehicles and recently reported sightings include a diverse range of species, including large herds of red lechwe along with greater kudu, tsessebe and even giraffe which in previous years were a rare sighting.
Both elephant and hippopotamus occur within the concession and regularly seen as they make their way through the swamps, ensuring the waterways of the delta remain open. Nocturnal species are seen in the early evening with leopard and brown hyena found within the concession.
Water activitiesWhen water levels permit guests at Duba Expedition Camp explore the channels of the Okavango Delta by motorboat. These excursions allow guests to experience majesty of the delta with sightings of aquatic species and birds including Pel’s fishing owl, wattled crane and rosy-throated longclaw .
Although it offers water activities when conditions allow, Duba Expedition Camp focuses on land based activities. This takes full advantage of the game rich floodplains of the concession. The camps below offer a similar experience within the Okavango Delta.
Situated in the drier south east of the delta Chitabe Camp provides excellent game viewing within the private Chitabe Concession. This concession comprises a rich mix of grasslands, floodplains, marsh all interspersed with acacia, mopane and riverine forest. Chitabe Camp is operated by Wilderness Safaris and forms part of their Classic portfolio.
To provide the best possible experience within the Okavango Delta Duba Expedition Camp would normally be combined with either a land and water focused camp or a solely water focused camp. The camps below would provide an excellent foil to Duba Expedition Camp.
Along with elephant back safaris Abu Camp offers morning and afternoon game drives, walks and, when the seasonal waters of the delta allow, mokoro (canoe) safaris.