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Dukes camp opened in 2022, and its actually rather hard to provide a concise and accurate description.
The lodge is the brainchild of Ralph Bousfield, his family being steeped in safari legend and history, more associated with carving out an astonishing lodge destination in the Makgadikadi Salt Pans rather than the Okavango.
Dukes is actually the previous Jack Camps, which was seemingly moved complete from the Makgadikgadi and placed in this northern Delta concession. The huge benefit of this is that Jacks was a 5 star lodge, so Dukes retains its opulence and splendour but at 4 star prices.
It is beautiful to behold, more akin to a bedouin camp in the deserts of north Africa… here it really works and provides a very different sense of style and taste.
Where the prey goes, the predators will follow. And with the high carrying capacity of this concession guests can look forward to impressive wildlife sightings throughout the year. Lush grasslands sustain large herds of herbivores – including African buffalo – while the Okavango’s iconic elephants are here in abundance, with guests often enjoying thrilling sightings on vehicle, mokoro, and boating excursions.
This diverse habitat is also exceptional in its ability to sustain a diversity of wildlife, from healthy populations of herbivores to leopard, lion, African wild dog and smaller carnivores including serval and caracal. In fact, this corner of the Okavango Delta is said to have some of the highest concentrations of lions in the Delta.
The birdlife in this region is equally remarkable, with more than 440 species recorded in the region. The trademark cry of the African fish eagle is the soundtrack to many a game drive, as twitchers tick dozens of new species off their life list.
Duke’s Camp sits on an island, in the enormous 220,000-acre concession slightly north of the renowned Vumbura and Duba Plains concessions on the Northern side of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. This wonderfully rich habitat of savannah country, seasonal floodplains and permanent waterways supports varied and diverse wildlife, including everything from buffalo, elephants, big cats, wild dogs and phenomenal birdlife.
Hidden on an island in the wilds of the Okavango Delta, Duke’s Camp has 8 stylish canvas tents resting on raised wooden decks, widely spaced under shady trees with mesmerizing views of the lagoon. There are 6 twin and 2 double, each with an ensuite bathroom, flush loos, indoor showers, and private veranda.
The main mess area includes a small comfy lounge (with a well-stocked drinks cabinet), tea, library and dining area, with a 24-seater vintage dining table often placed under the leadwood trees. There is a swimming pool and separate jetty, and in front of the mess tent a ‘firepit’ from which to look out over the lagoon or up at the night sky.
Taking their cue from the style and panache of the original Jack’s Camp, the guest tents at Duke’s Camp revel in the much-loved vintage safari aesthetic of plush fabrics, Persian rugs and hand-carved four-poster beds. Think mahogany sideboards filled with African memorabilia; richly-patterned kilims atop wooden floors and a butler tray decked with a steaming pot of filter coffee come morning. It’s a seamless blend of yesteryear charm, safari savoir-faire and deep respect for the surrounding natural ecosystems.
Each tent offers a spacious en-suite bathroom, bedecked with brass fittings and bespoke amenities, as well as a private viewing deck. Here leather campaign chairs offer a space for quiet reflection on your time in the wilderness, and the opportunity for spontaneous game sightings. Herds of elephant and red lechwe are common here, and moments spent in quiet observation rarely go unrewarded.
Prices are per person per night sharing
Please note: These are retail rates and should be seen as indicative, and they can change. All rates are subject to availability. Safari Lifestyles will guarantee that our rates will be lower than retail rates.
contact us for single traveller prices.
10 January to March
April to May
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November to 19 Dec
20 Dec to 9 January