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Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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30 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“WOW….. we kept the best for last”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

THis was the last lodge after a 8 week trip and it couldn't of been more prefect. As you step into the lodge you notice the beautiful setting overlooking the Linyanti River. The tents were large, beautiful and private. The staff was amazing.. The food was wonderful. I also loved that this was the only lodge that offered a couple a chance to dine alone or with other lodge guest. We spent three nights, one night they had a private table setup near the water with candles. On our last night the lodge setup a table far from the lodge, and our diner came down the river on a small boat. They gave us two servers out under the stars….
The lodge also gave us a private jeep and driver. Nice surprise. Our guide was one of the best we had. He realized that we had already seen many of the animals so he went out of his way to find unique animals we never saw. Our guide also took us on our only armed walking tour. It really was interesting you soon remember your in the wild. The manager of the lodge even took the time to take my husband out fishing.

There is nothing this lodge wouldn't do to make their guest happy!

Room Tip: all rooms are great, private and overlooking the water
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Dear dmc112,

WOW, 8 weeks is indeed a long trip and we are so glad that your final camp and impressions of Africa (hopefully not for the last time though) was with us at DumaTau. Although we appreciate all forms of feedback – the positive ones are naturally always so much nicer to receive and help make us realise amongst all the day-to-day things, that at the end of it all, we are in such a privileged position to be able to create some really wonderful memories for you, the guest. Memories, which hopefully you will be able to carry with you for a long time to come.

Thank you for taking the time to post your review and we hope that we will be seeing you at one of our many other camps sometime in the not so distant future.
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Reno, Nevada
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

We had a fabulous time in Duma Tau! Between the knowledge of our Guide, the abundance of animals, and the professionalism of the staff, we could not have had a better experience. The staff did everything possible to make us feel special ... from a birthday celebration for one of our party (4 of us) to a cocktail party on the floating dock under the stars. Although it was warm ... well, hot ... the plunge pool kept us cool during the heat of the day. The food was remarkable, as well as the special cocktails offered each day. Every outing brought something new and exciting to our adventure.
My only negative comment has nothing to do with the camp. The vehicles need better maintenance, or replacement. Obviously, they are well used going through the bush, frequent starts and stops, however, this should be taken into consideration in a camp of this caliber, and price.

Room Tip: Although we were further away from the main lodge, we were close to the plunge pool. We didn't...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lynda P
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Springfield, Virginia
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60 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

Duma Tau is an established camp and is run with great care and precision. The tents are spacious, well appointed and cleaned to perfection daily. We were very pleased with the level of service and the excellent menus at brunch and dinner. The game drives produced an array of animals for our observation. The unique and endangered African Wild Dogs were observed with nine pups as were the larger game animals. We were very fortunate to share our land rover with a British couple who have been to Africa over 20 times and always include Duma Tau as one of their venues - that speaks to the quality and atmosphere of the camp

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Al H
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Blue Mountains Australia
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182 reviews
50 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

Duma Tau was our first camp and provided the bench mark for the other 2 camps we would stay at. The camp is relatively new and offers reasonable comfort in what is a harsh environment. This part of Botswana is semi-arid.
All the staff are friendly, gracious and nothing is to much trouble. The drives are excellent and our guide Lazi was extremely knowledge and such a happy soul. The food is served buffet style and is of a high standard. I note another reviewer mentioned the solar power and lack of lighting at dinner. Yes this could be an issue however I thought it was lovely having candles and lamps everywhere, it makes one appreciate mains power supply!
I think they do an excellent job with an extremely comfortable camp since everything and I mean everything has to be brought in by truck...no mean feat given the isolation and the state of the roads. If we were to return to Botswana I would not hesitate to return for us we have very happy memories.
Oh and don't expect to much sleep the hippo's can be rather noisy at night.... still this is all part of the experience.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sallymay4
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New York City, New York
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

