The renowned Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of classic Okavango Delta. This 77,000-acre private concession typifies the region’s unique landscape with a matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland.
Duba Plains Camp is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway. Built on a wooded island, connected to the prolific wildlife area by an elaborate set of bridges, the camp is the base of many famous wildlife documentaries by National Geographic filmmakers Derek and Beverly Joubert. It is the only camp in the concession, offering you the ultimate opportunity for private game-viewing.
Duba Plains prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences. The mammoth interaction between large buffalo herds and Duba’s lion prides retains its lure. But with the increase in water in the last decade, this experience is now complemented by reliable sightings of a diverse range of species, including large herds of Red lechwe along with Blue wildebeest, kudu, tsessebe. And usually a rare visitor to Duba – but now more common – giraffe.
Of course, you regularly see elephant and hippo, trudging through the swamps happily. Wildlife is a regular sight right in camp, or even from the outdoor showers! The area is known as a birdwatcher’s paradise. Okavango ‘specials’ include the rare wattled crane, Pel’s fishing owl, white-backed night heron and marsh owl.
Accommodation at Duba Plains Camp
The intimate camp consists of six luxurious tented suites, each decorated in a colonial style. These are on raised private decks with views of the surrounding floodplain. Each has an en suite bathroom with flush loo, double basins and indoor shower.
The main area is under thatch and consists of a large raised dining room, cozy bar and comfortable lounge. Extending from this main area is a raised wood deck with pool and a dining area. Here brunch is often served under the shade of large African ebony trees. In the evenings, the fire pit is always a popular spot to enjoy an Amarula and recount the day’s events.
The aim at Duba Plains is to make your safari experience as flexible as possible. So you can opt for a full day drive or a full morning safari with breakfast in the bush. If you feel like it, you can spend the afternoon in your suite, enjoying game-viewing from your deck. Game drives (day & night) take place in Duba Plain’s Toyota Land Cruisers. They are aptly named ‘Swamp Vehicles’ due to their extra-high suspension and huge tyres,uniquely designed to traverse the floodplains. Alterntaively you can appreciate the stunning landscape on foot in the early morning or evening. Motorized 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. (Boating is a seasonal activity, typically between May and October depending on the flood levels).
Duba Plains Camp offers a full syllabus of bush craft skills for their ‘young explorers’. A kid’s pack is given to eager children on arrival, so they can learn about animal calls, how to track wildlife, and other facts and figures about the wild. At the end of a child’s stay, hthey’ll become a Young Explorer and Conservation Ambassador. Ready to go out and tell the world about what they have learned.
Food at Duba Plains – There’s a big focus on food at Duba Plains with an inter-active kitchen. They also aim to communicate some of the conservation stories through their food.
Pafuri Camp is situated along the banks of the Luvuvhu River in the far north of the Kruger National Park. This is the ancestral home of the Makuleke people. The remote 24 000 hectare concession is the largest and most bio-diverse in Kruger…
Between the 2 rivers of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu lies a mix of botanically rich sandveld, mopane woodland, baobabs, spectacular kopjes and hidden freshwater springs. This area of the Kruger is filled with folklore of the early explorers and ancient civilizations.
Sheltered under thatch, the 19 tented rooms all face the river. So you can sit on your decks and watch the elephant, nyala, waterbuck or bushbuck.They are raised on platforms to catch the breeze and are connected via elevated walkways so that wildlife can move undisturbed to and from the river. All of the luxury tents are en-suite with both indoor and outdoor showers. Seven of them are family tented suites with a second smaller bedroom behind the main bedroom, suitable for children. The camp is run on solar power so no air-conditioning, kettles or hair dryers in the rooms.
The communal area offers al-fresco dining, a bush bar, a swimming pool and plenty of space to laze about in the shade of the giant trees that overhang the camp. Breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner are served on decks above the river.
Game-viewing at Pafuri Camp
Sightings of species like eland, bushpig and Sharpe’s grysbok occur with zebra, impala, wildebeest and warthog. The region’s large elephant herds enjoy the luxury of seasonal migration across the unfenced boundary of the Park with neighboring Zimbabwe. Resident buffalo and white rhino, and a full complement of big cats, complete the picture.
Activities include game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles, night drives throughout the concession, birding and walking safaris. All accompanied by a professional ranger and tracker. Your stay might include visits to Crook’s corner, the remarkable Lanner Gorge and the beautiful fever tree forest.
Walking Safaris from Pafuri Camp
From April to October, they offer walking safaris (from 2 to 4 nights as requested where you stay in fly-camps. This is “glamping” at its best with comfortable tents with en suite loos. No special fitness is required but you need to be comfortable with walking 5 to 10km a day.
Baobab Hill House
The old Rangers House from this part of the Kruger has now been turned into an extremely comfortable 4 bedroom/3 bathroom villa with its own garden and swimming pool. Perfect for family parties or two families travelling together. It comes with its own private vehicle, ranger and chef and offers great value for money.
Getting to Pafuri Camp
There are two options. You can incorporate it in an adventurous self drive itinerary. It combines very well with Mashatu Game Reserve for example. Alternatively you can fly in on a ‘seat-in’charter’ rate with Echo Skies.
This chic hotel is ideally situated on the bustling Mouille Point promenade – Cape Town’s own ‘platinum mile’! It’s also ideally located for those wishing to enjoy Cape Town’s Atlantic beaches. Plus it’s only minutes away from the Atlantic Seaboard’s beaches and bars and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Stroll along the promenade or just soak up the sun’s rays from the comfort of your room. Enjoy a lovely sunset-stroll or take in some of Cape Town’s vibrant nightlife…
La Splendida offers 24 rooms and premium rooms with majestic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Or the newly developed Golf Course and Cape Town Stadium. The spacious solitude of the room is a good place to retire after a day of work or play.
Whether sea or mountain facing, each fully-equipped luxury room in this art-deco style hotel contains everything you need. Each room is well-equipped with air conditioning, overhead ceiling fans, tea and coffee facilities. A mini bar, safe and a real funky bathroom with bath and shower. High-speed WiFi is available all throughout the hotel. All rooms are non smoking.
For those looking for a truly breathtaking experience, the double-storey penthouse suite is richly furnished and comes with a marvelous view and two balconies with which to enjoy it. This hotel is not just for those seeking such exuberance however, the side rooms lack a view, but are well priced.
La Splendida offers other services as well: 18-Hour Room Service, laundry, secure open-air parking and a complimentary shuttle to the beautiful V&A Waterfront.