- Exclusive location
- Private concession
- Superb game viewing
- Birdwatcher's paradise
The recently-built Duba Expedition Camp is set alone in the private Duba Concession on a secluded, wooded island in the heart of the stunning Okavango Delta. This prolific wildlife area in northern Botswana, accessible via light aircraft, offers a unique ecology and a wonderfully diverse safari experience.
The camp is connected to the surrounding flood plains via an elaborate series of bridges. A canvas marquee set on raised decking houses a spacious dining and lounge area with fabulous views. There is also an evening fire pit.
Activities are naturally centred on wildlife viewing, with lion versus buffalo action a main focus. Day-time and evening game drives are offered, although note that instead of driving round looking for animals in the usual way, vehicle safaris here often involve locating one of the main lion prides and parking up with them for the day. Catch-and-release fishing (seasonal) is also offered, as are guided walks. When water levels permit, motor boating is possible and while this activity is secondary to the more serious game drives, it does provide the opportunity to see hippos, crocodiles, swimming elephants and spectacular birdlife.
The camp comprises six light and airy expedition-style tents set on slightly raised decking. A maximum of twelve guests can be accommodated. Each tent has a writing desk and veranda with lovely views, plus en-suite bathroom facilities with flush loo, double basin and indoor shower. Falling asleep at night to the sounds of frogs, hippos and the occasional roar of a lion is a delight.
Although there is no family tent, children of 6 years and up are welcome and a bush-craft skills programme is offered. Note that families with children between the ages of 6 and 15 are required to book a private vehicle at additional cost and, given the truly wild nature of the location with its surrounding waterways, children must be kept under parental supervision at all times.
Duba Expedition Camp offers pristine and elegant accommodation in a unique location. It is an intimate, remote camp with a firm focus on conservation and safari. Being the only camp on the concession, it provides guests with the unique opportunity for serious, uninterrupted wildlife viewing, privacy and relaxation.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019