Okavango Delta

Duba Plains

Overview

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Duba Plains is located in a private 33,000-hectare reserve in the northern reaches of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Even by the Delta’s high standards, it stands out for its character and legendary wildlife experience.

This is the area that Great Plains Conservation co-founders, National Geographic filmmakers, conservationists and explorers Dereck and Beverly Joubert chose for their home base for filming.

Evoking the romance of a 1920s safari camp but brought fully up to date, five expansive suites feature lounge areas, fabulous bathrooms and verandas with plunge pools drinking in panoramic views of the floodplains. There is also a completely private two-bedroom suite with its own chef, game drive vehicle and guide.

The welcoming communal areas include a lounge, library, well-stocked wine cellar and interactive kitchen where you can watch Relais & Châteaux cuisine being prepared before dinners out under the stars.

Facts

At a glance

  • Five suites with plunge pools

  • Two-bedroom private suite

  • Dining room, lounge, interactive kitchen and wine cellar

  • Relais & Châteaux cuisine

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Experiences

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    Game drives

    While the focus remains on the most comfortable times of day (early to mid-morning and late afternoon to evening) for drives, it is very common in Duba Plains to spend full days out in the field, having brunch delivered to the vehicles because the wildlife is so extraordinary, or can continue into the night in search of nocturnal species. Days can be shaped around your interests.

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    Walking safaris

    Gain a more intimate appreciation for this stunning landscape on foot. Accompanied by expert guides, you'll learn about the smaller creatures and flora of the Delta and may get to see larger species.

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    Boating

    Zipping through the Okavango Delta's network of waterways is an invigorating way to get a sense of the scope of this huge wetland with wonderful birding and maybe even some hippo, buffalo and elephant sightings. (Boating is a seasonal activity, typically between May and October).

Community & Culture

Great Plains' conservation tourism model takes threatened environments and manages them intelligently and sensitively, using funds from low-volume, low-impact tourism. Local communities are integral to the model, and a guiding principle is that operations should have no negative influence on the land or any animal that uses it. The Duba Plains Reserve, where the camp is located, is part of a community project with the Okavango Community Trust, the representative body for five villages from which the reserve leases its land and shares revenue. This partnership ensures that these communities receive tangible and substantial benefits from their ancestral land. The camp hires from local villages (80% of staff are local) and has a boutique stocking locally made items, such as jewellery and baskets.

Conservation

Great Plains Conservation exists to conserve and expand natural habitats using sustainable eco-tourism protect and restore critical habitats, conserve wildlife, and benefit local communities. A Conservation and Community Levy is added to each stay with Great Plains Conservation as a contribution to the Great Plains Foundation. Through this levy, every traveller who stays with us is not only helping to conserve and expand natural habitats, but also contributing to conservation and community development.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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