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“Great for Leopards and Wild Dogs” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp

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4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Botswana, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana   |  
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“Great for Leopards and Wild Dogs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

I agree with all the other 5-star posts. Wilderness Safaris are great! My guide’s name was “Name”. I was amazed at what work and energy the entire staff put into making this a great camp. Meals were out of this world! I could tell they really cared about their work. It’s a private reserve so there’s never more than 3 cars around animals and we were the only car around a leopard and her cub. Bottom line is that this is a smooth operation. Check out the photos I took from Duma Tau.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012 via mobile

3 nights not enough! Saw wild dogs hunting on two occasions and a third stealing a leopard kill and corralling it up a tree ! Staff all seemed so happy and enthusiastic . Really enjoyed the braai . Moses and Bobby ,keep it up!! . Not having attended a "premier camp" I can't really comment but why pay twice as much when the "classic camps" offer such a great experience ? Our 6 days at Tubu and Duma Tau were unforgettable . Well done to Wilderness for their professional hands on service - all your staff ,from baggage handlers to guides and managers did Botswana and Zimbabwe proud .

Stayed April 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

We were very excited to be here. We were warmly greeted and genuinely taken care of for 3 nights. Accommodation, meals, tea time were all truly enjoyable. This camp handled gluten free with yummy creativity. I thought the staff were very warm, engaging and the place well managed. Our driver worked very hard at finding animals and we were delighted with his findings. I guess because the flood plain encroaching the reserve, many animals had travelled to other parts. I loved that laundry is done for you daily. You don't need much and clothes should be the kind to take washing and drying, not delicates. Wilderness Safaris is an amazing organization that takes care of all the details. Although it was at the end of the rainy season, it was gorgeous weather everyday.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

Wonderful staff, a great location, excellent food. It could not have been better for our family of two adults, a 10 year old and a 14 year old. Thanks to all the staff especially Ben, the two Abbys, Ron our guide, Kate, and Kira.

One of our favourite moments was the dinner out under the stars but the shear volume of animals both on drives and around the camp was incredible.

They were in the middle of construction of a new camp as the old one is being retired. It is only a short distance away and I am sure it will be even better.

Be prepared to gain weight as they feed you six times per day! Wake up breakfast at 530, snacks on the first game drive, main breakfast on your return to camp, lunch, tea time, snacks on the afternoon drive, and finally a big dinner on your return to camp in the evening.

Dave, Patricia, Aly and Nicholas.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

Wow. Duma Tau camp is a real gem in Linyanti!

We arrived late and were whisked straight off on safari such that we didn't see our room in the daylight until we returned from the following morning's safari, when the sun had finally risen. But that deserves a first comment - the room was worth the wait! The double bed was comfortable with effective mosquito net and the adjoining bath and shower were clean, with warm water for showering making things easy.

The safari experiences were fantastic - our guide, Lazi, was a real local expert with knowledge of tracking animals. I appreciate that things can be different depending on your guide but we didn't meet anyone else with a different guide who had complaints during their trip. The thing is, everyone's so enthusiastic that they're looking for the best game so they can see it themselves, and we got lucky seeing leopards, wild dogs, lion prides, lion cubs - it was hard to believe we were only there for three days!!

I would go back in a heartbeat. The service was impeccable, and that's without touching on the food which, like most Wilderness Safari camps, was mouth watering.

A fantastic base in Linyanti reserve.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

Duma Tau is a Wilderness Safaris camp on the edge of the Okovango delta. As with all Wilderness Safaris camps Duma Tau is a product of near perfection.

They cater to your every whim as better than can be expected at a a location where there in no internet connection and no bars on your cell phone.

The package is the same as other Wilderness Safari camps. Up early, breakfast, some sort of outing (game drive in this case), snack while away, Back at camp around 11 am, lunch, rest until 3:30 then tea, another outing with sun down drinks, dinner at 8 pm and for most people back at your tent around 10 pm.

