Duke’s Camp is set on an 89 000-hectare concession, adjoining the famed Moremi Game Reserve. The unusually large size of the concession, along with limited human impact and an abundance of wildlife, ensures a stay at Duke’s Camp allows guests to enjoy a truly wild and untouched part of the Delta.
The camp itself is on Kgao Island along the shores of a permanent lagoon, all but hidden amid the boughs of leadwood and ebony trees. Duke’s Camp offers twelve canvas safari suites, each carefully positioned to offer unforgettable views of the Okavango Delta. The tents are on raised wooden decks. These luxurious tents are in the style of the vintage safari aesthetic of plush fabrics, Persian rugs and hand-carved four-poster beds. Each tent has a spacious en-suite bathroom, as well as a private viewing deck. Here leather campaign chairs offer a space for quiet reflection, and the opportunity for spontaneous game sightings – particularly as herds of elephant and red lechwe are common here.
The main mess area at Duke’s Camp is a delight with its old world glamour and elegant Persian tea-tent. Enjoy a drink from the well-stocked cabinet and settle into the small lounge furnished with intricately carved tables, antique oriental rugs and campaign furniture.
Meals are enjoyed under the shade of the giant leadwood trees or in the communal dining tent, where the long vintage dining table dominates the space. Here you can admire the cabinets of curiosities filled with Africana and collectables. Meals are a lavish affair of crystal glasses and antique silverware, with three-course dinners. At day’s end, you can gather by the firepit to watch the mopane wood smoke curl up into the southern skies.
The swimming pool allows for a chance to cool off.
Activities are varied at Duke’s Camp - although water levels in the channels begin to recede from October, the location of Duke’s Camp ensures that it receives the first pulses of new floodwaters often as early as February ensuring near year-round access to perennial channels for mekoro and boat safaris.
Morning, afternoon and night game drives explore the concession, which is home to a rich array of wildlife including healthy populations of lion, leopard, cheetah, and elephant.
You can also glide through the channels on a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) safari. Mokoro activities are subject to the annual floodwaters, and in dry years may be restricted or curtailed from October to January.
Nature walks through the pristine grasslands and indigenous woodlands of the concession can also be arranged with your guide.
Guests can also spend a night fly-camping on a remote, lantern-lit island, sleep under the stars armed with a mosquito net and a bedroll.
The Okavango Delta is also a haven for birders, with more than 440 species spotted in the region.
Cast a line for a number of species, including African pike, nembwe and tilapia. Please note that fishing is catch and release and is not permitted during the breeding season, from 1 January – 31 March.
Scenic helicopter flights (including to the unique Tsodilo Hills) and hot-air balloon adventures offer an entirely new perspective of the Okavango Delta (available at additional cost).
Children from 6 years are welcome
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