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Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp
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Reviewed February 14, 2010

We stayed at Duma Tau in January, which is rainy season. Good for us because there was practically no one at the lodge during our two-night stay (we very little rain and it did not hamper our experience at all). Two things made this stay special: staff and game. The personal attention was a real luxury, and the staff made every effort to make us feel welcome. One night we came back from a game drive to find that our tent had been decked out with lanterns and candles for a romantic private dinner! Our guide, Name, was the absolute best in every way and we thank him for giving us such a wonderful experience. We saw EVERYTHING: elephants playing in the river, a lion swimming across the channel, birds, buck, leopard, wild dogs hunting and relaxing. One night we had a honey badger at our door and an owl on our verandah. The next morning we found that some of the handrails on the walkway near our tent had been pushed aside during the night by an elephant trying to reach its favorite acacia tree. The nighttime sounds around our tent were spectacular - hooting and snuffling of baboons and hippos. Food was great and we looked forward to every meal, and the tent charming. I had just lost my mother to cancer a few weeks before, and was feeling a little "tender". The staff knew this (the previous camp we stayed in - Little Vumbura - radioed ahead to alert Duma Tau to the fact that I needed some extra TLC) and took great pains to be kind and attentive. My heart-felt thanks to them for helping make me a little happier during such a difficult period. One thing to remember about Duma Tau - it is one of the larger camps in the Linyanti/Delta area (9-10 tents) and when at capacity might feel a little more crowded than what we experienced.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank krisztinav
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Reviewed October 4, 2009

Pros - excellent service, professionally run, friendly team, attention to detail, beautiful setting overlooking water, nice accommodation (comfortable beds, wooden floors, mosqiuto netting, plenty of storage space, outdoor decked area, indoor/outdoor showers), elephants galore - often coming right up to the tent, communal table easy way of getting to know other travellers, good game viewing, quite a lot of birdlife (if you're into that), high quality guiding.
Cons - apparently less productive for big game wildlife viewing now that Savute Channel is flowing again, communal table can get tiring after a few nights if you just want some 'quiet time' during meals, average food for the price, no hot breakfast.

We stayed for 3 nights and had a really enjoyable time. Wildlife was not as prolific as I thought it might be (although another couple in our vehicle who had stayed at Duma Tau many times previously said that one of the days of our stay was the quietest they had ever had there in terms of game viewing), but what did stand out was the staff and the service - it was superb. The camp had a really friendly atmosphere, probably more so than any other camp we stayed at. Unfortunately we missed out on seeing wild dogs (although they had been sighted the afternoon before we arrived), but we got amazing close up views of three different leopards, saw lions with a kill and huge herds of elephant. Night drives, walking safaris, boat cruises, and sleep outs in the hide on request are all pleasant options and can be a nice break from the game drive routine if that's what you're after (although we decided not to do them). You usually get a partial night drive with the guide using a spotlight when coming back from the afternoon game drive so we didn't do a formal night drive (because I wasn't convinced it would be all that fruitful and you'd be exhausted for the following morning's game drive).

I would highly recommend this camp. With water in the Savute, the landscape is gorgeous.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2009

I think the main reason to come to Duma Tau is the wildlife. We saw a wider variety of animals here than at our other three camps combined (including the wild dogs). The staff here was SO nice. My son fell ill one day and they bent over backwards to do what they could for him to make him feel comfortable. My only complaint is the configuration of the family tent. Two different sleeping quarters are separated by the bathroom. The toilet is open for all to see and you have to pass by it to get from one room to the other. None of us enjoyed the lack of privacy that a simple curtain could offer. But we really did enjoy our stay there...a beautiful setting, gracious people and amazing wildlife.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank Angeline13
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Reviewed June 27, 2009

This was one of 3 camps we stayed at in Botswana and S.A. We had a great guide, Ollie. The staff was so friendly. Food was great. Game drives were awesome. Elephants in the camp!! Would highly recommend this camp. Tents were very nice and roomy.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 18, 2008

Duma Tau was our favorite of the 5 camps/lodges we visited In Botswana. It scores very high in all the “key categories”: food, service, accommodation, staff attitude, game viewing focus, guiding skills, etc and we didn’t find any major flaw worth mentioning.

The camp has 9 tents, accessible by elevated wooden walkways, ours was tent #3, the closest to the common areas. The tents are spacious and comfortable, very clean and nicely decorated, and there is a combination safe. The bed is huge, king size. The bathroom is en-suite, quite big, has indoor and outdoor shower and very nice toiletries. The tents have a thatched roof and canvass walls; the front of the tent is open (no walls: sliding doors with just a net) so you can see the lagoon from bed and hear the noises of the bush at night. We were awoken by hippos a couple of times in the middle of the night. The tents are a bit too close to each other, but not too close.

The main activity here is game drives, which happen in the morning (6:30 to 10:30) and afteronn ( 4 to 7:30). You can have nightdrives upon request (we did one from 10pm to 12am). They also do boat rides around the lagoon in front of camp (ours was 1hr long, right after lunch) and bush walks, which I strongly recommend.

The staff & managers are well trained, very friendly and take good care of the guests. One of the nights they prepared BBQ dinner outside, in an enclosure they use for this, it was very pleasant and the meat really good. Another day they surprised us serving lunch in the bush, right by the water under the shade of several huge african mangosteens.

The landscape in this area is outstandingly beautiful and feels very remote. The Savuti channel was flowing (it hadn’t since like 1985) and had an eerie feel about it, like it doesn’t belong there, with its banks full of wildlife in contrast to the dry and deserted interior.

We saw plenty of wildlife: 12 lions, a leopard, 5 hyenas, in addition to elephants, hippos, crocs, all sorts of antelopes, dozens of exotic birds, etc

The one thing I didn’t like about Duma Tau is the “3 vehicle per sighting” rule. This ensures that there will be no more than 3 cars around the same sighting at once, which sounds nice but may mean you have to leave a good sighting after a few minutes if a fourth vehicle comes. There aren’t that many vehicles in this area (there are, I think, only 3 camps in the concession) so there really is no risk that you’ll have to share a good sighting with like 10+ other cars, so I think the rule is unnecessary.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Torrem
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