Duba Concession (NG23)

A 33,000 hectare private reserve made famous by the National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert.

In the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta this exclusive concession of 77 000 acres is home to only two camps. The concession is operated by Great Plains Conservation in partnership with the Okavango Community Trust which represents five villages in the Okavango Panhandle.

Duba Plains is similar to the Kwedi Concession; therefore choose one or the other in your safari plans.  Water activities are seasonal in Duba Plains.

Animals – Duba Plains is an excellent destination for lion activity and is noted for sightings of lions hunting buffalo from the sizeable herds that reside here.  The herds number in the thousands in the dry season, a spectacular sight and the biggest herds to be found anywhere.  The wide open plains also make it a good place to spot cheetah.  Don’t expect giraffe and zebra.

The Duba concession is strongly associated with the world-renowned photographers, film makers and conservationists, Derek and Beverley Joubert. Their films such as Relentless Enemies and The Last Lions capture the raw beauty and rich wildlife of this corner of the Okavango perfectly. They are also the founders and the only two camps on the Duba concession, Duba Explorers Camp and Duba Plains Camp

Birds -The birding in the duba is as varied as it is exceptional all year round.  In the summer many migrant species are present.  Pel’s fishing-owl is regularly seen, with other specials including wattled crane, slaty egret, chirping cisticola, fan-tailed widowbird, pink-backed pelican and possibly rosy-throated longclaw. Also expect jacanas, saddle-billed storks, ibises, spoonbills and waders.

Plantlife -Sausage tree, leadwood, fever-berry and sycamore fig are the common trees here.  You will also see the ‘blue bush’ or Kalahari star apple whose roots are peeled and used as a toothbrush: ask your guide!  Duba Plains has more wild date palm than Vumbura.

Access -Fly in to the Duba Plains airstrip.  Self-driving into this private concession is not allowed.

Best months -The buffalo herds and other game are at their peak in terms of numbers in the dry season, but birdlife is best during the rains.



Accommodation in this Area

From $1,395 per person

North Island Okavango

North Island Okavango is one of the newest and most exclusive luxury safari camps in the Okavango Delta. This luxurious new safari camp lies on a remote private island in a particularly pretty and game rich concession of the Okavango. Nestled within a network of shimmering lagoons and water channels, North Island Okavango camp offers a luxurious based from which to enjoy a fantastic range of safari experiences.

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From $1,220 per person

Duba Explorers Camp

Duba Explorers Camp is a charming camp situated within the quintessentially scenic Okavango landscapes of the private Kwedi Reserve. Surrounded by the undisturbed wilds of a 33,000 hectare private concession this camp is perfect for wildlife connoisseurs who enjoy the elegant but unobtrusive style of the original 1920’s safari. Superb game viewing with morning, afternoon and evening drives, as well as boating when water levels permit, this great little camp offers a classic Okavango experience.

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From $1,935 per person

Duba Plains Camp

Duba Plains Camp is one of Botswana’s top luxury camps set in a particularly beautiful corner of the Okavango. This premier camp lies on the vast, and wonderfully varied, 33,000 hectare private concession in the north of the Delta. The explosive game viewing here has been captured in a number of superb Nat Geo documentaries by the founders Derek and Beverley Joubert. A top camp in a stunning area offering a top safari experience.

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From $9,290 per person

Duba Plains Suite

The Duba Plains Suite is an stunning two-bedroom luxury villa located on a beautiful and game-rich private concession in the northern Okavango, an area featured in many Nat Geo documentaries. Surrounded by pristine Okavango wilderness this luxurious two bedroom suite offers one of the most exclusive safari experiences in Africa. Guests enjoy their own private vehicle and guide as well as a host and chef- essentially your own private safari camp. An extremely elegant camp, with a vintage style.

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From $1,550 per person

Sitatunga Private Island

The latest edition to the Great Plains portfolio, Sitatunga Private Island is due to open in July 2023. Set deep in the beautiful waterways of the Northern Okavango, Sitatunga Private Island aims to offer a more tranquil safari, with quintessential Okavango water activities such as mokoro rides and boating. Promising the same excellent safari standards delivered by their other famous camps we are very excited about this latest camp.

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