This was the first camp we stayed at in Botswana, and what a lovely place to start! This camp has 10 rooms with a maximum capacity of 24 guests. There are 60 staff members. Our guide was Moses and he was knowledgeable, friendly and professional. We were traveling as a family of three. Out of the 4 game drives and one boat ride, we only had to share a vehicle once, and that was with one other person, Moses was really our own private guide! The rooms were fabulous, the staff was friendly and the service was really excellent. The food was varied and very good. My sister doesn't eat red meat, so they always had fish/chicken prepared for her as an alternative. The other guests were interesting and friendly. The game viewing was great. Here are some of the animals we saw during our two-night stay at Duma Tau: leopard eating a warthog, giraffe inside the camp, 2 male lions (brothers), a large herd of elephants swimming across a channel, hippos, wildebeests, red lechwe, badger, pigmy geese, open-billed stork.... I would definitely recommend this to anyone going to Botswana.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PRyan1234
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Paris, France
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118 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Duma Tau and it was a beautiful property. We stayed in Rooms 4 and 5, and preferred 5 a bit more. The interior design and architecture of the rooms was amazing...first class all the way. The rooms are situated directly over the lagoon and you could hear the hippos passing through the camp and calling aloud! It was amazing. While Duma Tau deserves an excellent rating, there were a couple of items I think they could improve upon. Granted when we stayed there, they had just opened at their new site and perhaps they were working out the kinks! The property was a bit passive. At dinner, unlike some of our experiences in South Africa and at Xigera Camp, all the guests seemed to keep to themselves a bit. We typically enjoy sharing our days experiences with one another, and that "vibe" just wasn't present at this property. Also, between safaris we asked if they had a chess or checker board or any other board games we could play in the lobby area. We were surprised when they told us they had nothing like that available for their guests. So I guess we were just a little disappointed with just how tranquil the property was between safaris and in the evenings. We found that the staff/general manager was often the key to the atmosphere at the properties we stayed at. It was not clear to us during our stay, who the manager of the property even was. At other properties the manager would greet you after the safari and encourage conversation among the guests, this just didn't happen here. The safaris on the other hand were amazing. We arrived here from South Africa and we were pleased that we saw much more wild life in Botswana than we had in South Africa. Our guide was Bobby and he was amazing!! We had a private vehicle for our family of four and we were never disappointed. We saw all of the main wildlife except for rhinoceros, as there are not many left in Botswana. We especially enjoyed all of the lions we saw and the hippos! All in all, our wildlife viewing with Bobby was incredible!! We stayed at Duma Tau for 2 nights and then moved to Xigeria Camp in the Okavango Delta for another 2 nights. Prior to arriving in Botswana, we stayed at Selati Camp for 2 nights and Bush Lodge for 2 nights in the Sabi Sabi game reserve in South Africa. We felt 8 nights in the Safari camps was perfect. We highly recommend visiting both South Africa and Botswana, the two countries offered a nice variety of accommodations and wildlife viewing. The accommodations in Botswana were much more tent-like than we had in South Africa, so it was nice to be able to experience both room types. If you are planning a visit to Botswana, I would definitely consider Duma Tau, but be sure to also check out Xigera Camp. Packing wise, we found it best to bring the lightweight safari shirts/pants available at REI type stores. They packed well and were perfect. Also if you are flying into Botswana, it is best to bring duffle bag/backpack-type luggage (nothing with large frames) The planes you take into Botswana are very small and they don't have a lot of space for luggage. As we brought typical carry-on type luggage, we were given large soft sided duffle bags at the Botswana airport to use instead of our carry-on bags. They stored our carry-on bags for us (all of this was free of charge....the use of their duffle bags and the storage) and we received our luggage back as we were exiting Botswana. For our family of 4, we brought two pair of good binoculars and 2 good digital cameras with zoom lenses, etc. We found this combination of viewing "tools" perfect! I hope you found this information helpful as you plan your upcoming safari!! Have fun!!

Room Tip: We stayed in rooms 4 and 5. We preferred 5 a little bit more, but both were amazing and located qui...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank JAH_Chicago_Paris
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London, England
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21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

We had a marvellous time in Botswana, and Duma Tau was one of the highlights. Our guide, Name, was an amazing tracker as well as being a lovely person.

The rooms are spacious and nicely decorated. It was cold at night when we went (6 degrees C) but they very thoughtfully put hot water bottles in the beds, plus there are extra blankets in a chest in the room. On the plus side, the cold meant that we didn't see a single mosquito the whole time. The rooms did have mosquito netting around the beds, anyway. I will never forget the sounds of the elephants and hippos splashing in the water at night, right outside our tent.

The food was plentiful and absolutely delicious. We were awakened at 5:30 each morning (I know, but it's worth it) and escorted to breakfast at 6. By 6:30 we were on our way for our morning game drive. It was cold, but we had ponchos and hot water bottles waiting for us in the Land Rover! It warms up rapidly when the sun comes up. We saw wild dogs, hyenas, lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, buffalo, zebras, giraffes, crocodiles--you name it. At around 11:30 we were brought back to the camp for brunch. Then we had free time until 3:30, when afternoon tea was served. At 4, it was back in the Land Rover for another game drive. We would be out until dark, then back for dinner.
It amazed me that every staff member we encountered greeted us by name. That is quite a feat, I think. Our 13 year old daughter accompanied us and was doted on by the staff, and made to feel quite special.
I can't recommend Duma Tau highly enough, and hope to be lucky enough to return one day.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JGC
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Property: Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp
Address: Botswana, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Linyanti Reserve
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 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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