Duba Plains is arguably the most renowned of all Delta camps, primarily for the vivid interaction between lion and buffalo as they enact a timeless struggle for dominance of the plains. The only camp on a private concession north of the Moremi Game Reserve, this is one for the safari purist, with an unrivalled wild ambience and a frequency of visible kills that is not for the faint hearted! The vast herds of buffalo that gather on the expansive plains attract ambitious prides of lion looking for a substantial meal. The lions are allegedly larger than in other areas due to the plentiful water supplies, making them confident enough to hunt during the day and further explaining the regular battles on view. There is perhaps not quite the diversity of animals visible elsewhere, but there is also nowhere that offers such privileged access to the conflict between two of Africa’s Big 5. Despite this, the concession floods earlier than some, so there is sometimes the opportunity for mokoro excursions to break up the game drives.
The camp itself is very comfortable, providing impeccable service and guiding without aiming for the excessive luxury of some Delta camps. The six spacious safari tents have private decks overlooking the plains and en-suite bathrooms with outdoor showers. The thatched lounge, dining and bar areas are elevated to maximise the views, as is the small camp plunge pool. For a thrilling, visceral safari combining excitement with pathos, there is nowhere quite like Duba Plains.