Duke’s Camp is one of the newest and most exciting camps to open in Botswana. From the creators of the world famous Jack’s Camp in the Kalahari comes this new super stylish and luxurious camp in the Okavango Delta. Set on a beautiful and game rich concession, Dukes Camp is sure to become a new landmark luxury camp in the Okavango.
Duke’s Camp lies on a 89,000 hectare concession in the northern Okavango Delta – adjoining the Moremi and just above the famous concessions of Vumbura and Duba Plains. Duke’s Camp lies on Kgao Island, a particularly pretty island overlooking a permanent lagoon – the camp itself peeps out below the canopy of native leadwood and ebony trees. This is a beautiful corner of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, with varied habitats delivering interesting game viewing.
Duke’s Camp opened in June 2022 with just 8 tents made up of 5 twines and 3 doubles. A further 4 tents will open in March 2023 when Duke’s Camp will have 12 en-suite canvas suites set on raised wooden decks, all with sweeping views of the Okavango Delta. Inspired by the vintage panache of Jack’s Camp, the rooms at Duke’s Camp are plush, comfortable and full of character. Expect rich Persian rugs over wooden floors, hand-carved four poster beds, brass fittings and beautiful African and natural history memorabilia.
The main area at Duke’s Camp continues the style of old world glamour with an elegant Persian tea-tent and lounge/library with a well-stocked drinks cabinet. The main area also features a swimming pool. Power is available 24 hours a day and 100% solar powered. There is no wifi. This is your chance to disconnect to reconnect!
Meals are a lavish affair and enjoyed around the antique dining table in the dining tent or below the shade of a giant leadwood tree – wherever you are lanterns will be twinklingly off crystal classes and antique silverware.
Botswana safaris are famed for their exclusivity, and Duke’s is no exception. The camp is set on a private concession ensuring not only exclusivity away from the crowds but more flexible activities too. Morning, afternoon and night game drives are the perfect way to discover this varied concession, home to a wide variety of wildlife including good populations of lion, leopard, cheetah, and elephant. Buffalo are often seen roaming in large herds here while the open plains attract a variety of plains game including giraffe, zebra, impala, wildebeest, red lechwe, tsessebe and more.
When water levels permit guests at Duke’s Camp have the opportunity of exploring the glistening channels by boat and mokoro (dugout canoe) safari. Boating offers the chance for bigger animal sightings like hippo, elephant and buffalo. While Mokoro excursions are a chance to enjoy a slower safari and time to focus on the smaller but equally special aspects of the Okavango Delta. Poling through the clear shallows of the Okavango your local expert will explain about local life on the channels of the Okavango Delta and introduce you to the fauna and flora of this unique environment.
For those looking for a more personal experience of the bush a nature walk through this wilderness can be arranged with your guide.
Adventurous souls will love the fly-camping experience available on longer stays at Duke’s Camp –spend a night on a beautiful, lantern-lit island, sleeping on a bedroll under a simple mozzie net below a canopy of stars. Simply, authentic and a once in a life-time experience sure to stay with you for life.
Dukes Camp is named after Sarefo ‘Duke’ Sarefo, the custodian of this outstanding island. Duke’s family belong to the Wayeyi tribe, traditional fisherman of the Okavango Delta. Duke’s family have called this rich island home for three generations. Working in partnership with Unchartered Africa, Duke has welcomed responsible and eco-tourism as a way of safeguarding this extraordinary wilderness for future generations of his family.
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