Welcome to Duba Explorers Camp

An intimate, traditional space where hearts and spirits find inspiration in a history rich with extraordinary wildlife stories…

QUICK FACTS

Accommodation

Fully inclusive of all activities, meals, park fees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium spirits). Flight transfers are additional and can be arranged on your behalf.

Number of Guests

A maximum of 10 guests sharing in five tented rooms, plus an additional guide’s tent as required.

Children from 8 years are welcome.

Activities

Early morning and late afternoon/early evening game drives in an open 4×4 vehicle, guided walking opportunities as well as mekoro and boat-based wildlife viewing activities when water levels permit.

Location

Northern Botswana on a 77,000 acres Duba Plains Reserve in the Okavango Delta.

An Overview of Duba Explorers Camp

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.

Since the camp was relocated away from its sister camp, Duba Plains and the Duba Plains Suite, 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 surropunding water channels and allows cool breezes through the camp and guest tents.

The camp, part of our Explorers Collection and designed by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, explorers themselves, 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. Guests wake up to panoramic views of the Delta floodplains and, during the flood season, the water channels link to open water filled with flowering water lilies and tall papyrus. The main area is set under sweeping marquee canvas, on raised decking with an open-concept dining and lounge area.

Being part of a floodplain for most of the year, the camp is on an island surrounded by beautiful landscapes and water courses. The camp is accessible only by two, gum pole bridges. During your siesta, lounge on the daybed on your veranda, absorbing the peacefulness and tranquillity 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 a 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 guests step into the shoes of the early adventurers. Explore the water channels associated with the Ngoga River system by boat or traditional canoes (mekoro), meandering through channels created by hippos and elephant. The mekoro 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 colour. 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 tsessebes. 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.

Camp Access

Duba Explorers Camp is only accessible to guests by scheduled air transfers or private air charters. On arrival at the airfield, the transfer to camp is approximately seven minutes. Duba Explorers Camp’s (category B) airfield is licensed for aircraft as large as a King Air, Pilatus PC-12 and Cessna Caravan. The co-ordinates are 18°57’28.97″S 22°40’27.36″E. The distance from Maun to Duba Explorers’ Airfield is 130km, and flying time in a Cessna Caravan is between 30 and 45 minutes. Duba Explorers is roughly 290km from Kasane with a flight time of an hour in a Cessna Caravan. Flying times naturally vary depending on the type of aircraft used and prevailing weather conditions.

Our Footprint

Duba Explorers Camp is a fully integrated community empowerment project on land leased directly from five local communities, who in turn receive all of the lease revenue. Capacity-building is a priority and currently 80% of the staff at Duba Explorers Camp come from these communities. Since May 2010 we have been working constantly on plans to ensure we maintain and improve our sustainable operations whilst reducing our footprint on the environment. With the successes and lessons learned from our other Botswana properties at Selinda and Zarafa, Duba Explorers Camp will adhere to similar standards of responsible environment implementation practises as well as ensuring environmental mitigation (associated with driving in boggy substrate). We are committed to developing an ever-lighter footprint.