Inspired by legendary pioneer Jack Bousfield, and the spirit of Jack’s Camp in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Dukes Camp is one of Botswana’s newest luxury camps. The camp sits on an island on the shores of a lagoon and is named in recognition of Sarefo ‘Duke’ Sarefo, who was born on the island and is the custodian of this section of wilderness. The camp is situated in a prime 89,000-hectare concession, north of the legendary Vumbura Concession and adjoining the renowned Moremi Game Reserve.
Duke’s Camp accommodates a maximum of just 24 guests in 12* canvas safari suites that are decked out with vintage safari furniture, plush fabrics, Persian rugs and hand-carved four-poster beds. Shaded by leadwood and ebony trees the suites sit upon raised wooden decks with superb views of the delta’s scenery.
Each suite also features a beautiful mahogany sideboard, elegant dressing table and luxurious ensuite bathroom with brass fittings and first-class amenities. When not out on safari, guests can relax on their private outdoor deck furnished with leather campaign chairs – a perfect spot to read a book or simply listen to nature.
Like the old Jack’s Camp, the mess area at Duke’s is full of old-word charm, and contains beautiful campaign furniture, antique rugs and cabinets filled with interesting trinkets gathered over the years. The main dining area boasts a splendid vintage dining table, while there is also the classic drinks cabinet and lounge area. Afternoon tea is enjoyed in the elegant Persian tea-tent – a favourite amongst guests. There is also a fire pit where you can relax with a post dinner drink and tell tales of the days adventure. There is also a superb swimming pool where it is possible to spot wildlife from time to time.
*Please note: The camp current has 8 tented suites. But an additional 4 will open in March 2023.