At a Glance
Boasting incredible game viewing and a unique landscape, Duba Plains is an authentic property known for its predator-prey interactions.
- The wonderful guides, many who have been there for 10 or more years
- The Olympus cameras and Swarovski binoculars in each tent for use on game drives
- The in-room weights and yoga mat
Located in the 77,000-acre Kwedi reserve in one of the more remote reaches of the northern Okavango Delta, Duba Plains is inaccessible for most of the year except by aircraft, resulting in a truly spectacular safari experience. Part of the Great Plains Conservation, and made famous by owners Derek and Beverly Joubert’s National Geographic documentary Relentless Enemies, the Duba Reserve is renowned for its game-viewing, and particularly lion and buffalo interactions.
With just five tents, Duba Plains only ever has up to ten visitors at any one time. Each of the six Meru-style tents are on raised wooden decks with private verandahs and outdoor showers to enjoy the view. The property boasts a small boutique, can arrange for massage treatments, and the cuisine is fresh, with ingredients flown in regularly.
There’s an incredible amount of wildlife diversity thanks to the water channels, wooded islands and vast, open plains that surround Duba. Activities include game drives, night drives and boating (water levels permitting). Children over 8 are allowed as part of the Great Plains Young Explorer’s Club (though private vehicles must be confirmed).
Duba Plains is a prime example of Botswana’s innovative approach to community and conservation; Duba Reserve is a community project in partnership with the Okavango Community Trust, and is on land leased from five nearby communities. These communities receive direct lease revenue, and 80% of the Duba staff was born in these villages, which promotes rural development through the management of natural resources by locals.
Who Should Stay
Those who are looking for an authentic, remote experience and want to be completely immersed in the conservation efforts and wildlife viewing.
Written by Lizzie Eberhart