My husband and I stayed with a large group at Duma Tau Camp back on Nov '08. Where should I begin....
DumaTau (meaning 'roar of the lion') is a luxury tented camp, in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve which borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. The camp is built on raised boardwalks under a shady grove of mangosteen trees, overlooking a large hippo-filled lagoon on the Linyanti waterways.
The source of the Savuti Channel is close to the camp and game drives along the Savuti are one of the highlights of the camp. The rooms are spacious, raised off the ground and under thatch with canvas walls - with king size beds that were comfortable and kept ME warm during the night. Yes, all the beds come with mosquito nets. The bathroom facilities are en-suite, with hot and cold running water, flush toilet, and shower. Each room has an additional outside shower. Each tent comes equipped with its own patio with chairs and table right outside the tent--not too mention the view of the Savuti Channel. There is a dining room, pub, lounge, plunge pool and a special guest toilet with a fantastic view. There is a small souvenir shop with lots of great yunk make by the staff themselves! The lounge overlooks a hippo lagoon and we often saw hippos walk next to the camp. Activities are diverse and include time on the water, on land and occasionally on foot. Day and night game drives are conducted in open 4x4 vehicles along the Savuti Channel and the banks of the Linyanti River-- they wake you up around 0530 -literally- one of the camp staff walks up to each tent bringing hot tea and gently wakes you up from outside the tent, of course!- now that's service! Game drives are typically at 0630 and around 1600--there are late night drives as well.
One of the best hides is right at the source of the Savuti and many species of game and birdlife can usually be seen from this hide. The area is famous for great game viewing all year. During each game drive, you will join other vehicles at designated areas to stop and have cookies and tea- sunset tea stops were the best!
The dining experience is typically what you encounter when you lodge at smaller camps--typically all dine together at one large table. The talented staff often performs for the guests prior to dinner. It is buffet style - for all meals- breakfast, lunch, dinner. Food is to die for! You will not go hungry in Africa! It was my bday during one of the nights here and the staff not only sang but made me a gorgeous bday cake! If anyone of the staff is reading this, and you were working here in early November 2008, "Kea leboga"! I was part of the large group from Colorado.
The service and the staff here at the camp are probably the best I've encountered during my two trips to Africa. We were lucky to have Ron as our driver the ENTIRE TIME--they're all great but our vehicular group got particularly attached to Ron. He had the eyes/vision of an owl--during one of our late-night drives, he actually spotted a rare owl sitting on a tree branch....in the dark! He is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and skilled. Because this is a private reserve, the drivers have the freedom to drive anywhere and anyHOW!
Animals that we've been lucky to see include African wild dogs, herd of lions, leopard, elephants--lots!, list goes on. We did witness a wild chase between a wild dog and an impala including a disembowelment!
What to bring - what you would expect to bring...but remember to bring a binocular, rain gear, HAT, mosquito repellent, and neutral colored clothing-- you'll be easily noticed by predators in bright colored clothing!
I can't recommend this place enough--the ENTIRE experience at Duma Tau was superb. You will not be disappointed.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Duma Tau Camp, Linyanti Reserve Hotel Linyanti Reserve
- Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp Botswana/Linyanti Reserve