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Duba Plains Camp

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Duba Plains Camp

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An Overview of Duba Plains Camp

Duba Plains Camp is a private 77,000-acre reserve, located in the northern reaches of Botswana's famed Okavango Delta and just north of the Moremi Game Reserve. Inaccessible for most of the year by any means other than aircraft, it is this remoteness that solidifies Duba Plains as the soul of 'wild Africa'. Duba offers just 12 guests an idyllic all-round Okavango experience throughout the year, with vast, seasonally inundated floodplains, which are home to huge herds of buffalo, which are a highlight of this area. Complemented by permanent channels and a number of larger wooded islands, wildlife diversity is guaranteed. This camp prides itself on creating a 'home' intimacy with all the touches of personal service and superb safari experiences.

Whether in summer, winter, spring or autumn, Duba Plains is a year round delight, offering large concentrations of game, which congregate on the open plains, while predators lurk on the edge in the denser forests, preparing to launch a hunt. The permanent waterways provide extraordinary bird watching and a steady supply of water for passing elephant herds. Red Lechwe, the consummate Botswana wetland antelope, dash through the Delta waters by the hundreds. Hippo, crocodile, kudu, impala, mongoose, warthog and tsessebe, dot the landscape. Even leopards are an increasingly common sighting despite the pressure from the ever-present Duba lions.

The lions, renowned for their pursuits of the buffalo herds, are a formidable force. It's a perfect recipe: the open plains' nutritious grasses, coupled with the Delta's clean clear waters to create the perfect habitat for the buffalo. Where these herds abound, the lions are not far behind. Contrary to usual behavior, the Duba lions are most often active during the daylight hours and many of their famous buffalo hunts occur in broad daylight.

The prides occur in extraordinary concentrations and in all combinations of ages and sexes – from young playful cubs, to old, wise parents and relatives. A perfect stay at Duba is three or even four nights, thereby giving guests the opportunity to learn about the lion pride dynamics and the individuals, as well as appreciate the complexity of the entire ecosystem and its residents.



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Overview



Duba Plains Camp is located in one of the most isolated regions of the Okavango Delta, Botswana, on a private 30,000 hectare concession known locally as the Kwedi Reserve.

Situated on one of the low, sandy islands common to this region, Duba Plains Camp is surrounded by a wide variety of landscapes. From vast open floodplains and grasslands which are often isolated from the mainland by deep waterways to dense mopane bushveld and savannah. Guests to Duba Plains Camp experience spectacular game viewing and birding all year round.

The Okavango Delta has this rich diversity of habitats and lush fertile grasses as a result of year-round availability of water, with the summer rains and winter floods stimulating the environment. Duba Plains Camp supports an abundance of wildlife which is unique even to the pristine and scenic backdrop of the iconic Okavango Delta.

Every aspect of the wildlife at Duba Plains Camp fascinates. The region has two prides of lions which compete in the hunt every day. The battle for survival between the lions is as stirring as the plight of the thousands of buffalo. When the lions hunt by day they provide guests with incredible photo opportunities.

Aardwolf sightings are one of the specialities of Duba Plains Camp, along with the occasional glimpse of caracal. Red lechwe, elephant, tsessebe and warthog share this savannah landscape and hippo concentrate in the deeper channels. The area often has productive spotted hyena dens that offer unique hyena pup viewing, whilst leopards can be found on the forested islands.

Most of the Okavango Delta's renowned bird life can be found around Duba Plains Camp, including the Swamp Boubou, Hartlaub's Babbler and Swamp Nightjar. During the annual flooding the abundance of waterbirds is simply astounding - with a multitude of herons, egrets, lapwings and jacanas on show.

Duba Plains is part of a community participation plan that brings the benefits of ecotourism to the communities that live around the Okavango Delta.

Duba Plains is situated in a Wildlife Management Area adjoining and north of the Moremi Game Reserve. It is a community area, and the five villages on the northern perimeter of the Okavango Delta combined to form a Trust to manage the affairs of the community and to ensure that any rewards are fairly distributed. The Trust, called the Okavango Community Trust (OCT), has developed a partnership with Wilderness Safaris, where Wilderness leases the land from the community, markets, sells and manages the camps in the area, and in return undertakes to employ, train and wherever possible, uplift the living standards and skills of the community people.

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