Duke’s Camp – One of the worlds Top 100 Best New Hotels in 2023

Author Jules Hadley
Date April 13, 2023


It doesn’t take a safari connoisseur to see why Duke’s Camp has been chosen as one of Travel + Leisure’s IT list top 100 best new hotels in the world 2023. However, if you are  safari connoisseur, I’d be sure to put this new camp on the top of your list. Apart from it oozing serious safari panache that truly sets it apart, as the latest Bousfield masterpiece in the Okavango Delta, it has been designed with intention and exudes that Bousfield safari feel of yesteryear over flowing with luxury and style. With exceptional staff, and expert safari guides honed in the bushcraft and lore of the Delta, there are few better ways to safari.

The cuisine is delicious, each meal a lavish affair. The comfort is out of this world. Pitched in a remote wilderness area set on a channel of the northern Okavango Delta, this is unfiltered African wilderness combined with an inimitable safari style. It is wildness on your doorstep, offering nine canvas safari suites, each carefully positioned to offer unforgettable views of the Okavango Delta. The tents are on raised wooden decks and sit elegantly amongst leadwood and ebony trees.

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.

The main mess area at Duke’s Camp is a delight with its old world glamour and elegant Persian tea-tent. Grab a drink from the well-stocked drinks cabinet and settle into the small lounge furnished with intricately carved tables, antique oriental rugs and campaign furniture.

The adventure here is also out of this world. Located in one of Africa’s most game-rich and beautiful concessions, you’ll enjoy one-of-a-kind wildlife encounters that will be etched in your memory for years to come. From game drives, to navigating the crystal-clear channels on mokoro, helicopter flights over the Delta to simply sitting in camp watching the game and birdlife that flourishes all around.

This award is well deserved, so congratulations to Ralph Bousfield and his incredible Uncharted Africa team. We are extremely proud to be part of this exciting new adventure, and this striking new safari destination, is one well worth discovering.

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Jules Hadley

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