Great Plains Conservation’s Duba Plains is one of Africa’s most famous safari camps. Renowned for its unique interaction between the areas lion prides and buffalo herds, Duba offers a game viewing experience like nowhere else on the continent. Made famous by the film makers Derek and Beverley Joubert, the ‘Lions of Duba’ hunt buffalo diurnally and are the only lions in Africa to habitually hunt in water. As a result Duba Plains is one of Botswana’s most popular camps and is considered as one of the finest lion viewing camps in Africa.
Duba Plains - The Details
Located in the far North of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Duba Plains is one of Great Plains Conservation’s most famous properties and one of countries top camps. The camp is linked by approximately a one hours flight from Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta and has its own private airstrip.
With just six rooms the camp is spread across the front of a large floodplain, hidden amongst a canopy of indigenous trees. Each safari tent is raised on wooden platforms with decking areas looking over the hippos munching through the flooded plains in front. Each tent has en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers with the rooms joined together by sand paths cutting through the bush.
Duba has a very intimate feel with a small lounge and dining area and a fire place set out in front of the camp to explore the African skies after dinner. The separate swimming pool and hide offer an often much needed rest bite from the searing African sun.
The main attraction of Duba however is the interaction between its resident lion prides and huge herd of buffalo. The buffalo numbers approximately 1,200 and the lion numbers 75, split between three prides. The ferociousness of game drives can overwhelm a hardened safari enthusiast - these lions hunt regularly, between safari vehicles during the day. They are some of the most brutal diurnal hunters in Africa…..but they do not always come out best !