We were ready for our next camp on our Botswana safari and leave our first camp at the Chobe Chilwero Safari Lodge to go farther into the Botswana interior. Our plans were to visit two of the Great Plains Conservation Safari lodges: Duba Plains Camp and Zarafa Camp. To get there, we drove to the Kasane airport to board a private charter into the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta.

inside Kasane airport.
Recently remodeled Kasane airport.
caravan plane at Kasane airport
Our caravan private charter plane at Kasana airport.

Our pilot and co-pilot were informative and professional. We were in a new caravan airplane with air conditioning. Since we were the only ones aboard, we had plenty of room to move around, and did not have to worry about our baggage weight restrictions.

Hi Steve!
Our one hour flight over the Delta was smooth and quiet.
Landing in Moremi Wildlife Reserve in the Okavango Delta
We landed in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve in the Okavango Delta

We met our guide, K.B. at the airstrip. After loading our bags, we were off to Duba Plains. The camp was not far. We arrived, unloaded everything and proceeded to the main tent lodge for an orientation and cold drink. We met the local manager and his staff.

Duba plains safari truck
Our safari truck at Duba Plains Safari Camp
Inside Duba Safari tent lodge.
Inside of the Main tent lodge.
Duba Safari Tent Lodge
The main tent lodge.
Duba tent lodge patio
Patio and firepit at the main tent lodge.
Duba tent lodge library
A little library or reading area in the main tent at the Duba Safari tent lodge.

Afterwards, we went to our tent lodge #4 next to the main tent. Our tent had a sitting area, desk, bar area, king bed, huge bathroom with giant indoor shower and a solid brass bathtub! As each day went, we used our free time to shower and rest. It was so hot in the afternoon that we had the big standing fan on high!

Brass bathtub in safari tent lodge
The luxurious brass bathtub in our tent lodge at the Duba Plains Camp!
champagne bubble bath
Champagne bubble bath at Duba Plains Camp!

Sometimes we saw the rhinos that were relocated here from neighboring African areas. We saw huge lion prides with many cubs. We would be out on safari late, eat dinner and then collapse into bed. The schedule for the days are pretty much the same. We have a wake up delivery of a cappuccino and hot chocolate at 5:30 to 6:30 am. There is no sit down breakfast but during the morning break time we would have rolls, cheese and Bloody Marys.

We like to go down to the main tent for “Tea Time”. On African safari, this really means cocktails, wine and beer time with an incredible assortment of pastries and sweets! They really outdid themselves! Our meals were private with our own table at various locations in the tent or deck. No one sat communally. For dinner we get out of our safari clothes. Steve will wear a shirt and shorts, and a dress for me. We go to the main tent to meet and talk with the camp personnel and guests with cocktails. There is always a selection offered for dinner. All orders are taken at in advance at lunch time.

The game drives at Duba Plains were hit and miss, feast or famine. There was either a lot of game or nobody was home. The concession had been leased by Wilderness Safaris as a hunting area. The game were afraid of the hunters and left. Dereck and Beverly Joubert, the famous African wildlife photographers and writers, put together an investment group, “The Ultimate African Safari” forming The Great Plains Safari Camps. They took over the Wilderness leases and rebuilt the camps for the conservation of the animals and the African safari experience. They are continually working to build the numbers and the variety of animals.

Shirley and Steve standing at bloody mary bar set up
Morning Bloody Mary stop during Duba Plains safari!
Duba Plains Safari Lodge tour guide.
K.B. standing next to the bar setup on safari!
Boat ride on swamp in Duba Plains
Our favorite afternoon drive was the boat ride through the swamp. The sunsets were glorious, so we prefered to cruise in the evenings.
Duba Plains sun setting over swamp
Beautiful sunset over the Duba Plains swamp.
Female lions with their young.
Female lions in Duba Plains bush.

Duba Plains has a very long handmade, wooden bridge across the water to the other side of the swamp. One morning K.B. decided we would go to the other side to check on the lions. We were on the bridge about midway across, when we saw the lions on the far end coming toward us! We could not go any further to push back the lions. We had to slowly back up the entire length to the bridge entrance. Since the bridge was elevated, it was very narrow. As K.B. backed up, Steve and I hung over the sides to guide the back wheels.

Lions using a manmade bridge to cross swap
A pride of lions crossing wooden bridge

Two other trucks from the camp were watching this is intense lion scenario. The lions were unsure of this new territory or even where they were. The lions moved over to the airstrip, but got frightened by a powerful buffalo herd. They made a run for it to go back across the bridge. I bet they will not do that again!

male lion
Male lion walking on path
male and female lion roaming
Male and female lion in Duba Plains bush.

One morning the camp surprised us with a bush breakfast! The chef and the kitchen crew came with a camp cook stove and a beautiful table set up with fruits, muffins, juices, and a bar. The chef cooked eggs, bacon, and sausages. Yum, yum! We really enjoyed it!

woman cooking outdoor bush breakfast
Duba Plains Safari Lodge surprised us with a bush breakfast!
Bush breakfast cooking station setup
Cooking station
Bush breakfast table
Our beautiful table for breakfast!
Bush breakfast assortments on table
Bush breakfast arrangements!
Steve and Shirley at bush breakfast table
Steve and I enjoying a bloody mary during our on-site safari breakfast!

It was time for us to leave Duba Plains for Zarafa Camp; our second Great Plains Conservation destination!

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