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 sits in the heart of classic Okavango Delta floodplains habitat, traditionally an ecozone that has the best wildlife viewing potential. A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, this 77,000 acres private concession typifies the region’s unique landscape.

The five tent Duba Explorers Camp is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway. Built on a wooded island, overlooking a lagoon, and connected to the prolific wildlife area by an elaborate set of bridges, the area is the base of many famous wildlife documentaries by National Geographic Filmmakers and Explorers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert.

Duba Explorers Camp and the Duba Plains Reserve, where the camp is located, is part of community project with the Okavango Community Trust, the representative body for five villages in the Okavango Panhandle. This partnership ensures that these communities receive tangible and substantial benefits from their ancestral land for wildlife conservation. Our working relationship is a testament to this long-standing example of success in this area.

The intimate camp consists of five expedition-style tents of light airy canvas on slightly raised decking, each with views of the surrounding floodplain. Each tent is stylishly furnished and designed by Dereck and Beverly, using their sensibilities of the ‘expedition’ and ‘exploring’, offering campaign writing desk and private verandah plus en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double vanities and indoor shower. Fans and careful open air design maintain comfortable climate for rest and relaxation. The main area is under sweeping marquee canvas, on raised decking and consists of an open-concept dining and lounge area that opens to the outdoors on all sides.

Duba Explorers Camp prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences, and rightly so. The diverse wildlife experience is renowned with regular sightings of a diverse range of species, including large herds of lechwe, kudu, tsessebe and giraffe. Very large herds of elephants and buffalo move around the camp and hippo trudge through the swamps creating their channels and paths daily. Lions, leopards and hyenas in large numbers make up the predator components. Leopard, and a wide range of smaller nocturnal cats, hunt around the fringes of the waterways and are often seen on our night drives. Enjoy guided walks, mekoro and boating opportunities or open air early morning and late afternoon game drives and revel in the delights of one of the most varied and expansive wildlife areas in the world.

Birds abound, and the area is reputed as a birdwatcher’s paradise. Okavango ‘specials’ include the rare Wattled crane, Pel’s Fishing owl, White-backed Night heron and Marsh owl.

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.