Each March in northern Botswana’s Okavango Delta, an abundance of fresh water transforms a vast stretch of golden desert into a vivid oasis of blue and green. Deep in this astonishing ecosystem stand the tented suites of Duba Plains Camp, tucked under the shade of ancient ebony trees, far from the nearest human habitation. Here, at the heart of the Delta, a vibrant abundance of wildlife gathers throughout the year, in numbers unlike anywhere else on the continent. On walks in the bush, boat rides through the wetlands, and wildlife drives in open vehicles, witness the wild exuberance of a land transformed by an annual inundation; and after each adventure-filled day, experience the delta’s power of renewal in your own spirit as you watch elephants splash past the library, and listen to lions roar at the stars.
Amid the watery maze of Duba Plains, animals of all kinds exhibit unique behaviors made possible by the annual floods. The lions of the Tsaro Pride have captured imaginations across the globe with one unusual skill: swimming. Unlike most cats big and small, these Botswanan lions have conquered their aversion to water and learned to hunt among the delta’s streams. The celebrity of the Tsaro Pride, and their continued protection, is the work of National Geographic Explorers-at-Large Beverly and Dereck Joubert.
During decades as wildlife filmmakers and conservationists, the Jouberts have brought to life the drama of the Okavango Delta for avid audiences around the world. They are also the founders of Great Plains Conservation, an organization devoted to supporting sustainable eco-tourism. Duba Plains Camp has served as a base for the Jouberts since they first set out to tell the story of the Okavango’s incredible inhabitants. Now, this escape in the heart of the delta is yours to call home on an unforgettable safari in Africa’s Garden of Eden.
Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Duba Plains Camp, guests can join the lodge chef in the interactive kitchen for a cooking demonstration, or sit down to a private dinner in the on-site wine cellar. National Geographic visitors will also take a back-of-house tour to see firsthand the lodge’s extensive commitment to sustainability, and will enjoy free access to a Joubert film featuring Duba Plains Reserve as part of their pre-departure materials.
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