The tents are well appointed and have everything you would expect in a 4 star hotel. Spotless rooms. Crisp sheets. Thick towels and wash cloths galore. Shampoo, conditioner, 2 kinds of soaps, lotion, bug killer spray, bug repellent spray, to be honest all you really need is your clothes and any medication you are taking. Everything else is provided.

The water is hot. The toilet flushes. If you put your dirty clothes into the laundry basket they are washed and folded on your bed the next day. It is glamour camping at it's best and Duma Tau is not one of their Premier camps.

The staff that was there during my stay was welcoming and accommodating. Abbie the camp manager runs a tight ship, Abby and Cara are excellent and Mr. B the bartender is a great guy. Actually the entire staff deserves praise, I just can't remember all the names.

The F&B (Food and beverage) manager is Ben. A chef who learned at the knee of a Michelin stared chef puts out food fit for royalty and presidents. Treats such as Mushroom Crustini and mini quiche for afternoon tea. Refreshing lemon cookies when on a game drive. Two kinds of entrees and a vegetarian main at every dinner. If you want to lose weight wait until you are back home.

The game was great. Lions and a Leopard hunting a Warthog were among the high points of the game drives. The expected groups of prey animals, elephants and hippos were in abundance.

The only reason I am giving this camp 4 and not 5 stars is because of the guide I had. If he was a Vegas act I'd have to say "He phoned it in.". There was no passion in the guy. I sometimes felt that I was on the Safari cruise at Disneyland. He'd seen it all before and had to go through the motions. This was brought home to me when he left us with another guide (Lazi) to help rescue a broken Land Rover on morning. Lazi was animated and loved talking about what he saw and seemed interested in what the clients were seeing. I made certain to give him a full day's tip after only being with him for a few hours. Maybe Bobby was having an "Off" week, maybe it was me.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp, responded to this review, May 23, 2012
Thank you for the valuable feedback posted. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed every aspect of your stay at DumaTau. We have alerted our Guide Training Department to the comments as a preventative measure to forestall any future problems. Overall, as a guide Bobby usually receives consistently good feedback and is an asset to the guiding team in camp.
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testelt
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

We are one of the last visitors of the old Duma Tau camp as we have understood that the new camp was almost ready.
Our guide Moses was just great and all the other staff were really outstanding. The food was very good. Everything was done to make our stay unforgettable. The safaris were great ,incredible elephant herds, we also saw a pregnant lioness , great birds and bird families.
The camp itself was very nice; the swimming pool and the surrounding rest beds - great , quiet.
Only thing is that the tents were very close to the water where lots of hippos could be spotted. During the night, it was as if they were sleeping under our tent. They were very noisy and so my sleep quality was very bad. Anyhow this is African wildlife, nothing to do about it.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Botswana, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Linyanti Reserve
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Linyanti Reserve
Hotel Class:4 star — Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perhaps the best game viewing in far northern Botswana - from its newest and most stylish camp. DumaTau means "roar of the lion," but the elephant reigns here. The camp is set on a lagoon on the Linyanti River between two "elephant highways," affording unparalleled viewing of these iconic mammals, along with other wildlife. Together with sweeping, dramatic views of the river, the architecture of the camp expresses the explorer aesthetic, as well as the idea of space. There is an airy dining and lounge area, and a pool, all taking advantage of the superb view of the lagoon. Highlights DumaTau is located close to the source of the Savute Channel, with access to the Linyanti Swamps, floodplains and extensive mopane woodlands, thus offering an excellent combination of land and river. During winter, large elephant herds traverse the area. Chances of viewing leopard, lion and wild dog are excellent, along with other large mammals like hippo, red lechwe, giraffe, waterbuck, kudu, impala and occasional buffalo. 10 Tents (including 2 Family Tents): Rebuilt 2012; en-suite; spacious; raised off the ground; clear-storey window; 100% solar powered Experiences: Day and night game drives • Nature walks (on request) • Boating and barge (seasonal) • Game viewing hides • Catch-and-release fishing (seasonal) ... more   less 
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Duma Tau Camp, Linyanti Reserve Hotel Linyanti Reserve
Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp Botswana/Linyanti Reserve

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