Duba Expedition Camp
Exceptional Okavango game-viewing at this laid-back lodge
Duba Expedition Camp
On a wooded island in the heart of the Okavango Delta habitat is the small, newly opened Duba Expedition Camp. It's a lovely destination and is the only camp in the 77,000-acre (32,000-hectare) private Kwedi Reserve, home to palm-accented islands, floodplains and woodland. The accommodation is tented and airy with expansive views, the furnishings are stylish and comfortable, the staff is helpful, the meals are delicious and there's plenty of game to see – if you follow the charming bridges that link the island to the wildlife areas.
At the lodge
Sweeping canvas-covered thatch shelters the communal area, with its raised decking, and dining and lounge areas that open to the outdoors on all sides. Don't expect bling here – the furniture may appear simple and the colours muted, but make no mistake, your every need and comfort has been catered for. In the evenings, the fire pit is always a popular spot to enjoy an Amarula and recount the day’s sightings. There's also a swimming pool. The camp is solar powered.
The camp's six expedition-style tents have large mosquito-netted beds, comfortable seating, a small desk, a ceiling fan and an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, a flush loo, double basins and indoor shower, and a private deck with floodplain views. The double doors can be zippered shut. Sadly, the camp's dirt pathways and the uneven terrain are not suitable for wheelchair-bound visitors. If you have trouble walking, Tent 3 is closest to the main area.
Day and night game drives (or whenever you fancy) with the eagle-eyed guides are super-productive, with animals revealing themselves at every turn. The floodplains can be explored in one of three vehicles adapted with extra-high suspension and huge tyres, and customised for photographers. Explore the water channels in a powerboat, water depending, or take a guided game walk with an armed guide. This year-round camp has such rich offerings that it's where National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert film many of their famous wildlife documentaries.